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Talkin' Bout Strangers Touching Your Hair, Going Natural (Video)

A reader posted a link to my Facebook page of a CNN story about black women, going natural, and dealing with folks asking to touch their hair. As a person with "unique" hair, I've had people ask to touch my hair almost all of my life. And it has been people of all races and genders. Going natural only made folks' desire to touch it intensify.

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Al Sharpton Is On Your TeeVee, Sayin' Stuff

Not too long after the NAACP ripped CNN and others for their lack of black prime time anchors, Rev. Al Sharpton, Civil Rights activist and sayer of uncomfortable things, has been made the new afternoon host of some random news program on MSNBC. He's replacing Cenk Uygur who was kind of terrible in the same slot. Sharpton, while not a polished broadcast journalist, brings a much more unpredictable sense to the program, as conservatives, barely able to contain their disgust, attempt to have a debate with him on air.

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Don Lemon Talks to theLoop21 About Coming Out

My fellow editor and journalist Keli Goff over at theLoop21 got an exclusive interview with Don Lemon last night. Here's a sample:

KELI GOFF: We all know that there are celebrities who have not done interviews with the New York Times about their sexuality but live openly with their partners. Do you think they have a responsibility to shout it from the rooftops or do they have a right to enjoy the privacy that a heterosexual person who says, “I don’t discuss my sex life,” is granted?

DON LEMON: Well, I think everyone has a right to their privacy, but I don’t think the two are equal. For me it’s the same as people who did what they had to do back in the day back in the 40’s and 50’s and 60’s. Black people would come up from the South to the North and pass. [See the story of Anatole Broyard] I think it’s the same sort of thing. I think at a certain point, if you are successful and have proven yourself in your chosen field you do have a responsibility in some sense. With that responsibility comes a right to privacy so everyone can do it in their own time, although it would be nice it everyone could shout it from the rooftops. What people don’t realize in their silence is that there is a degree of conveying that you think something is wrong. In the silence there is a degree of you not thinking you can be yourself.

The worse thing that most people don’t like about another person is dishonesty and in silence, there is a certain degree of dishonesty by not talking about it. That’s what I mean by equating to people who passed for white before and during the civil rights movement. There’s a certain measure of dishonesty because it’s not the truth.

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