African-Americans, Al Sharpton, Alicia Keyes, Arsenio Hall, black men, civil rights, dreadlocks, fauxhawk, follicular douchebaggery, freedom to look like an idiot, James Brown, men, Michael Jackson, mullets, nasty blond dreadlocks, odious hairstyles, pimps, preachers, Snoop Dogg, straight hair, white people
Look, this is America–really, you can wear your hair any way you want. However, in our ongoing battle against follicular douchebaggery, Promethean Times has previously inveighed against such stylistic travesties as the mullet, the fauxhawk and dreadlocks on blond guys. Today, we make a special appeal to black guys across the world: Please don’t straighten your hair.
In the very early days of the Civil Rights movement, it was briefly fashionable for African-American men to straighten their hair. However, with the development and solidification of a black racial consciousness, natural hair began to make a comeback, and straight hair began to become a rarity among black men.
However, in 2011 there are still a handful of professions where straightened hair is the norm for African-Americans. Chief among these are preacher, pimp and some combination of the two.
Some quick DOs & DON’Ts: