From the Root

It's not "just" hair

Welcome to From the Root, a blog aiming towards celebration of natural hair and Black culture while discussing racial and gendered issues 

November 1, 2018

It’s rare to find a good TV show nowadays so when I do I appreciate the hell out of it. What’s even more rare is to find a TV show that remains culturally relevant and touches on sensitive topics while remaining light-hearted and politically neutral. Black-ish is THAT...

October 15, 2018

I have been anticipating the release of “The Hate U Give” in theaters for months now since reading the book. I’m happy to say it exceeded my expectations as far as casting, script and overall progression of the story. George Tillman Jr. did this captivating book justic...

October 5, 2018

Tell a little bit about yourself..Your name, what school, year, hobbies, interests, one thing that pisses you off

My name is Sia-Linda, yes Sia as in THE singer. I am a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. My hobbies are singing off key, latin dance and being su...

September 22, 2018

I remember reading on twitter "black girls attribute so much value and self-worth to their hair, maintaining it, controlling it, styling it that when I see a black girl that just shaves it all off I KNOW that's a bad b*tch" and wow, I've never read truer words. Recentl...

September 5, 2018

Tell a little bit about yourself..Your name, what school, year, hobbies, interests, one thing that pisses you off

I'm Xiang, a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in nursing. I like singing (I'm in an a cappella group) and dancing and cooking. O...

August 1, 2018

Black girls get asked the same stupid questions since white people have had the caucacity to approach us, so a few brave girls have taken it upon themselves to put the confusion to rest.

“NO, this is not my real hair”

Personally, I don’t understand how anyone could belie...

July 21, 2018

Social injustices are often subtle to the unsearching eye but the repercussions are consistently explosive. We observe these injustices projected in the workplace especially, as an issue that seems to be visited and revisited frequently. Cases of these specific instanc...

June 1, 2018

 Racial microaggressions are typical occurrences experienced by the black community. These implicit insults, meant to dismiss and invalidate marginalized people, allow racism to quietly persist in our culture today. Unfortunately, we find that those within the black co...

May 31, 2018

The moment I pulled my head out the toilet bowl with Malcolm X

And washed out that thick lye

That lie that weighs down heavy on my roots

The one my mom believedAnd her mom believed

Passed down in hot combs and blow dryers

I embraced the freedom of hair and mind awakened


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