Jill Scott is not her hair.
Many fans have come to know the Neo-Soul artist by her natural do upon her entrance into the music industry. So it may come as a shock to many that the north Philly native is showing off a new “straightened” look.
Jilly from Philly portrays Gail Best in the film “Baggage Claim” where she sports straightened hair weave.
She continued to show off this look after making an appearance on Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club” and in images that appeared on her social media accounts.
DJ Envy, of “The Breakfast Club,” questioned Scott’s new look, saying, “You changed up a lot, Jill Scott. I’m used to Jill Scott, the frizzy hair and you were bigger… you got hair pressed down, you lost a lot of weight, you got make-up on. What’s going on, Jill?”
Scott responded, “Listen, the times. I keep switching up because I’m working in so many different facets. I don’t want to get bored. Two days ago, I was natural. I got pictures to prove that… sitting with Bill Cosby in Birmingham. Yesterday, it was curly and today it’s straight. Tomorrow, I’ll chop this off probably and start all over again.”
Scott echoed the latter sentiment on Twitter, questioning what she called a “hair hat.”
“This hair hat….iowno. I give it a week,” she wrote.
Scott doesn’t want to be defined by her hair. This prompted her to issue a challenge to black women on their hair care.
“I challenge natural girls to go straight for a week and straight/weaved/permed girls to go natural. You will still be YOU.
“So many ‘issues’ to separate us from being sistahs. It’s BS. Proud to be of Africa. Proud to be a woman. Proud to be,” she wrote.
But some of Scott’s fans appear to prefer “The Real Thing” singer’s natural style, with one follower commenting, “I love you with your curlicious frolicious natural hair.”
Natural hair Black hair has been the topic of discussion lately following insensitive remarks made by CBS “The View’s” co-host Sheryl Underwood.
Underwood offered controversial thoughts on Heidi Klum’s practice of saving her children’s hair in a zip-lock bag.
Klum commented during an interview with Your Tango that two of her sons have “big afros.”
“…When I shaved them all down, I kept all the hair and I put it in a Ziploc bag. I keep everything!” she said.
Klum has three bi-racial children with ex-husband and singer Seal.
Underwood found Klum’s family ritual ridiculous, saying, “Why would you save afro hair? You can’t weave in afro hair!”
“You don’t ever see us in the hair place like ‘what I need here is “curly, nappy, beaded hair,’ she added as fellow co-hosts and the audience erupted into laughter.
Underwood’s comments become even more cringe-worthy after referring to white hair as “beautiful, long, silky stuff.”
Underwood’s words evoke feelings of an inferiority complex deeply embedded in African American culture due to a history of slavery and racism.
African Americans history in the United States has been horrid due to four hundred years of physical and psychological abuse.
African Americans are stricken with a self-identity complex due to notions of Eurocentric superiority.
Mainstream media and society perpetuates the false notion that a woman needs to be a particular shade and have specific hair texture to be considered beautiful.
Kiri Davis, a New York filmmaker, examined this issue in her documentary “A Girl Like Me,” which repeated a study of color preference amongst young black children more than 50 years after its initial test.
The original study was conducted by Kenneth and Mamie Clark in the 1940s to study racial preference amongst children using dolls.
In the Clark study, children were asked to decide between two dolls- white and black.
Davis’ study revealed 15 out of 20 African American children preferred the white doll to the black doll.
Underwood’s blinded view of beauty is the cause of her very own hair damage.
Underwood removed her wig during an episode of “The Talk” to reveal badly damage hair, most likely due to years of chemical relaxer products and hair extension use.
Super model Naomi Campbell is another celeb whose scalp has undergone damage due to years of hair extension use.
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