From The Puff To Purpose

The ‪#‎SupportThePuff movement has caused us to have very necessary dialogs about who we are as people of color and how we see ourselves. Some of us have been taught to discount ourselves so much that any discussion about ourselves we consider to be overblown, or doing too much. But the discussion about how we see ourselves when we look at our reflection is far deeper than just fashion or style. Many of us do not understand how the messages we have been taught either directly or indirectly about our hair, our skin color, our skin tone, our facial features, etc factor in to how we treat ourselves and how we treat one another. Poor self-esteem is among the root causes of many of the life-altering mistakes we make. Many of us are destroying ourselves trying to look “right” in the eyes of others, and so many of us are just not comfortable in our own skin. Continue reading

VIDEO: Stop The Harassment, Mis-Education and Self Hate

11th Grade CR Walker Senior High student Tayjha Deleveaux speaks with me on Monday, Feb 15, 2016 about the ongoing harassment she is suffering on campus due to her natural hairstyle. THE STYLE DOES NOT VIOLATE SCHOOL RULES OR THE EDUCATION ACT, yet the student continues to be subjected to a hostile learning environment because of it. LEAVE OUR CHILDREN ALONE. Let them live, learn and love themselves. They are not violating rules, so stop violating them – and stop the harassment, mis-education and self-hate. #SupportThePuff

STOP Mis-Education & Self-Hate #SupportThePuff

You Do Not Need Perm Or European Hair Styles To Be Educated, Worthy, Productive Or Successful – Do Not Attempt To Penalize Or Hurt Children For Preserving & Loving What Is Natural To Them

Tayjha Delevaux #SupportThePuff

Tayjha Delevaux
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Pictured is Tayjha Deleveaux, a young, beautiful and intelligent student of CR Walker who is currently under administrative pressure in her school because of her natural hair – brought to tears on campus due to how she was reportedly spoken to by the school’s Principal on this issue. Her mother is pictured in this screenshot holding up a picture of her daughter. Children wearing their natural hair have reportedly been told not to return to school this coming Monday with their natural hairstyles, and Tayjha and her mother are now in fear of the child’s School Prefect nomination being stripped simply because of the child’s natural hair. Students on the campus have even held a silent protest due to the nature of this issue. Continue reading