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What Appellate Court District 11 Ruling Means for persons with Dreadlocks in the Workplace

Series I: What the Dreadlock Ban Means to You as a Working Person of Color in America

This section will host information about locked hair in the workplace. This issue is personal and I can't be silent. September, 2016 the 11th District Court Ruled 3-0 that an individual with dreadlocks has no protective rights. An employer can now choose to not hire me because of dreadlocks or fire me because of them. Please be aware that most of us live in an at will state, meaning if said person wears yellow on Tuesday and someone hates yellow on Tuesday, said person can be fired. READ MORE! CLICK HERE

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NYC Protects My Hair

I will expand this blogpost soon. For now, let's celebrate! A newly-updated law is believed to be the first in the country to legally prohibit covered employers, housing providers, and providers of public accommodations, as well as law enforcement from engaging in discrimination based on natural hair or hairstyles associated with race.

Locked And Professional

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Locked and Professional: Artist/ Minister of Art

One of my favorite hair models: My Mom

My mom is a locker who started with fine hair. Define fine. Straight, slightly wavy with frizzy areas in patches. Her hair was hard to lock and I had to start her locks with a teased, backcomb motion and interlocking in a R4 pattern. This install has allowed her hair to lock without unraveling, giving her the freedom required to grow long locks without root.

Now, going on a decade of locks, my mom has faced similar challenges as a seasoned citizen with locks. And, the pros consistently out weight the disadvantages and she loves them! She's  a hair model, featured in The Knotty Truth Lock Manual. We started her locks with a hybrid combination , 9yrs later, in her 70's, she has long locks that compliment her lifestyle.

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Meet Brooke: The Knotty Truth MOdel

The Knotty Truth has identified yet another case in discrimination against a child with locks. He wins! This is good news! It can be an uphill battle; however, please remember to be your true, authentic self.
Knotty Tip-During the cold, winter months, remember to wear a satin scarf under your hats to protect your locs!

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Have you ever found yourself in a custody battle with your ex? If you have, you may find yourself in a battle of the wills over personal grooming options like Halle Berry did. This story led to a hearty discussion on the courts, natural hair and custodial rights. As always, read, follow and empower yourself!

Makita shares her experience. She chose to install locks in her son's hair. He wanted them and she wanted them for him. However, she feared her ex's retaliation. Sho Makita was proactive and went to court in advance of the decision to protect her son's choice and they won! Here's how they did it.