Sheryl Underwood Reveals Natural Hair
We all remember the comments Sheryl Underwood made about natural hair two years ago on CBS’ “The Talk.”
For those who don’t, she was referencing Heidi Klum saving her biracial children’s hair when she said:
“Why would you save afro hair? You can’t weave in afro hair! No one walks into the hair place and says ‘Look here, what I need is curly, nappy, beady hair. That just seems n*sty’ “
Afterward, Underwood’s co-host Sara Gilbert stated that she too, saves locks of her children’s hair. Underwood responded:
“Which is probably that beautiful, long, silky stuff. That’s not what an afro is!”
They were hurtful and seemed to play into the same negative portrayals and perceptions about Blackness. That was two years ago and Sheryl apologized almost immediately afterward.
But today, on the show she broached the topic again, revealing her own natural hair in the process. She told the audience that she’d spent the last year going natural and decided today was the day to debut her curly fro on the show. And, in my opinion, she looks amazing.
In addition to the reveal, she also wanted to express the fact that she understood how her comments affected the Black community.
“I made some statements that were not only wrong but they hurt our community. Black people are very sensitive about a discussion about our hair…And to come out of the mouth of a very proud Black woman, I was wrong. And I wanted to take the time to apologize, especially in the forum where this discussion occurred…People were hurt. They were hurt that I had the platform on the number one network and that I made a big mistake on the number one network.”
Underwood mentioned that in response to her words, many in the Black community called her a coon, an Uncle Tom, a House Ni**a and much more. And she said that she understood it.
“I think that when you hide behind something that you are a coward. And I wanted to show that I was strong enough to take the truth about what people were saying and on this network and in this chair to say, I am so sorry to my people for hurting you. And I’m asking you for forgiveness and I will work hard to make it right.”