India Arie “I Am Not My Hair”
“At the turn of the century
Its time for us to redefine who we be
You can shave it off
Like a South African beauty…
Its not what’s on your head
Its what’s underneath and say HEY….”
For black women struggling to come to grips with the fact that hair is simply a source of creativity rather than something you should feel bound to, India Arie finally said what a lot of sistahs were thinking but afraid to shout out loud. And as someone in the music industry, with hard to achieve beauty standards and the ever-present, “it’s-okay-to-get-butt-naked-to-sell-an-album” belief floating around, Arie boosts not only her own confidence, but every beautifully kinked up, permed, curled, and dreaded headed chick listening and singing along.