Black actors are calling on Hollywood to hire more hairstylists who know how to work with Afro-Caribbean hair.
Stars including Gabrielle Union – who is best known for her role in the movie Bring It On – have been sharing their experiences of turning up to production sets to find the hairstylists are not capable of working with Afro hair.
Union urged fellow actors to speak up if they found themselves in this position, tweeting: “If you stay quiet, you will have bald spots, hair damage, look nuts.”
The America’s Got Talent judge explained on Twitter that in order to work on Hollywood productions, hairstylists and make-up artists need to be members of a particular union – which she says is “extremely difficult” and “expensive” to join.
In a tweet liked more than 16,000 times, actress and TV host Yvette Nicole Brown explained that to avoid issues she often arrives on set with her hair already done, while others will bring their own wigs with them.
She added that there are also issues when it comes to make-up, with many stars taking their own foundation as some make-up artists do not have a shade to match their skin.
Most black actresses come to a new set w/ their hair done (me) or bring their wigs & clip-ins w/them. It’s either that or take a chance that you will look crazy on screen. Many of us also bring our own foundation. One too many times seeing no shade that matches you will learn ya! https://t.co/mGAzpuoKtb
— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) March 11, 2019
Fans have suggested that by taking these steps, black actors are having to pay for a service which other cast members receive for free.
A number of black actors have since called for more diverse make-up artists and hairstylists to be accepted into the union to stop these issues from occurring.
The discussion also struck a chord with London-based make-up artist Dorita Nissen who said there is “no excuse” for a professional not to be able to mix the right foundation shade for any skin tone.
I have this conversation so often with black models & actresses & 9 out of 10 times they bring their own makeup along to set,I would personally as a professional MUA
be embarrassed if I didn’t have or couldn’t mix the right shade for all skintones & in this day & age🤷♀️no excuse !
— Dorita Nissen (@DoritaNissen) March 12, 2019
The issue was first highlighted by model Olivia Anakwe who shared on Instagram that she arrived at a fashion show to find “not one person” was able to do her hair.
“After one lady attempted and pulled my edges relentlessly, I stood up to find a model who could possibly do it,” she said.
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This message is to spread awareness & hopefully reach anyone in the hair field to expand their range of skills. Black models are still asking for just one hairstylist on every team no matter where your team is from to care for afro hair. I was asked to get out of an empty chair followed by having hairstylists blatantly turning their backs to me when I would walk up to them, to get my hair done. If I am asked to wear my natural hair to a show, the team should prepare the style just as they practice the look and demo for non-afro hair. I arrived backstage where they planned to do cornrows, but not one person on the team knew how to do them without admitting so. After one lady attempted and pulled my edges relentlessly, I stood up to find a model who could possibly do it. After asking two models and then the lead/only nail stylist, she was then taken away from her job to do my hair. This is not okay. This will never be okay. This needs to change. No matter how small your team is, make sure you have one person that is competent at doing afro texture hair care OR just hire a black hairstylist! Black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair, why does the same not apply to others? It does not matter if you don’t specialize in afro hair, as a continuous learner in your field you should be open to what you have yet to accomplish; take a class. I was ignored, I was forgotten, and I felt that. Unfortunately I’m not alone, black models with afro texture hair continuously face these similar unfair and disheartening circumstances. It’s 2019, it’s time to do better. || #NaturalHair #ModelsofColor #BlackHairCare #HairCare #Message #Hair #Hairstyling #Backstage #BTS #AfroTexturedHair #Afro #POC #Braids #Message #Spreadtheword #Speak #Awareness #Growth #WorkingTogether #BlackGirlMagic #Melanin
Ms Anakwe explained it was the nail stylist who ended up doing her hair for the show.
“This is not okay. This will never be okay. This needs to change,” the model wrote on Instagram.
She added that black hairstylists are required to know how to do everyone’s hair and questioned why the same did not apply to others.
Signing off her post Ms Anakwe said: “I was ignored, I was forgotten… it’s 2019, it’s time to do better.”
Rihanna Has Been Living In London For 2 Years Now!
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Shatta Wale And Stonebwoy Granted GHc50,000 Bail Each; Case Adjourned To June 20th
Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale have pleaded not guilty to charges they are facing over their involvement in the disturbances that marred the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
Shatta Wale is facing a charge of offensive conduct conducive to breach of peace while Stonebwoy has been charged with offensive conduct conducive to breach of peace and display of a firearm in public without permission.
The two were put before a court in Accra today, Wednesday.
The court presided over by Magistrate Isaac Addo granted the two bail at a cost of GHc 50,000 with one surety each.
Lawyers Jerry Avenyor and Selali Wonya represented Shatta Wale and Stonebwoy respectively.
The case has been adjourned to June 20, 2019.
The two were cautioned to be of good behaviour while the case is ongoing.
Shatta Wale Explains Reasons For Joining Stonebwoy On VGMA Stage
Management of Shatta Wale wishes to render a sincere apology to all patrons of the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA), viewers of the event around the world, organizers of the awards, Charterhouse Productions, title sponsors, Vodafone Ghana and all Shatta Movement fans worldwide for the unfortunate incident that happened during the recently held VGMA. We further apologize for all the inconveniences caused on the night and afterwards.
As planned and communicated to the organizers on the morning of the event, Shatta Wale was going to sit amongst his fans in the standard ticket section of the auditorium. Due to circumstances beyond the control of the team, Shatta Wale arrived at the venue after the event had started and had been announced as winner of two categories (Reggae Dancehall Song of the year and Highlife Song of the year). This accounted for Shatta Wale’s inability to receive the awards he won himself.
After the announcement of the winner of the Reggae Dancehall Musician of the year category, Shatta Wale decided to reposition to the VIP section to meet his father and a dignitary who had asked to see him. A member of his entourage then suggested to him to join Stonebwoy on stage to congratulate him on his win in the spirit of unity, as he had done at the 2015 4Syte Music Video awards. He agreed and asked his security team to lead him onto the stage only to be met with confrontation instigated by Blakk Cedi, Manager of Stonebwoy.
We wish to state that Shatta Wale accepted a call from Charterhouse to join forces to make the 20th anniversary of the VGMA memorable and has over the period demonstrated his commitment to this course by performing at the VGMA Nominees Jam in Kumasi and VGMA Experience Concert at the Independence Square. Shatta Wale extensively campaigned for votes and promoted the anniversary celebration using his various social media platforms. It will be very illogical for him to deliberately act in a manner to ruin and mar the same event he has spent a lot of resources to promote and urged his fans to attend. Shatta Wale meant no harm and considers this incident as unfortunate.
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