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Viola Davis Brings the Quote of the Day

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On giving up her wig:

I had to defend myself as an artist, but I found myself defending myself as a dark-skinned black woman in front of people who did not know my life. I took my wig off because I no longer wanted to apologize for who I am. There is not one woman in America who does not care about her hair, But we give it too much value. We deprive ourselves of things, we use it to destroy each other, we’ll look at a child and judge a mother and her sense of motherhood by the way the child’s hair looks. I am not going to traumatize my child about her hair. I want her to love her hair.

… says 48 year-old Viola.

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lulu
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lulu

It’s a shame that many Black women go through conflicting feelings about their hair.

Alexis Christine
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Alexis Christine

Even though I am Caucasian, I kinda know how they feel in some since. My hair was BRIGHT red when I was little and POOFY. So I was always the different one and my hair was never like the other girls. I agree with you, Hair shouldn’t be a big deal. Its just hair.

PS
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It definitely is a shame but I understand what she’s talking about. Being a really curly girl in a place where the only curls you may have seen before are perms has not been easy. To appreciate what you’ve got and to learn how to handle it is a rocky road and I’m not referring to that delicious dessert…

SA girl
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SA girl

Confident talented gifted gorgeous lady. I admire her work so much, it’s good to be comfortable with who you are. Well said Viola!

SA girl
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SA girl

Absolutely loving her black dress.

Melissa
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Melissa

I was just about to make the same comment. Love it.

wonderwoman21
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wonderwoman21

Good for her. Her natural hair looks great.

ayoloo
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ayoloo

her hair is pretty and im glad she took off that wig.

MissMarilyn
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MissMarilyn

I think her hair looks good on her and I like her quote a lot. It is silly how much people emphasize/judge apperance

Melissa
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Melissa

I think that Viola is such a good actress… A man sad to me the other day (while looking at her on the cover of another magazine) “Viola Davis is very pretty. She just takes roles that make it hard for us to see it.” At any rate, she looks pretty. Her skin is beautiful.

Carla
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Carla

I think she looks great with her real hair short or otherwise.

Amethyst
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Amethyst

I recently lost my extensions and now have a similar Afro to Viola!!

Loving the positive comments about hers 🙂

Winnie
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Winnie
Good for her! Her wigs looked silly on her tbh, kind of poorly applied but she looks a lot better without them. Honestly, weave isn’t for everyone, I’ve never had one before and I recently had my hair flat-ironed with extensions sewn in the back and I don’t feel comfortable, it’s just not what I expected somehow. Feels very restrictive and even the compliments are just barely making feel better about it lol. It’s pretty brave of her to do the big chop though, I don’t think I could ever chop all my hair off, length really is a safety… Read more »
Erica
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Too much is made out of hair – people teasing redheads (I will never understand the vitriol hurled at them by some people – love red hair!), feeling bad about their African hair or simply hating their hair because it’s not long/thick/straight enough. I’ve been blessed with a good head of hair that I am quite fond of, but I’ve been through times when I wanted it to be different – I always wanted red hair, or for there to be less of it and for it to be more straight or more curly rather than a slightly wavy in-between.… Read more »
claud
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claud

Love her smile. Most ppl aren’t find of gums, but I am. Beautiful

Nene
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Nene

Absolutely agree with her.Extensions and wigs damage the natural hair a lot.This is one of the main reason why i prefer carrying my natural hair.
Btw she looks great for her age.

Jui
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LOVE her natural hair, it’s what suits her, what looks natural, and IMO what looks best on her.

Teiku
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Teiku

I like African hair, it’s beautiful and exotic.

I’ve had an impression from the her movies I’ve seen that Viola was a bit overweight, but now I see that she has a great body, and just overall is a great looking lady.

Mia
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She looks really good without the wig. Natural and glowing.
I have to admit my hair is the only aspect of my appearance I put a lot of effort into. I feel that I have to, as a curly haired woman, because if I don’t it can look really bad. Also, in the past when I straightened it, I got comments about how much more “professional” and “put together” I look, which really bothers me, because having curly hair does not make me any less efficacious at my job!

Annabella
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Annabella

I LOVE HER NATURAL HAIR!
I would never ever hide that…she looks beautiful and radiant. Good for her.

Daisy
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Daisy

Love her, and what a great quote.

tequilla
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tequilla

i like african short hair! great actress btw.

Reader
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Reader

I really appreciate all of the positive comments about Viola. We Black women often do have “baggage” about our hair… Feeling that it is less than other textures. It is really helpful to hear the encouraging comments (from a diverse group of women) about embracing our natural texture. Thank you!

Mara
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Mara

I really like the hair of many people of color, the grass is always greener I guess.
Mine is insanely long, like I can literally sit on it, and I usually like it that way, but it’s also kind of boring. It’s just straight and blah and I know that I could by no means ever make it look curly, not even for just half an hour or so. Sometimes I envy people who have hair with “attitude” 😀

Plirr
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Plirr

If I were black, I would love to rock the natural short look. It just looks killer. As an outsider, I really don’t understand the anxiety black woman can have over their hair. I think it’s gorgeous when natural. And the larger afros look kick-a– too. It just makes everything they wear look cooler, somehow. Ah, the things I’ll never have…

maverick
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maverick

I Loooooove Viola’s quote, simply because I can relate to it. I have long dreadlocks, and got quite a bit of flak from my friends who are notorious for wearing wigs, when I just started locking my hair. I even thought about cutting them, due to my friends reaction. Now, I am super proud of and have confidence in my locs (if that makes sense, lol). And if I ever have a daughter, I’ll try to teach her to appreciate her own hair even if she decides that she wants to wear wigs/extensions. Great going, Viola.

serena
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serena

Nature knows best, most women look best with their natural hair. Women often want the opposite of what nature gave us: I have long straight hair that can’t hold a curl for long and my curly friends straighten their lovely locks.

megs362
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megs362

I don’t know if it was not living in the states or just personal oblivion, but I truly had no idea that wigs were so prevalent amongst African Americans until very recently (like, the last year or so).

I always thought the girls like Solange Knowles just had the good luck to have kick a– amazing curls and the ones with weird flat hair just had to live with it. Now I understand, but I sooooo don’t understand! I spend my life seeking volume. Cannot understand spending time (and money!!!) eradicating it!

b
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…I freaking love this entire thread.

HB
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Her smile makes me smile. I love her natural hair.

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