I think it’s safe to say that it is every journalist’s dream to one day see their byline in The New York Times. Well that dream came true for me on April 30, 2014. The New York Times asked my Hair Story co-author, Ayana Byrd and I to pen an op-ed about the Army’s new grooming policy that restricts and prohibits several Black hairstyles. So we did. And not only did it appear both online and in the print edition, it was one of top-ten most shared stories of the day. Needless to say, I bought a couple of extra copies of the paper and have a cutout for my scrapbook. I’m old school that way. But I have to admit the illustration looked amazing in the online version.
Did you hear about the Army’s new grooming policy? Do have an opinion about it? Secretary Hagel promised to revisit the issue after so much outcry, so stay tuned.