Hair Discrimination is Real. Here’s How to Stop It

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Elizabeth Leiba, a podcast host for EBONY Media, remembers the first time her mother straightened her hair with a metal comb. The comb was so hot it sizzled, making 5-year-old Elizabeth afraid it would burn her neck. But her relief at having straight hair made up for it. She finally looked like the other girls at school. 

“I still remember the sting of being a 5-year-old who felt ‘unpretty,’” Elizabeth wrote on LinkedIn last year.

Elizabeth, who now wears her hair naturally, was not the first — or last — Black woman who felt that she needed to change herself

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