Not too long ago Chris Brown released a song called “Need A Stack” featuring Joyner Lucas and Lil Wayne, which also appeared on his recent album Indigo. Before anyone could get the chance to fully enjoy the song, a certain lyric, said by Chris Breezy himself, was heavily pointed out. Summarized, to avoid the language he used, he said that he would only mess with Black women with “nice hair.” This provoked many angry and confused listeners, the majority being Black women. One fan saying, “I’m a Chris Brown fan but hearing that while listening, I’m disappointed. Where did he even think saying something like that is okay…”
Surprisingly, Chris Brown hasn’t always hidden his colorism. Tokyo Vanity, who is in the show “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,” claimed that he would even take his discrimination to clubs. On Twitter, Vanity stated, “… my homegirl went to the club one night with her friends and the section rules were no dark-skinned girls.” The many fans that support Brown’s actions by saying it is his preference are overlooking the many Black women that don’t fit Brown’s discriminatory standards and are being disrespected within every song he creates.
After seeing the backlash he was receiving, Brown attempted to defend himself on an Instagram post saying, “Y’all b****es don’t wanna f*** da n****s wit da f***** up teeth do you?????!!!! Only b****es upset is the uglies, not the Black queens.” After seeing that his comment only made things worse, he resorted to anger. On a later tweet, to summarize, Brown was “roasting” the women that were offended by his remarks even saying that those women have “low self-esteem.” If you want to get out of the whole Brown, you need to put down the shovel.
Black Women, Hair, & Society:
Because what Brown said is bigger than just a song lyric, many of his fans have begun questioning what “nice hair” is. In today’s society, hair that is straight or has a loose curl pattern is often depicted as “pretty” or “good” hair while more tightly curled and coarse hair isn’t. This belief is where the infamous self-hatred many Black women have is brewed. However, thanks to things like the Natural Hair Movement, many women have remained proud of their naturally kinky hair despite Brown’s comments. So ladies, to end Brown’s colorist fiasco, let’s learn to empower and embrace the Afro and love what you’re working with.
By Alyssa Coleman, Sophomore, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep