African news anchor Barmel Lyons went viral for wearing her natural hair on the air for the first time.
The Atlanta-based media host and content creator wore her natural curls on the CBS46 News set for the first time.
Like most Black women, Barmel chooses to hide her natural curls under European style wigs because she has been conditioned to adopt society’s beauty standard for hair.
Barmel posted a video on Instagram after freeing her curls last week.
She captioned the video:
PUT SOME RESPECT ON MY CURLS listennnn the crown is here to stay baby [crown emoji]!
As a reporter sometimes you are faced with challenge of being and doing what’s “appropriate” what’s considered “acceptable” & “non-distracting” but the #Atlanta community, family and peers have shown me so much love [heart emoji] NO MATTER if you are straight, curly or protective – as long as you are SHOWING UP as YOU Your authenticity will always shine through. There is so much power in my crown [Black power emoji].
Put a “[crown]” emoji in the caption & SHARE this video if you agree.”