Everything You Need to Know About The Crown Act
Updated: Mar 2
As we watched The Oscars last night, we honestly didn't expect to see any Black winners. Given the fact that only five African-Americans were nominated with Cynthia Erivo being the only actor up for an award, we were absolutely stunned in the most pleasant of ways when "Hair Love" won Best Animated Short Film.
"Hair Love" tells the story of Black father and his struggle to style his baby girl's hair. The film was produced by Karen Rupert Toliver and directed by Matthew A. Cherry who was a former NFL player with a short-lived career before entering into the film industry.
When the two accepted the award, Cherry spoke of the importance of The CROWN Act stating, "If we can help get this passed in all 50 states it will help stories like Deandre Arnold's ...stop to happen."
Last month, Arnold, an 18-year-old senior in the Barber Hills Independent School District (Texas), was told he may not be able to go to prom or walk in his graduation if he did not cut his locs. While the policy is legal and applies to all males with hair past their shoulders, many are saying it's a form of discrimination. The CROWN Act exists to prevent issues as such from rising.
CROWN stands for "Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair." So far, it is has been introduced to over 20 states, including Missouri and Kansas, and has been made legal in California, New York, and New Jersey.
According to The Crown Act website, "the CROWN Act expanded the definition of race in the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and Education Code, to ensure protection in workplaces and in K-12 public and charter schools."
To learn more and to sign the petition, visit thecrownact.com.