Last year, several high-profile incidents surfaced involving little Black girls being teased or dismissed from school because their hair. From 7-year-old Tiana Parker being sent home from school for her dreadlocks, to 12-year-old Vanessa VanDyke being nearly booted due to her ‘fro, 2013 was a difficult year for little girls with natural hair.
But a new project aims to change that. Inspired by VanDyke’s story, Ariane Roberts decided to write and illustrate a book about hair for little girls.
Vanessa has such a strong sense of self, but there are many young girls that are her age that do not,” Roberts wrote on Kickstarter. “Also what is sad is that this is not the only incident where young girls of color are told by their schools that their hair is unacceptable. So I decided to create a character that would empower young girls and young boys of color to have that same esteem that I saw in Vanessa.
Jaime Loves her Natural Hair is the story of a young girl that realizes that her hair is different, but loves and accepts who she is.
Roberts is attempting to raise $7,000 to produce Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair, a book that will hopefully inspire girls to embrace the hair God gave them. The book, aimed at the Pre-K to second grade set, has already raised $1,700 and Roberts hopes reach her funding goal by the end of February.
Ariane Roberts is a blogger and natural hair enthusiast. She is also the creative force behind BlackNaps.org, a site that provides information and support to women who rock natural hair.
Head over to Kickstarter to hear more about the Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair project and to donate.