Last week, Rhonda Lee, a meteorologist in Shreveport, Louisiana was fired after she responded to an offensive comment made on her stations website. It specifically had to do with her short “ethnic” hair.
I’ve addressed my thoughts on viewers who write malicious emails attacking anchors/reporters in past blogs, so I won’t do that today. What I do want to address is the hair thing.
I for one commend Lee for wearing her natural hair on television because the truth is, I have been to chicken to do it. I’m still one of dozens of black anchors who goes through the long tedious process of getting my hair “blown-out” each week at the salon. I let the perm go a long time ago in attempt for a healthier coiffure. I love my natural hair. I love the easiness of it. I love the curls. I even love when it turns into an Afro. Usually, when I’m off of work for a week, you’ll catch me going natural.
Last year, I surprised my co-workers with my natural do at our annual Christmas party. I was preparing for a huge OMG moment on their part, but I got so many compliments. In fact, my general manager encouraged me to sport the look every now and then on the anchor desk. When he said that, my jaw dropped…honestly it did! The truth is, while the WDBJ7 staff was more than receptive, I don’t think all of our viewers would be. Call me a coward, but I just haven’t been willing to deal with the negativity and nasty comments it could create. At least not so far. I will tell you, I’m seriously thinking about it. One day you might turn on WDBJ7 and see Hollani Davis all NAT-UR-AL!