Alyce Maddocks is originally from Queens, New York but is currently residing in Charlotte, NC. She is a first year magazine journalism student at Columbia College Chicago. With an interest and passion for an array of music and literature, she looks forward to honing her writing skills so she can pursue her dream of being a music journalist.
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From the times when Christopher Columbus stumbled upon our country, through Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X’s struggle to now, racism has found a way to bleed through history. Though the fight against racism isn’t as formidable as it used to be, racism has been found to directly and indirectly affect the health of minorities, Newsweek has investigated.
Relaxers, perms, flat irons, curling irons, straightening combs, hot oil treatments—we women (and men) of color are no strangers to these torture devices meant to beat our hair into submission. But the question is: Why? Why do we put ourselves through so much pain before we deem ourselves presentable?