Although it has been over two decades since Spike Lee’s film “School Daze” depicted African-American women fighting the age old good hair/bad hair, light skin/dark skin battle, here we are in 2012 and the saga continues. The classic scene of the collegiate themed film depicts two groups of black women going at it over looks and hair.
The Wanna-bes were the pretty, light-skinned, long-haired, economically well-off women; while the Jigaboos were the dark-skinned, militant, politically and socially conscious women. The desire for fair skin and straight hair is an issue that dates all the way back to slavery. In the modern world, the light skin vs. dark skin phenomena also known as colorism is a major tension in the African American community. But why? We know back in the days of slavery, fair skin blacks could pass for being white. However, today we live in a free world so why does skin complextion still matter. And what is good hair? Is there a such thing? We will explore all of these questions in a conversation about the WANNA-BE’s and JIGGA-BOO’s this Sunday at 4pm on TRENDING WITH EZ on WOL 1450 AM and woldcnews.com.