Well Done Barbados!!!
When I first clicked play on this video, a huge feeling of nostalgia washed over me and I couldn't finishing watching it. I mean, watery eyes, choked up feelings and all...Not due to it's content of course, just hearing my native accent brought back many wonderful childhood memories. Also, everything about Barbados reminds me of my mother. My parent were both born in Barbados, I'm very glad that I was too! Besides my birth, my umbilical cord's connection to this island is a gift! I attended Four Roads Primary School in St. Philip until I was about 10 years old. Some of my teachers were family and church friends. In 1976, my family migrated to America. I am the eldest of three children; I have a younger sister and brother. I'm so very proud of all the beauty that my lil island continues to offer to the world. I'm so blessed to have gown up in a time when having natural hair, wearing cornrows, corkscrews, plaits and afros was as normal as having my brown skin, a head on my shoulders, two arms and two legs. Growing up, I my hair was pressed with a hot iron comb for church, but mostly stayed in cornrows. My father never like that my mother pressed my hair...
Fast forward to the past three decades: After an era of not expressing or experiencing just how good our good hair really is; it's truly refreshing to show ourselves and the world that being our true selves and our standard of beauty is 'simply beautiful enuff !'(insert Bajan accent here lol). ~ Yendys
VIDEO: Natural hair in focus at Foundation School
Principal Robert Cumberbatch, in his welcome remarks, spoke of the responsibilities that come with freedom: “Freedom of expression is a good thing and in any democracy it is a wonderful thing to have – but freedom of expression doesn’t mean you are free to do whatever you like in whatever condition.”
During the proceedings, students were led in a ‘Natural Hair Pledge’ by fourth former Ariel Waithe, saying: “I pledge that we will always wear our natural, black beautiful hair as a symbol of our beauty; obeying school rules by wearing it appropriately, but wearing it proudly – wherever we go.”
A panel of judges which included teachers, past students and hairstylists judged the 85 students who sported cornrows, plaits, twists, corkscrews and much more for the hairstyle competition. One male student was also allowed to wear his hair in cornrows for the occasion.
Keynote speaker, Nalita Gajadar, gave a brief history of her youth and her hair transformation throughout the years and highlighted the importance of freedom of expression. She nonetheless emphasised, “You are more than what is outside of you”, urging students to concentrate on their spirituality.
The event was coordinated and planned by Annette Maynard–Watson and the African History Month Committee, and the Natural Hair Contest had 85 contestants competing.
Loop News Service
Tags: Christ Church Foundation School, Foundation School, Natural Hair
- Elva Mary Tudor Well done Foundation School . You are creating a healthy platform for our young people to embrace their natural beauty . This will go a long way in creating a new generation that will love being comfortable in their blackness .