Jada Pinkett Smith and the new black motherhood

Ever since pictures surfaced of Willow Smith with a “teeny weeny afro,” critics have wanted to know why Jada Pinkett Smith “let” her daughter cut her hair. Pinkett Smith wanted them to know it was none of their business and with one social media post illustrated a shift in black parenting and images of black motherhood. This may have come to as a shock to some who see African-American women as uniformly rigid, and not positively so.

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