444 I am not my hair

India.Arie: I am not my hair

I like the words in this song, “… I am not your expectations, I am a soul that lives within”. True, true. And what a presentation. Live. Simple. Heartfelt.


Little girl with the press and curl

Age eight I got a Jheri curl

Thirteen and I got a relaxer

I was a source of so much laughter

At fifteen when it all broke off

Eighteen and I went all natural

February two thousand and two

I went on and did what I had to do

Because it was time to change my life

To become the women that I am inside

Ninety-seven dreadlocks all gone

I looked in the mirror

For the first time and saw that HEY....


I am not my hair

I am not this skin

I am not your expectations no no

I am not my hair

I am not this skin

I am the soul that lives within


Good hair means curls and waves

Bad hair means you look like a slave

At the turn of the century

Its time for us to redefine who we be

You can shave it off

Like a South African beauty

Or get in on lock

Like Bob Marley

You can rock it straight

Like Oprah Winfrey

If its not what's on your head

Its what's underneath and say HEY....


Does the way I wear my hair make me a better person?

Does the way I wear my hair make me a better friend? Oh

Does the way I wear my hair determine my integrity?

I am expressing my creativity..


Breast Cancer and Chemotherapy

Took away her crown and glory

She promised God if she was to survive

She would enjoy everyday of her life ooh

On national television

Her diamond eyes are sparkling

Bald headed like a full moon shining

Singing out to the whole wide world like HEY...


If I wanna shave it close

Or if I wanna rock locks

That don't take a bit away

From the soul that I got

If I wanna where it braided

All down my back

I don't see what wrong with that