Ho Sit Down: Sheryl Underwood Explains Her ‘Nappy Hair Is Nasty’ Comment, “I Am Not Ashamed Of My Blackness”

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Sheryl Underwood Explains Hair Comment

Sheryl Underwood sat down with Curly Nikki to elaborate on her highly criticized hair comment on “The Talk.” Check out what she had to say below.

On How Her Words Would Be Received

Sheryl: Everyday after the show, I look at the footage as a way to continue to strive to be better… to express myself better. I play everything back so I can watch, learn and improve. When that segment played back, I knew that it would be misunderstood.

On Her Words Being Misunderstood

Sheryl: The discussion was about cutting and saving hair. I didn’t speak about Heidi Klum or her children’s hair. I stated that the act of saving hair was ‘nasty’. Cutting and saving what I consider as dead… it’s like saving fingernails. People are accusing me of calling natural hair ‘nasty’. I did not say that.

That was a bad choice of words. A bad juxtaposition of words to imply that our hair is not good. I made a mistake. I will own up to that mistake. I’m going to talk to God and change the way I articulate things and be more cognizant. I’m not perfect and I bet if you put a camera on someone all day, they’d eventually say something they’d regret too. I am asking you to forgive me for the statement I made, which to me, is a power only God has, really.

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On If She Has Self-Hate Issues

I’m not what you think I am. I don’t have self-hate. I am not ashamed of my Blackness or who I am. In highschool I had a giant afro. In college I was militant. I loved my afro puff. My dad instilled Black pride in me. I have no hair shame whatsoever.

What She Says To People Offended By Her Words

There is a consequence to everything that you do and say. I understand why a part of my community was disappointed in the implication that Black, natural hair is bad and that White hair is good. I will be much more careful with everything I say. Please do not attack my colleagues, my family, my friends. I’m with ya’ll. I’m fighting for you everyday and despite making myself available on the radio show and on Twitter, I don’t feel like you’re letting me engage in a respectful conversation.

I’m raising money for all 105 HBCU’s and I’m going to use the platform of CBS not to just raise money for them, but to increase diversity- gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, disenfranchised Whites, Native Americans and Black students- so that everyone can get a quality education at an HBCU. If you decide that I am the mission of the march, how do I get people to listen to me when I say, ‘Trayvon Martin is not the only one’, like I said on the The Talk. I can’t engage them, if I’m fighting with you. I feel that my people have a right to speak to me because I’ve been speaking to them. But you have to understand that we’re fighting the good fight everyday. I made a mistake and I’m sorry.

Do you believe her?

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