The “Soul Cap,” which helps protect voluminous Black hairstyles like afros and dreadlocks from the chemicals of the pool, was banned from professional swimming competition – though the ban is now under review. Danielle Obe of the Black Swimming Association talks about the cap and why the ban is a barrier for Black athletes.
For generations, Black women and men have faced discrimination based on their hair. Last week, Connecticut became just the latest state to sign a law banning bias in workplaces and schools against natural or protective hairstyles like braids, locks and twists. LX Host Ashley Holt breaks down the history of hair discrimination in the U.S. and why Black hair is...