India.Arie Pens Open Letter to Blue Ivy’s Hair Critics

India.Arie performs at the 2014 Byron Bay Bluesfest April 18, 2014, in Australia.
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India.Arie performs at the 2014 Byron Bay Bluesfest April 18, 2014, in Australia.
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Blue Ivy’s hair has been the talk of social media for the last two weeks. The 2-year-old has no idea, of course, but many came to her defense anyway. However, there were also others who tried to draw attention to themselves by starting fake petitions demanding that Beyoncé and Jay Z comb the toddler’s hair. 


Their daughter has been ridiculed to no end. From R&B singer Syleena Johnson comparing the child’s hair to Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s to people on social media calling her hair unkempt, some people have had nothing good to say at all. But others have come out in full support of the child.

Blue Ivy has a fan in India.Arie, whose song “I Am Not My Hair” shot her to neo-soul stardom. Arie took to her Twitter account to put those who sit behind keyboards and make fun of a child in their place:

Why does ANYone get the idea that its ok to make fun of a child?

In public no less?

This celebrity culture that hypnotizes people into thinking a person is LITERALLY NOT REAL because you see them on television is a spell the watcher HIM or HER SELF MUST BREAK.

Blue Ivy — is a CHILD.

and ANYONE thinking to themselves right now:

"But she was born with a silver spoon in her mouth so what does it matter what I say"

Denying ANY PERSON their humanity , is a GAME we should ALL stop playing. 


Because it's the kind of PERSON YOU WANT TO BE.

Why NOT be a person who is loving towards human kind as a whole AND people as individuals?
WHY NOT be a person protects the hearts of children?

I think! all these people making negative comments would feel the SAME WAY if Blue Ivy's hair were TOO DONE. If she had a relaxer, of Hair pulled too tight at the edges.

being gentle with a child's hair is simply appropriate - this goes the same for ALL children. 

come ya'll Lol

Were ARE better than this. 


Wise words from India.Arie, who clearly understands that Blue Ivy isn’t her hair and the public needs to do better. 

Yesha Callahan is editor of The Grapevine and a staff writer at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.

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