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MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Debuts Natural Hair and Newborn

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Melissa Harris-Perry, host of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show recently tweeted a picture of her newborn daughter along with her loose natural hair.

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Harris-Perry is known for rocking her signature individual braids on her show and lauds that her maternity leave will allow her to relax…the natural way of course!

We love her hair! What are your thoughts ladies?

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Miss T
Miss T
6 years ago

She can’t wear her loose natural hair without extentions because she’s on tv? I dont get it…

momofIV
momofIV
6 years ago
Reply to  Miss T

I can only guess they want her to look more “ethnic” maybe. She looks radiant and happy. I wish her the best.

Chika
Chika
6 years ago
Reply to  Miss T

She actually addressed this before. She said that since she started the show with braids, she wanted to continue wearing braids for her show in order to remain consistent. You know the white folks who watch the show probably can’t handle the fact that black women can go from braids, to curls and kinks, to bone straight hair in one month.

Nik G
Nik G
6 years ago
Reply to  Chika

Melissa began wearing braid extensions because of health issues. She addressed in a Curly Nikki interview:
http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/03/msnbcs-melissa-harris-perry-on-her.html?m=1

AHouseHead
AHouseHead
6 years ago
Reply to  Nik G

I’m confused, she had a hysterectomy in 09 and is on maternity leave in 2014?

Dolores
Dolores
6 years ago
Reply to  AHouseHead

She and her husband used a surrogate. She is on maternity leave to care for and bond with her baby — not to recover physically.

Novella L
Novella L
6 years ago
Reply to  AHouseHead

She just adopted the baby they refer to it as maternity leave but it is actually under the Family Medical Leave Act which entitles you to the same benefits as a mom who just given birth. 🙂

Dolores
Dolores
6 years ago
Reply to  AHouseHead

Novella,
Can I ask where you got the information that she adopted the child? I just read a very detailed post on MSMNB’s website (written by MHP) that says that the child is biologically theirs although they used a surrogate. Her hysterectomy was only partial.

Also, you’re right about the FMLA, but it also covers maternity leave (as well as leave for serious illness).

AHouseHead
AHouseHead
6 years ago
Reply to  AHouseHead

Thanks Dolores for the info!

Dorian
6 years ago
Reply to  Miss T

Yeah, that tweet stayed with me also. But I can see how getting out the braids would be more liberating.

Marra Joelle
Marra Joelle
6 years ago
Reply to  Miss T

I’ve read/ heard from multiple people in media that once you start with a look you kind of have to stick with it. Think about Anne Curry or Soledad O’Brien.… same hairstyle for yearssssss lol

Mocha126
Mocha126
6 years ago

I love it, thanks ^_^

jasmine
jasmine
6 years ago

holding her baby! you can tell she’s to the moon with joy!!

melanie washington
melanie washington
6 years ago

I love her show, She is informative and wish lots of great things for her and her family.

LBell
LBell
6 years ago

Congratulations MHP! You are most certainly NOT your hair! 🙂

stephanie
6 years ago

I like it! The braids are probably good protection under all those hot studio lights.

Paula
Paula
6 years ago

I like MHP but her logic doesn’t make sense. It’s fine if she chooses to wear extensions but it’s erroneous if she tries to make that about the demands of consistency on TV. All she’d have to do is twist her own short hair, and keep twisting it. It would just get longer, little by little, over time…what, other than her own personal choice, would prevent her from doing that? Am I missing something?

cacey
cacey
6 years ago
Reply to  Paula

it depends on her hair, though. if her hair’s like mine, that would not work, because my hair frizzes up very easily and i’d be guaranteed to have to redo those twists at least twice a week, which would kill my hair over time because the extra manipulation would be overkill. i think media personalities have to subject their hair to more abuse than your average woman necessarily “has” to to look presentable enough for the camera, because you know how people criticize. while we here on the natural board can deal with frizz, the difference is we’re not in… Read more »

BEBE
BEBE
6 years ago
Reply to  Paula

What she probably didn’t want to say is that her producers/managing editors/or news directors may not accept natural hair as “professional”. The larger stations have consultants telling them which colors to wear, how to accessorize, what makeup looks best, etc. I worked at a station that required all the reporters wear bobs, and no one could wear glasses on air. It gets very specific.

cacey
cacey
6 years ago

i have a question, because i’ve noticed this about newsanchors in general. are they not allowed to change their hair up? or at all? because every news anchor i can think of that i’ve ever noticed has always kept the exact same hairstyle. so if she had straight blonde hair, she keeps that to the end. if she had curly ringlets, she keeps that- like Sage Steel on ESPN i think. if she had braid extensions she keeps that, like Jamil (Jameel?) on ESPN. I forgot her last name. is it like taboo for them to change it up?

Flynfab
Flynfab
6 years ago
Reply to  cacey

I don’t know about it being taboo or not but Jemele Hill on ESPN does change her hair style often, though for the most part the change is still some sort of braided style.

cacey
cacey
6 years ago
Reply to  Flynfab

yeah that’s true. she keeps the braids but will pin them up in various updos

alpha_centauri
alpha_centauri
6 years ago

those arent braids. those are twists

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago

I love this brilliant and beautiful black woman…that is all!

Jacky
Jacky
6 years ago

Lovely! Her natural hair is great, i wonder why they don’t allow her to wear it on TV. Cute baby too

ElleBella2011
ElleBella2011
6 years ago

Melissa, I love your show. I am also glad you changed your hairstyle the first twist/braids look too heavy for your hair and I was afraid the whole time that they would have a negative effect on your hair health. The smaller ones suit your face better.Enjoy your new baby. Peace and love to you and yours.

Christi
6 years ago

Come on ladies! Stop focusing on the hair! This is a beautiful black educated woman who just had a baby. Who cares if iris gets biologically or not. Black women stop picking apart every little thing and let’s get ourselves together please!

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