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The Internet Comes for Tia Mowry… Because of Her Son’s Hairstyle?

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There seems to be a trend online as of late. Folks have made it their personal mission to provide their unsolicited critiques when it comes to how celebrities should style their children’s hair. From the tactless petition to Beyonce regarding Blue Ivy’s coils to the more recent policing of the hair styles Tia Mowry chooses for her son.

The actress has been sharing a lot of family photos on her instagram account lately and some folks took this as an open invitation to weigh in on her son, Cree’s hair:

 “His hair is cute but I do agree with some of the ladies. No son should have a bun in their hair.”

Cut that boy hair”

I guess to each it’s own, but I’d never allow my son to have long hair nor would his father if I had a son, let alone a bun on top of his head. I don’t understand it.”

Yeah, buns are for girls. I’m not into it”

Tia took to her account shortly after and responded to the critics:

I am proud to have a SON that embraces his natural hair :). Hair length does not define your sex. Last I checked a penis and a vagina does. Pick up a book, educate yourself, and embrace cultures outside of your own and maybe you will see that there are PLENTY of MEN wearing top knots and MEN with long hair. Here’s a shout out to all the moms who have boys and girls with natural hair! ???? Live ON!

We’re with Tia! The toddler is adorable! Celebrity parents or not, we should remember that these are still kids. Leave them be!

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In defending Tia, some have pointed out that she’s clearly an involved and caring mother, so why should her son’s hair matter? Also, there are plenty little boys of different races running around Hollywood with long hair… so why is it a problem with Cree? Would we have the same issue if this was Angelina Jolie’s child?

Do you agree with Tia’s response? What would you have done if someone decided it was necessary  to ‘check’ your parenting on social media?

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kendra
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kendra

It’s cute and adorable. I just gave birth to my son and I’m definitely gonna let him embrace his natural hair whether it’s top knotted or flowing free. Let kids be kids 🙂

Bee
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Bee

This is probably easier said that done but I doubt I’d respond. These things will continue to happen with people who are popular and have a lot of fans, because everyone wants to voice their opinion. I personally do not mind the natural hair and most boys have natural hair, the issue is the length. He has lovely hair but the two buns is a bit feminine in my opinion. My views are based on how I have been socialized.… would have been different if it was in one, no bun.… but this is not my child. She should feel… Read more »

Emma J B W
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Emma J B W

Tia’s son is delicious! I love his hair — Some people need to know that not all of their opinions are welcome.

ninagirl93
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ninagirl93

I love it! raising a black boy not to be confined to a rigid and damaging performance of masculinity (yes, I got all that from a hairstyle). good to see tia mowry stay woke coz patriarchy sure as hell don’t sleep

Miss T
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Miss T

I’m sorry, but when did being masculine become damaging to males? It’s sad that people nowadays think women being women, men being men, boys being boys and girls being girls is wrong. Last time I checked we were created male and female. I don’t have a problem with the length of his hair, but I personally don’t like to see little boys looking like little girls. There are boys and girls for a reason. Now that I’ve given my opinion, now others can give me their opinion and disagree with me for believing in creation.

Carlee
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Carlee

If you don’t already understand the construction of gender AND sex, I do not have the time to educate you. You need a full course of the sociology of gender 101. Girl… bye.

Miss T
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Miss T

In all seriousness, please explain, because the sexes, ie.. Men and women were constructed by the Creator.

Dananana
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Dananana

By that logic Miss T, so were intersex and transgendered individuals. I’m still waiting for your point. When did masculinity become defined by a specific hairstyle?

flouncingtart
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flouncingtart

Gender is socially constructed, just like race is socially constructed.

Many non-Western cultures, pre-colonisation, had third, fourth and fifth genders, not only “male” and “female.” Some cultures still have different/more inclusive gender classifications.

Thinking that hairstyles do or should denote the gender of any individual is ridiculous.

naturally Tee
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naturally Tee

The internet is always worried about other peoples kids. It’s adults doing this is well their kids are going to follow their lead and growing up as bullies who spend all day on gossip blogs.

i'm here for it
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i'm here for it

That boys top knot is one of the best I’ve ever seen on naturally kinky hair! Makes me so happy to see a BOY being raised to love his natural hair and not be shamed into cutting it all off.

Kudos to you, Tia!

dayshia
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dayshia

people care too much about the wrong things

Jo
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Jo

Policing someone else’s child aside (which is a HUGE no-no and should not be anyone’s business) are we still living in such a gendered society where a child’s hair-do is considered to be “for girls” or “for boys”? Gender, like race, is a social construct and has nothing to do with what is healthy and appropriate for a child. I especially appreciate Tia speaking out about hair not determining a person’s SEX, as in the biological sexual organs they are born with. She know’s what’s up!

taylorjbeans
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taylorjbeans

People jealous because his bun is on point.

Nappy4C Rocks
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Nappy4C Rocks

yep, I wish my topknot looked that good!

Chante
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Chante

Lies, there are probably more men/boys with hair in the world than not.
Flyest top knot that I ever did see! Move on folks

Racine
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Racine

The people posting these negative comments about the aesthetics of other people’s kids, who they don’t even personally know, have way too much time on their hands and need to get a life outside the interwebs.

tangela
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tangela

When I see young boys with long hair, my first thought is that the mom wished she’d had a daughter instead. It could be worse, I guess. She could have put pink barrettes in his hair =

linda
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linda

Must ALL black boys keep their hair cut real low to their scalp?

lily
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lily

i dont see anything wrong with his hair being long and in a bun? plenty of the boys in my family have long hair and thats part of our heritage/culture so i dont get this at all

nubiahbella
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nubiahbella

I am assuming the same people who find her boy’s bun/ hair length too feminine are the same ones who find Black women with short hair masculine?

rlw
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rlw

U tell em Tia!!! Her son is adorable! !

MsUnapologetic
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MsUnapologetic

My son had a bun, but because someone else’s theory I ended up cutting it, but unfortunately my 7 year old son has major disabilities and it’s very difficult to continue to cut his hair.….…. My plans for him is to let the Naptural Natural grow back.….… Just crazy cause my little girl 4 years old wants long hair and well, unfortunately she was born with a Mohawk and has very short thin curly hair.…… But I love her Naptural Natural length as well

octavia
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octavia

My nephew had waist length curly hair and he cut it off because he got teased for it.Kudos for Tia for teaching her son to embrace his curly hair, and not be ashamed for rocking his natural texture. And all the people who commented on his top knot being to “feminine” is probably jealous. Tia must be doing something right his hair looks healthy and well cared for.

lottie b!
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Cree is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous, just like his mama! My now 22yr old son did not get his first haircut until he was 4 or 5yrs old. The ONLY reason I cut it was because I couldn’t handle ALL of his hair and mine put together. That child had so much hair it wasn’t funny. I agree with several of the posts that hair DOES NOT determine ones’ masculinity(nor femininity for that matter). I nearly choked on my coffee when I read Tia’s response. Folk are FOREVER bumpin’ their gums about what someone else should/shouldn’t be doing. GIT ‘EM Tia!

Elle
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Elle

When you see racist trolls attacking kitten videos on YT, you know it’s time to disengage from online ‘conversation’. I like that she fought back, anyway those trolls need to handle the boots on their leased cars. But IMHO pulling the plug on bullies, hitting ignore and living your fabulous life fully is the only response. Gorgeous bun on her cutie!

Marra Joelle
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I really can’t with people today! Does the boy look like he’s being abused? Like he’s not being fed? No? okay good, go about your day.

Andie
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Andie

Seriously!

Aly
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Aly

Number one: stop talking about other people’s children. Honestly that should be it. But two, he is super cute and she’s right, there’s lots of men who have long hair and lots of them who wear it in buns. It’s really not that serious.

Andie
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Andie

One of my biggest pet peeves in LIFE is when other people take it upon themselves to talk about someone else’s child–if you don’t have something nice or constructive to say, especially as it pertains to children, why open your mouth to begin with? It really makes no sense, and especially something as the way a mother chooses to style HER child’s hair…? Are you serious?! It’s outrageous. The fact that these people would take time out of their day to be so rude, judgmental, and close-minded really only speaks to their character. He’s not your son, why do you… Read more »

Kathy
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Kathy

Well I guess I’m going against the grain, with everyone here and agree with the article to a certain point. While I feel it’s nobodys’ business how they choose to style their child’s hair, I think what the article is stressing is that if you’re going to style your son’s hair in styles (buns, long braids etc..) that are normally seen on little girls, then you’re making the style more masculine than feminine. I have two daughters and when I style their hair in cornrows, no matter how “feminine” I try to style it, the other kids will tease them,… Read more »

Rinny
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I don’t believe the article made that point? Maybe I’m missing something here. :/

Jasmine
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Jasmine

You sound ridiculous.

Frosted Cherry Pomegranate
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Frosted Cherry Pomegranate

A lot of people do not know this but in the Old Testament, the Tribe of Priests (the Levites) were not permitted to cut their hair. To cut your hair was seen as unholy before the Living God, Yahweh. Now, in the New Testament, I do not know why Paul (which in the Greek is PAULUS or PAULOS meaning literally LEAST) said that men should have short hair — as he considered himself one of the most pronounced teachers of the Old Testament laws and traditions!? These views about men and hair come from false understandings passed down through generations… Read more »

0101
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0101

Yeah…
“Manbun“s have been a thing for a while.

http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/fashion-blog/2013/oct/16/man-buns-hair-trend-jake-gyllenhaal

You see them a lot on celebrities and in high fashion.
I guess those women have been living in a cave? lol

Babe is cute- let him be cute.

Destiny Rhea
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Destiny Rhea

Idk who they have seen but I have seen quite a few grown men(black men at that) walk around with buns.Especially the ones with dreads who have their hair in “flat twist” back into a bun or any other style of their choice .It’s also cute to see little boys and young men with long hair.Why can’t they embrace their hair like women do?

misunderstood
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misunderstood

I don’t know why or understand why folks are so opinionated when it comes to other people chidren’s hair. As women, we are protective over our children by nature,so why would some folks have the audacity to tell a mother to do something with THEIR child’s hair. I don’t get it, nor do I want to. Mind your own business!! sheesh !!!

fjkel
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fjkel

Ya’ll know darn well, no one thinks about the Mowry sisters seriously.

Patricia
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Here’s the thing. I am absolutely cool with whatever SHE wants to do with her son’s hair. But the statement about HIM “embraces his natural hair” is nonsense. He’s not old enough to embrace anything. He’s wearing and doing whatever his parents mandate. That’s all from me…

Gloria
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Gloria

agreedd

ikad
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ikad

Kids that young ARE able to feel good or bad about themselves. And it’s ALWAYS better for them to feel good, right? I’m sure his mom has a lot to do with that. So I guess in that regard I agree (but toddlers do have opinions, for sure!). I’m sure she’s doing a great job raising him and his hair looks cute.

Jo
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Jo

So many men have buns with long hair or have long flowing hair (straight, wavy, curly, in locs, in corn rows…) in general. There was even this one male rapper with pigtails at one point (I believe he still wears them).

I see no issue.
o_O

cinn
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cinn

If we welcome conversation on the internet, than we must take the ignorance that goes with it. If you define masculinity and femininity in a child by colors and hairstyles and toys (the list can go on…) then YOU are the problem. Just let them be children.

hello
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hello

Maybe I’m the only one but the Mowry sisters are always whining about something, I didn’t even know people actually talk about them until I see one of them bring attention to it. Build some tough skin you are a public figure you have been in the game since you were children. People are ignorant and will say anything to get under your skin and these girls play into it. Learn to ignore it or leave social media alone.

Truth Hurts
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Truth Hurts

People have “downed” your comment but you are only telling the truth! Every time there is a Tia/Tamera sighting its them complaining/b*tching about something or some one!

ikad
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ikad

I don’t know much about them other than them being actors, so maybe you’re right. But to me (from my POV) it wasn’t whining. She addressed a group of people once, and made her point and probably moved on with her day. I like when celebs share their feelings (and in some cases “clap back”) because people think it’s okay to share their “opinions” but want celebs to be made of stone. Furthermore, it’s pretty cool to hear another perspective. I remember when Snoop used to wear shirley temple curls lol. Yeah I thought it was feminine (didn’t really care… Read more »

Prettydarkskinnedgirl
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Prettydarkskinnedgirl

If #longhairdontcare & Cree doesn’t care (& he clearly has no damns to give about the style of his hair…ooh bunny!) then the judgey folks on these here interwebs shouldn’t care neither!
#getyolife

CC
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Honestly this kid isn’t old enough for ppl to be talking about him. He is like 4.…seriously get a life. He seems like he has more of one than the people who are criticizing him. Kids can’t even enjoy their childhood nowadays!!

Revelry
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Revelry

Please I can think of a few popular men in Hollywood with buns. Russell bran, the mighty Thor aka Chris hemsworth, the sexy Charlie Hunnam *drool*… You get where I’m going, or at least I hope most of you do. It’s hair people. If I had a girl I’d let her rock an undercut which is primarily a “boy” hair cut. Longest it’s healthy and the kids are happy does it really matter?

CurlyGirlLov
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CurlyGirlLov

Unless a child is in physical or emotional harm mind your own business. Who knows maybe Cree asked to have his hair in two buns… She is teaching him self expression and that sometimes its okay to go against the norm. So what if two buns styled the way his hair is is typically seen in girls there are plenty of things girls do that is typically considered for guys that is acceptable. I hate double standards. And I hate people unnecessarily critical of children that hows how people grow up with self esteem issues because they were put down… Read more »

Victoria Owl
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Victoria Owl

I think her response was great. People need to spend more time investing in how they can better themselves and their community vs investing in other people’s business, especially trivial matters such as this. But I am curious, why do some people feel the need to critique the way a parent chooses to style their child’s hair? Especially if the child is very well cared for? I think his hair looks awesome!! Live and let live.

Napturally Kia
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Napturally Kia

seriously? people complain because blue ivy’s hair isn’t up to their standards and looks “unkempt” (which i disagree with wholeheartedly) and then these same idiots complaining about Tia’s son hair in buns? i would put my sons hair in mini puffs all over his head when he was a baby. i can see if he had barrettes hanging off of em but damn. yall need to chill. we have bigger issues going on right now like the stuff going on in ferguson. wake up. put your energy into stuff that matters.

User5-6919
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User5-6919

On my black American side of my family, all boys below the age of 4 have had the same hair as girls. I didn’t think this was unusual. We don’t cut their hair, and they wear it in braids, afros or pulled into top knots. I saw this amongst other Afro-Americans, so I generally thought it was standard. Side note: I really dislike the current trend of disrespecting people’s children in magazines and the internet. I unsubscribed to a magazine because it called a little toddler girl “white trash.” I was shocked. Now you have people talking about children’s hair… Read more »

O
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O

@User5-6919 it’s not standard but more importantly it is not standard to respect a kid’s agency. If a boy is happy with hair whether it’s long or short it’s no-ones business. When I was 11 one of my friends’ brother’s was really upset. He was 4 and his mother refused to let him cut his hair. Eventually he got his dad to take him to the barber and was much happier. He just wanted to fit in. (He didn’t get bullied because he had a group of older kids keeping an eye out for him.) Funnily a few years later… Read more »

LadyShawann
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LadyShawann

One of the Chicogo Bulls player always wears a top knot on the court, I didn’t think it was a big deal.

AfroCubanaChica
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AfroCubanaChica

and his big old ass looks a damn fool.

Truth Hurts
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Truth Hurts

He wears his wear on top of his head while he is playing but if u ever seen him on his days off his hair his down. The bun/top is for convenience.

Andria
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Andria

There’s NOTHING wrong with this child’s hair! It’s cute, actually. And it’s obvious that Tia takes care of his hair. Oh, and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls wears his hair in a bun for EVERY game!

Darlyn
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Darlyn

Ever since I’ve been natural, I’ve always hated the fact that people are so rude and ignorant towards Black men who wish to grow long hair.

My boyfriend wanted to grow long hair but when he went job hunting, the managers didn’t wanna hire him because of his hair, so now he’s forced to cut it low.

Susie
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Susie

Once he lands a job, he can let it grow. But make sure he reads the company policy concerning hair. If there are no provision, make sure he retains a lawyer should they try to fire him. Learn to play the games ladies (and gentlemen). Learn to play the game.

Treacle
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Treacle

…Yeah, trust me they know how to play it well too…They’d soon start finding fault with his ‘competence and performance’ then if he objects ‘problems with his aggressive attitude’ .…..Sigh. :-[

Lénora
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Lénora

I love Tia response, Live on people.

Hannah
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Hannah

I feel as though she could have handled her response a little differently seeing as having vaginas and penis’s don’t actually define the gender you associate with.

Anon
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Anon

She stated sex not gender. Sex refers to anatomy, while gender does not.

Truth Hurts
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Truth Hurts

If we seen this child in our neighborhood the first thing we would say is “why dont they cut that boys hair”. I personally dont like to see young boys wear their hair in feminine hairstyles, black or white, it makes them look like a girl. I think its the parents wishing they had a daughters, to style her hair, so they take it out on their son and his hair.

charity
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charity

That’s your own issue. Don’t push your personal preferences on other people.

crazy carly
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they are not pushing. they are merely voicing their opinion. I hate it too.

flouncingtart
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flouncingtart

This is as silly and incredibly narrow-minded. Stop promoting these backwards ideas about what constitutes as “boy” and “girl” hairstyles. Many people think short hair is also “for boys” when they look at us short-haired naturals.

Danielle
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Danielle

I like to let my sons hair grow out, but I in no way want a daughter.. He’s 3 with brown curly hair. I just think he looks cute.

Leah
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Leah

People need to get a grip…it’s just hair, for crying out loud. As long as the could is healthy and happy, and the parents are loving and caring parents, should it really matter to others how the child’s mother chose to fix the child’s hair????? Really, there’s far more pressing issues that we should concern ourselves with, really!!

Yeashan Banks
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Yeashan Banks

He looks adorable. I hate when people gender police the babies.

transitioningchica
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transitioningchica

Her son’s hair looks too feminine, BUT he is HER son, so why should I (or anyone else) care?!?! Let them live.

Susie
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Susie

Aw, he looks so cute. I tried growing my son’s hair out, but he likes to pull it out by the root. When he grows out of this phase, I’m going grow it long and put it buns too. And the first wench that steps up to me about it will be eating a serious knuckle sandwich! People need to mind their own business!

Joyce
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Joyce

Why anyone would have the temerity to pass judgement on how a parent chooses to style their son or daughter’s hair is completely beyond me. Did I miss the insects crawling in the child’s hair? Does he appear to be neglected or unhappy? Is there reason to think his hairstyle will turn him into a deviant of some kind or a homicidal maniac. Is there a chance he’ll become a drain on society? I’m willing to bet dollars to donuts that none of us would stand for this type of useless and demeaning righteous indignation if it were pointed in… Read more »

GuestyGuest
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GuestyGuest

Damn, people were really complaining about his hair?
Why?!
Tia, as a mum, is taking care of her child’s hair — what’s not to love about this image?

jslxoxo
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jslxoxo

How is this any different from when guys wear their hair in afro puffs/ ponytails? What do you expect when you have a male with long hair? Us women, don’t even like to have our hair down all the time. And those who are saying “cut his hair,” that just like saying women should be allowed to wear shorter hair cuts. People nitpick every little thing, instead of minding their and their children’s business

Stacey
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Stacey

???????????????????????? and that is all I have to say to Tia.

Stacey
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Stacey

I was trying to use the emoji hand clap symbol. I applaud her for her comments and mentioning to folks to think outside of their culture.

KCM
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KCM

I agree with Tia…sex is determined by penis and vaginas. My 8 year old son just had his waist-length hair cut this spring. He was ready and so was I. He is handsome BEFORE and AFTER. Remember this is NOT our child but hers and he is really small. Maybe when school starts but if not so what?! Not society’s decision but the the parents! He looks like a little boy and we do not say this to boy children in other cultures. Why as an black child is it necessary to keep the hair low? As long as it… Read more »

CJ
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CJ

my boyfriend has beautiful mid-back length hair and wears it in top knots all the time and people have no issues with it. if our son wants his hair long like his daddy when he gets older then so be it. your child should be able to express themselves freely and openly. why do people think it’s adorable when little girls have pixie cuts, but when boys have long hair it’s an abomination? last i checked, hair doesn’t identify gender.

waza
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waza

i think its cute

ashley
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ashley

Um, what about ALL the men with locs? Isn’t their hair long? Don’t they put their hair up in buns and pony tails?

Kim
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Kim

Love u sister sister and both dem babies !

Fran Davis
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Fran Davis

I wish people would stop policing other folks preferences. I remember when I was thinking about cutting my hair off, one of my girlfriends expressed that I would look like a boy. I told her that boys don’t have curves and that shut her up. Hair does not define you.

Jom
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Jom

At least his hair is combed unlike Blue Ivy.

Leevora
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Leevora

There is nothing wrong with Blue Ivy’s hair! I think it’s become so important to have that stringing straight look, that everyone forgets our natural hair does not work that way.

It’s such an insult when people say her hair isn’t comb, because one it is. Two, it’s still growing out, and three when did afros become a mean to insult a black child!

You see a snapshot of her hair in the outdoors and do not take into count the wind, the sun, or any of the other factors that affect black people hair.

Just ridiculous!

Angel
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Angel

You Ignorant Twit. Wth is her natural and beautifully kinky supposed to look like? Take the kinks outta your damn mind instead your hair. Your definition of combed is twisted and you sir/madam are confused b/c it doesn’t look like what your slave mentality mind thinks it should. Ignorant twit.

Meret
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Meret

So true!

Margie
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Margie

I THINK THAT PEOPLE SHOULD MIND THEIR BUSINESS… THAT LITTLE BOY IS NOT BOTHERING ANYONE NOR IS HIS HAIR… PEOPLE NEED TO FIND SOMETHING MORE SERIOUS TO GET INVOLVED WITH INSTEAD OF WORRYING ABOUT HOW SOMEONE WEARS THEIR HAIR…PLEASE GET YOUR LIFE AND TURN TO GOD TO SEEK HELP! YOU’RE DOING A GREAT JOB TIA DON’T LET THESE PEOPLE SIMPLE MINDS GET THE BEST OF YOU!!

Ria
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Ria

I think it’s a bit hypocritical to say a boy/man can’t have long hair but it’s ok for a woman to have a twa or shave her head or whatever. We need to stop trying to place gender restrictions where they are not needed.

Adía
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Adía

There are not ” PLENTY” of men wearing their hair like her son. He son’s hair looks great but most guys don’t hair long hair and she knows it

Leevora
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Leevora

Where are you from??? Why don’t you take a look around and see how many Native Americans are proud to where their hair long. And my God they are some of the best looking men in today’s world!

All I have to say is Thank God the white America who tried to erase the beauty of Native men did not succeed! Now let me go find some sexy chocolate men with long dreads. Mmm

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CP
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CP

Thanks Leevora for your great comments and some of us need to get to know folks beyond the USA :-)…just broaden our horizons and open our eyes

Roe
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Roe

Great response Leevora.
It always surprises me that there are still plenty of ignorant people like Adia, it’s sad really.

Leevora
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Leevora

The only reason my son hair isn’t long was because I was a first time mom and really had no clue how to maintain long hair with African hair. I wear twists or weaves all the time. But now that he’s getting older and into his own style, he’s thinking of letting his hair grow out and I’m all for it! Found a great barber shop that’s excellent with maintaining healthy black hair on men or female. So, YOU GO TIA! There is nothing wrong with boys and especially men having long hair! And it’s such an insult and completely… Read more »

Xae
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Xae

I see it as people wanting to get noticed for negativity but then you look at them and they have nothing good going. It’s a combo of attention & cultural brainwashing that has been going on for YEARS. We need to educate our own people about our hair. This topic is ridiculous.

me10
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me10

Tia is better than me because if somebody “came” for me about MY baby’s hair — u better believe I would come right back!!! Black people have to stop this RETARDED shhht with hair! Let her raise HER CHILD the way she wants to with her husband! I wish somebody would… oh good God!!! I would be READY!!!!!!

kayy
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kayy

I personally have never been a fan of little boys with longer hair but then again that’s not my child and its none of my business and that’s the mind set that critics should have before they decide to give their opinions on something so silly as a child’s hair. She and Beyonce and every other mother in the world can do what ever they please with their babies hair

Treacle
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Treacle

I don’t know why but it always makes me think …“she really wanted to be doing this with a little girl but oh well..This’ll have to do until a little girl comes along”. I’ve heard other mothers admit this (that don’t/can’t have another child). I can understand the indulgence; but would have to draw the line at dressing him up with accessories and little dresses(!)

Toni
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Toni

Buns are not for guys? Wow. Clearly these people have never bothered to look at the traditional male hairstyles of Incans, Aztecs, Polynesian or East Asian men…ever!

Desie-Ann Taylor
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Desie-Ann Taylor

We live in the USA … Just saying. People Also scream at Rachel Zoe to cut her son, Skyler’s hair as well … Blacks are just afraid it will make their boys effeminate wearing long hair. I believe that’s the underlying concern

Victoria
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Victoria

There is nothing wrong a boy with a ponytail, he can wear his hair however he pleases.

Chrissy
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Chrissy

He’s so cute. His hair looks healthy, clean, and maintained. I see no problem here.

Aliyah
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Aliyah

People are ridiculous I think guys should be able to wear buns and long hair . I see guys with long dreads and long straight or curly hair all the time ! It’s also ok for girls to go bald and wear ’twas . When I cut my hair I was criticized and told I looked like a boy and a dyke and I look ugly with short hair . I don’t listen to them I like my hair the way it is and they don’t know why I cut it . Anyway blue ivy is gorgeous Tia’s son looks… Read more »

Sassy
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Sassy

There’s nothing wrong with his hair. My son is a curly natural with toddler waist length hair. He rocks everything from a puff to braids/twists and even double buns like these. I don’t plan on cutting his hair. What folks need to do is mind their own business. If there is no bodily harm or abuse of any sort, then keep your nose out of other peoples business.

Meret
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Meret

Sorry, no boy needs to be rocking waist length hair.

Dananana
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Dananana

Why not, Meret?

LaBellaBre'
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LaBellaBre'

Good lawd there are so many other important things going on in the world that need our attention and backlash, thingsbof which do not include a Black or multiracial child’s hair. Black folks always tryna tell somebody who they need to look like and how they need to wear their hair. I wish somebody would tell me I can’t let my son grow his natural hair long, whether loose, twisted or loc’d. That person would receive a prompt dressing down. The closed minds of our people really need washing and renewing. Look around the world at cultures other than your… Read more »

Claudia
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Whenever possible, be unique and inspire. LEAD , DON’T JUST FOLLOW!

Andrea
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Andrea

I agree with her but I also wouldn’t put my child out there like that on social media unless just for family and friends. Not the masses and subject him to that criticism. Not every comment is going to be nice. None of the nice comments were mentioned in this article btw so seems like some people jump on tne negative.She is the celebrity and she chose that life style. He did not. It’s not like papparazzi took the picture.

Toni
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Toni

This was clearly a paparazzi shot and there only so much that stars can do if they are not threatening the physical safety of the child and star. They can be reclusive and only take photos to send to family, but if the paparazzi snap photos and post them online, they have no power over that. Those are the pictures that people pounce on. Some stars seek the camera at every waking moment, whether they have an innocent child around or not (*cough* Kardashian). However, stars like Tia Mowry are pretty low key and seem to keep their children out… Read more »

nappy headed black girl
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No children here but I’m all about a child being a child. They have the rest of their lives to conform to someone else’s idea of how they should look. Crazy hair colors, funky cuts, and yes, buns…I’m here for it.

There’s also something in my head about black people being super aware/critical of/over zealous about being uber masculine and how I think this may stem from slavery and our men having their masculinity stripped away but I’m too tired to form a coherent thought right now…

Starzzzy
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Starzzzy

Speaking on Angelina Jolie, yes people do make comments about Shiloh and the fact that they allow her to dress boyishly and have short hair. People also complain about Willow Smith’s ever changing hair. And, well Blue Ivy (who has more hair than some hating adults) cannot seem to catch a break (we’re looking at you BET). People probably should worry more about educating their own children and leave the celebrities alone.

Meret
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Meret

That hair is not suitable for a boy his age. She needs to cut it.

NaturallyBlessed
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NaturallyBlessed

It’s funny to me how people are determined to voice there opinion about a child’s hair rather than commending a parent for being involved and active in that child’s life. To those who are more concerned with other people’s kids: let’s take a look at your kids hair and see what recommendations we could provide you.….

Paris
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Paris

Crazy! ! He had nice long locks why not twist his ponytail around! ?

lovey2014
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lovey2014

If the little boy new better, I doubt he’d be happy with a “girls” hairstyle.…

yukA
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yukA

or better yet.. if the general public knew better, they wouldn’t still group children into gendered stereotypes.

Shaun
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Shaun

YOU don’t even know better. “KNEW”, meaning having information of something.…“NEW” is the opposite of old!!

Marie
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Marie

Seriously? Not sure why this is even an issue. Haven’t you ever heard of the tradition of not cutting a boys’ hair before he’s 3? Ask your grandparents.
There are so many black cultures where boys have long hair. I know plenty of families with boys that had waist length hair and didn’t get it cut before middle school.
Her baby –> her choice!

Dee
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Dee

Troy Polamalu’s hair is insured for a million dollars. It has become his signature. People seriously need to back away from being keyboard warriors and keep their opinions to themselves sometimes.

ikad
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ikad

I swear black women are starting to grate my nerves concentrating on trivial stuff, and talking about children. And I AM a Black woman, and very proud of my culture. But anyone who has a problem with how she chooses to style HER son’s hair need to have a seat. WHY is it okay for women to wear short natural hair, long natural hair, locs, cornrows, etc. etc. but anytime a hair is out of place on a celebrity or in this case “too girly”. I mean come on, Tia got yall straight, read a book and learn about other… Read more »

TruthHurts
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TruthHurts

@ikad: the problem is we(the so-called black man/woman of America) have no culture. We view one another through a European lens. This is why black women spend millions of dollars on colored hair weaves, colored contact lenses and skin lighteners. This is also why professional black men believe having a white wife defines success. To all black Americans I am here to tell you, your hair will NEVER be straight enough, your skin will NEVER be light enough and you will always feel like an outsider trying to fit in.

tyty
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tyty

Well. he is cute with long hair like his mom hair. She let him wear it way she want it. I just wear mine braided all the time. I got nap kind of hair, but he seem he got soft , nice hair. Don’t talk bad about kids. He got to wear way mom want it. If you got nature hair, wear it. Peoples with cancer loose hair, when it come back. They stay nature till they can put perms back in it. My sister did it. I have seen lot boys with hair like this. Baby and dad.

Auriol
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Auriol

They need to leave tia along and let hee worry bout her child last time I checked guy’s who have natural hair puts there hair in a bun or a ponytail it don’t matter cause that’s their hair. Let tia do herself and continue to be the loving mother that she are if you don’t like her son hair in a bun then that’s on them. They need to stay out her business and worry bout their child

Carol
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Carol

Boys should be boys regardless. Girls should be girls regardless. Dont get gender differences twisted. It goes way past whats in your pants. Females treat boys like girls, dress them like girls, have their hair done like girls usually want girls. Straying away from a physical appearance of your gender should only be done by an adult who is capable of making that decision. There is a reason why men dont wear dresses, pantyhose, high heels etc. Society dictates those difference many years ago. Girls wearing ponytails and boys getting a haircut is the natural order of things.

Nyeira
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Nyeira

if society dictates those differences, how is it the natural order of things? thanks for your contradiction and biased opinion.… but maybe critically think before you make a statement that makes you sound like a sheep of society.

Ria
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Ria

So not true, in the bible Sampson had long hair and it was his strength.….so r you saying God is wrong also!!! Read a book and sit down,

jeanette
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jeanette

Says you. I know many “gay” guys with short hair. Natural order of things has nothing to do with how you allow your children to wear their hair. I know many straight women and little girls who wear very short cuts. Come on now your comment is your personal opinion, not a “natural order” of things at all.

Fairy
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Fairy

You sound so stupid it’s not even funny!!! Natural order of things? So if we are to go by your definition of “natural order” then little girls shouldn’t be walking around with short hair. You my friend is a damn fool!!!

Crystal
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Crystal

Who cares about his hair. Hes adorable. Everyone should mind their business and get a life. Tia gave a great response

Shaun
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Shaun

I agree with Tia. I highly doubt that when she posted the pic it was with the intention of receiving unsolicited advice on hair styles. It’s sad that so called adults have nothing else better to do in life than to talk abt a child’s hair. So sad. Men have been wearing braids & ponytails for years!! I don’t recall hearing all of this mindless chit chat abt Snoop Dogg’s hair styles. He’s had braids (cornrow & box braids), ponytails & pigtails. Before u start with the drama that he’s Black & other races don’t wear “girl hairstyles”…I don’t recall… Read more »

nduskyovich
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nduskyovich

you people are being very petty… mind your own fucking businesses! Many kids who had a decent haircut all their lives ended up in Ur prisons so go figure. where did their mamas go wrong? Repression breeds mania. Tia is showing cree that he can choose to keep his hair anyway he wants it and he should( am sure she’s also doing everything possible to make sure) as long as he turns out a fine young man in character. am sure she’s focusing on what’s in his skull not obsessing about whats growing on it like the rest of your… Read more »

Helena
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Helena

Seriously, leave this baby alone! I just love his hair! I agree with another poster here that diverse cultures all over this planet feature males with long hair and hair styles. I’m sure this boy’s mom and dad are ensuring that he is growing up with a healthy self-image of himself. What a waste of time, as we should be concerned with more important life and world issues and challenges!

Sheree
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Sheree

There’s nothing wrong with long hair on a boy, she probaly can’t braid and has to have someone do so she just threw it in 2 buns, I would have just done a ponytail to the back but thats my preference.I grew up in Philly and plenty of black men and boys have crazy long braided hair several of my cousins included. At leaset she keeps his hair healthy, its not dry, frizzy or just untidy
P.S I don’t think people are talking about the child they know he can’t help himself he’s governed by his parents choices.

kay
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Sorry, but he does look a little prissy

Siera
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Siera

Prissy? Seriously? He’s 3 years old…smh

Chocolate Poodle
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Chocolate Poodle

If thats what she wants to do then thats fine!Its better than not combing the childs hair at all(lookin at you beyonce)and im sure her son doesnt matter wat his hair looks like its just hair and hes just a child.This is nothing to be so worked upon

Monet
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Monet

Love the way she responded. I would ask for the hypocrites to comb it since they seem to know better but they probably don’t have any hair at all (the ones you pay for don’t count) or their head looks like a bag of trash. Ijs…

Cesile
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Cesile

I live in Trinidad (a Caribbean island) and many of the little boys wear cornrow hairstyles until they are 3 and some even until they are 5, before getting their 1st haircut. No one fusses about it. So when I read this article, I was like ‘Really??? People look for anything to create an issue’

Lis
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Lis

Reminds me of the bun won by Sikh men. Those guys are great warriors and athletes.

MomofZs
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MomofZs

Just cut my boys hair on his 3rd birthday. My black family wanted it cut at 5months, my white/Hispanic/Arab friends were upset when I cut it at 3yrs. Funny thing is when I cut it he looked like a girl with short hair. When it was long in a pony tail he looked like a futbol player. Good news is, his long braids were donated.

KenyanBunnie Covet
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KenyanBunnie Covet

Hair grows, if it starts getting long again, ask him what he wants to do.

psyko Delik
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psyko Delik

We are in a new age of breaking gender roles Letting a boy have long hair doesn’t make him gay. The hatred towards what is different will change his world.dressing you boy in a dress wearing pick or playing with dolls doesn’t make him gay. if you don’t believe me before WW2 the color for boys was pink and the color for girls was blue.boys wore dresses until there 5 because pants were so expensive. the bible tells you not to cute your hair and African traditions your not supposed to cut your hair until you are five. and further… Read more »

Victoria
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Victoria

I think u grown ppl need to get a life.Its sad that y’all are hating on a child.No it may not be for ur child but then again it isnt your child so mind ur business!!!!

CheRon Robinson
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CheRon Robinson

So…Snoop Dogg (or Lion) who is a “gangster” rapper, can wear braids, platts, ponytails, even hair balls, and no one says a word. She’s pulls her son’s hair up and it takes the world by storm… I suppose…

jillabuss
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jillabuss

I have a great grand son who has long hair. His mother prefers it that way and so do I. Everything of the African Americans culture has been taken away from them: Language, Religion, all traditional customs.LEAVE THE HAIR ALONE. This is one NATURAL aspect that CAN NOT BE STOLEN.

Meriyem
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Meriyem

JFC, people will see a child getting literally screamed at by their parents and be like : not my business, it’s their child. But the moment a little dude have long hair it’s a fucking social issue ??!!!
What is wrong with people ?

Tiffany
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Tiffany

My 7 year old son has shoulder length curly hair. He LOVES a top knot. He thinks it makes him look like a samurai warrior.

Janet
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What’s wrong with his hair? I have seen plenty of boys and men wear ponytails, knots or whatever. Cut his hair for what? His hair is beautiful. Didn’t Sampson lose his strength when his hair was cut? Who told us we have to cut our boys hair…relax our girls hair? Where did we really get this bs from? Tia should have told you to kiss her biracial or black azz.

Eunice B. Barnett
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Eunice B. Barnett

HIS HAIR IS BEAUTIFUL AND SO IS HE, WE HAVE THIS ISSUE WITH OUR 2 YR OLD GRAND SON BUT LONG HAIR WE DON’T CARE HE ALWAYS HAD LOTS OF HAIR, SO FIND SOME OTHER ISSUE MORE IMPORTANT THAN PICKING ON KIDS ABOUT HAIR.

NaturalRebel
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NaturalRebel

I honestly find it hilarious when women like to insult little children like Tia’s son and Blue Ivy and more. With their own child, they put it in “acceptable for society” tight sleek buns, tight braids with a million “cute” beads, barettes, bows and headbands that weigh down the poor child’s hair, and by the time they’re about 10 or so their hair is thin, damaged, and most likely relaxed. But hey, it’s damaged but at least it’s not “nappy and uncombed” like Blue Ivy’s or “girly” like Tia’s son. After all it’s always good to teach the boys (that… Read more »

CC
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CC

First of all i want his freakin hair it’s gorgeous and healthy lol. I have never been a fan of long hair on men until Jason Mamoa. Anyways of track lol. Its her son and his length is her business. I personally wouldn’t let my sons hair grow that long, but the key words are “my son”. That boy is healthy and happy and that is all the matters.

superwolfkin
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he’s a little kid. if he’s wearing a bun and I don’t like it.. :shrug: whatever he’ll grow up. it’ snot *that* big a deal.

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