I don’t usually keep up with the latest celebrity news. However, I was browsing the Internet recently and this particular story caught my attention.
Actress and mother, Halle Berry and her ex, Gabriel Aubry have had several public disputes and disagreements about their 6‐year‐old daughter Nahla, who they share custody of, since their breakup in 2010. She recently took Aubry to court and obtained an order to ban Aubry from touching their daughter’s hair.
According to TMZ.com, Halle Berry is accusing her child’s father, a white Canadian man, of straightening and chemically lightening their daughter’s hair to make her look more ‘white’ and less African American. Berry believes the changes made to Nahla’s hair could lead to psychological damage if she later believes her biracial appearance isn’t good enough. Halle and her ex have a troubled history when it comes to race, with court documents revealing she has accused him of calling her a nigger, and encouraging their daughter to downplay her African American heritage.
After an intense debate in court between Gabriel Aubry and Halle’s attorney Steve Kolodny, the judge ordered that neither Halle nor Gabriel could change Nahla’s hair color or texture. So, essentially, little Miss Nahla is ‘going natural’.
Now, I am not a mother myself but after reading the story, I wondered what I would have done in her situation. To be honest, I would have done the exact same thing. For many mothers who have daughters, styling their daughters’ hair in cute pigtails or ponytails is the norm. So, it is quite saddening to see or hear of young children who are being involuntarily exposed to chemicals from coloring or straightening. I have even seen children as young as 2 or 3 years old whose hair was relaxed by a parent or guardian. In light of this I have to ask:
Did Halle Berry overreact or is she justified? What would you have done in her situation? Share your thoughts.
Manuel‐Logan, Ruth. Judge Orders Halle Berry’s Ex To Stop Straightening, Lightening Daughter’s Hair. http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2014/11/28/judge-orders-halle-berrys-ex-to-stop-straightening-lightening-daughters-hair/.