Linda Alila

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Switching gears: I'm in the Boston Globe!

Posted by Linda on May 16, 2017 at 6:25 PM

It's true. I'm in the Globe, but not for my art. 

So, switching gears for a moment: I heard that two 15-year-old girls at a Malden charter school have been hit with multiple detentions and are facing suspension. The reason? They wore braids.

The two girls in the middle are Mya and Deanna Cook, respectively. They are standing with their parents, Aaron and Colleen. (Photo courtesy of the Cook family, in The Washington Post)

I wore box braids (and once, a weave) in high school. To be perfectly honest, my braids weren't nearly as nice as theirs. But I promise you that wearing hair extensions never got in the way of my goals, nor should they have. I was livid that the Cook girls were being pilloried for their hair. I wrote a letter to their school. I then posted the letter on my wall, with my high-school photo (which I'll spare you here). At the suggestion of friends, I then submitted a modified version to the Boston Globe's Letters section, and it was accepted. The online version is below; the print version will be available tomorrow. (I didn't choose the heading, btw.)

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