Anchor’s video sparks national conversation about natural hair in the workplace


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCN/WNCT) – A news anchor at the Greenville television station WNCT has started a debate on hairstyles in the workplace after making a video and posting it to the station’s Facebook page.
 
Angela Green addressed the issue among coworkers because one of the station’s college interns had faced the issue of her hairstyle in the past and she wanted Green’s professional advice.
 
The intern told Green that people have said to her that her hair is “Too big and I needed to straighten it…Straighten it out. It would be distracting.”
 
“Distracting, well that is a very interesting word. But in the world of TV we see it all. It just depends in what market, what audience you’re looking for right now,” Green told her. “And really [it’s up to] your bosses and what they allow you to do. My advice is straighten [it] for the sake of the school project.
 
“Depending on what market you get in, when you’re older, that is something that you have to deal with. But in the workplace, just for this one, my suggestion was to just straighten it out just to please everybody.”
 
Green said that she only gave the intern her personal advice based on her experiences in the television industry and not a statement on what hairstyles are allowed or not allowed, accepted or not accepted in the workplace.
 
The station took the question to social media and received an overwhelming response.
 
Since Monday, the video received more than 860,000 views and more than 3,000 comments on the post.
 
It’s also become the topic of a national talk show and trended on national websites like theroot.com.

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