Twitterers Attack Gabby Douglas for Having “Bad Hair”

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins

Like the rest of America, I was overwhelmed with excitement about the achievements of the great Gabby Douglas. Douglas has set the world on fire, and broken records in the process.  I was especially inspired after finding out about the sacrifices Gabby’s mother made in order for her to be successful.  As the first black woman to secure the all-around gold medal in Olympic gymnastics, she has inspired people around the world for generations to come.

That’s when the small-minded haters come in.

The latest conversation tearing up the Twitterverse is the talk about Gabby’s hair.   Some women are taking issue with Gabby’s pony tail, pins and gel needed to hold her hair together during stressful performances.  I guess being the greatest gymnast on earth doesn’t mean anything if “yo weave ain’t tight” in the process.

Allison Samuels at The Daily Beast discusses the issue in detail.

“I love how she’s doing her thing and winning,’’ says 22-year-old Latisha Jenkins of Detroit told The Daily Beast. “But I just hate the way her hair looks with all those pins and gel. I wish someone could have helped her make it look better since she’s being seen all over the world. She representing for black women everywhere.’’

Also, celebrity hairstylist Larry Simms also chimed in on the conversation.

“It’s taboo culturally to be seen in public with a kinky hairline and your ponytail is straight,” he said. “The textures don’t match her own hair and the added-on hair and that’s a problem. I think black girls in particular view her as a representation of themselves for the world to see. She just needs some Smooth and Shine gel and she’d be OK.’’

First off, we must make it clear that most of us are not so ignorant as to reduce one of the greatest performances in the history of sport down to how well the performer is “styling and profiling” on the sidelines.  Most African Americans were inspired by Gabby’s performance, and not in the least bit distracted over non-sense about her hair.

Secondly, for those who are tempted to erode the self-confidence of a shining superstar who has overcome the odds, I only say shame-on-you.  We apologize if Gabby was too busy training to spend her Saturdays with you sitting all day at the beauty shop.

Also, the black obesity/diabetes/heart disease problem can be directly traced to millions of women who won’t go to the gym because they are afraid of sweating out their hair.  Sacrificing your health in order to keep your hair together only makes you look that much prettier at your funeral.

This sad and pathetic focus on style over substance certainly defines the weak, superficial value systems that have been adopted by too many of us today.  The girl with the cute hair and Gucchi shoes often thinks that she’s better off than the little girl who knows how to work hard to make something out of herself.  I argue that we should we all do what we can to put an end to such nonsense and squash these sad and worthless conversations before they even begin.

Gabby (who I refer to as “The Flying Princess,” since I hate the name “Flying Squirrel”) is nothing short of an American hero and she’s every bit as beautiful as the little girl who missed gymnastics class last Saturday because she spent the entire day at the salon “getting her hurr did.” Beauty is more than scalp deep, and our kids need to understand this message clearly.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

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  1. Cheri

    August 3, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Amen! That young, beautiful champion is 16 years old. She has work hard to get where she is. Leave her alone! How many of us would be able to do what she is capable of on the first place. My guess is not to many. I’m so proud of her!

    • Steph

      August 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

      ITA with this article. I’d rather stay in shape than worry about naps. With so many of us obese, diabetic or with HBP, health should be the focus, not hair. As usual, some Black women have their priorities screwed up. I’m proud of Gabby and her accomplishments at such a young age. She’s done more at 16, than some of her critics probably have or ever will in their lives. Her hard work, positive attitude, and superior athletic performance are what matters.

    • Barbara

      August 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

      To the haters that are complaining about Gabby’s hair. What are your kids doing? Any Medals in the house?

      • Jackie

        August 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

        Yes, exactly.

      • Ronald B. Saunders

        August 3, 2012 at 11:57 am

        Barbara: The people who are attacking and complaining about Gabby’s hair are nothing but pure unadulterated brainwashed slave mentality Negroes who are still hung-up on the slave-masters standards of beauty. This is why these type of Negroes spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year to straighten their hair to make it look like the hair of European/Anglo American female. The people who keep frying their good God given hair also have process minds.

        All hair made by God is good hair. All hair forms are different and all hair is good. Good hair is clean, natural hair that allows air in, prevents lice and allows you to sweat and enjoy swimming.
        All people adopted keen physical traits to the climates in which they were in or migrated to. Wherein kinky wooly hair was a necessary physical adaptation to the harsh sun and subtropical climate which was closer to the equator.

        When will African Americans finally ostracize from their DNA the brainwashing and indoctrination of the slave masters culture that they so love and adore?

        All Americans can take pride in the accomplishments of the Virginian Gabby Douglas who has been outstanding role model for young people around the globe.

        Congratulations to Gabby Douglas for performing in a yeoman like manner both on and off the court/gym. Go Gabby Go!

        • Katy

          August 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

          You said it perfectly, my brother. I get so disgusted with the number of slave-mentality Negroes that are still among us. You would think that in the 21st Century, they would have acquired some self-esteem. Always focusing on the wrong, superficial things. I have worn my hair in locks for the last 11 years and, sadly, I get more compliments from white people than from my own black people. If these Negroes had a clue, they would see that white people are trying to be more like us while (some) of us are trying to be more like them. Go figure!

        • Jah Larry Dread

          August 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

          “This is why these type of Negroes spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year to straighten their hair to make it look like the hair of European/Anglo American female”…that’s a lot of money with most going to the Asians and every other neighborhood but ours. Black people (women) and those with the hair issues Ms. Gabby’s photos has been viewed around the world wearing her own GOD giving! Can you speed walk around your block?

        • BreakingBad

          August 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm

          @RBS…tHaNkS very much, my sentiments eXaCtLy

      • Vita

        August 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm

        @Barbara: you said a mouthful! The “hater’s” kids have medals…police bracelets and a monitor around their ankles. Why do folks criticize like this when this young lady was a major achiever and winner at the Olympics? I didn’t even focus on this child’s hair….she got the “gold” and the “haters” got nothing!

    • BigWill

      August 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      Black women and men need to stop being HYPOCRITES. Y’all know damn well we’re ashamed of our natural hair, that’s why we go to such great length to hide it, dye it, fry it, perm it, weave it, wig it and anything else we can think of so the world won’t see our natural hair. Black ppl are sooo caught-up in this European idea of beauty and don’t even realize it. Instead of criticizing the appearance of Gabby’s hair, we should be ashamed of setting a horrible example. Nowadays, to be considered attractive every black woman has to have ‘Long, Straight’ hair. Am I the only one that can see this madness??

      • KeeperofWisdom

        August 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm

        Believe me…you are not the only one that can see this madness.
        But 400+ years of being enslaved means 100’s of more years (evidently) trying to “straighten” out Black people’s minds and insanity.

        In the 60’s we were trying to get our act straight…”sayin’ it loud about being black and proud (including acknowledging the beauty of our natural hair). All this hair weave and “long straight hair” especially the example set by Black female celebrities, continues to signal our mental illness.

        Peace and blessings…

      • jimi P

        August 8, 2012 at 6:27 am

        true that!! I noticed her hair but It was only after someone spoke out about it. What I noticed most of all is this wonderful human was very talented, black,and when she spoke; intelligent, beautiful, inspiring to me, made me feel great that When a person puts their all into something – positive results occur – Gabby my hat’s off to you. God sent you to do what you do. That’s it in a nutshell.

    • Peaches

      August 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      I whole heartedly agree with you. Did any one pay attention to who she gave recognition to, it wasn’t the almighty “hairstylist” it was to the glory of the Almighty God. We can only imagine that she has little or no time for a fashionable doo, which by the way it won’t be long before she’s a millionare with all the sponsors wanted to take her on. Not to mention all of you critics did you think about offering your service for “free”? Criticize her now, but remember that this beautiful young lady is an inspiration to our little girls as a role model that gives them something to look forward to that they can do it to. Same thing with the President of the US our young men can do it too. We have enough criticism from the world we as a people need to start believing in ourselves and our own abilities and stop allowing the media to be an open forum for you to disrespect yourself. Learn to love yourself and pick your battles. Negative comments are so unnecessary. God is love and peace is God.

  2. Allison

    August 3, 2012 at 1:39 am

    She is amazing,

    As a black woman I was just proud that she did such a great job. For those who are commenting on her hair, all I have to say is, she’s winning metals at the Olympics and you’re sitting at home on twitter…so shut it!!

  3. Francine Taborn Cappe

    August 3, 2012 at 2:54 am


  4. Phyllis Brown

    August 3, 2012 at 4:57 am

    As a mother of two beautiful African American daughters I have always stress to them it’s not what’s on your head but what’s in it.

  5. Karen

    August 3, 2012 at 7:09 am

    STOP IT YOU HATERS!!!!! Our preoccupation with hair keeps us out of so many arenas. Celebrate with Gabby and SHUT IT PLEASE. Let Gabby enjoy her time in the limelight and stop trying to piggyback on her fame. When are we going to learn? I know lots of girls with great hair and style and absolutely no life or accomplishment to show. Really people???

  6. Patrice

    August 3, 2012 at 8:29 am

    So sad! Let’s focus on what she has done. I want to know how many of them could what she has done. It’s not about the hair,it’s about how proud she has made us!!!

  7. Rabiyya Smith

    August 3, 2012 at 8:33 am

    The comments regarding her hair are so asinine, just another portrayal of our crab in the barrel mentality. And of course, Boyce Watkins would find it necessary to highlight the foolishness! I’m so sick of this site!

    • Mz

      August 3, 2012 at 9:43 am

      I see you don’t really get much news. This article is an extension of what has been posted in the mainstraeam. In fact, posted it a few days ago. I, too have a love/hate relationship with Dr. Boyce however, you are off base with this one! I can appreciate his stance because the White media did not approach this the way Dr. Boyce has. They only made it clear that our ignorant behinds can’t even watch the Olympics without being petty. I would’ve never thought of looking at this little girl’s hair while watching her soar in the air! We are a sick generation of Black Women! Its even funny that the article states that someone named “LaTisha” can be so critical! I’m proud of the Douglas family-Gabby keep doing your thing, no place to go but up!

    • Terrill

      August 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Well, you have the right to stay off of this site. Not trying to be ugly. Much Love and Respect my Queen

    • OhBrotha!!

      August 3, 2012 at 11:56 am

      ur the only one making sense to me.

    • BigWill

      August 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm

      I’m glad Dr Watkins is holding up a mirror, showing us a reflection of our stupidity, hopefully it will cause a positive chain reaction.

  8. Gabriel

    August 3, 2012 at 8:41 am

    Gabby is amazing young lady! Twitter people that are negative…please get a life.

  9. Sharon Parker

    August 3, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Let’s not focus on negative people – Let’s focus on the fact that we have a “Flying Princess” and many of our children will follow in her footsteps.

  10. Sargendo

    August 3, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Beautiful hair (straight Caucasian/Asian hair) means spending a lot of money and wasting a lot of time on your hair to make it not look like the hair God gave you, and the end result is having a very low self-esteem, self respect and being jealous of a beautiful young woman’s achievement. To the hair haters “Loose those cheap twitter boxes, shut up and dissappear,” “Put dirt in your mouth,” and by the way “Get rid of those fungus infected, long, fake talons you call nails,” “No mater how beautiful your fake hair is, you can’t get a man”.

    Gaby Douglas has proven to herself, her family and to her country to be the greatest. I am very very proud of her. This young lady has given us hope for our future generation. GO GABBY, AMERICA IS VERY VERY PROUD OF YOU!!! We love you <3.

  11. Floyd

    August 3, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Those same hatters are the ones who want unnatural hair and will spend
    hundred’s to make themselves “white”. We need to embrace the gift God
    gives us and love its beauty. I am surprised they have not spoken about
    Gabby’s color, nose and lip characteristics. When people do not have certain traits that is a gift from God, they will try to destroy it.

    Gabby you are an example and inspiration to all young females and males in the whole world. There are many more Gabbys who can perform very well
    and all is required are inspirations and parents to believe in their capabilities.

  12. sasack

    August 3, 2012 at 8:46 am

    When are we going to can this shit. Shame Shame.There are still Black People ashamed of being Black.

    • Barbara2

      August 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

      You are so right. It seems nearly impossible to get that self-hating Slave out of some of us.

    • BigWill

      August 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      Judging from our behavior, appearance, inner thoughts and social media conversations, it’s safe to say the majority of black people are ashamed of their African heritage.

  13. Samantha

    August 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

    The same dumb chicken heads that are making those ignorant statements are the same ones with cute hair and a zero bank account. The ignorant heffers will pay hundreds of dollars to get their hair done and screw to pay their rent. It’s a shame that some of our priorities are still in the toilet. Gabby is an example of what they should strive to be.

  14. elrancho2

    August 3, 2012 at 8:51 am

    It’s just another example of how shallow so many of us have become. We have adopted meaningless and superficial values and forgotten the important and joyful things in life. Well done, Gabby. Your achievements are immense and all decent folk are very happy for you and proud of you.

  15. Sherry

    August 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Raibiyya, you are so right on many levels including this “Obama hater”, “Negative” site.

  16. Tiamette

    August 3, 2012 at 8:52 am

    The greatest gymnast in the world is subjected to racism at the hands of her own community. Shame on the African American community whose self-hatred won’t back down for one moment. She has achieved greatness beyond expectation, but God help her because she is black it wasn’t enough.

    Hopefully she didn’t read those ugly comments.

  17. Chocalatediva

    August 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Wow I really can’t believe that people are so focused on this young lady’s hair, instead of commending her on such an amazing and outstanding job. People we really need to stop this… I praise Gabby and her family for the support and love that has been shown. Go Gabby with your “Gold”!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Roz

    August 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I am not focused on Gabby’s hair, I am proud of her performance and that she is an American Olympic winner. And, she articulates well in front of the press. All the negative comments is just a bunch of crap! Gabby can now worry about her hair and everything else now that she has sacrificed the way her hair looks in order to be a gold medal Olympian. Gabby’s priorities obviously are straight and all those who are worried about her hair have missed the point.

    • Omar

      August 3, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Her hair probly isn’t a big concern to the Asians that she has been living with the past 3 years

  19. NativeNewYorker

    August 3, 2012 at 8:57 am

    We all know that many African American’s suffer from self-hate, but with all the crime and black on black crime happening thoughout urban America can we not celebrate the first the first American woman to win both golds at a single Olympic. Gabby should be celebrated. She’s a great role model and she won because she is focused, dedicated and worked extremely hard. She did not have time to worry about her hair. Her hair is pulled back in a ponytail like all of the gymnists (white, asian, all). Why are we focused on her hair and not her skills? Why are you Boyce Watkins highlighting self-hate and foolishness instead of writing her bio to inspire more of our youth?

    • Omar

      August 3, 2012 at 9:09 am

      Why are we focused on her race and not her skills? *shrug* If ya ask me Blacks need to stop tryna get all emotionally involved with every controversy that involves another Black person. I nevr see White folk always callin for White unity. I say support who u wanna support and stop making race an issue and then complain when race becomes a REAL issue

      • Ronald B. Saunders

        August 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

        Omar: Its called Black Unity.

      • Satchel

        August 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

        The focus is on Gabby achieving the status of ” Best in the World” and we (Black People) naturally share the emotions with our family members. The controversy, is that some members of the Kneegrow sect of the Black Family is so narrow minded as to chose to focus on Gabby’s hair, rather then her achievment. This a family affair, I would not expect you to understand.

    • Evelyn

      August 3, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Absolutely;it should not even be given any credence.

  20. sad sad

    August 3, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Black Women and there damn low self esteem issues! ALL BLACK WOMEN SHOULD GO NATURAL!

    • BigWill

      August 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Your suggestion “ALL BLACK WOMEN SHOULD GO NATURAL” In 2012 and beyond it’s never gonna happen. Black women have been convinced if they wanna catch a white man their hair must be long and straight like white women.

      • sad sad

        August 4, 2012 at 9:21 am

        naw they not trying to catch a white man, they trying to impress brothas, it’s kind of confusing because I see some white dudes going after sisters with naturals and locks, test the theory out! I only see brothers saying bad stuff about sisters with naturals. but if every sister goes natural what really could we say but “ooh ok” and I bet that start a ripple effect them other races gonna start locking up they hair start getting “BLOW OUTS” remember “big hair” in the 80’s that came from us wearing Fros and such in the 70’s, a sister with a natural will bring the almighty “good looking” white chick down a couple notches, the only reason why white chicks are even on the “level” they are on is because sisters basically encourage it. They think they the sh*t because of sisters dropping 3k-5k a month on hair to look like them. You have the most independent, outspoken, strong willed species on the planet trying to mimic you. that would boost anybodies ego.

        here is a quick story, I know Im typing alot but screw it, when I was in high school there was this sister who had a fro, she always wore it in a ponytail tho, and I remember brothas was always looking at her my self included because she was ez on the eyes, darkskin nice thighs fat ass u know like 5’6, but something about the fro repelled us away, its like noone wanted to even be seen with her, then Junior year came and she came to school with a relaxer perm or whatever its called, and she literally became popular overnight, she couldn’t keep the brothas away from her. My best friend had literally fallen in love with her, In my mind I was like “really nigga”, Now that im older I see error in my ways, and you see how ridiculous this how relaxed thing is. Its ridiculous how we repel from our natural beauty SMH

      • Ronald B. Saunders

        August 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

        BigWill: Word!

  21. fred sims

    August 3, 2012 at 9:01 am

    To those haters I say “what is you 16 year old daughter doing”? Gabby problem is simple she don’t have a CD ready to drop.

  22. Junior

    August 3, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Key word is small minds, with even shorter attention spans. Frankly I was too captivated on herfirmance to bother looking at her hair.

  23. TeeJay

    August 3, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Gabby 2 me you’re beautiful from your heart warming million dollar smile to your excellent responses when being interviewed naturally your
    superior skills as one of the greatest gymnast who can still add to your
    collection of Gold and at the same time benefiting your peers by having them believe “hey maybe i can do that”. Finally God Blessed you with all your features (hair) included, continue excelling.
    Love u Much,
    Your # 1 Fan.
    Tee N H-Town

  24. Omar

    August 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Mane who the fuc cares? I bet niggas don’t know the name of none of the other Olympians xcept Gabby. Fuc her and her hair. And all these Coloreds that hop on the bandwagon to help highlight how different Blacks and Whites are but then want to be treated equally. FOHWTBS

    • BigWill

      August 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Omar, you’re an ignorant bastard that’s hated by everyone on this site. Do us all a favor, just go somewhere and die!

    • tawanda

      August 4, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      damn you jealous white trash. get off of here. you white folk kill me, you say you hate blacks but you all up our assholes.


    August 3, 2012 at 9:06 am

    To hell with those simpletons while eating their cheetoes and typing/tweeting gibberish against OUR NATURAL TREASURE GABBY DOUGLAS! That young beauty broke records!! and if the only thing wrong THEY could find WAS HAIR…….. Then THEIR mothers did an awful job at raising idiots!!

  26. Tariq Shakoor

    August 3, 2012 at 9:07 am

    This is the most disgusting thing to come up in a long time. When are we going to leave the slave mentality of using “white folks” as the standard of excellence, good looks and good hair. We are a deeply flawed race. Those people who are concerned with Gabby’s hair are of the most ignorant walking on God’s good earth. You should be ashamed of yourself!

  27. margaret weldon

    August 3, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Dear Gabby….Ignorance is “colorblind” even when it comes from those who look like you. I am so very proud of all you have accomplished in the Olympics. You have set the tone for young african-american girls to be all they want to be. I watched you and your mom giving praise and glory to HIM. He equipped you for the battle and made sure you were able to stand up under all of it. Done deal!!! Delivered!!! IM PROUD OF YOU GABBY!

  28. cyd

    August 3, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Lets ignore these ignorant people who are showing their self hated and low self esteem by criticizing that beautiful young lady. She is awesome, talented and a GOLD MEDALIST representing the USA! Kudos to her family and her mom who nurtured her exceptionally talented daughter!! Amen!

  29. Dawn

    August 3, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Gabby you are Gabulous!!! Do not pay attention to simple minded “ignant” black folks conditioned by wicked white creatures to live in stinkin thinkin self-hating toxic mindset. You are a beautiful & great God give asset – Keep It Moving! Sweetheart, those blacks proud of your success got you through prayers and lifting you up! May God continue with his protection around you!

    To you simple minded hair haters – take some enlightenment classes and learn to love and lift up our black children. You are pathetic creatures, tearing down this beautiful black young lady with great talents, skills and achievements. Crab in the barrel pathetic negroes.

  30. Wanda

    August 3, 2012 at 9:10 am

    It’s sad how we, as a group of people, can publicly demonstrate the self hatred we have for each other. It’s embarrassing and shameful. When will we learn? Here it is, a beautiful young black baby has made history and the only thing noticed is her hair!?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! It goes to show you that ignorance among our people still exist. GABBY, KEEP DOING IT BABY, AND DO IT ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK! While the haters are sitting in the salon ALL day, spending their bill money to get their illusion and talking about the shows Mama Drama and Love and Hip Hop, you’ll be in college getting your degree and printing your dollars while you’re sleeping. And remember, embrace your haters from afar. When you have haters, you’re obviously doing something right! Having haters can be a positive thing………they give you the drive to be successful. I’m proud to have someone like Gabby to represent my 13yr who still wears her natural hair. THANK YOU GABBY!

  31. anonymous

    August 3, 2012 at 9:11 am

    What is it with black people? Once again, we hate ourselves and each other.

    When have you ever seen a female athlete, let alone a gymnast with a new hairdo? Gabby has spent her entire life on the gym floor or in the shower.

    Next somebody will tweet that she is not light enough or not black enough. And God only knows how many sacrifices her mother made…not getting her hairdone, wearing the same clothes, no vactions…all to save money for Gabby.

    Shame on all of you.

  32. corbin56

    August 3, 2012 at 9:14 am

    All of my thoughts have pretty much been expressed in all of the above comments. Black females spend TOO MUCH time focusing on hair. Madame Walker has created a monster. I bet white people aren’t concerned about Gabby’s edges. If Black females spent more time with their heads in books, just imagine the outcome – the changes and the worldwide contributions. But NOoooo. The majority of Black women spend 90% of their time criticizing, complaining and nit-picking every little thing. As a Black woman myself, this is where I must separate myself from other Black women. I have important things on the agenda.

    Congratulations Ms. Douglas.

  33. crosstown

    August 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Hold on now, just wait till you hear that she’s “too dark”! There are some negroes who just refuse to leave the plantation.

    • Almasi Sidu Jitu

      August 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

      You ain’t nevah lied, Crosstown!!’

    • Peaches

      August 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm


  34. Toni

    August 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

    How is hair bad???? What in the world are people thinking of when they said Abbey has bad hair.

    My beautician mentioned to me one day that my hair was nappier than her hair. I thought, what an ignorant comment coming from a beautician that is being paid for my hair maintenance.

    I mentioned to her one day in front of she and her staff that I really do not think people should talk about good hair or bad hair. I think ignorant people think when they have something that is similiar to caucasions, then all of a sudden it makes them better. It only makes themmore ignorant.

    There is not good hair or bad is only hair..very simple..

    • Ifa-El Akbar

      August 4, 2012 at 4:42 am

      Who is abby?! Its called the “Rosetta Stone” it will help you. LOL.

    • Ronald B. Saunders

      August 4, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Toni: Its called the slave mentality or Post Traumatic Stress Slave Syndrome.

  35. Sarah Walker

    August 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

    My husband and I are so proud of Gabby. We are calling her our baby. Shout goes out to her mom also. Just to know a mom would invest in her child is commendable. That’s what all parent should do. When you have a child, it’s know more you but it’s your child.

    We love you Gabby. I like what she said “I GIVE GOD THE GLORY AND HIS BLESSING COME DOWN ON ME!” oh what a statement from a child realizing who is right there with her. Hallelujah!

    I refuse to give the haters the satisfaction of responding to theirp comments.

    • BigWill

      August 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Hate to break it to you but, she’s not your baby, she is her mother’s baby. It is her mother that sacrificed for her, spent hours on end teaching her, feeding her, nursing her back to health when she was sick and putting cloths on her back. Instead of ‘claiming’ this young woman as your baby- because she won a gold medal who obviously has a strong support system, why don’t you start claiming some of the troubled teens in your area- teen pregnancy, drug use, school delinquency and many other problems.

  36. Almasi Sidu Jitu

    August 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

    This young teenager put on a historic performance in the Olympic Games and all metrosexual fools like Larry Simms and stupid negros like Latisha Jenkins saw was her hair?!?! Some of “our people” should be melted down into one giant negro and then drowned in a bathtub! Really?!?! Gabby’s hair? Really?!?!

  37. nina

    August 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

    Hey Latisha?! What have you accomplished today? Ahh Yes. The volt of ignorance!

  38. Ann G.

    August 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

    How sad that we as African Americans have nothing better to do than sit on our butts and judge this childs hair. I am proud of Gabby, hair and all! Yes, tell me what your daughter is doing these days, having babies and popping pills…I am sick of the fake hair styles, we have so much fake junk in our hair these days we have forgotten what Black hair truly looks like. You go Gabby!

    • Jackie

      August 3, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Fat butts, at that.

    • Ronald B. Saunders

      August 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Ann G: Fake people have fake hair styles.

  39. legallybkchisis

    August 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Was she really ATTACKED?!! Cut the FOOLERY! Most all of the ppl I know both white and black were rooting and very proud of Gabby. Just bcz a few ignoramous idiots talked about her hair doesn’t mean she was ATTACKED. Clearly the twittians are lazy, insecure FOOLS who know nothing about athletes. I was a top sprinter all through college and athletes can care less about HAIR when going for the GOLD. Please leave GABBY BE! JOB well done GABBY well done!!

  40. sad sad

    August 3, 2012 at 9:44 am

    from my previous comment I made a slight grammatical error should be “their” instead of “there” okay now feel free to attack.

    • legallybkchisis

      August 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Sad sad hee hee no one will attack you. We all have slip ups 🙂

      • sad sad

        August 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

        Thanks for that reassurance! LOL

  41. pierre

    August 3, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Gabby is an Olympic champion. This focus on her hair is so stupid.

  42. Michelle Pumphrey

    August 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I would like to say how truly disappointed I am of our Sisters today, here we have a beautiful young black child who is shinning a light on the accomplishments that blacks can succeed in anything they put their mind and heart too. And we have our own people who find it hard to celebrate this young sister, instead they want to pick her apart over a hair do. if there were no perms, gels or weaves , many would be looking the same way. Gabby is not representing the fashion world or the world of hair styling she is represent her gymnastic abilities, and representing her country, that it! this spirit of jealousy and envy has got to stop, I won’t call it hating , because that minimizes the intensity of it. The Bible say”s Jealousy and envy are rotten to the bone. let us learn how to celebrate each other and if we can fix it , then keep our opinions to ourselves. You GO GABBY!!

  43. Sandra Dee

    August 3, 2012 at 9:51 am

    People are jeaolus because they have not accompolished much and probably never will. Some people also feel we Blacks have to look a certin way in order to accepted by the mainstream media. But more importantly, why is their an ad for straightening your hair on the side of this article?

  44. terry a. harris

    August 3, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Gone BabyGirl!!! The haters can’t do what u r doing, you’re beautiful!!! Keep doin u and making us proud!!!

  45. jackie

    August 3, 2012 at 10:00 am

    people are so silly and petty

  46. Jim Clingman

    August 3, 2012 at 10:02 am

    How ridiculously stupid it is for anyone to criticize this young girl in any way. All of her sacrifices and achievements juxtaposed against what some consider a hair “problem” demonstrate the dysfunction to which I referred in my latest article (see: “Black Economic Dysfunction”). I also reviewed an old article on the 1996 champion, Dominique Dawes, and how Black folks complained about her not getting endorsements.

    I don’t know about us. It is so frustrating to see comments regarding Gabby’s hair, but it shows how messed up some of our priorities are. This is a young, impressionable, and beautiful Black girl; let’s all just be proud of her, and pray that she is not affected at all by the negative comments. I would take her for my daughter, hair or no hair at all!

  47. Amber Patterson

    August 3, 2012 at 10:10 am

    As businesses in our communities close all around us,it’s sad that too many are more focused on looks than achievement. Guess that explains the vast number of beauty care stores opening up. Oddly often not owned by the community it serves. Let’s focus less on what’s on the outside than inside….

  48. Kaisinger

    August 3, 2012 at 10:12 am

    It’s so frustrating knowing that there are so many Ghettoized black women in the United States Of America. All they are interested in is superficiality. They don’t read, they don’t exercise, they don’t seek higher education or broaden their horizons. And before anyone attacks, I am talking about the Ghettoized black women, not he rest. The problem is that these are the ones who speak out the most. The educated upstanding black women keep quiet for some reason. AND THERE IN LIES THE PROBLEM. Because the rest of the world, thinks that you all are ghettoized. Speak up intelligent black women. let the world know that the Ghetto Hood Rats are the minority in our race. As young as Gabby is, she is more poised and intelligent than most 18-30 year old Hood Rats, and their stupid blond and black mixed weave color, thinking they are hott, when in actuality, they’re a hot mess. The only people who check for you ghetto hott messes are dudes, who know they can seed you and send you packing. And that’s all that most of you think you’re worth anyway. But I just wish you’d shut up and stop making the rest of us look bad. REAL TALK

    • Marcus

      August 3, 2012 at 10:32 am

      People can’t make you look bad. Your character will show. Good or Bad.

  49. Amber Patterson

    August 3, 2012 at 10:13 am

    By the way the ad on this page is telling…”Free Your Hair”?? Hmmmm

  50. Marcus Brown

    August 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Hello Readers,

    It’s a shame that black people have been brain-washed to believe that Ms. Douglass’s hair is not right. She is a beautiful young black girl. Even after all her accomplishments, she is still bombarded with views that support self-hate. I’m proud that she won. She is the best. Why attempt to pull her down because of her natural beauty. Congrats Ms. Douglass. Keep on being the Best. Hate is like a plant. It only grows when you nurture it. Pull hate up by the roots America. Only then will we survive the perilous days ahead.

  51. Cheryl

    August 3, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Gabby is/should be an inspiration to us all, especially young black girls.How can anyone just look for negative things to say about her. I even know that if you can’t say something positive about someone don’t say nothing at all. SMH! What she has achieved is breathtaking, I am so proud of her and her hair. She is BEAUTIFUL!. To all the haters talking about her hair “that’s the last thing you should be concerned about, shame on you. With the sacrifices that she and her family have made,the endorsements she will receive, she will be able to own the shop that you will be going to to get YOUR hair “did” SMH. I am ashamed of you haters. She has represented well. I am so proud of her,her mother and sisters.

  52. Louis J Stewart

    August 3, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Haters’ comments are always stupid! Gabby is my heroine! She has dedicated her life to prepare herself to achieve at the highest possible level. And she did it! Like most achievers she benefited from the support of others. Foremost among Gabby’s mom. May the Lord continue to bless this great woman! Personally, the Lord has blessed me with four children – three daughters (aged 31, 24, & 22) and a 15 year old son. My 3 daughters have each invited me to their college graduations! Their continuing professional achievements is an ongoing source of pride for me. I believe that I am the proudest broke black man in America as a result of their achievements and my expenditures for tuition, books, clothing, health care, etc.. Nevertheless, I would gladly pay for a trip to the beauty shop for Gabby and her mom! However, I’m sure that they won’t need my help. One, Gabby and her mom have been hearing and ignoring these haters’ comments for years. Two, corporate America will turn Gabby and her mom into a gold mine! I see personal appearances, a clothing line, a cosmetic line, and a host of other lucrative opportunities. Scripture notes that the Lord always seeks to prosper His people. Gabby & mom: please get yourself some compotent, experience advice and enjoy the ride! You earned it! To my haters out there, be assured that you too will reap what you have sown for Gabby – 0!

  53. Thelma Rosenfeld

    August 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Gabby, you make us proud! That smile says it all!

  54. Frank TALKER

    August 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Whites fear her because she is not White – so she makes White athletes look as inferior as they actually are. Blacks hate her because they hate themselves and fear that their lack of self-respect might be due to resentment at the success of others.

  55. Duff

    August 3, 2012 at 10:36 am

    First, it should be known that, “THERE US NO SUCH THING AS BAD HAIR”. There are only three kinds of hair, straight,wavy, and curly. That’s it. A good head of hair is like a good pair of arms. If they are healthy, they’re good.

  56. hollace!

    August 3, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Puulease!!! Mentally Let rise up from the shallow graves & prison cells that bind us & keeps us looking fabulous till death you part …. soo much emphasis on feeding the outside, while starving internally. overly concerned with what “they” think or will say till we slowly kill any thought of individualism, soooo deep in the “bucket of crabs ” mentality we’ve forgotten the sea of possibilites that actually exist!!! I applaud YOU GABBY & THE FAMILY

    • Wanda

      August 6, 2012 at 4:22 am

      They sure did…..even when the beads came out on the court. My other half and I got into the biggest fight about that because I put beads in our daughter’s hair. But look at those beauriful Williams sisters now! Laughing allllllll the way to the bank. They won again yesterday.

  57. d-rhyme

    August 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Gabby and sports in general are prime examples for afrocentric hair styles. If we have to have a million black woman March for it, our health and dignity ride on it. My question though is: IF GABBY WORE BRAIDS WOULD THE JUDGES HAVE SCORED HER DIFFERENTLY? what do you think?

  58. Cathy

    August 3, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Latisha and Larry, I’m sure you have bigger problems in you lives to worry about than Gabby’s hair. She’s taking care of her business, and, in doing so, has won 2 GOLD medals. She has become the first African American to win best all around. She’s receiving twits, emails, phone calls, from those fans who love her and are proud of her accomplishments. What positive thing have you done lately?

    I love you Gabby!

  59. eliz2012em

    August 3, 2012 at 10:49 am

    OMG – who in the hell cares what her hair looks like. Such petty BS.

  60. David Cooper

    August 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

    The haters can now look at Gabby’s gold medal. They need to listen to India Arie’s song, “I am not my hair.” She is a beautiful young woman who represented her race and her country with distinction. What have the haters done lately?

  61. Nita

    August 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Congrats Gabby!!!!!

    Let them haters me your motivator.. You rock!

  62. Prinzez

    August 3, 2012 at 11:04 am


  63. maree

    August 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Congrats to “GABBY” GOD has truly Blessed her and the two mothers in her life that helped her get to where she is. Also congrats to her coach. We need to focus on these statements instead of the outside appearances, just like GOD does. HAIR is not important. Look at GABBY’S smile!! We should all smile like that for her accomplishments.

  64. Why-do-I-bother?

    August 3, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Dear Lord have mercy on us and our slave mentality!!! “Willie Lynch letter: The Making of a Slave.” I suggest that the dumb among us read up
    on the above to understand when & where our self-hatred began, so that we
    can again start loving ourselves. This is so very sad, I feel as if my heart is breaking!!

  65. maree

    August 3, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Congrats to “GABBY” Thanks to the two mothers in her life that helped her to get to where she is. Also thanks to the coach for all he has done.GOD has truly Blessed GABBY. GOD looks at the inside instead of the outside Lets focus on these statements instead of HAIR. Look at GABBY’S smile!! We ALL should be smiling for her.

  66. Parris

    August 3, 2012 at 11:19 am


    • Mrs.HaterProof

      August 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Well said!!!

  67. Mrs.HaterProof

    August 3, 2012 at 11:26 am

    WOW!!!!! Stop Hatin, I am so proud of Gabby, so are millions of other Americans. So PLEASE people, give it a rest. Here we have a young lady that has sacrficed her younger days so that she can enjoy gymnastics. I would say this young lady have her priorities stright. U GO GIRL, I don’t care if your have was nappy all over or you shaved half off and dyed the other half yellow, purple, and green, I would still cheer you on, smile everytime I see you and wish you will in all you well in all that you are doing and plan to do in your future. ALL YOU HATERS: LEAVE THAT BABY ALONE (in my Madea voice)

  68. Margo

    August 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

    It doesn’t mean someone is hating because they commented on her hair. Her hair could have looked better and that’s not hating-That’s a fact and if someone didn’t notice -than that’s fine but those who notice have a right to state the facts. We are all proud of her accomplishment and we could never take anything away from her but when you are representing in front of the world-You should look your best.

    So what’ s so wrong about that?!

    • Renee

      August 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm

      Margo, What’s wrong is that, in spite of Gabby’s astonishing gymnastic ability, some small-minded black people zeroed in on her hair! She’s not in a fashion show- she’s in the Olympics! I think she’s beautiful-hair and all.

    • cultura

      August 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm

      first off, miss margo, you are not stating any facts. your opinion on Gabby’s hair is just that: your OPINION. I saw the young lady perform and she was outstanding and as a black male i didnt even think about her hair. She looked like a beautiful child getting ready to do something really big. I’m sure you have no real idea what that feels like. You keep using that word: hating. I do not think it means what you think it means. Your comment is exactly what people who use hating as a verb mean when they use it that way. Now whats really going on with you that you can praise this history making black woman while in the same breathe reveal your staggering level of self hatred and ignorance by commenting on something so small, petty, and unbecoming of a Woman as Gabby’s hair? instead of throwing shade on people more talented than you try being motivated to DO SOMETHING POSITIVE AND HEALTHY for yourself because lets face it: if you were fine with who you are, you wouldn’t have even thought to say something so asinine. Oh and btw, Gabby ‘represented’ herself, her mother, and all little black girls wonderfully. Shame on you for not having the grace to see it.

    • Wanda

      August 6, 2012 at 4:12 am

      Not to mention, Marlo, why did people have to PUBLICLY denounce Gabby? This is the problem with our people. We’re the only group of people who will publicly reject each other. THAT”S THE PROBLEM……NO OTHER RACE DOES THAT… matter how screwed up they are for example Willard Mitt Romney, George Bush,……among the many others. Their constituents know damn well that they are fucked up…….but will NOT publicly reject them. THAT’S THE DIFFEREENCE BETWEEN US AND THEM. IT’S SHAMEFEFUL!!!!! This social network game harbors a bunch of cowards. Do you have any idea what that tweet can do to her self esteem?! But I pray that she has a high self esteem and not allow bullies like you to interfere with her dreams. STOP THE WILLIE LYNCH ERA…….FOR CRYING OUT LOUD IT’S BEEN OVER 400YRS.

    • Wanda

      August 6, 2012 at 4:17 am


  69. maxine williams

    August 3, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Next, they will say, she doesn’t look white enough! she is an Olympic champion and who care what her hair looks like, She wore it in the way that most women wear their hair for competetion.

    I commented on her father writing on the American flag,but that does not take away from her winning the gold and only sixteen!
    Women of color, have different texture hair and so do women of no-color.
    Most of us, have to hold our hair in place with pins, barretts and yes even gel.
    She is a beautiful young woman.
    I have a niece, who has been in gymnastics and she has long hair, which is placed in a pony tail or bun for their competetion.
    My own daughter, as a young gymnastic and ballerina and track runner, had to wear her hair in a pony tail, or bun. That did not take away from her or my niece from being achievers and accomplishing their goals.
    Let us just be PROUD of Gabby and all the youth, who are trying to be successful. Gabby is an inspriation for many young girls, regardless of what type of hair they have. She could have worn it natural and she would have still won. Proud of You Gabby.

  70. Emmett Bowers

    August 3, 2012 at 11:32 am


  71. Robin

    August 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I feel there is no need for any further comments, but All I have to say is THANK YOU DR. WATKINS!!! that was well said, and couldn’t have been said any better!

  72. DOCMEB

    August 3, 2012 at 11:36 am


  73. Edward

    August 3, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Jealousy, envy, self hate is a very bad thing, and it seems like black folks suffer from all thos things. My God when are you people going to get out of slavery and slave mentality?.Why dont you’all just shave your heads and be done with it?.

  74. Fayiza

    August 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

    Im a hair stylist & am not crazy ’bout her hair either. But really?! I don’t think her coiffe is the point! She just made history with her amazing talent & hair is what they tweet about?! SMH

  75. kt

    August 3, 2012 at 11:47 am

    style over substance why the hair yet blacks dont even control the hair market that we spend millions on at disrespectful asian shops. we as a people need more substance not style.

  76. OhBrotha!!

    August 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Uhhmmm…why is this even a conversation? Let me ask you ppl something…all those that are so so upset at what a few ppl said about this exceptional world class talent, Gabby. Would you have a heart to heart talk with your pet dog or cat if it pooed on ur rug? If you say “yes”, then you need a shrink. Why are we even taking the time to criticize those who criticize her hair. It’s like getting angry and then yelling at a baby for crapping in its diaper. These people obviously have a deep seeded pathologic mental illness that is beyond hope. So I guess you convinced yourself that barking at their irreparable stupidity will somehow enlighten the poor souls??…hahaha…NOT! Shame on all of YOU for making their sick comments significant enough to discuss. Remember,.. When one argues with a FOOL it becomes increasing difficult to figure out just who is or is not the fool. STOP THE COMMENTS & WATCH THE GAMES.

  77. etreman

    August 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Gabby can get her hair fixed but can you haters fix the terrible grammar, punctuation and spelling you try to use in your hateful comments?….in between your “gettin’ your hair did” appointments, of course……..

  78. Linda Hawkins

    August 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I am so outdone by these small minded people. They say people with small minds talk about people.
    This girl did a great thing and we should be proud and celebrating. That slave thinking always keeps us down.
    I am sooooo proud of Gabby, everyone should be.

  79. cynthia

    August 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Some of my Black people of so sad. Instead of praising this beautiful girl for her achievements we are hating on her with this ignorant BS. Self-hate runs deep in our community. Do you really want to tear away at the young girl self-esteem like this? STOP IT !

  80. Noble Hiram S.

    August 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Greetings to all!

    As many are caught up in the Superficial / Artificial Characters worrying about hair, nails and other…. Garielle “Gabby” Douglas is Accomplishing The Greatest of Triumphs That Many can’t even Dream of…. in Her Natural State of Perfection… Winning The Very Best of The Best … A True Winner!

    And even those with their very “Best” of Hair styles, can not measure up to her… On their Best of Days/afternoons/nights, and can’t pay to achieve such…

    She is NATURAL (Nature-in-All) her doings!

    Noble Hiram S.
    (Worldwide Honorary Very Best of The Best) “Global Imperial ELite”.

    Gabrielle “Gabby”, We Love You…. and are With You!

    • makar72

      August 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Thank you!!!

  81. saundra

    August 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Wow an alltime Low….This young lady has achieved a greatness many of us will never see and all we can focus on is her hair….Wow

  82. Capricious

    August 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Ms. Douglas’ accomplishment was masterful…Ray Charles could see that! Only a vain and shallow person is unable see wonder..even when it’s directly in front of them. Gabby is to be celebrated Period. Hooray for Gabrielle Douglas, 2012 olympic gold medalist, gymnast, 1st African American to do so. PERIOD.

  83. makar72

    August 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    The truth of the matter is that like most any other 16 year old… She us still figuring it all out. So to expect her to have that all perfectly together with all of her demands and priorities is just silly and unrealistic. I am so proud I can hardly stop grinning!! Why give the media and Caucasians anything else to focus on???

  84. Margo

    August 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    It doesn’t mean someone is hating because they commented on her hair. Her hair could have looked better and that’s not hating-That’s a fact and if someone didn’t notice -than that’s fine but those who notice have a right to state their opinion.

    We are all proud of her accomplishment and we could never take anything away from her but when you are representing in front of the world-You should look your best.

    So what’ s so wrong about that?!

    • makar72

      August 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      See my comment above yours…

    • makar72

      August 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Do you have any idea what is required to be the best of the best of the best of the best at something? Then to accomplishe this at such a young age away from your family? And yet that is not enough still!!! It seem so small minded to take any of the focus away from this enormously profound history making accomplishment. It is even more socially telling and shameful that ithis would be mentioned by another person of color!! You even have white folk coming to her defense against her own!! Shameful….

    • maxine williams

      August 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      I am commenting too much.I find thst many of you, may not understand the nature of a person, who is in gymnastics.
      Like any sport, the individual exerts a lot of energy.
      Perhaps, some of you never perspire, or get hot.
      When a young person competes, they give it their all.
      What did you expect her to have ,a hair stylist, who did her hair, everytime she jumped on that beam.
      When she won, I am sure she did not put her hand to her hair,but to her heart for our National Athem.
      I, am also sure, if she could have, she would have brushed her hair for public appearance,but come on, she is a 16 year old, who had just won a GOLD MEDAL, and the only “American in that sport, who won the GOLD.
      Stop being so negative. Write all these news media, and ask them to stop calling her a FLYING Squirrel.
      Young people have it hard enough, without so many looking for negatives to say. Be Grateful that such a talented young lady, made it as far as she did. So many, have been left out, because of negative feedback.
      I say to Gabby and any other young person, who achieves a GOLD,SILVER, or BRONZE, for the USA, we are proud of you.but it goes for all youth!.

      She was not competeting for Ms. America;although, she can.
      Let us encourage her and all youth.
      Maybe, if some of you haters took more time with some youth, or your own children, or grandchildren, perhaps we would not have so many, looking for Love.
      Before you continue to say so many negative comments, think how your own children or grandchildren or the youth in your communities, would love to be a champion. Would you be so negative about them? No, You would expect them to get all praise.So please give Gabby Douglas,her due respect. SHE IS A CHAMPION.Beside, we all have a bad hair day,if we are human,unless it is fake and then that gets messed up. The issue is not her hair, her color, her apperance,but her accomplishment.
      Would there be so many negatives, if she were not AA.?

  85. shirl

    August 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Hey maybe someone should tweet about CHRIS ROCK’s movie GOOD HAIR!!
    i think maybe he need to try to bring it back, And call it Good HAir part two.
    That is a lesson for every African American. HAir Weaves !! gluing
    hair to your head that is not your own. How about tweeting about that.
    WEll actually weaving is not gluing but weaving hair that is not your own.
    That is so sad to me… people are not happy with their on hair/ and letting the world know how low self esteem you have. Well other races are doing it.
    I know secret hair. and gluing and wigs and not themelves. Fake all i can say.

    Now that is a top that you should be talking about. ASk Chris Rock !!!!

  86. Glenda

    August 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Despicable. This young lady has worked hard to accomplish an outstanding task. It’s bad enough that the press gave her little play (until she won) and now some are tearing her down!! My people, my people…. who cares about her hair…did she do the @#$% thang or not????? Let’s get our priorities straight!

  87. shirl

    August 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Correction Topic to discuss

  88. Olatunji Mwamba

    August 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    What is “Good Hair”? There’s different types or textures of hair, but all hair is good, since all things were created by God. We need to stop hating ourselves. How did Black people view their hair before our coming into contact with Caucasians and experiencing the Trans Atlantic kidnappings, our Ma’afa (Great Destruction, Great Devastation,Great Calamity, etc.) I highly doubt we viewed our hair the way we do today. Back in the late 1960’s and early to mid 1970’s we viewed our hair as a positive. So what happened? We need to reassess our values. They are, for the most part Caucasian. However, we are still an Afrikan people and this despite all of the horrible things that have happened to us.

  89. Bennie Rose

    August 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Honestly, I think she was great. I don’t care if she was bald or her hair is nappy. All these haters sit back and redicule, but I don’t see any of you on that mat or doing what she is doing. Let her enjoy her glory. Tecnically, who really cares about her hair, it is about the performance and what a performance she gave for herself, family and the USA. You haters get find another business.

  90. Seneca

    August 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    another example of black women showing the world how much they hate themselves
    you should be ashamed of yourselves

    • Seneca

      August 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      and you do not represent me and all of the women I know
      stop making extra work for the rest of us black women who do not feel the way that you do
      mind your buisness
      worry about your own hair


    August 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Dominque is NATURAL! Gabby do your thing take it from me if u start putting crap in ur hair cause of what PEOPLE are sayin U WILL REGRET IT, TRUST!! I am NATURAL and it is the BEST THING IN THE WORLD!!! People don’t y’all know it is not right 2 change anything once u get started? Ask Baseball Players, Football Players and other SUCCESSFUL ATHLETES!!! She is successful because she don’t have NEGATIVE PPL AROUND HER sooo y’all get yo LIFE!!

    • Seneca

      August 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      Gabby is in a place where your opinion means nothing
      get it?
      she won the gold medal
      where was I?
      Oh yea minding my own buisness

  92. Seneca

    August 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    get a life!

  93. marcus davis

    August 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Give respect where respect is due ,this young girl won a gold medal at the olympics and she,s only 16 years of age ,crowning achievement.Then you got all those foot shuffling idiots spouting out garbage about her hair.What i want to know is what have these big butt fools achieved in their life besides sitting on their big ass.Forget the haters when they decide to get off their butts to do something positive in their pathetic existance then they can start spouting of.

  94. Bonnie

    August 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Just a word. I have no problem with her being called the “Flying Squirrel” because it is the scruffy, unruly tail that enables a squirrel to fly. By using God given gifts, both accomplish feats of incredible, acrobatic beauty. Maybe, the lesson for all of us is to use what God has given each of us without fear, then maybe we too, will be able to fly.

  95. nana63

    August 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm


  96. Doc Wilson

    August 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Dear Gabby, thanks to you and your family for doing what you were created to do. You gave honor to the One that endowed you and you have presented an excellent model to my 9 grand daughters and my 3 great grand daughters. Love you much for being our heroine.

  97. Pamela

    August 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Wow!! What a great accomplishment for Gabby!! The first African-American to win gold for this event. And all people can talk about is some hair????? So would you rather be fat with fly hair or an Olympic champion with a few hairpins. Come on people!!! Does her hair really matter? All of the sacrifices that her family has made for her to reach this moment and people are talking about hair?? Shame on you Black America for even having this conversation!

  98. kingKD

    August 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    honestly, fuck twitter. i’m canadian and i’m behind gabby, good hair, bad hair, no hair… who cares? why is her hair even being discussed? she’s an athlete, not a model.

  99. CDWimberly

    August 3, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Let’s forget the mess. I was at Dr. Kings funeral in 1968. I was forced to leave the school where
    My father was principal in 1969 It is 2012 now and the stupid mentality that seeks the negative over the positive is still alive. I pride this young lady on being real. She represents me very well. I find no fault in her. Shr is extremely beautiful just as she is. She has what God blessed her with. I honor the young child of God. I am grateful she is the first one; all of her is real nothing fate. We should embrace reality and not extend ourselves to accept that which is fake. Gabby…I salute you, you are The Flying Princesess.

    Maybe when real men can accept a real woman Reality will be the norm, again. Bad hair no just stupid people who know not who they are…

  100. Blackwomanproud

    August 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Gabby, you are a beautiful, sensational, and loving young lady. You made America proud and
    anyone saying otherwise is not God loving person. Stay positive regardless of idiots.

  101. EM Landry

    August 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    WOW!!! Small minds focus on small things!!! Who cares what Gabby’s hair looks like!

  102. M.c.Elder

    August 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Gabby Douglas is Beautiful,Gabby is fantastic Gabby is great, Gabby is a sweet young lady that gave the greatest performance in The Olympic games in London. Her brilliance was striking and radiant and her gymnastic ability was extraordinarily excellent. Gabby won a Gold medal and she certainly along with her girl friends help to work as a team to give all of America something to be very proud about. Gabby along with her team were glorious and spectacular sensational. Gabby I am so proud of the way you conducted your affairs as a great human being Everything about you was beautiful. All of you were beautiful. I will say this because you are so great don’t allow the racist attitude from any side to take away the greatness of your spell bounding exercise it was an exemplary example to all people. a flying princes with the great acrobatics of a Flying squirrel.The agility of motion and movement stirred excitement in everyone that saw your glorious achievement.
    As an American of African decent I say thank you for your sweet adorable kindness and grace. Don’t listen to any one who is bigoted. Thank you,thank you. For The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not want. The discipline with integrity and dignity is an example for all mankind. Be exorbitant in your mind and character. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is smiling down on you. Gabby Douglas you are premier, precisely, Forward Ever for THE RED,WHITE,& BLUE. One more time we Love you. Manu Salah

  103. Debbi

    August 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Forget the hair! Gabby is beautiful, talented and graceful. Hair has absolutely nothing to do with her outstanding performance! Let’s celebrate this young woman who sacrificed her ‘time, sweat and tears’ to achieve the highest honor an Olympian can receive!

    By the way, if you want to complain about a real issue let NBC know that Bob Costas referring to Gabby as a ‘flying squirrel’ in last evening’s coverage is an absolute insult. Today I heard other journalist using the flying squirrel analogy. A squirrel is a rodent and unclean animal.

    Let’s respect and lift up our own!

  104. M.c.Elder

    August 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Now for all of you with your racist warped minds and your bigoted thoughts
    shame on you including you Dr. A media of explosion to distort and work people up in order to get people fired up behind some BS. If any of you had the discipline well that is enough. No more said. To thine own self be true don’t try to be what you are not.The word to think about is the reality of being natural in your own God given beauty rather then trying to copy and be like some one else. Africa is beautiful all by it self.

  105. Keith "Tart" Bond

    August 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Congrats Gabby! You were fantastic – Please, please do not pay any attention to the F**king haters who had the nerve to comment on your hair. You just won the Gold! A wonderful accomplishment. Every young girl in America aspires to be like you. You are intelligent, articulent, respectful, and a champion. You are going to be successful in life and I am extremely proud to have witnesses your victory.

  106. Neville T

    August 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I don’t know the race of the twitter. My hope is that it is not an African American, because that will reveal how brainwashed we are, that is to say in the twenty-first (21st) century we still think that our natural hair is ugly. Moreover, for us to allegedly look pretty we must have either horse tails or other peoples’ hair on our head.

  107. Chico Norwood

    August 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Let’s forget about all of the negative and look at the positive side. Thank you all of you haters for pointing out something so unimportant, so assinine as Gabby’s hair. However, from every negative emerges a positive. Now,because of you hair haters Gabby will probably ink a $10 million dollar deal with Clairol, Dark and Lovely, SoftSheen or some ginormous hair product line and you will still be sitting around wondering how to pay the rent or when your next welfare check will arrive. The only reason these people focused on Gabby’s hair is because they are jealous that they will never be able to reach the heights or accomplish what this young woman has. CONGRATULATIONS GABBY and to your mom. The force is with you!!!

  108. MS K

    August 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    All I have to say is Gabby you done a wonderful job. You did something the people talking about your hair couldn’t and didn’t do. Matter of fact don’t know how to do. She out their turning cartwheels, walking beams, and doing flips. People have the audacity to open their mouths and complain about Gabby’s hair. That is low, mean, and sorry excuse of a person to do something like that. I will say this that child is a child of God. The bible say “touch not my anointed one” she is anointed by God to do what she is doing in life. So I recommend the people who is talking about her because God don’t like that. AGAIN WAY TO GOOOOO GABBY!

  109. Chico Norwood

    August 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    ATTENTION ALL YOU HAIR HATERS. Kellogg’s has announced thatGabby’s picture will grace boxes of Corn Flakes that will be hitting grocery stores soon. Take that!!!

  110. maxine williams

    August 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I am so happy to see, so many commenting about the article on Gabby’s hair.
    I have already posted my opinion and say leave her alone.
    What I am outrages about,like Dr. Watkin, She is not a squirrel,but a human being, a young lady, who worked hard to earn this medal.
    Someone, earlier, said it is like comparing her to the flying monkeys in both movies of The Wiz and The Wiz of Oz.
    Why is it when an AA person achieves greatness, we always have to be compared to animals. I do not recall, any other olympic champion being called an animal.
    She is fast and GOOD,but she is a young teenage AA girl, who deserves a better title.
    FLYING PRINCESS OR Flying Start or some other name, but of course, some will say it is not a derogative comment,but I take offense to it.

    She is a beautiful young lady and for all the youth,female or male, who look to her as a champion,she should be given that respect. A CHAMPION.
    Please let’s stop the media and news reporters, calling her a squirrel.
    Yes, we all have those littl nickames, pumpkin, bunny, etc,but she is not a flying squirrel! Who gave her that title. They talk about her hair, they asked about her father, what is next. Let us just applaude her and encourage her and all the youth, who are striving to be olympic stars or just stars in their schools and communities. Please no more comparison, to animals, for anyone,at least not in such an unbecoming way. Do you really know what a flying squirrel is, a menace! GOd Bless this young lady.

  111. Rev. Joy

    August 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    My heart hurts, when African Americans, Blacks, or whatever is your preferences to be called, still hate our heritage. Hair texture is part of our genetics. This beautiful young sister has made international history. Her mother had to make a choice I can not imagine in order to encourage her daugthers dream. Gabby has achieved something most will never understand. She is a role model for other young girls to stay focus and work hard at their dreams. I myself wear my hair natural even with thinning hair. Let us look beyond surface beauty, search our hearts,and love on another. God made us, he provides various gift and talents in each one of us. If we each just use our God given talents and make hard work, work for us. God Bless Gabby, Her Mother, and the entire Team.

  112. maxine williams

    August 3, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Excuse the typo errors, but it frustrates me,when it is an AA,that gets called names. When other champions achieve, they are given high praise and titles..Thus the term Champion!

  113. Patricia Eure

    August 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Copy that!!!!!! You make us proud my Little Black Princess. Keep up the good work, and don’t worry about hair. I’m sure the time will come when you can do what ever you want to HAIR!!!

    Haters presented themselves as STUPID!

  114. Nothing But The Truth!

    August 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Dr. Watkins,

    Like you and the rest of America and the world too, for sure, I was overwhelmed with excitement about the achievements of the great Gabby Douglas. Her achievement at the Olympics is a performance for the ages! I shall not detract from her feat by even mentioning the subject some small minded people will attempt to use to diminish her championship performance!

    “As the first Black Woman to secure the all-around Gold Medal in Olympic Gymnastics, she has inspired people around the world for generations to come.” This is all that needed to be said!

    Great to see you writing an article of substance again!

  115. Reader

    August 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    These self hating black women have the crabs in the barrel mentality. Got to pull others down to feel better.

    Don’t push this mentality on the next generation of kids. Let these kids swim, go the gym, and live their lives outside the hair salon.

    • maxine williams

      August 3, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      I do not think these are Black Women making these negative comments. Shame on them, if so. I have daughters,nieces and granddaughters and believe me, they all have differenthair textures.
      yes, we instill in them to look their best.I have days when I wear a hat or baseball cap, on a bad hair day.
      There is too much negative comments about her hair.
      I still do not believe any negatives are coming from AA/Black. women of color.Remember, the young lady, had just come out of all that competition. Give it a break, I have been in 105 degree weather and believe me,I looked like I had straw for hair.I am an AA with”Good Hair, whatever that is.
      I get so tired of people always saying negatives about beautiful AA/Black women, we are all beautiful in GOD’s eyes and He made us in His image.
      I am grateful for the products that enhance our natural beauty,but some days, I do not put on make up.Is that a bad face day.Maybe,but who cares!
      I am not trying to win a beauty contest and neither was Gabby. but she will.

  116. blessed

    August 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    To Margo, who had some bull to say about beautiful gabbys’ hair. Im from VA and i take your comment against Gab personaly. So what her did nt look bad and yes bitch are a hater. She not worrying to please your standards of aesthetics. What ever amount of time she would of taken to please your ghetto ass,would have been time taken away from being worlds BEST. But your ass to pathetic to undertand that, so i digress. But would love to take your dumb ass to the gym and let you see what your hair would look like after a good old fashion woop ass!

  117. Elizabeth

    August 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Shame on Afican-Americans and the MEDIA. I am tired of the crabs in the barrell. Golden Gabby, we are so proud of you. The type of person she is, on her tweet she gave honor to God for her win and what do we tweet, hair.

    Something is wrong, but not with GABBY…so proud of this young lady until I just want to CRY with joy.


    August 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    These are really some stupid Ni__er’s ,who care’s about GABBY’S hair only some jealous non progressive Nigger’s like Allison Samuels and Larry Simms,this just prove’s how psychologically screwed up most Black’s in America are.why can’t you just celebrate the little sister’s victory dumb ass nigger’s I swear people like this prove the most racist of white people correct almost everytime.

    • Elizabeth

      August 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm


  119. blessed

    August 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    …….so what, her HAIR did not look bad….

  120. Dark

    August 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Lets break down the word Twitter….Twit enough said.

  121. Amina

    August 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    This is a wonderful post and yes ….some of our priorities are so misplaced. My daughters grew up with beautiful naturel hairstyles and enjoyed swimming, gymnastics and other sports and events that many of us are trained to avoid because of the “do”.
    The more we speak out against this mindset; the less we’ll hear from the haters. Thank God

    P.S. I like ‘flying princess’ as well.

  122. Josie

    August 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I’m saddened but not shocked by the Black women who are some of Gabby’s worse critics. What the hell is wrong with them? Those same women seek to emulate the Hood Rat, bully, HOs on Basketball “Wives” who screw for shoes and the dumb ass women on Love & HipHop and criticize an intelligent, talented, industrious, committed, sweet, young woman with morals and values and who is obviously being well educated. WTF? NO f*cking values whatsoever. NO class either. Keep on doing what you’re doing, Gabby. They’ll still be screwing for cheap shoes and a $100 to get they hair did while you’re vetting million dollar endorsements and traveling the world. Tweet that B*tches!

  123. Eustace Greaves Jr

    August 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I guess it’s alright for us to be the proverbial “crabs in a barrel” as long as the weave is tight.

    The last thing I was thinking about during Ms. Douglas’ performances was the condition of her hair. I thrilled at her ability in each discipline, and it is that, along with her prodigious talent and not her hair, that led to her earning two gold medals at this Olympics.

    So to all of the haters, here’s a suggestion: Eat a salad and read a non-fiction book about money, politics, or self-improvement. You’ll live longer, and spend less time in frivolous pursuits.

    • Montrichard, Consuelo

      August 3, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Mr Greaves …excellent advice to the ignorant, slave-minded,
      non-emancipated minds, that criticize and not recognize the huge success of their own people as in this case. They think negatively because of their miserable nature – the crab in the barrel syndrome : ” we all must rise together or stay at the bottom of the barrel together”. Gaby, with her mother’s assistance chose to get out of that barrel and make us all proud, except for the narrow-minded, whose focus whas on her hair. The “flying princiess” Gabby, made his by her Olympic performances and that was her primary focus, not her hair. Some of these self-destrutive reflections of condemnation are often targeted to those who leave the pack of ignorance to move forward.

      Thanks to Gaby’s mother for the sacrifices she made and is still making for her other children. We can learn from this model parent that it pays off. To the narrowminded – take some time to see Chris Rock’s movie on Hair. Only you can free yourself through the emancipation of your mind.

  124. M.c.Elder

    August 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Boy how folk can abuse words to make a negative point. The agility of a squirrel is what is meant to be, It was The Chinese Coach that gave her that name,in China they use animals as different meanings in there astrology and horoscope,but of course you would not know that,Squirrel is nibble and agile and has great balance and is quick on it’s feet. It also means playful,Resourceful ,passion, vitality,sociable and preparation. So before you jump to negative conclusion get all the facts. It is not an insult from her coach. Wake up don’t stir up trouble when you don’t know what you are talking about ,ignorance is Bliss. Dr.Boyce Watkins please inform the people if you are a honest truthful person. Shea Shea Nee.
    Things are not just Black & White with racism being their delight.
    Manu Salah

    • Eric Wright

      August 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      @MC Elder,

      Perhaps the small excerpt concerning the squirrel references isn’t well informed, but this topic is not the crux of the matter. It is about white supremacy and its manifestations in people of color. White supremacy has created a standard for what most consider beautiful. White supremacy has also defined what is not beautiful in the minds of most people. The commentary on this topic reveals that most blacks do not even know that they are manifesting white supremacist ideology as well by their scathing comments on Gabby’s hair. But equally disturbing is the fact that you have Black’s on here overtly and subtly suggesting that its lower income (or as one posters states “Ghettoized”) black women who are responsible for the critiquing. This too is a manifestation of self hate. How do you know the socioeconomic status of the commenter’s? Black people have the tendency to point toward the most poor and disenfranchised blacks as the source of the problems that black community is facing. This takes away the attention from the real culprit which is white supremacy. Ignorance has no socioeconomic attachment when it comes to black people. Most black women get perms as a result of this intrinsic self hate (whether they realize it or not). And most black men expect this and contribute equally to the self hatred of our women’s natural hair texture. Until we as a people address the true source of our demise, we will continue to manifest this cultural backwardness. We must additionally move away from this scape goating of the poor black people as the “the problem” mentality. There are plenty of middle to upper class black people who are just as self-hating and destructive to our agenda. Just because you have a Mercedes, and a so-called degree doesn’t mean that you are socially conscious or an asset to your people. Gabby is valuable to our culture and she should be commended for her hard work. At the same time, do not use this unfortunately display of self-hate to devalue the lower income members of our community because they are not the source of our demise.

      • Consuelo

        August 3, 2012 at 11:54 pm

        Well said Eric Wright. Thanks for the education.

    • Wanda

      August 6, 2012 at 3:52 am

      I agree, M.c. Elder

  125. claudia

    August 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    This is whats wrong with black people they are always quick to criticize and judge how someone looks. I seen nothing wrong with this young lady. In fact why dont you try doing what shes done and see how long your hair weave and over processed hair looks after sweating it. We put all the wrong things as a priorty, our looks of beauty isnt really true beauty at all. Beauty comes from within which a lot of us lack. We base our beauty on how good we can look . We spend thousands of dollars on hair weaves, clothes, hand bags, and cars. To our black society this is what makes us look good while the majority of our black brothers still find satifaction with every race of women but us. Its ridiculous, thats why we cant prosper and get ahead because most of our minds is blinded and filled with foolishness. This young lady worked hard to win what she did which should be a lesson for all of us to learn. I feel that when she shined before the world, you cant get any more beautiful

  126. Gretchen Campbell

    August 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Gabby we love you, you are a beautiful young woman, and we are so proud of you. I didn’t hear anyone say how well she speaks for her age, but instead choose to comment on her hair the haters are going to be haters regardless. So I agree it is not what’s on your head, but what’s in it.

  127. Eshab4real

    August 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Keep making history Gabby! Make the world mad and African American’s across the world PROUD! WE SALUTE YOU!

  128. Yvonne Luckey

    August 3, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I was in tears to see that young lady do what she did and to only be 16.Gabby you keep on doing what you do and keep giving God the glory for you have a bright future ahead of you.


    August 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm


  130. tim

    August 3, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    She is beautiful, her hair is beautiful. Gabby does not represent all Black women, only the ones who are proud of who they are. Hair is hair. Apes and dogs have straight hair. Jesus despite what we have been shown, had curly hair like most of us.

  131. Davchi

    August 3, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    When you are flying,flipping,tossing and turning through the air vanity is not a conscience effort in a gymnast success. Any women that had an issue with a 16 year-old black girl’s hair as she’s being athletic shows her ignorance. To make an issue of Gabby’s hair and to think that anyone around her was even making a point of it shows their character of what’s important, achieving the gold medal, which she did and makes her mother, siblings,surrogate,coach,teammates,American and black America proud. To any woman dissing about her hair exposes their vain stupidity.

  132. d-rhyme

    August 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I too was impressed and elated however as one who promotes natural hairstyles I felt sorry for Gabby. That a racist society prefers black women to emulate to be accepted. If she had a natural style I think many blacks would have complained about that. I am sure that endorsements will prefer a tiger woods mentality- one that flatters whites who hate themselves so much they need others to flatter through emulation. Lord one day, just maybe one day, love will conquer all.

  133. freeze

    August 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    To the haters one thing for sure her hair didn’t get the medal. You hater should contribute to her getting her hair done since you are so narrow minded that you can’t see any father than your nose. I am sure when this is over she will get her hair done. Maybe she have the kind of hair that sweat out any curls during her gymnastic activities. I bet you hater don’t have a Gold medal nor do anyone else in your house hold.

    I am so glad Gabby got the Gold medal and left the hater sitting at home watching.

  134. fed3rd

    August 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    I’m waiting for some Black folks to start screaming “racism”, because tha white man didn’t come her hair. YOU GO GGUURRLL!!!GO GABBY!!!!

  135. fed3rd

    August 3, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Why did none of you haters complain about Gabby’s military dad being ignored? Maybe you don’t know what a real father looks like.

    • Wanda

      August 6, 2012 at 3:49 am

      @fed3rd……what the hell are you talkin about. The topic is about the assholes who made a negative comment about Gabby. You’re trying to start MORE negative shit. Get a life, PLEASE.

  136. Stan

    August 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Congrats to Gabby and shame on all the haters starting this attack on her hair! This could’ve been anyone of our kids on the world stage and bare in mind that she is a child of color and not all people can go through this type of physical stress and not mess up their hair! A 16 year old kid having to read or endure this especially from her own race, is upsetting to say the least! God bless Gabby as he will help her control her destiny from here on!

  137. Shirley

    August 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Gabby Douglas is a 94 pound winner with two gold Medal’s and may have more by the of her match. 37 millions were watching Gabby Douglas last night and what they saw was a great young women who knew what she wanted and went after it. Way to go Gabby Douglas.

    People who were watching you HAIR, really shouldn’t have been watching because they no idea what you were doing.
    I wear my natural hair and always have for one reason i hate wasting an entire day getting my hair done, what a waste of money. Any one that doesn’t like my hair, can keep on wearing the WHITE-GIRL LOOK

    As far as the “Hair” thing it take more than hair to do what Gabby Dougnas was doing last night, today Gabby is known around the world and they are not talking about her hair.
    I love you Gabby Douglas.

    • Jah Larry Dread

      August 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

      “Any one that doesn’t like my hair, can keep on wearing the WHITE-GIRL LOOK!” Aaagghh I love it!

  138. Debra

    August 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    I’m so proud of this beautiful young sister that I don’t know what to do!! Who is to say what hair is “bad.” Her hair looks just fine and I wish her continued success with her God-given talents.

  139. Eddie

    August 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    There’s no issue here about Gabriel Douglas’ hair or hair style. It’s just a bunch of ignorant embeciles that want their 30 seconds of fame, because they have absolutely nothing else in their pitiful lives, to do, but to make something out of absolutely nothing! Young girls hair have been like this since the existence of the human race, and all of a sudden it becomes an issue, because someone better than them has made accomplishments that they couldn’t. . . .now come on, get a life! I’m letting this go, because someone out there is completely stupid and has no morals or concern for anythigng else. If you don’t like it, too bad! Congratulations to Ms Gabriel Douglas for her extreme accomplishments! You have presented us with superior grace and enhancemt.

    • Wanda

      August 6, 2012 at 3:43 am

      Ladies, just think back when you were 16yo…….how was your hair? I can remember sporting an Afro, which I proudly displayed. Also when I’m working out, I wear a ponytai (hell, sometimes when I go out, I may sport a wig…….my choice). It’s shameful that we have this self hatred among each other. I don’t understand the sistas……….now you’re picking on a child with your self hatred. IN THIS DAY AND AGE, WILLIE LYNCH LIVES (smmfh). PS. I’m not judging sistas if they want to perm out or wear weave…..but dont pick on a child, especially one who has accomplished what Gabby has done.

  140. makheru bradley

    August 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Hair is more important than health for some of our sisters.

    “The Surgeon General pointed out last year many black women will not work out because their hair is a hindrance.”

  141. sheila

    August 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    the hell with twitter the most important thing is she represented herself well,seems like a sweet young lady,very talented,and if you sweat and train as hard as she did your hair would not be hot..but she show was hot,,kiss my grits you are a fucking hater go girl,I’m so proud of you and your mom and your family as to how they sacrificed for you to fulfill your dream..gods got you and all those hair dressers comments are just BS,if they truly cared they could have gave of themselves to be there to help you…to go to hell

  142. D'Norgia

    August 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I am so proud of that young lady, Gabby is phenomenal in physical ability and spirit and beauty. The young lady is awesome, and a World Champion!!!!

  143. freeze

    August 3, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Update Just receive word that she is on the Kellog cereal box and have a potenial of making 8 million in the next 5 years.

    • Jah Larry Dread

      August 5, 2012 at 12:33 pm

      On the cereal box…GREAT! Love it!

    • Wanda

      August 6, 2012 at 3:32 am

      Now that’s what I’m talking about……laughing all the way to the bank (with that beautiful smile). Embrace your haters baby girl. WE LOVE YOU, GABBY! KEEP IT MOVING, BABY. BY THIS COMMENT, I WOULD LIKE TO SALUTE YOUR MOM FOR PUSHING YOU AND TELLING YOU THAT “YOU CAN DO IT” AND YOU DID IT!!!!!!

  144. joe g

    August 3, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    eff those a holes i hope Gabby reads this i have a daughter with down syndrome and i read her Gabby’s story from an edition of usa today. my kid loved the story. the story was from May and i told my daughter that gabby was going to kickbutt! i’m glad she won her gold in the individual, if for no other reason than to shutup that homo who made so many negative remarks after her stepping off the mat on the floor excercises. to all my people, when you mess up GOD and his son JESUS will get in and help you succeed in whatever you do! offended? Oh well!

  145. Marvin Blades

    August 4, 2012 at 12:21 am

    This is one of the most insane discussions I’ve ever heard. What is the purpose of insulting an elite athlete on something as trivial as “Her Hair?” Come on people, our focus should be on the achievement of this gifted young lady and not a a misguided and misdirected sense of fashion.

    I personally salute Ms. Douglass and look to her as a role model for girls who are in need of a true hero…in Ms. Douglass you have one!

  146. jojo

    August 4, 2012 at 12:22 am

    A black woman is her own worst enemy. She is always comparing herself to the immage of beauty that is foreign to herself. She has a Pull her Down (PhD) mentality. If she is not berating her children for the absence of a man in her life, she is berating another black woman for just being black.

  147. Wanda

    August 4, 2012 at 11:32 am

    You know, because of people like Marlo and all of the rest of these social network bullies (I.e. tweeters, FB, ect) , My “other half” and I tell our beautiful black 13yo daughter with her natural hair how beautiful she is EVERY moment of the day and I’m sure that’s what Gabby’s mom does, as well.

  148. Marti

    August 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Are you SERIOUS???!! Gabby has just Performed an amazing athletic feat, she’s fit and trim, she had a glorious smile and will be a role model for young women for years to come — and all you can comment on is her HAIR?!

    Who cares?! Celebrate who she is and what she’s achieved. The rest is small-minded and doesn’t matter.

    Criminy. When did appearance become more than achievement? How disappointing!


  149. highfivesix

    August 4, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Gabby proved what some of us knew all along…her success was not dependant on how straight her hair was or wasn’t..
    I’m sure that in oroder for her to create such incredible feats of athletism,she did not foolishly focus on the texture of her hair. That would have been superficial and ridiculous.
    Hmmm…maybe she’s teaching us a few sound lessons. Let’s hope that we choose to learn from them!

  150. Jah Larry Dread

    August 4, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Black people(women)…Please! It would take 2 minutes to comb her hair. It takes a life time to get ready physically and mentally ready for what she accomplished. She took on the world’s best and won. Looking like she can be a blood relative to our first lady some of you are concerned with her hair? Well she was wearing her GOD giving! For those who have issues are you wearing your GOD giving? LOL!

  151. Princess P.

    August 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST IN GYMNASTICS: Gabby Douglas. Enough said!

  152. Jah Larry Dread

    August 5, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Black people (women)…Please! Take a look at her pretty face; she looks like she can be a blood relative of our First Lady.

    Fact: In the USA one must pass at least 3 years (4 years in NJ) of Physical Education/Gym in to graduate from high school. Guess who is at the top of the list for failing Physical Education/Gym and has to attend summer school? Black girls! It takes less than a minute to comb her hair. Its takes a life time to prepare mentally and physically to accomplish what she has done against the best in the world. In one of the most pinnacle events of the Olympics she WON and wearing her GOD giving! Those who have issues with her hair are you wearing your GOD giving? AAaaaah LOL! Did you attend summer school for Physical Education/Gym to graduate? AAaaaah LOL!


    Jah Larry Dread

  153. Doris

    August 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I didn’t even notice her hair. You can imagine my surprise at those negative comments. Their priorities are messed up.


  154. John Hill

    August 5, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    Dumb statements have one positive. They generate feedback.

  155. Fran W

    August 6, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Small minds, think small things. I watched each of Gabby’s competitions and never noticed her hair. When you are perfoming at this level, who thinks “bad hair”? I would love to see the ridiculous ghetto weave on the people that made these comments. They probably are bald from wearing the weaves like everyone else that has one.

    When Gabby starts getting her $10 million or more endorsements, she can buy you some hair. This is the most ridiculous thing I have heard in a long time. I will be so glad when all these sisters learn that they do not look that great with all the long weaves. I am glad Gabby showed who she really is. I hope she enjoys all her money and fame as she has worked hard and really deserves it. May God continue to bless her and keep her just who she is.

  156. freddieray

    August 6, 2012 at 6:28 am

    the oppressed(mainly black people)have always taken on the mentality of the oppressor (white people) we tend to think if we be more like them they will accept us as equals. Aint never gonna happen folks. we have scientific proof that white men like kinky haired black women. why cant blacks in this country stop hating on each other and individually strive to be excellent? in too many african american families its all about ME and parents arent willing to forgo the mercedes, lexus, and caddilacs to properly educate their kids.NEWSFLASH: Kids are not supposed to provide their on opportunities, parents are supposed to do that by any legal means neccessary. a majority of us could send our kids to better schools if we would forgo some of our own luxuries and get rid of the me,me,me behavior. wonder why i kids are so selfish? look at our own behavior.Gabby’s mom sacrificed because that is what good parents do. problem is: we dont have enough parents of her caliber. congratulations, Gabby and a special thanks to your mom. And once you start counting your millions , keep your hair kinky as a monument to your hard work and success.

  157. freddieray

    August 6, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Maybe what some of us don’t understand is the very basis of racism in this country is hair texture and skin color. if you are black in this country and you see hair or skin color as a measurement tool , then you are a pro-racist and no better than a racist and u deserve what you might get go go go Gabby

  158. Wanda Stansbury

    August 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Like Harriett Tubman said, “I freed a lot of slaves, but I could have freed a lot more if they only knew they were slaves.” When will our people ever stop being slaves to hair and skin color? Love you Gabby, just the way you are, beautiful, smart and wise beyond your years.

  159. Cynthia

    August 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    This is one of the reasons Blacks have progressed any further than we have: we’re more concerned with what’s on someone’s head than what’s IN someone’s head, heart, and soul. Will we ever free ourselves from “Post-Traumatic Slavery Syndrome”?

  160. Cynthia

    August 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    This is one of the reasons Blacks have not progressed any further than we have: we’re more concerned with what’s on someone’s head than what’s IN someone’s head, heart, and soul. Will we ever free ourselves from “Post-Traumatic Slavery Syndrome”?

  161. Jake

    August 6, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I am thankful that my wife does not spend her hard earned money on fake, horse hair that is making the Asians rich. Gabby looks great and I know she is too smart to want to push back fake, horse hair to be considered a real African Ameerican. I love to see women with real hair. I can’t wait to get a copy of her poster for my grand daughters and myself.

  162. Kojo ABLODE

    August 7, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Sooner or later, the rest of the world must come to accept that Africans live by values and not selfish, interest based standards, Gabby went there to please no one but herself and she meant business…. Those who can’t appreciate her accomplishment can go to hell and somersault….Gabby is not a comedian but a discipline sports person. She went for the medal and she got it….period. She is an African Queen no one can belittle her. She is an African Hero and it doesn’t matter how anybody feels…..remember…. THOSE WHO MATTER DON’T CARE and those who care don’t matter. Go Gabby Go!!!!! Africa is proud of you.

  163. The Rain

    August 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    There is a black female radio talk show host in Atlanta)AM 1380)by the name of Mo Ivory that spent her three hour radio program talking about the child’s hair,instead of what she had accomplished.And this women has a teenage daughter of her own,so you would think she would know better.Then again,what do you expect from someone that went to school at the radical feminst (defacto lesbian)indoctrination camp,Spellman College.Spellman is an incubation chamber for elitist and lesbians.

  164. S. Balog

    August 10, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Wow, just read this article and I’m appalled. Honestly, these people have a talent, and they’re showing off their talent. It is not a pageant. They are not parading around to be told they’re “hot”. They do not need stylists before they enter the floor – what is this, The Hunger Games?? They preform how they are comfortable, and how they win. When I’m running/competing/doing things athletic, I don’t give a hoot how I look, that’s not the goal at mind. If you’re not impressed by her hair, who cares? No one. Were you impressed by her feats? I’m sorry, what, is that what the Olympics were about? I sort of missed it on how everyone’s caught up on HAIR.

  165. mina

    August 14, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    The Flying Princess is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Unfortunately, our people have undergone 600 + years of self hate indoctrination. It has only bee about 46 years since the end of legalized “JIM CROW”. We’ve got a L O N G way to go in our DEPROGRAMMING. There is however hope out here. The OVERWHELMING number of Africa Ameicans who responded to this and other sites about GABBY’s hair, have done so with LOVE, APPRECIATION, AND ADMIRATION. Natural hair is on the rise in our community and for reasons ulike the 60s. We’ve gone through the period where we were seeking validation – now many of us wear our hair natural because we LOVE WHO WE ARE!!! Yes, we have a ways to go with our bothers and sisters, but we are HERE, NOW, AND NOT GOING ANYWHERE. It is up to US to educate our own – young sisters and brothers who can raise the next generation of BEAUTIFUL SELF LOVING BLACK PEOPLE!!! Don’t get distracted by the ignorance of the few. EVERY ONE, TEACH ONE!!! WE ARE ON OUR WAY!!! LOVE YOU GABBY!!!!

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  167. ShaNu

    October 18, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Black People, they have lied to us from the beginning. We once knew we were kings, queens, royalty in our home lands of the original people. Amerikkas have taught us, brainwashed us, to assimilate to the european idea of beauty. Realize Africans/African Americans are a DOMINATE Gene, melanated people, with strong overly curly, kinky, nappy hair. We can do all things with our hair and bring it back to its natural state. The RECESSIVE GENE as in the White race is a weaker DNA. They cannot do with their hair what we can. You want to test the reality that, the white race views our natural hair as a rebellion to their white washing. Wear your hair natural and study their (Whites) body language, facial expressions and tell me what you see. Love and be proud of a beautiful young sister who has a accomplished a trememdous goal, in representing America and all “Black People”. Gabby does not need to look to any of us for approval. She has her mom and her God for that. I bet not once did it cross Gabby’s mind of which one of the black people she was going to represent. Not caring if your hair was straight, curly, kinky or nappy. Think About the things that are shaping our young minds. There are some that are looking to us as positive role models. Peace! Living Life Naturally and Loving IT!

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