Tangled in Knots: Zendaya and The Politics of ‘Casual Racism’

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Patchouli oil and weed. Those were the first words that came to mind when Fashion Police and E! News host Guiliana Rancic saw singer Zendaya on the Oscars red carpet sporting a stunning Vivienne Westwood gown and locs. The singer has always garnered rave reviews when changing up her looks—from pixie cuts to long weaves—but she was lambasted this week when she decided to boast a more Afro-centric style.

As a political and media professional, who also happens to have locs, I am beyond offended.

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