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If you’re Black, you’re probably well aware of what Walter Gainer II is going to share in this episode. (Trigger warning, the content may be traumatizing or upsetting to you – please take care of yourself and stop listening at any point.)
If you’re not Black – you NEED to hear what Walt has to say. I thought I knew about the issue from the general media – but in my privilege, I had no idea how pervasive and intrusive anti-Black hair discrimination actually is.
If you’re an employer or manager – you especially need to hear Walt’s stories. Workplace discrimination is insidious because it’s rarely overt. #WorkingWhileBlack is a real thing, and if you’re thinking, “not at my company” – think again.
Tune in as Walter changes our lens on how we see Black hair in corporate North America.
In this episode, you’ll learn about:
- 🎙️ The racialized origin of the term locs (or locks, or dreadlocks)
🎙️ Hair discrimination against men
🎙️ A defining moment in Walter’s loc journey
🎙️ Advice for people with locks in corporate jobs
🎙️ Advice for the rest of us to see locs differently
Link to episode transcript here.
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Guest Bio and References/Links
About Walter Gainer II:
Walter is a host and producer of Boss Locks, a show where we speak to Black leaders from all around the world to identify the range of Blackness and hear their stories of new growth. Walt’s mission is to create support systems for people Working While Black and lead the world to new growth.
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References and resources in this episode:
The CROWN Act (to end hair discrimination): https://www.thecrownact.com/
Walter’s Facebook group to support professionals Working While Black: https://www.facebook.com/groups/workingwhileblack
LinkedIn Creators Accelerator: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6886299814888296448/
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