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In California, It Will Soon Be Illegal To Discriminate Against Someone Because Of Their Natural Hair Texture Or Style

The California workplace is about to get a lot more inclusive.

On Thursday, California’s state assembly unanimously voted to pass the Crown Act, a bill that will ban employers from discriminating against people with natural hairstyles and textures, including afros, locs, twists, cornrows and other ‘dos that have largely been used as a method to treat Black workers, in particular, unfairly.

The Crown Act, which was introduced by Sen. Holly Mitchell, is now heading to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk, who will sign it into law, PEOPLE reports. 

The legislation, the first-ever statewide ban on natural hair discrimination, will expand on California’s anti-discrimination laws, ensuring that the definition of “race” goes beyond skin color and includes “traits historically associated with race.”

“There are still far too many cases of Black employees and applicants denied employment or promotion — even terminated — because of the way they choose to wear their hair,” Mitchell told CNN. “I have heard far too many reports of black children humiliated and sent home from school because their natural hair was deemed unruly or a distraction to others.”

In December, a Black high school wrestler in New Jersey was forced to cut his locks by a referee just before a match. The news made national headlines and prompted outcries of discrimination throughout social media. This month, the state legislature introduced a bill that would similarly update New Jersey’s discrimination law to include protection for “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles.”

“This is a movement to protect Black citizens from systematic discrimination because of a hairstyle,” New Jersey State Assemblywoman Angela McKnight told NJ.com. “We’re more than that. This is a civil rights issue.”

A similar ban against natural hair discrimination already exists in New York City.

Read: These Curly Chicas Taught Me How to Embrace My Natural Hair

A Colombian Orphan Was Adopted By His Host Family And The Video Will Tug At Your Heart Strings

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A Colombian Orphan Was Adopted By His Host Family And The Video Will Tug At Your Heart Strings

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Sebastian is a young boy who was growing up in Colombia with no biological relatives. A program called Kidsave’s Summer Miracles connected Sebastian with the Barkey family for a summer. During that time, the family fell in love with Sebastian and they decided to secretly adopt him after the program ended and he flew back to Colombia.

The Barkey family fell in love with Sebastian after hosting him for a summer so they decided to adopt him.

Orphan Reunited With Family

After spending summer with the Barkey family in the U.S, Colombian orphan Sebastian has become a part of the family…👨‍👩‍👦

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The adoption was a true family affair. All of the Barkey children and their parents boarded a flight to Colombia to collect the newest member of their family. The reunion was caught on camera and it is a sweet and honest representation of modern families.

The moment Sebastian sees the Barkey family is an emotional experience for everyone in the room.

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Sebastian is walked through the hallways of the adoption agency and led into a room with the family he has grown to love. He is immediately surrounded by the Barkey family who smothers him in hugs. The feeling of excitement and love is palpable from the video.

Sebastian even signed the adoption papers using his new last name: Barkey.

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Congratulations, Sebastian. And well done, Barkey family. What a touching and sweet moment captured on camera.

READ: In The Middle Of National Adoption Awareness Month, This Movie Is Making A Statement

All Aboard The ‘Baby Hair’ Bandwagon, Alicia Keys Ignited A Fever For Embellished Baby Hairs And Edges And We’re On Board

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All Aboard The ‘Baby Hair’ Bandwagon, Alicia Keys Ignited A Fever For Embellished Baby Hairs And Edges And We’re On Board

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We’re all obsessed with the way Alicia Keys styled her baby hairs for the Grammys last weekend. So as an appreciation story, we thought we’d to give you a few ideas to style your own baby hairs for date night, work, or just any random day —you’re welcome. 

When Beyoncé declared that she likes her “baby heir with baby hairs and Afros” in the song “Formation,” everyone got ready to style the little fine hairs around the edges of their hairline. Traditionally black and Latina subcultures have been proudly rocking their baby hairs since birth, and now it seems like mainstream culture is finally jumping on the “baby hairs are awesome” bandwagon. 

When Alicia Keys walked on stage at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards, she didn’t just wow the audience with her inspiring words and heart-warming ballads.

The singer also has us obsessing over her show-stopping hair. She was wearing cornrows and artfully laid edges —but the interesting part were the Swarovski crystals, each accentuating a swirl of hair. 

It was a beautiful way of putting baby hairs at the forefront of her beauty look. 

Keys’ hair moment was somewhat of a celebration for communities that have sported the look for decades. For black and Latinx communities who have styled their baby hairs for generations, it was a proud moment —and somewhat of an inspiration tbh. 

So instead of straightening them, damaging them with chemicals or “taming” your baby hairs, why don’t you check out the following list for some styling inspiration. Own those baby hairs this 2020. 

Alicia Keys

Of course we were going to start the list with this bedazzled look. Celebrity hairstylist Nai’vasha swept Alicia’s baby hairs into little swoops before adding individual crystals inside each loop. “Alicia and I are obsessed with glorious baby hairs,” the hair pro told Vogue.

H.E.R.

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Singer and songwriter Gabriella Wilson, better known as H.E.R., also wore her baby hairs in an artful design at the Grammys last Sunday. Sculpted in a wavy pattern all along her hairline and down to her ears, her baby hairs were at the center of her beauty lewk —and they did NOT disappoint. 

Jennifer Lopez

So we’re all used to seeing JLo in super sleek updos and buns, yes. But for her Saturday Night Live promos, Jenny from The Block’s hairstylist Chris Appleton styled the singer’s baby hairs in long swoops that cascaded along her hairline. The design was a beautiful detail to add to an otherwise bland and sleek ponytail. 

Ella Mai

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The English singer never misses a chance to stye her baby hairs in cute and artful ways. Her hairstylist Kahh Spence, a self-professed ‘slay gawd’ always slays Ella’s hair, and the hair of many other celeb clients, so I guess he really is a hair gawd of sorts.

Kehlani

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The R&B singer is a true hair icon, she always styles her mane in crazy colors or intricate styles. We love this relaxed take on the classic top knot. She let her baby hairs flow freely and maybe even curled them a bit —goals. 

Yara Shahidi

The Black-ish star never ceases to amaze us with her flawless skin, hair and style. And in this example, she’s proving that you can always make a statement by styling just one or two swirls of baby hairs around your hairline to make an otherwise simple do, stand out. 

FKA Twigs

The queen of baby hair art. Ok granted, some of Twigs’ signature baby hair looks might require an art degree but hey, nothing a sharp edge control brush and some good gel can’t help you do —with a lot of practice. 

Laura Harrier

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Here’s another embellished look that has us floored. A spring time look if ever we’ve seen one. Do like the actress and accentuate each swirl of hairs with a teeny tiny flower. The levels of cute and chic are just beyond. 

Ciara

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Serving Ariana Grande vibes, but with way more estilo. Baby hair styling proves, yet again, that with just a few waves, you can make a ‘normal’ hairstyle stand out.

Rihanna

Baby hairs look beautiful braided into a protective style; just be sure to re-braid those pieces as the hair grows to prevent breakage.

La Rosalia 

The urban-flamenco singer also knows that styling baby hairs can add that little extra-ness to her signature high ponytail. Celebrity stylist Jesus Guerrero added a few swoops on the singers temples to create a style that’s a little more glamorous and a little less basic.