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Readers say insensitivity at the root of hairstyle story
Readers say insensitivity at the root of hairstyle story

No, Bo Derek did not invent cornrows. Many readers and some other media publications took issue with a story we recently published about three different fall hairstyles — cornrows, bangs and ponytails — coming from the season’s fashion runways. "Move over, Bo Derek," the story quipped as it referred to  the "comeback of cornrows." "Oh, here we go again," thought Noliwe M. Rooks, an associate professor at the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, when she saw the story. Cornrows couldn't possibly make a comeback, Rooks and other critics said, because they never went away. Critics also said the article...

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