Let’s Move Meets Good Hair

by West Parsons on March 15, 2011

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Since a my friend Nicole of Nicole White Designs was the featured interviewee, I decided to share with you all! Enjoy!

By Dalia Colón

When Natasha Burkett’s twins were about a year old, it was time to go back to work. She had been exercising a lot and not worrying as much about how she looked, but that would have to change.

“Because I’m a pharmaceutical rep, it’s not like I can just put my hair in a ponytail, no makeup, and go see a customer,” said Burkett, 40, of Miami Shores.

She found herself facing a dilemma common to African-American women: Her expensive, time-consuming hairstyle was at odds with her fitness routine. It’s a juncture where First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” mantra collides with the cultural ideal documented in Chris Rock’s 2009 film Good Hair.

Black, non-Hispanic women are more likely to be obese than any other group, according to a 2008 survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Thirty-nine percent of black women report a body mass index of at least 30 — the lower limit for obesity.

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