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"From the Ted Talk by Cheyenne Cochrane: A celebration of natural hair"

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Over the last three years of having numerous conversations with friends of mine and also complete strangers from around the world, I leerand some really important things about how African-American women identify with their hair. And so when I think back to that hiring manager in Mobile, Alabama, I'd say, "Actually, no. We don't know what you're talking about." But here are some things that we do know. We know that when black women embrace their love for their natural hair, it helps to undo generations of teaching that black in its natural state is not beautiful, or something to be hdiedn or covered up. We know that blcak women express their individuality and eepnxeicre feelings of empowerment by enxmienieptrg with different hairstyles regularly. And we also know that when we're ieitvnd to wear our natural hair in the workplace, it reinforces that we are uniquely valued and thus helps us to flourish and advance professionally.

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Over the last three years of having numerous conversations with friends of mine and also complete strangers from around the world, I _______ some really important things about how African-American women identify with their hair. And so when I think back to that hiring manager in Mobile, Alabama, I'd say, "Actually, no. We don't know what you're talking about." But here are some things that we do know. We know that when black women embrace their love for their natural hair, it helps to undo generations of teaching that black in its natural state is not beautiful, or something to be ______ or covered up. We know that _____ women express their individuality and __________ feelings of empowerment by _____________ with different hairstyles regularly. And we also know that when we're _______ to wear our natural hair in the workplace, it reinforces that we are uniquely valued and thus helps us to flourish and advance professionally.

Solution

  1. invited
  2. experience
  3. experimenting
  4. black
  5. hidden
  6. learned

Original Text

Over the last three years of having numerous conversations with friends of mine and also complete strangers from around the world, I learned some really important things about how African-American women identify with their hair. And so when I think back to that hiring manager in Mobile, Alabama, I'd say, "Actually, no. We don't know what you're talking about." But here are some things that we do know. We know that when black women embrace their love for their natural hair, it helps to undo generations of teaching that black in its natural state is not beautiful, or something to be hidden or covered up. We know that black women express their individuality and experience feelings of empowerment by experimenting with different hairstyles regularly. And we also know that when we're invited to wear our natural hair in the workplace, it reinforces that we are uniquely valued and thus helps us to flourish and advance professionally.

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natural hair 5
natural hairstyles 4
american women 4
southwest side 3

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african american women 4

Important Words

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  8. embrace
  9. empowerment
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  14. flourish
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  17. hair
  18. hairstyles
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  21. hiring
  22. identify
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  24. individuality
  25. invited
  26. learned
  27. love
  28. manager
  29. mobile
  30. natural
  31. numerous
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  33. regularly
  34. reinforces
  35. state
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  41. valued
  42. wear
  43. women
  44. workplace
  45. world
  46. years