Viola's Awesome 'Fro; Gabby's Curly No?

Is there only so much black-hair positivity to go around?

Viola Davis (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images); Gabourey Sidibe (ABC)

The Oscars are always as much about how everyone looks as they are about the best films of the year, and last night was no different.

For many African-American women, the most exciting and validating appearance-related part of the night was The Help actress' Viola Davis' auburn, short, "teeny weeny Afro." Demetria L. Lucas gushed about it at

Davis’ mini-‘fro on her big night meant so much. For anyone who’s gone natural after a lifetime of frying and hiding (a.k.a. weaving/wigging), gaining the self-confidence to show it off doesn’t always come easy. She took a big step, one that reinforced to Black womankind that our natural hair isn’t something for which we should be ashamed, and it definitely isn’t something to be covered or hidden. Our hair is worthy of being embraced and celebrated every day -- especially when the occasion is special.

Meanwhile, in a taped segment that aired during the broadcast, actress Gabourey Sidibe showed off her own new and natural style (or natural-ish -- we'd have to talk to her stylist to figure out what exactly was behind her curly look), but she didn't get anywhere near the same praise and enthusiasm. In fact, we picked up on quite a bit of negativity from always-brutally-honest black Twitter.

What's that all about? Is there only so much black-hair positivity to go around? Did Sidibe get overlooked because she wasn't on the red carpet or up for an award this year? Or did her look simply not make the cut?


Like The Root on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

The Root encourages respectful debate and dialogue in our commenting community. To improve the commenting experience for all our readers we will be experimenting with some new formats over the next few weeks. During this transition period the comments section will be unavailable to users.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your continued support of The Root.

While we are experimenting, please feel free to leave feedback below about your past experiences commenting at The Root.