*As previously reported, Brittany Noble, a Black news anchor from Jackson, Mississippi, has detailed the workplace discrimination she endured, which eventually led to her dismissal.
In a Medium post, which has gone viral, Noble reveals specific instances where she had to navigate through a toxic environment at CBS affiliate WJTV, and it prompted her to file several HR complaints. One such complaint was lodged after a supervisor commented on her natural, curly hair, saying it looked “unprofessional”
After detailing how she was canned for having natural hair, an Atlanta news anchor decided to show solidarity to the natural sistas in media who are combating discrimination, blavity.com reports.
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With naturalistas under fire in the news industry, I am PROUDLY representing what many Black woman look like in their every day life … on this anchor desk. Good Morning, Atlanta. Tune in NOW. 💪🏽 Protecting my hair and my peace. #MorningRushATL pic.twitter.com/M9NiJpNFDo
— Francesca Amiker (@FranTVHost) January 18, 2019
“After announcing that I was pregnant, I was no longer included in commercials,” Noble wrote on Medium. “I felt the need to starve myself to fit in. I now weigh only 108 pounds. I did eat while I was pregnant and while carrying my son and postpartum. I wasn’t allowed to represent the station and my events were given away to another white reporter.”
Noble said the station called her hair “unprofessional.”
“I was told my natural hair is unprofessional and the equivalent to him throwing on a baseball cap to go to the grocery store. He said, ‘Mississippi viewers needed to see a beauty queen.’ He even asked, ‘why my hair doesn’t lay flat.’”
Amiker was inspired by Noble’s story and noted how she’s now in the mindspace of “protecting my hair and my peace.”
“With naturalistas under fire in the news industry, I am PROUDLY representing what many Black woman look like in their every day life … on this anchor desk. Good Morning, Atlanta. Tune in NOW. 🏽 Protecting my hair and my peace. #MorningRushATL [sic], ” Amiker wrote.