Flashpoint: Hair and identity, truancy or asbestos, and a compassionate food truck

 Syreeta Scott, Lori Tharps, and Chinere Wright
Photo credit Cherri Gregg/KYW Newsradio
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about hair and identity. 

In recent days, Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley revealed that she has alopecia and is completely bald. In an exclusive video posted to TheRoot.com, she explained her hair loss journey and the trauma it imposed and why sharing her story was so liberating. Pressley's candor sparked debate and conversation over how hair can help make you — you. In addition, her previous hair style choice, waist length Senegalese braids, were a political statement. She wore them knowing that many women face hair discrimination and the political nature of hair, specifically Black Hair.  We dig in.  Can your hair impact your job prospects? How about dating options? Where does the shame come from during hair loss? Syreeta Scott, owner of Duafe Holistic Haircare who has style the hair of thousands of women, including Janet Jackson and Ava Duvernay joins Lori Tharps, a professor of journalism at Temple University and author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair and Chinere Wright, a hair stylist who suffers from alopecia and who founded an online support group for people dealing with hair loss.

The newsmaker of the week is asbestos. The material made headlines this week after the Philadelphia Teachers Union sued the School District oh Philadelphia, demanding action on asbestos. Stephanie Marrero, a mother with three children enrolled at the Richmond School, was featured in news stories across the region. She has opted to take her children out of schools and has kept them home since November and could soon face truancy charges. Marrero discusses her defiance and why she wants more parents to stand up.

Finally, the Patriot Home Care changemaker of the week is The Church of Christian Compassion. The church focuses on feeding those in need.  Recently, they bought a food truck to take their efforts on the road. Pastor Lonnie Herndon explains the effort.

Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on 1060AM. It also airs at 5 a.m. Sundays on B101FM and WPHT 1210AM and at 6 a.m. on WOGL 98.1 and TDY 96.5.  

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