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    I was listening to sports radio and they were talking about how many of the black athletes sport locs, fros and cornrows but as soon as they get in trouble they cut their hair off and cease wearing the baggy hip hop gear. Anyone else notice this and what are your thoughts? Are they still keeping it "real"?

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    Some of the athletes that decide to change their hair maybe doing it on the advice of their lawyer or other individuals that may believe it would be better to put forth an image that is not so "non-conformist". Then again, maybe those athletes are deciding to cut their locs or braids because they have grown tired of the look. I remember BowWow wearing braids for the longest and now he is wearing his hair short.

    Also, we all like to "reinvent" ourselves and I suppose when you are in the public eye, there is even more pressure to do so, because fans are fickle. As for the clothing, as you get older you attire changes, or well I think it is supposed to change. ^_^

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    I agree with Lady J's post. While, the second part can be true, the idea of appearing "less threatening" to the jury and judge is the image that many lawyers are going for with their defendants. Now, let's REALLY keep it real. We all know that unfortunately in this country, the "face" of crime in America is viewed as a black man with locks, cornrows or braids and it's ashame that because of this prejudice assumption many of our natural hairstyles have become tainted with stereotypes.

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    I have noticed this as well. I think they are doing it to appear more mainstream to the public. Likely on the advice of counsel. Kids should take head that all that bravado is just an act.

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    i agree with deep. i think for most of those athletes it is all an act and when testedm they conform and do what they have to do to stay out of stripes.

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    I've noticed how black males cut/lose their locs after turmoil and it kinda makes sense to me b/c of the spiritual aspect of locs. I don't want to act like I know oh-so-much about the spiritual aspect of locs, but from what I've read, locs carry energy (a life force?) of their own and sometimes when the situtation changes a person must change or release that energy. I'm assuming that being accused of a crime is traumatic thing and that energy must be released or diverted for a person to have energy for his/her defense. I think that may be true w/ regards to black athletes, but since I don't know them personally, I can't say for sure.

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    They do it for the same reason that Anna Nicole Smith or Paris Hilton will show up in court wearing a dress suit with their hair tied up in a bun.

    They want to project a more mainstream, cleancut image to sway the judge or jury in their favor.

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    ITA with Swingbolder. It's not looked on Paris Hilton that she wasn't keeping it real when she was on Larry King looking like she borrowed her dress from a women's reformatory school from the 1800's. I also don't think the athletes who have locs or cornrows are trying to depict a particular image. For some folks it really isn't that deep. It's not about "bucking the system that been holding me down" or being non-conformists. It's really just they like the look so they wear their hair like that. So when they need to present themselves as mainstream it's not a big deal to cut their hair. Just like although I like hot pink polish I wouldn't wear it to a job interview.

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    They want to project a more mainstream, cleancut image to...

    YEP!!!!

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    They want to project a more mainstream, cleancut image to...

    I agree.

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    Are they keeping it real ? Nope! Are they selling out? Heck Yeah! Do I blame them? Shoot No!

    As much as I hate to admit it, sometimes you've got to bow down to "The Man." It's sad and stereotypical, but many people perceive a short cut to be more preofessional and presentable on a man and when jail,incarceration, and a possible sore backside if you drop the soap are pending, then by all means, BOW DOWN!

    Anybody remember the joke Chris Rock made about Kobe's rape trial? He was saying that everybody was saying that he shouldn't get Johnny Cochran because it would make him "look" guilty. Chris said, I'd rather be looking guilty at the mall than to be innocent in Jail!

    So to all brothers with pending cases, do what you've got to do. I'd rather be growing my hair back at home than to have long cornrows, twist, etc. in jail.

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