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Corallys Ortiz,  a meteorologist and TV reporter at WBBJ 7 in Jackson, TN, decided that instead of her usual straight-haired look, she would give her hair a break and wear her natural curls on TV.

“I’ve been giving my hair a bit of a break from this heat and humidity and not having to straighten it so often. This is only my second round wearing it the 10 months I’ve been in Tennessee,” Ortiz wrote in a Facebook post.

Ortiz, who is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent, initially received a lot of positive feedback from viewers who appreciated her natural look.

But Ortiz says on Sunday night, she received a voicemail at the station, which blasted her for simply being herself. Hear it in the video above.

A creaky woman’s voice can be heard on tape saying,

“To the weather girl tonight, please don’t wear your hair like that anymore. It just doesn’t look good at all.  Change it back to something more normal.  Not something that’s all– n*ggery lookin’.”

What is “normal?” How is what naturally grows from someones head not “normal?”

It’s a struggle many women of color in television news face daily, with journalists like Tamron Hall, Melissa Harris-Perry and Demetria Obilor, paving the way for normalizing natural hair at every level of broadcast news.

Since the posting, the reporter has received a wide outpouring of support from her fans and viewers.

(Corallys Ortiz Facebook)

She shared the above photo thanking her viewers for their support. She wrote:

“Thank you isn’t even enough! 

Thank you Jackson and West Tennessee for showing what southern hospitality really is! Thank you for your support these last couple of days. You see me in your homes every week and I wanted to show my support for YOU in my own home. 

Thank you to whoever sent these beautiful flowers! With their different colors, shapes and sizes, it shows the different ways beauty is represented. Like the diverse and beautiful demographic of people we have in this area. 

Thank you, Gracias for the love! And just how the cards on the flowers say, “You have friends in Jackson!” 

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27 thoughts on “News Reporter Told She Has “N*ggery Looking” Hair After Wearing Natural Curls On TV [Video]


  2. MariAnne Bolton on said:

    Can we for once stop saying mean things to each other. Every one should be able to wear their hair the way that suits them best. I don’t see how a hair style can do anyone harm. . .only bullets and knives can harm.

  3. Dang! I thought someone in her office or some supervisor said this to her. This is a voicemail from some anonymous viewer. What? Now we have to publicize and whine everytime someone insults us? Why is this even a story? Who the hell cares what some random person says about their looks? She has beautiful hair, her job is not being put in jeopardy because of it and no one of any importance has said anything negative about her. Why didn’t she just delete the post and keep it moving? Oh. I forgot. Then we would never have heard of her. Beautiful woman though.

  4. And another thing, the caller is just jealous that she does not have the natural versatility to change her hair at a moment’s thought….

  5. Ugh, Goldie2, CB23 is so incorrect in what he/she is saying. In a long ago era, when everyone dressed “proper” people of color were still not respected. So please, stop with the ignorant comments that dress is going to make everything alright. And secondly, it was not her employer that made the comment, it was some ignorant, racist hating bigot that left the comment. White folks are always trying to degrade what people of color do and then turn around and try to copy the look. Tanning, braids, full lips, big butts, sagging pants, and the list goes on. I wear my hair in its natural state – – get tons of compliments and will never let some other culture tell me anything to the contrary. Take a freakin’ hike!!!

    • I’ve seen far more hateful racist bigots come from your black race in my 42 years than all the other races combined you low IQ dumb dumb! What do you have to say about that? And after the 7 years or so most people now hate and despise you because of your black stupidity and antics so you can surely expect more of these kind of things to happen. Blame yourselves for it, you created it. Why TF would anyone these days hire a black person over a person of any other race? You would have to be out of your mind to pick the probable troublemaker who at some point will pull out the race card, over another person.

  6. Michael Middleton on said:

    For Blacks to be just who they (we) are and defend themselves is extremely offensive to many, many Whites. For Blacks to have the audacity to inject their cultural values into “American” society is very threatening.

  7. OK, Just remember who is paying you. If you do not want to ad-hear to the corporation that’s paying your 6 figure contract, then leave, what is wrong with being well groomed?
    Black people stop being so rebellious, if we just stop killing each other and pull our pants up and respect each other, every other race will also respect us. However if we consistently continue to kill and disrespect our selves, other cultures will continue to say, they don’t like
    them selves why should we.

    • Ivan Cohen on said:

      She( Ortiz) is doing a job, not some paycheck slave, being paid to be kept in check. Chances are the corporation doesn’t give a flip about hairstyles, for them it’s ratings and profit margins. I bet you wouldn’t tell the white millennials not to be so rebellious because they’d say “up yours”.

  8. In the 21st century, we’re still having this conversation. RIDICULOUS!!!!!! By the way…..The reporters hair Isco BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!

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