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The Natural: The Trouble Portraying Blackness in Video Games

Every morning, I run a pick through my hair. It’s important that I do this when it’s still spongy and damp from the shower. Wait too long and my hair gets drier and less cooperative, making it harder to pull the comb through my natural. (Pro tip: A natural is something black folks sometimes call hair that hasn’t been altered or straightened by heat or chemicals.) Advertisement After the picking out, patting down and shaping are done, I always think to myself, “Goddamn, I love being black.” Video games have yet to deliver the same feeling to me. Advertisement [Note: This essay, which originally appeared on Kotaku 10/14/15, is excerpted from The State of Play, an upcoming collection of writing on video game culture that came out on October 20.] My hair doesn’t really qualify as an Afro or even a baby Afro. It’s kind of a dark taper fade, with the sides grown out a bit. It’s exactly the kind of haircut that millions of black men all over the world have been wearing for centuries. Millennia, even. And READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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