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H.S. wrestler forced to cut dreadlocks; viral video stirs questions of whether race was factor

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A New Jersey high school wrestler was reportedly forced to cut his hair this week before competing in a match in an incident that has stirred questions about whether race was involved in the decision.

According to SNJ Today, Buena High School wrestler Andrew Johnson, who is black, was told by a white referee that he would have to cut off his dreadlocks or forfeit during Wednesday’s meet with Oakcrest High School. Johnson and his coaches initially protested the decision before the wrestler ultimately agreed to the quick haircut in a video posted by SNJ Today that has gone viral.

Johnson had intended to cover his dreadlocks with a hair cap, as is permitted by national and state rules, but was not allowed to do so, according to the report.

SNJ Today reports that the coaches tried to defend Johnson against the referee’s decision before an injury time clock was started that would have led to a forfeit. A team trainer performed the haircut on Johnson.

Johnson would win his 120-pound match with a takedown in overtime. He had previously competed in one other match this season without incident.

Based on video of the match, the referee has been identified as the same person who in 2016 offered to go through sensitivity training and an alcohol awareness program after he reportedly used the N-word toward another official, according to the Cherry Hill (N.J.) Courier-Post.

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Whole Woman Expo | Saturday, September 14th

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I WANT MINE NOW!

WHOLE WOMAN EXPO

Celebrating Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation Day

September 14, 2019

11am- 6pm

Radisson Inner-Harbor Downtown Baltimore, MD

The Whole Woman Expo is a day for women. A LifestyleBeauty and Wellness day designed to serve you through workshops, resources, and fun!

RSVP HERE

For More Information: www.wholewomanexpo.com  or email info@hwhn.org 443-927-7805

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Feature Your Event in the African Beat? – FREE

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Want Your Event Featured in the African Beat?

‘The African Beat’ is distributed to over 8,000 subscribers every other Friday. If you would like your event to be featured in our newsletter, please submit the following details: what, when & where, and provide a link to where readers can go for more information. Submission deadline for the next edition is Wednesday, July 24, 2019 by 5:00 pm. Send all materials, along with any questions, to oaa@dc.gov.

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Tips to make amazing photos from Plotaverse and Photofocus

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3 Tips for Better Smartphone Pics

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1 KEEP YOUR LENS CLEAN

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Your phone lives in a pocket or a purse…. as a result it often gets dirty or smudged. Fingerprints, sunscreen, dust or grease can get on the lens can really lower the quality of your photos. Always wipe the lens off before you shoot. A lens cloth is a great addition to your pocket, but even a soft shirt will help.

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2 THE “ZOOM” IS WORTHLESS

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Most phones simply use a digital zoom. This means when you pinch to zoom you’re usually just scaling and cropping the image inside the camera. Instead of zooming, try walking. Or get a new lens!

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3 A STEADY SHOT IS SHARP

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If your camera is moving, you’ll may get a blurred image. This is particularly true when shooting at night or in low light. Try bracing the camera for stability. It could be as simple as tucking your elbows into your body or try out a new mini tripod.

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