Gabby Douglas’ Gym ‘Friends’ Respond To Bullying Remarks

16-year-old Gabby Douglas may be a double gold medalist in gymnastics, but we all know the road leading to her explosive performances at the London Olympics couldn’t have been easy.

Her mother, Natalie Hawkins, filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, a few years after Gabby had moved away from her friends and family in Virginia to train in Iowa alongside Shawn Johnson.

Turns out, her reasons for moving might have been partially related to the toxic environment at her former gym.

“One of my teammates was like, ‘Can you scrape the bar?’ And they were like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it, she’s our slave?'” Douglas told Oprah in a new interview on OWN’s Next Chapter.  Continue reading “Gabby Douglas’ Gym ‘Friends’ Respond To Bullying Remarks”

Hey, Instead Of Congratulating Gabby Douglas, Let’s Make Fun Of Her Hair!

A few short bus-riding red helmet-wearing individuals have decided that 16-year-old Gabby Douglas, the second black gymnast to ever make the U.S. women’s Olympic team and first to win all-around gold, is shameful for having “bad hair.”

An article on Yahoo! confirmed many members of the African-American community’s opinion. One person wrote, “Gabby Douglas is cute and all…but that hair…on camera,”

Another said “I know that every black female looked at Gabby Douglas’s hair and asked Why? Just why?”

Hey assholes… First of all, I know there’s a lot of pressure that I could never understand for black women to have straight shiny hair and weaves and wigs and all this stuff, but she looks great. Continue reading “Hey, Instead Of Congratulating Gabby Douglas, Let’s Make Fun Of Her Hair!”