Ellen DeGeneres and Alicia Keys Give $20K Scholarship to Black Teen Banned From Graduation For His Dreads

Nicole Rojas
Feb 10, 2020 - 6:35
Ellen DeGeneres and Alicia Keys Give $20K Scholarship to Black Teen Banned From Graduation For His Dreads

A Black teen who is not being allowed to walk at graduation over his dreadlocks was awarded a $20,000 scholarship by Ellen DeGeneres and Alicia Keys.

Barber Hills High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas told student DeAndre Arnold that he cannot participate in his graduation ceremony unless he cuts his dreadlocks. 

Arnold, 18, was told in December that he would not be able to walk at his graduation this spring because his hair was not within the school’s guidelines. The school’s dress code prohibits male students from having hair that extends below the eyebrows or below the earlobes. 

“Male students’ hair must not extend below the top of a t-shirt collar or be gathered or worn in a style that would allow the hair...

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