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Black Meteorologist Who Was Fired Over Natural Hair Lands New Job

Rhonda A. Lee, the Black woman who was fired from her TV meteorologist job in Shreveport, La., after defending her natural hair on the station’s Facebook page, has just accepted a job with a national weather channel in Colorado.

Lee announced on her Twitter and Facebook pages that she has accepted a meteorology position with WeatherNation in Denver. “By all accounts, it is my dream job and I am thrilled to be a part of the WeatherNation family,” she said Thursday night on Facebook. Lee told NewsOne that she accepted the position a week ago, but wanted to fine tune some particulars before making an announcement.

The offer came soon after the veteran weather woman had lost hope of ever working in television again.

“A month ago, I told my husband that I’m pretty sure I would never work in weather again,” she said. “I had completely lost faith, but in a matter of a week or so, all of a sudden, three people showed interest in me. It was an awakening, is what it was. I really had given up.”

Lee had several offers in other markets, including a chief meteorologist position, but went with WeatherNation because it’s a national network that reaches millions of homes. Lee doesn’t know when she will be on-air, but says she will be on Channel 361 on DIRECTV. She, her husband, and their 10-month-old son will be moving to Denver in a few weeks.

More than a year and a half has past since Lee was fired from KTBS 3 News, an ABC affiliate in Shreveport, after she responded to users on Facebook who complained about her natural hairstyle. The station said Lee was fired for violating its social media policy. She has filed an EEOC complaint against the station and is in mediation to resolve her dismissal.


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4 thoughts on “Black Meteorologist Who Was Fired Over Natural Hair Lands New Job

  1. Dannie J. Kerns says:


  2. You go girl. Stand up for what comes naturally. I would have done the same thing. That was so insulting, to tell the black female, you got to straighten your hair like ours. For what nonsense reason would they tell her that? Black people do not have Neandertal genes, like the rest of the planet's people. Many of us love our superior kinky hair, the creator gave us. Blacks started hating our hair and skin color, the day whites first saw us, we were brain washed to hate our African features. Soon and very soon, that will be a thing of the past. I wonder how the creator feels, about us changing the way we were made? I mean really despise our black/brown, skin, and kinky hair.

  3. Silvia Squirre says:

    How did this happen in a city (Shreveport) which is 55% black?

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