Barbershops Buzzing For The First Day of School
by Chris Conte
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Barbershops across Nashville were packed Wednesday as students got ready for the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
"They say your first appearance is everything so it's a big deal," explains Deonte Richmond, a stylist at Ware's Barbershop in North Nashville.
At one point on Wednesday morning the line at Ware's was stretched 10 kids deep.
"Most kids, they're real sensitive about their hair now they've got their own style, style has changed a lot, they're just reliving what we've done," Deonte adds.
Deonte's license from the state says he's qualified to cut hair but he's seem himself as more than just a barber.
"Especially when you come from communities where there's not a lot of father figures and stuff like that you play a big part in these kids life as far as role models," he says about the kids he sees each day.
Deonte and the other barbers even go so far as to coach a youth football team that a lot of his young customers play on.
"It takes a village to raise a child especially in our community. Teach em' a little something, how to grow up and be real men."