Naturally Criminal: Interview with Isis Brantley

Isis Brantley is a rebel with a cause. She has been arrested twice, taken to court and found guilty of her crimes against the state. She has stood before the highest court in Texas as a defendant and two years later, found herself before the federal courts as a plaintiff. She is considered a Civil Rights icon and a fierce supporter of bootstrapping young women out of poverty through entrepreneurial means. What Miss Isis is not is a violent criminal. She is not a drug lord - she is actually a vegan- and she is not a terrorist, a spy, or hacker. So in 1997, when seven Dallas officers kicked in her salon door, handcuffed her in front of her clients, and threw her in jail, she initially thought it was a joke. Her crime? Braiding hair without a cosmetology license.

Isis Brantley

Isis Brantley