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Final Project: My Hair Is… Painting

My project is inspired by my studies this semester and all that I’ve learned about black hair. I’ve found out about a lot of discrimination and the culture appropriation thrown against black hair. Due to the norm of having a… Continue Reading →

Final Project: Little Girl Spoken Word Poem

For my final project I did a poem named “Little Girl,” this poem is mainly targeted toward girls ages 10-17. That age range is crucial when it comes to appearance and comparing themselves to others. The poem talks about loving… Continue Reading →

Braids

The origins: The history of braids can be traced back to 5000 years ago in the African culture to 3500 BC. Braids where used for signs of societal status, ethnicity, religion, and more just by using classic cornrows, three strand… Continue Reading →

Final Project: Spoken Word “Time Spent”

  The topic I chose to focus on all semester had to do with women accepting their hair and the perception of it. In week 6 we talked about hair in class and that peaked my interest. From there out… Continue Reading →

“Good hair” and Acceptance of Women of Color

We’ve heard this term time and time again, growing up. The words “good hair” are thrown around without much thought. Women in the black community have always struggled with their hair and being accepted with it. Having naturally kinky and… Continue Reading →

Hair and its Large Impact and Importance to Women of Color

Hair is a subject that is very important to women and their self-esteem. The positive or negative view of one’s hair can greatly affect a woman, especially if she is of color. Hair, its length, texture and color, all effect… Continue Reading →

Happy to Be Nappy – Anti-Conformity in African American Hair

  Origin: Happy to be Nappy is a children’s book written by bell hooks and illustrated by Chris Raschka. It was originally published on September 10, 1999. The book features water colored pictures that show various forms of natural African… Continue Reading →

Race and the Body

This image does speak volumes. White skin, blonde, hair and blue eyes has always been seen a sign of dominance, power, and beauty. As Maxine Leeds Craig outlines in her book “Ain’t I a Beauty Queen?”, African American women have… Continue Reading →

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