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Archive for October, 2009

It’s no surprise there are as many opinions about Chris Rock’s “Good Hair” as there are hair textures among black women. Now that the documentary is in theaters nationwide, I’ve started hearing from people who saw my two quick soundbites in the movie.  Several have asked why the doc didn’t include more information about the history of the black hair care industry

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As a woman who survived the Hair Wars of the 1960s when large numbers of black girls and women abandoned hot combs and hair straighteners for natural hair, and as hair care pioneer Madam C. J. Walker’s great-great-granddaughter and biographer, I often find myself at a unique vantage point from which to observe today’s ongoing hair skirmishes.

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A’Lelia Bundles

Back in my cocoon ready to write another chapter of Joy Goddess, my new Harlem Renaissance era biography of A’Lelia Walker, after being in Jerusalem for the second annual Israeli Presidential Conference.  When I received the invitation some months ago, I was at a loss trying to figure out how  my stories of early 20th century African American women might connect to a largely Israeli–as well as international–audience with exactly zero African American women in the room other than I. 

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