“We wanted this book to really shine a light on the beauty, the history, the power, the economic power and the political power of our hair” – Lori Tharps
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Montgomery County in Maryland has been the latest to introduce The CROWN Act legislation that would ban businesses from discriminating against employees over their ethnic hairstyles. Two world wars, the Civil Rights movement, and a Jheri curl later, Blacks in America continue to have a complex and convoluted relationship with their hair.
Most recently, an H&M ad campaign featuring children that were meant to capture them in their natural state after school caused backlash after people responded negatively to the African-American child model. The issues surrounding Black hair linger well into the twenty-first century.
Tying the personal to the political and the popular, Hair Story takes a chronological look at the culture behind the ever-changing state of Black hair-from fifteenth century Africa to the present-day United States.
I’ll talk with Ayana Byrd and Lori Tharps on the struggle of understanding black hair in America.
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