Short Cuts.

It’s a Friday in June. My homeboy told me about this one shop in the basement of an apartment building in Alexandria VA that’s supposed to be pretty good. It’s assumed that the only reason a woman, a black woman at that, cuts her hair is because of sickness or sorrow. I [...]

‘You Can Touch My Hair,’ But Why?

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This makes about as much sense to me as standing outside with a sign that says “You Can Slap My Ass” in order to spark a conversation about street harassment. [...]

White Woman Wears Afro, Life Changes. Or Something.

There’s a white woman running around New York in a big black afro wig because she thinks it’s teaching her something about herself and the world and how she sees it and how it sees. She blogs about it sometimes on her website, Before and Afro. [...]

#15: The Beijing of America.

Immigration, both internally and internationally, has always played a huge role in the construction of whiteness in America — which groups eventually are folded into whiteness, and which are kept out. San Francisco's Chinatown was created and sustained in part by discriminatory housing policies similar to those that created America's ghettos.

Last week, [...]

Not Happy to be Nappy.

Below is a video made by a young woman who is not at all pleased with her natural hair experience.

Some quick thoughts:

-I think there’s a conversation to be had here about the way that natural hair product lines (particularly high priced ones) market their products. How often do you [...]

‘Good Hair’ on C.P. Time.

Balloon Juice points to ellaesther, who finally got a chance to peep Chris Rock‘s documentary Good Hair, and left the experience pretty disheartened.

It was like watching beautiful women talk about their lifetime of dieting, their tricks for dressing to look thinner, their methods for cutting calories during the holidays, smiling broadly [...]

A (Ridiculous) Case for Conformity.

Latoya goes in on the second (yes, second) absurd Allison Samuels piece in Newsweek complaining about Zahara Jolie-Pitt’s “wild and unstyled, uncombed and dry” hair. In her pieces, Samuels argues that the “bonding” experience black girls have with their mothers while getting their scalps greased and hair braided is invaluable, and that having their [...]

What 'Good Hair' Hath Wrought.

Slb’s analysis of the natural hair discussion being a “constantly warmed over narrative” might actually be on point. Chris Rock does a movie on black women’s hair, and suddenly we have to read about the politics of it in the New York Times:

Although legions of black women in America straighten their hair (including [...]