The Politics of Black Women's Hair

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Dr. Althea Prince follows up her earlier collection of essays (Being Black) on Black cultural life with this important new collection. This book sensitively charts Black women's journeys with their hair: how it is perceived, judged, and graded on the yardstick of mainstream society's standards of beauty.

Relying on the tradition of the personal essay, and conversations with several Black women, Prince delves into "the politics of Black women's hair," specifically examining the ...

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Overview

Dr. Althea Prince follows up her earlier collection of essays (Being Black) on Black cultural life with this important new collection. This book sensitively charts Black women's journeys with their hair: how it is perceived, judged, and graded on the yardstick of mainstream society's standards of beauty.

Relying on the tradition of the personal essay, and conversations with several Black women, Prince delves into "the politics of Black women's hair," specifically examining the impact on the emotional lives of Black girls and women. Incorporating her own voice as a mother and a sociologist, and memories of her own childhood experiences with her hair, Prince provides an understanding of how some Black women use rituals surrounding hair to create positive bonds with their daughters. She suggests that something beautiful can be nourished in the realm of Spirit between a woman and her daughter when they sit in quiet to attend to hair combing and hair grooming.

Including interviews with women from Canada, the Caribbean, England, the United States of America, and South America, Dr. Prince brings an international perspective to this very personal subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897178874
  • Publisher: Insomniac Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 152
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Althea Prince has published short stories and essays in numerous publications. Her books include Ladies of the Night, Feminisms & Womanisms: A Women's Studies Reader (co-edited), Being Black and Loving This Man. Prince lives and writes in Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Beginning the Walk 9

...journeying from the core...

Rituals 27

...touch a black woman's hair...

"Who I Am Is in My Hair Dr. Janis Prince Inniss Inniss, Dr. Janis Prince 39

Conversations with Young Black Women in Toronto 53

...my conclusions from eyewitnessing, listening, and sometimes listening-in...

Anonymous 55

Taija Ryan 61

Maxine Clarke 68

Conversations with Mothers of Black Girls 71

Veronica Ciandre 73

Skira Martinez 79

Elaine Nash and daughters, Nina and Raina 81

Andrea Oliver 90

Glenda Prince 95

Itah Sadu 98

Embodying the Hair on Our Heads 102

...versions of hair: ...good hair...bad hair...coarse hair...nappy hair...

...black consciousness... 106

...about Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce Knowles... 111

...me ah say ah one man... 112

...stories held in the heart... 113

...bliss in a straight-hair world... 115

...Barbara Walters and black women's hair... 119

Dread and the Baldhead 121

...Althea Prince is in the house... 124

...women with man-head... 125

Stokely Carmichael and Miriam Makeba 127

...from epiphany to action... 130

Michelle Obama, The First Lady of the United States of America 137

...musings on the media, sister-black women, and Michelle Obama's hair...

...plus, Chris Rock discovers his daughter wants "good hair"...

To Locks Or Not to Locks 147

...email correspondence with my niece Janis...

And Look What the Future Hath Wrought Mansa Trotman Trotman, Mansa 153

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