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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About 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.
Table of Contents
Beginning the Walk 9
journeying from the core
touch a black woman's hair
"Who I Am Is in My Hair 39"
Guest Essay Dr. Janis Prince Inniss
Conversations with Young Black Women in Toronto 53
my conclusions from eyewitnessing, listening, and sometimes listening-in
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:
black consciousness 106
about Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé 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 153
Poem Mansa Trotman