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A Safe Place to Talk About Race

A Safe Place to Talk About Race

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September 23rd 2013:Black Hair: Politics, Art, and Culture

It seems VERY complex. Is kinky hair a political statement like the symbol of a people regaining personhood in the ‘60’s? Is straightening hair about self-hate, and buying into the White standard of beauty? Wearing the high art styles of braids and dreadlocks has long tested the upward mobility of People of Color in business. Some say the high number of Black and Brown children drowning is directly related to not learning to swim because of the hair ‘going back home’ in water. Some Black women say, ‘Don’t go natural, or you’ll be naturally sitting at home on Saturday night’. But now ‘everybo

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Lori L. Tharps

Lori L. Tharps is an assistant professor of journalism at Temple University. A graduate of Smith College and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Tharps spent more than a decade as a magazine professional working on staff at both Vibe and Entertainment Weekly and freelancing for such publications as Essence, Vibe Vixen and Suede. Tharps' recent work can be seen in the Columbia Journalism Review, Grid Philadelphia, Ebony.com and Vogue Black. Tharps is also the author of two critically acclaimed nonfiction books, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (St. Martin's) and Kinky Gazpacho: Life, Love & Spain (Atria). Both The Washington Post and Salon.com declare
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