AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

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Sunday, November 21st, 2010

Sunday Ephemera No.6

The wages of identity politics. When the memory of the 19th century radical American leader and thinker, Frederick Douglas, was enlisted (hopefully unsolicited) for a commercial for 1970s TV ad for afro hair gel.

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

“IS BAD HAIR DIFFERENT FOR BLACK WOMEN THAN FOR WHITE WOMAN”?

More examples of the race essentialism that passes for public talk in the United States. Larry King (bad interviewer, friend of power) and Tyra Banks (the next generation Oprah Winfrey) talk “natural hair”–only black people use hair...

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

EASTERN CONGO CHIC

Violence or not, people create. Like women’s hairstyles in Eastern Congo, as captured by photographer Finbarr O’Reilly in this photo series for GlobalPost. I wonder if Hillary Clinton asked about these. Here’s two more.