2 minutes read November 5, 2014 Those iconic Nigerian hairstyles from the ’60s Long before Chris Rock wondered what was up with black women’s hair (“Good Hair” 2009), black women in Africa were busy engaging in acts of self-fashioning that married their political….. Read More 0 minutes Less than a minute read November 21, 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….. Read More 0 minutes Less than a minute read October 1, 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)….. Read More 0 minutes Less than a minute read August 15, 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….. Read More ©Africa is a Country 2015 Africa is a Country Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Stream.