Contestants in the natural hair competition in Havana last week.

The Afro Makes a Statement in Cuba

Of course we know that Black hair makes a powerful statement here in the United States. Well, our neighbors to the south are harnessing that power. Last week Cuban artist, Susana Delahante hosted a natural hair competition in Havana, Cuba to bolster the pride and visibility of Afro-Cubans. Using the hair as a visual marker…

The H.A.I.R. exhibit runs through August. Go see it if you can!

Black Hair On Display at the Museum of Liverpool

We, of course, already know that Black hair is beautiful, rich with history and the starting point for an exciting discussion of current events, politics, culture and money. Well, it seems the good people at the Museum of Liverpool in the United Kingdom had similar thoughts and have launched a fascinating exhibit on Black hair…

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The TSA Says It Will Stop Racially Profiling Black Hair

Black hair has faced discrimination in a slew of places. Back in the late 70s and early 80s, women who worked at hotels and as hostesses in restaurants were often the target of dress policies that labeled their cornrows as unprofessional and cause for dismissal. Since then, the news is full of stories of small…

Zendaya Coleman the new face of dredlocks, but er, she doesn't actually have dredlocks.

The Zendaya Incident: Too Much Talk or Not Enough?

So, last week’s “big news” in the world of Black hair was the Zendaya affair. Zendaya Coleman is the young, up and coming actress/singer who wore dredlock extensions to the Oscars. The incident in question, depending on who you ask, occurred when E! Fashion Police host, Giuliana Rancic made a comment about Zendaya’s hair, saying…

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Ibn Jasper: The Man Behind Kanye’s (Sometimes Crazy) Hair

It’s nearly become a cliché to focus on the outrageous things that come out of Kanye West’s mouth. But discussion on the outrageous ways that he sometimes wears his hair? There needs to be more—a lot more—talk about the swirls, shapes and other designs he has worn as tonsorial art. Maybe it’s because hair gets…