Hi Meltingpot Readers,
Guess where I spent my morning? At the University of Pennsylvania. The department of Africana Studies hosted a day-long symposium on the politics of Black hair. The panel I attended was moderated by Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show. Perry dedicated an entire show to the topic of Black women’s hair several months ago and this symposium at UPENN was actually a ‘continuation’ of that conversation.
The other panelists all hailed from the worlds of academia but the discussion was a good mix of intellectual and personal declarations. I don’t mean to humble brag, but as the author of the book, Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, I didn’t actually learn anything new at today’s panel, but I’m super glad that I went.
For one thing, it’s always great to sit in a room with like-minded women and have a rich, nuanced discussion about beauty images and Black hair. It’s also really awesome to see how many different, gorgeous hairstyles Black women can rock! Seriously, I wanted to take photos of all of the different hair styles, but I thought that might seem rude or intrusive, so I just took mental pictures.
The symposium also provided a great opportunity to announce that my Hair Story co-author and I will soon be launching the HairStoryOnline.com website, where we will be chronicling all the Black hair news, views and opinions fit to print. It’s not going to be another Black hair style blog, it will be all about substance and it’s not being created just for Black women. It’s for anyone who finds the politics of Black hair fascinating, like we do. The site will launch on March 18, 2013, so stay tuned.
If you have a hair story, feel free to share. I never get tired of listening.