Ms. Meltingpot Meets “The Bald Mermaid:” Sheila Bridges

That's me in the middle with panelists, Bridges(l) and Lise Funderburg(r)

Hi Meltingpot Readers,

That's me in the middle with panelists, Bridges(l) and Lise Funderburg(r)
That’s me in the middle with panelists, Bridges(l) and Lise Funderburg(r)
Last Thursday I had the wonderful opportunity to do a reading here in Philadelphia with the amazing Sheila Bridges. She is a well-known interior designer, TV personality and author. We were on a panel together where she spoke about her memoir The Bald Mermaid and I was reading from Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America. The irony wasn’t lost on anyone that I was pontificating on the deep-seeded cultural and historical significance of our hair while Sheila was sharing her journey with alopecia, a journey that she ultimately conquered when she realized “it was just hair” and she decided to go proudly bald.

Even though I was on the panel with Bridges, I spent the evening enraptured by her style and story. I think she made everyone in the audience feel a little bit empowered to face our greatest fears and quite possibly find the courage to shrug them off. As one woman in the audience said during the Q&A, “You’re going to make going bald a cool trend.” I’m not sure about that, but I think she gave everyone a new and exciting version of what beauty looks like.

Even though I did write the book, at the end of the day, when it comes to our true essence, I have to believe that it is “just hair.”

What do you think? I’m listening and taking notes.

Peace!

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