Hello Meltingpot Readers,
Today is the last day of February, which means it’s the last day of our celebration of books about Black hair. And I’ve saved the best for last. Today’s book needs little by way of explanation, because it’s all in the title, Queens: Portraits of Black Women and their Fabulous Hair by Michael Cunningham and George Alexander. A compact coffee table book with black & white photos and accompanying essays, Queens is an ode to amazing Black women and their crowning glory. The book features women from all over the United States and abroad, from all walks of life and all ages.
In his introduction, the author, George Alexander writes, ” [Black] Hair has the ability to unleash all of life’s deepest emotions. Hair is about identity, beauty, racial pride, race politics, self-acceptance, self-expression, self-realization, class, status, fun, glamour, romance, fantasy, art, passion, joy, pain, freedom, enslavement, power.”
I couldn’t say it any better myself.
And that’s all she wrote…until next time I’m so moved to write any more about books about Black hair.
Peace + Hair Grease!