#Black Hair + Books: Nigerian Hairstyles by Ojeikere

#Black Hair + Books: Nigerian Hairstyles by Ojeikere

Hello Meltingpot Readers, For today’s book about Black hair, I’m digging into the Meltingpot archives to re-introduce the work of Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere. Last year he published a book of black and white photographs, capturing 50 years of Nigerian hairstyles. I wrote it about here on the Meltingpot, so you can revisit that post and get lost in his stunning portraits of hair artistry. Enjoy. Peace + Hair Grease!

#Books+BlackHair: Americanah

#Books+BlackHair: Americanah

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Today’s Black History Month book about Black hair isn’t really about Black hair, but Black hair does feature a prominent role in the story, so it counts. The book is Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I read this book when it first came out in 2013 but I’m reading it again because I assigned it for homework for one of the classes I teach at Temple. And I cannot believe how prominently Black hair and Black hair culture are featured in the story and moreover, how perceptive…

#WomensLives: 50 Years of Nigerian Hairstyles

#WomensLives: 50 Years of Nigerian Hairstyles

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Not so long ago I shared with you that I would be highlighting some great stories about women around the world in partnership with PRI’s #WomensLives initiative. Well, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share this story, posted today, about the work of the late Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, who captured over 50 years of Nigerian hairstyles in stunning black and white photographs. The hairstyles are amazing and each one is imbued with meaning. Many of them harken back to the styles my co-author and…

The Afro-Spanish Alliance: What I’m Writing Now

The Afro-Spanish Alliance: What I’m Writing Now

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, most of you know that I’m knee deep in the research for my new book, Same Family, Different Colors. Currently I am at work on the chapter focusing on Latino families and their issues with colorism, and let me just say I feel like I’ve fallen down a Kinky Gazpacho wormhole like no other. It’s fascinating how far back the Afro-Spanish alliance stretches into the past, here in the United States, in the Caribbean, in Europe and of course, Africa. But despite the long history of…

A Multicultural Version of Frozen: Kinda Sorta in a Song

A Multicultural Version of Frozen: Kinda Sorta in a Song

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Do you have a small female in your household who is obsessed with the song “Let It Go,” tends to run around the house with a blanket draped around her shoulders like a cape, and bangs on closed doors screaming, “Elsa, Elsa, let me out?” I do. And it’s quite comical bordering on annoying, especially since my small female has never even seen the movie Frozen in its entirety. She thought it was too scary. But boy does she dig that song. And apparently at preschool, there…

Black Soap, White Skin?!

Black Soap, White Skin?!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, So, you know I’m working on my next book that will explore the role of colorism in American families. Right now I’m deep into the research, so the majority of my waking hours are spent trying to figure out why so many people of color only see beauty and self-worth in light skin. As you can imagine, it’s a search with no satisfying answer and it is almost impossible not to have a head banging moment at least once a day when I discover something even more…

Adichie’s Americanah Finds a Second Life on the Internets!

Adichie’s Americanah Finds a Second Life on the Internets!

Hello Meltingpot Readers, I think all of you know that I’m a huge Chimamanda Adichie fan, especially after having the chance to meet her in person last year while she was in Philly for a reading from her latest novel, Americanah. And truth be told, I love her as much as I love her books. So, of course I was only too thrilled to see that I don’t have to wait for her next book to be released to satisfy my craving for new content from her. She’s started a…

Arise Media: News for the World

Arise Media: News for the World

Hi Meltingpot Readers, Earlier this week, my co-author and I had the privilege of appearing on Arise360 to talk about Hair Story. What? You’ve never heard of Arise360? Well, then you heard it here first but don’t think it will be the last time. Arise360 is a daily entertainment and culture show on the new Arise Network which launched in early 2013. In Europe and Africa, the channel is available on cable. Here in the United States, you have to watch online. Yes, people, an entire new network was launched…