#Black Hair + Books: Queens by Cunningham & Alexander

#Black Hair + Books: Queens by Cunningham & Alexander

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…

#Black Hair + Books: Hairs, Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros

#Black Hair + Books: Hairs, Pelitos by Sandra Cisneros

Hola Meltingpot Readers, We’re nearing the end of Black History Month, but I’ve saved this book for (almost) last. Like Monday’s offering, today’s book, Hair’s/Pelitos is a book from a Latina author who knows something about Black hair. Sandra Cisneros is known more for her adult fiction – most notably The House on Mango Street – but this book of hers is my hands down favorite. My copy is worn and the pages are taped together, but that’s because I’ve read it to all three of my children so many…

#Black Hair + Books: “Bad Hair Does Not Exist” in English or Spanish

#Black Hair + Books: “Bad Hair Does Not Exist” in English or Spanish

Hello Meltingpot Readers, This is our last full week of February, which means out last full week to highlight our favorite books about Black hair. Last week I dipped into the archives to find some of my favorites from years past. This week I’m going to highlight books about Black hair written by and/or for people with Black hair who might not be Black Americans. Case in point, today’s title, “Bad Hair Does Not Exist!/ Pelo Malo No Existe!” was written – in English and Spanish – to help Latinas…

#Black Hair + Books: Sol the Super Hairo!

#Black Hair + Books: Sol the Super Hairo!

Hi Meltingpot Readers, This week Ms. Meltingpot is reaching into the Meltingpot vault to find some good reads about Black hair. I wrote about Sol the Super Hairo on my Hair Story blog way back in 2013, but have yet to actually get a copy of the book in my hands. But still, I love any character who rocks an Afro like Sol and whose greatest super power is loving her natural hair. About the book: “…[Sol the Super Hairo] animated tale is about a little girl named Sol who…

#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!

#Black Hair + Books: “Dreads”

#Black Hair + Books: “Dreads”

Hello Meltingpot Readers, Did you think I’d run out of books for my “books about Black hair challenge?” Oh no, cornrow! I’m just getting started. Today’s entry is probably one of my favorite photo books, Dreads by Francesco Mastalia and Alfonse Pagano with an introduction by Alice Walker. Yes, this is a gorgeous coffee table book dedicated to the beauty and wonder of dredlocks, written and photographed by two Italian men. I remember when this book came out in 1999 there was some shade thrown on Mastalia and Pagano, seeing…

#Books+Black Hair: Madam CJ Walker Bios for Grown folks and Kids

#Books+Black Hair: Madam CJ Walker Bios for Grown folks and Kids

Hello Meltingpot Readers, You can’t talk about the Black hair business and not spend significant time on the influence and genius of Madam C.J. Walker. Born Sarah Breedlove, this single mother and daughter of slaves, built a multi-million dollar empire by selling hair care products to Black men and women (mostly women). But her impact on the world wasn’t restricted to beauty salons and barber shops. Madam C.J. Walker funneled her profits into the Black community, founding community centers, professional schools, and supporting the anti-lynching movement among other causes. She…

#Books+Black Hair: Miss Jessie’s

#Books+Black Hair: Miss Jessie’s

Hello Meltingpot Readers, For today’s entry in our list of Black History Month books about Black hair, I present, Miss Jessie’s: Creating a Successful Business from Scratch – Naturally by Miko Branch with Titi Branch. Now people, please note, so far I’ve not had to venture any farther than my own private bookshelves to come up with entries for this “books about Black hair” challenge and this book, Miss Jessie’s, is one of my new favorites. The book just came out last summer and I had the chance to read…