(Image Courtesy of Afro Glitz Magazine)
Over the past few weeks, the topic of Black hair has been inescapable. From the feverish debates over the sincerity of Chris Rock’s Good Hair to the detangling of Zahara Jolie-Pitt’s ‘uncombed’ hair, it seems that Black hair is having the Best Month Ever. Which, I suppose, should be seen as some type of breakthrough. After all, we as Black women have had the whole Good and Bad Hair Shuffle play out in real life more times than we care to count. So, it was only natural that there’d be anticipation towards how ‘our’ issues would be confronted on a national stage.
Except that, interestingly enough, amidst the documentaries, bloggings, and message board musings, there was a lack of honesty on about the image of Black Hair. Sure, the same arguments between ‘Weave-O-Holics’ and ‘Natural Nazis’ were aired out, but the lack of examination on how Black Hair has remained an indelible part of our psyche for over 400 years struck a chord within me. Would we be able to truthfully discuss the joy and pain that Black Hair represents as a part of Western culture? Or will we spend the rest of time finger-pointing and not actually offering solutions on how to change the perception of beauty?
I’d like to think that the former will be possible – an attitude that I will carry with me when I finally plunk down my $12.50 to check out Good Hair.
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I remember the 90’s well. The “MC Hammer” pants with the v-cut at the bottom, Cross Colours, African medallions, and Malcolm X hats. Some trends I was into, some I weren’t. Among my favorite were my long, bright sleevless A-line shirts with footless tights that I always wore with a long necklace, and an ankh hanging from it. Yup. Good times. But we want to know which trends you think should have never happened. Trends you swore would come back. Like these Dr. Martins you’ll never see me stepping out the house in.
I’m an 80’s baby, and there are quite a few things about this crazy and colorful era that I’ll always remember fondly. Like my crush on Crocket and Tubbs from the TV show Miami Vice and Ozone and Turbo from the movie Breakin. (yup! All four.) I was also determined to be the first Black Hip Hop ballerina just like their girl and dance partner Kelly. But the first thing that comes to mind when thinking back on my favorite era is the loud, sometimes wacky, but always fun fashion. I literally wore out my black leather (pleather) mini skirt just like the one in Tina Turner’s video What’s Love Got To Do With It, and in the mid to late 80’s, I lived in the Petrie’s store and remember buying my first I’m-a-pre-teen-now outfit inspired by the super cool Denise (Lisa Bonet) from the Cosby Show : Black strectch pants with a long, blue, printed shirt belted. Good.times!
Are you an 80’s baby? If so, what trend(s) truly define this age for you?