The Kink


@CrownedpearlI’m sharing this at the risk of being yet another notch in the sudden resurgence of the hair debate debacle’s belt.  These are simply some thoughts that made their rounds in my mind space a few years ago and of which most became the bulk of my honor’s thesis titled The Kink: Straight talk, which was in ‘academic terms’ explained itself as an exploration of advertised black hairstyles and hair products, and how mainstream media feeds Africa’s Westernized perception of beauty.

In August 2010 at the age of 22, I decided to stop putting my hair through the grueling process of relaxing my hair, for good.  Up till that day I had always held with me my mother’s approval of having relaxed hair. She said it was easier to manage and maintain that way, and that was all it took.  My decision to go “natural” didn’t fail to come with…

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No nation can slave a race of people for hundreds of years, set them free bedraggled and penniless, pit them, without assistance in a hostile environment, against privileged victimizers, and then reasonably expect the gap between the heirs of the groups to narrow. Lines, begun parallel and left alone, can never touch.

Randall Robinson (via fernandoacoello)

“Remove the kinks from your mind rather than from your hair”

Pan African Nationalist Marcus Garvey

Jamaican born Marcus Garvey was the driving force behind the Liberia program. Garvey strongly believed in the concept of Africa for Africans and dedicated his time to making living conditions better for black Africans. Garvey wanted black Africans taken from Africa as slaves to return to Africa and reclaim their lost identity and culture. He was a firm believer in economic, political and individual freedom.

Garvey spoke of individuals being complacent with an arranged life, and how propaganda had an “almost too easy effect on us”. I see this as relevant to our current state now in the sense of individuals finding comfort in definitions of media(which might as well be equated with propaganda of sorts). We decide to follow this interpretation of life by the media and through this we lose grip of what our true essence of concepts such as beauty

Garvey’s efforts and contributions are acknowledged and admired and continue to stimulate minds to date