Remember Solange’s breakthrough hit “Don’t Touch My Hair”? Well, Solange had to make an exception for the master braider and interdisciplinary artist, Shani Crowe, to create gravity defying braids with her hair. In this episode, Dr. Afiya sits down with Shani Crowe at Sankofa Cafe in Washington DC to reflect upon the powerful connection between mind, body, and spirit in the art of braiding.
The struggle is real! But, you have to keep the faith. Skye Charlie and Dr. Afiya reflect on the power of vision in growing a successful career in the hair care and the fashion industries.
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Did you eat today? Or drink enough water? What about exercise? Hustling in the hair care industry does not mean that you should neglect your own health. Dr. Afiya and Angela Walker (owner of N Natural Hair Studio and Professional Experience Curator) engage in a chat on how to be business minded while engaging in self-care in the natural hair industry.
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Hair matters for men too! Aremu Mbande and Dr. Afiya explore the cultural significance of hair on Black manhood and the healing power of barbershops for Black men.
Not the average girl in the video? Media archives the cultural trends of Black women and hair. Tayo Mbande and Dr. Afiya discuss the patterns of hairstyles in the media and specifically on the magazine covers of Ebony magazine over the past 60 years.
Have you heard about all these Black girls being suspended from school because of their hairstyles? Dr. Danielle Apugo and Dr. Afiya breakdown hair bias in school and challenges that Black girls face in the educational system.
Has your hair prevented you from exercising? Hair continues to be a barrier for exercise for most Black women. Avery Lacey and Dr. Afiya discuss their published findings on the relationship between hair and exercise, and strategies to keep your hair styled and your body fit.
What did your mama teach you about hair? Our early memories of hair with our mothers may shape our present perspective. Ingrid-Penelope Wilson and Dr. Afiya discuss their recently published article about hair combing interaction and the impacts of hair on our relationships with our mothers.
Do you know your hair type? 4C texture often gets over looked in the hair care industry and on social media. Latisha Neil and Dr. Afiya reflect on texturism and the role of YouTube hair tutorials in disrupting the myths of tightly coiled hair.