Hairvolution: Her Hair, Her Story, Our History (Paperback)
Do you love your natural hair? Some of the world's most inspiring black women tell us about their attitudes to, and struggles with, their crowning glory. Kinky, wavy, straight or curly, this book will help you celebrate your natural beauty, however you choose to style your hair. With an overview of the politics and history of black hair, the book explores how black hairstyles have played a part in the fight for social justice and the promotion of black culture while inspiring us to challenge outdated notions of beauty, gender and sexuality for young women and girls everywhere. The power is in our hair. And we've come to tell the world what ours can do
Interviewees include: Annika Allen; Eva Anek; Anita Asante; Caroline Blackburn; Doreene Blackstock; Dawn Butler; Anastasia Chikezie; Stella Dadzie; Sokari Douglas Camp; Stephanie Douglas Oly; Deitra Farr; Rachel Fleming-Campbell; Ruthie Foster; Jamelia; Judith Jacob; Bakita Kasadha; Angie Le Mar; Francine Mukwaya; Jessica Okoro; Anita Okunde; Stella Oni; Chi Onwurah; Olusola Oyeleye; Shade Pratt; Rianna Raymond-Williams; Djamila Ribeiro; Vivienne Rochester; Kadija George Sesay; Cleo Sylvestre; Carryl Thomas; Jael Umerah-Makelemi; Includes photos, poems and illustrations throughout
About the Author
Saskia Calliste, author and co-compiler is assistant editor for Voice Mag UK where she writes about societal issues and reviews fringe theatre, including Edinburgh Fringe in 2019. She freelanced for The Bookseller and has had her work published in the 30th-anniversary edition of The Women Writers' Handbook (Aurora Metro). She is the author of the blog sincerelysaskia.com, has an MA in Publishing and a BA in Creative Writing & Journalism.Zainab Raghdo, author is a writing assistant and content creator at ContentBud, and the author of the blog thecoffeebrk.com. She has an MA in Publishing and a BA in English Literature and Classical Civilisation and has freelanced for many years, recently being published in a the new arts journal, The Bower Monologues, and the online African Woman magazine AMAKA.com.Stella Dadzie, writer and interviewee is best known for her co-authorship of The Heart of the Race: Black Women's lives in Britain which won the 1985 Martin Luther King Award for Literature. She is a founder member of OWAAD (Organisation of Women of African and Asian Descent), a national umbrella group that emerged in the late 1970s as part of the British Civil Rights movement, and was recently described as one of the "grandmothers" of Black Feminism in the UK. Her career as a teacher, writer, artist and education activist spans over 40 years.Aleea Rae, illustrator, is a graphic designer and illustrator born in Denver, Colorado, living in Brooklyn, New York. She gained her commercial and non-commercial design experience from her responsibilities at The University of Northern Colorado for her Bachelors of fine arts in visual communication design. To Aleea, art is her profession and her passion, it is more than an expression, it's a lifestyle. Aleea displays her technical and conceptual skills to communicate her ideas in a way that is not only effective, but also aesthetically pleasing. She specializes in, but not limited to, editorial and portrait illustrations, comic art, posters, and more!Kadija Sesay, poet and interviewee, Hon. FRSL, FRSA is a Sierra Leonean British literary activist, short story writer and poet, and the publisher and managing editor of the magazine SABLE LitMag. Her work has earned her many awards and nominations, including the Cosmopolitan Woman of Achievement in 1994, Candace Woman of Achievement in 1996, The Voice Community Award in Literature in 1999 and the Millennium Woman of the Year in 2000.She graduated with a degree in West African Studies from Birmingham University, then worked as a Black Literature Development co-ordinator for Centreprise in the 90s, where she launched and ran the newspaper Calabash. In 2001-2015 she founded and published SABLE LitMag. Sesay has also edited and co-edited several books, including Burning Words, Flaming Images: Poems and Short Stories by Writers of African Descent (1996), IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain (with Courttia Newland, 2000), Dance the Guns to Silence: 100 Poems for Ken Saro-Wiwa (Flipped Eye Publishing, 2005), and (as Kadija George) Six Plays by Black and Asian Women Writers (Aurora Metro Books, 1993), Write Black, Write British: From Post Colonial to Black British Literature (Hansib Publications, 2005). She is the co-author of This is the Canon: Decolonise Your Bookshelf in 50 Books, (Quercus Publishing, 2021).In 2007 she created the first SABLE Literary Festival in The Gambia, where she now programmes the Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture & Sport which she co- founded in 2016. She is Publications Manager of Peepal Tree Press's writer development programme, Inscribe, alongside fellow poet Dorothea Smartt.Sesay's first full collection of poems, entitled Irki, was published in 2013. Her poetry, short stories and essays have appeared in a range of publications, including the 2019 anthology New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby.Sesay is a doctoral researcher in Black British Publishing and Pan-Africanism. She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2020 Birthday Honours for services to Publishing and awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Society of Literature in 2021 for services to Literature.