Black Hair Talk


Lori Tharps, author of Hair Story, came to speak to a packed room full of Tri-Co students about the history and politicization of hair. Hair has had especial importance throughout the history of America because of the complexities of race relations as a result of slavery.  Lori Tharps painted a fascinating picture of how we as a nation ended up with stereotypes about black hair that have fueled an ongoing debate about what is “good hair”.  A vivid and interesting speaker, Lori Tharps dominated the time she spoke with examples drawn from pop culture and with anecdotes of the difficulties of being one of the few experts on the subject.

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