So I’m a graduate student at a PWI (Predominantly White Institution) and the second semester has started. In one of the first sessions for a class that I am taking, the professor asked us to introduce ourselves and talk about a cool new piece of media that has captured our attention or that we absolutely love. (It’s a class about designing and producing educational media) Although we all sat in a circle, he called on us randomly. The entire time, before he called on me, I argued with myself over whether I should discuss my favorite program (LOST) or this blog. Remember, this is a PWI. Discussing LOST would be much easier and many more people would be able to identify with me. I opted to talk about my blog and was pleasantly surprised by what happened next.
Talking about hair: Just my thoughts February 5, 2009
Aunt Jemima’s Hair February 1, 2009
1889: Rutt and Underwood create an instant pancake mix. Aunt Jemima’s image comes out of the logo used on a vaudeville program featuring Black face minstrel comedians. “Aunt Jemima” is a song that they sing during the show.
1893-1980’s: Real women are chosen by various owners of the company to represent Aunt Jemima at restaurant openings, fairs, grocery stores and food shows. Ex-slave Nancy Green’s (left) likeness is used for the Aunt Jemima logo. Aunt Jemima’s head is adorned with a kerchief.
1968: During the civil rights movement, activists threatened to boycott the current owner of the company (Quaker Oats) if they did not change Aunt Jemima’s mammyish image and free her from the past. Her headscarf is replaced with a head band and she loses weight.
July 1989: Aunt Jemima trades in her head band for a perm and pearl earrings. Quaker Oats believes that Aunt Jemima’s make over shows “Aunt Jemima in a more contemporary light, while preserving the important attributes of warmth, quality, good tastes, heritage and reliability.”
You need to try this: Dredlock Victory Roll January 31, 2009
What I am loving: Sasha and Malia’s natural hair January 30, 2009
Angela Jolie is Raising A Beautiful Daughter January 26, 2009
When it comes to Zahara Jolie-Pitt, many self-appointed cultural critics feel that they have a lot to say about the beautiful four year old daughter of actress Angelina Jolie. Among many blacks there is much conversation about Zahara’s hair and the fact that her mother is not, “doing anything about it.” However a recent comment in the Herald Sun suggests that Jolie is doing a lot more to affirm Zahara’s sense of self than many black mothers are doing for their own.
What do you think?
” …When it comes to the subject of adoption, like when my daughter, who’s African, wants her hair to look straight like mummy’s . . . and I look for a Barbie that’s African, and the African Barbie has straight hair! And you know, why has Disney never made a film with an African-American princess?”
Herald Sun; November 14, 2008
Make Your Scalp Happy January 11, 2009
I am often shopping at drug stores or in my friend’s closets for something that will quench my scalp’s thirst. Usually, when I apply an oil/moisturizer to my scalp before going to bed, all traces of the product have disappeared by morning. Recently, I saw Dr. Miracle products in my sister’s bedroom and thought I should give it a try. WE HAVE THIS WEEK’S WINNER! As I am writing to you my scalp is tingling! I have been using Dr.Miracle’s Gro Oil for two weeks now and recommend that you try it. When I use this oil my scalp is moisturized for at least 3 or 4 days and my locks have a wonderful, healthy sheen. The tingling sensation is caused by Dr. Miracle’s “Feel It” formula which promotes “strong growing hair and healthy scalp”. The oil can be used daily before styling or as a hot oil treatment when you are washing your hair. Before going to bed, I strongly recommend tying your hair with a scarf so that you do not also moisturize and strengthen your pillowcase or ruin your sheets. The oil will stain your pillowcases if you do not wrap your hair. The best thing about this product is that it is recommended for relaxed, braided, weaved and natural hair!