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Questioning Your Crown In a Post-Racial World

Before the end of 2017, my natural hair would tire me. The stress, time, cost and pain would make me almost put the hair straightening chemicals back in. I commonly have to revisit why natural black hair is important in an era when our coils are part of our core.

In the mid-2000's, a huge number of African and Black women would transition from permed hair to natural hair; joining others on a journey to discover themselves through their hair.

My earliest memories of hair care date back to when I was around 6-years-old. My mother would always take my sister and I to the hairdresser, where we would be styled with elaborate braids.

We have all been there. Being shoved in between the thighs of a Mai Kiso - the name for hair stylists in Northern Nigeria. I was so uncomfortable but this discomfort had nothing on the pain that accompanyied the shedding of strands as my braider combed my hair.


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there's some beauty in darkness:
something interesting about
the way the air would heavily light
an irony of perfect juxtaposition. there's some beauty in ugly:
something intriguing about the
huge grotesque scars that
seem to never want to go away. there's some beauty in evil:
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the heart of a condemned man,
an innocence buried beneath a blanket of
bottled up emotions. these little beauties we
choose to neglect
aren't they the very things that
make living bearable? who would be good without the existence
of evil?
who would be beautiful without ugliness?
or what story could ever be told without scars? need beauty and ugliness,
need scars and healing oils,
need good and evil,
need all the balance to remain
steady and sane in this
crazy crazy world. need balance:
then imbalance to
balance the human equation
now and again.