"Don't remove the kinks from your hair. Remove them from your brain." - Marcus Garvey
This photo essay will feature Young Malachi doing his best impressions of beloved icons alongside videos of him highlighting their contributions to culture. From Fredrick Douglass to Colin Kaepernick, Oscar Gamble to Bruno Mars, Questlove to Bob Ross, the afro has been an indelible part of lives of activists, artists, educators, athletes and rock stars for generations.
And, in the process of this project, we've both learned so much! He's learned about my idols, the heroes I've celebrated along my life's journey. And I've learned how to style and take better care of his natural hair.
RZA, Producer/Rapper/Founder - Wu-Tang Clan
Don King, Boxing Promoter
Ludacris, Rapper/Actor, Disturbing tha Peace
Kendrick Lamar, Rapper, Songwriter, Record Producer, Pulitzer Prize winner
Don Cornelius, Television Producer, Host, Soul Train
Bob Ross, Painter/TV Show Host, Painting with Bob Ross
Cornel West, Educator, Activist, Princeton University
Some say natural hair isn't for everyone. It's attached to your head! It don't get more "for you" than that.
Taking care of your hair isn't just a "girl thing" either. There isn't enough attention paid to young boys of color and their hair maintenance. When I take my son to kid salons, they are almost exclusively female-centered so he's forced to wait it out in pink rooms with dolls, books and videos catering to little girls.
When speaking about natural hair and hair care, the conversation centers around the Black woman. The only time boys' hair is discussed is when we are outraged by school systems suspending them over wearing their hair too long.