by Saskia Calliste and Zainab Raghdo
with a foreword by Stella Dadzie
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have played a part in the fight for social justice and the promotion of black culture while inspiring us to challenge outdated notions of beauty, gender and sexuality for young women and girls everywhere.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!
Also includes many interviews with women of colour about their hair and beauty journey including:
- Anita Asante, fashion and design, US
- Annika Allen, co-founder Black Magic Awards and podcaster, UK
- Samantha Allen, arts activist, Singapore/UK
- Doreene Blackstock, actor, UK
- Dawn Butler, Member of Parliament, UK
- Rachel Fleming-Campbell, Litigation Attorney, USA
- Stella Dadzie, writer and activist, UK
- Sokari Douglas Camp, artist, Nigeria/UK
- Deitra Farr, blues, soul and gospel singer-songwriter, USA
- Ruthie Foster, blues singer and musician, USA
- Jamelia, singer-songwriter, broadcaster and author, UK
- Judith Jacob, actor, radio presenter and fitness instructor, UK
- Angela LeMar, comedian, presenter, producer, UK
- Lynette Linton, artistic director theatre, UK
- Anita Okunde, climate activist, Ireland
- Chi Onwurah, Member of Parliament, UK
- Olusola Oyeleye, writer, director and producer, UK
- Djamila Ribeiro, feminist philosopher, Brazil
- Vivienne Rochester, actor, UK
- Kadija George Sesay, writer and curator, UK /Sierra Leone
- Cleo Sylvestre, actor, singer, writer, UK
- Carryl Thomas, actor, UK
- Deborah Williams, executive coach and diversity activist, UK
- Rianna Raymond-Williams, sexual health advisor and social entrepreneur, UK
- Colleen Wilson, corporate lawyer, Virgin Islands.
Saskia Calliste and Zainab Raghdo are two young and upcoming black female writers based in London.
Saskia 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 is the author of the blog thecoffeebrk.com and has recently been published in a new arts e-journal, The Bower Monologues.
Zainab has an MA in Publishing and a BA in English Literature and Classical Civilisation.
Stella Dadzie 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.