Posted November 11, 2020 in News Articles
The visual artist Titus Kaphar was asked at a talk in Cincinnati how long his work had been political. He told the audience that for some people -- people like him -- the work is always viewed as political.
Recorded two days after the 2020 presidential election and two days before the race was called for Biden, the Beard sisters took a break from refreshing their news feeds to speak of this same idea and many riveting others in Episode 2 of Three Sisters.
Even without direct conversations about race and politics in the Beard household, the young sisters were inspired by dogeared books including The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Kaffir Boy, Native Son, Invisible Man and Her Eyes Were Watching God (get these titles and more at DeAndra's Beyond Barcode Bookstore! See below for direct links.) These books were often being read simultaneously, one sister waiting to pick up the book the second another put it down. When sister Devona began to eschew hair straighteners, it was clear to the younger sisters that an act of bravery was happening, even if they didn't have the words to explain it as anti-racist representation.
The sisters also talk about the challenges of parenting and the need for new rituals -- ones that take rituals of oppression and turn them on their head. As always, the conversation is deeply personal and beautifully, tenderly universal.
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X:
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity from Museums to Beauty Shops
Hair Matters: Beauty, Power and Black Women's Consciousness
The Politics of Black Women's Hair
And because the theme is sisters:
- The documentary Good Hair by Chris Rock
- India Arie's song I am Not My Hair
- Kinky, curly hair: a tool of resistance across the African diaspora
- “My Hair is Bomb”: Black Girls’ Identities and Resistance
- Afro comb exhibition by Professor Robert L. Belcher
- “Scholaring” While Black:Discourses on Race, Gender, and theTenure Track, Dr. Sydney Freeman
- The "Good Hair" Study: Explicit and Implicit Attitudes Towards Black Women's Hair
- How Natural Black Hair at Work Became a Civil Rights Issue
- Hair It Is: Examining the Experiences of Black Women with Natural Hair
- The Politics of Black Women's Hair
- Digital sister circles: sites of resistance against hegemonic ideologies about black natural hair
- 'Oe! My Hare Gaan Huistoe': Hair-Styling as Black Cultural Practice
TV Sitcom based on HBCU Experience: A Different World Season 1 Trailer