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Love and Nappiness: The History of Black Hair

Black History Quiz is a weekly celebration of the contributions and achievements of Africans and the
Black History Quiz
Love and Nappiness: The History of Black Hair
By Jim Stroud • Issue #69 • View online
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Q: Which of the following statements is true?
Enslaved Africans weren’t allowed to use combs or continue herbal treatment practices from their homeland. Bacon grease, butter, kerosene (highly flammable) and sheep brushes were a few of the very limited resources accessible to many slaves for grooming. True or false?
In the 1940s “Good Hair” became a requirement for many black Americans to attain employment, admittance in certain schools and social groups.
The term “dreadlocks” comes from a movement of guerrilla warriors who vowed not to cut their hair until Haile Selassie, former Emperor of Ethiopia was released from exile after leading the resistance against the Italian invasion. The warriors hair became matted and began to lock over time. Because the warriors with locks in their head were “dreaded” the term “dreadlocks” came to fruition.
Cicely Tyson was one of the first black women to wear a braided hairstyle on national television in 1962. Up until this point, braids weren’t considered a “finished” style.
In 1971 Melba Tolliver was fired from her job at an ABC affiliate for wearing her hair in an afro.
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All the statements above are true and sourced from Vlogger Chime Edwards, also known as “HairCrush.” Check out this very popular video she produced. Quite enlightening.
THE HISTORY OF BLACK HAIR
THE HISTORY OF BLACK HAIR
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