Thando Kafele

REAL CONVERSATIONS COMPANION: THANDO KAFELE

SEPT. 28, 2017: REAL CONVERSATIONS with MELODY FOX 
NATURAL HAIR CARE, GIVING BACK, PUSHING BOUNDARIES 

In His Words…

Whether from Louisiana or Senegal or Haiti or Jamaica or Brazil, we are descendants of people who experienced the social, political, physical, cultural, and economic devastation of slavery, colonialism, and imperialism. Our bodies and yes even our hair tells the story of what we in the persons of our ancestors faced and how they faced it. The devastation that we were subjected to cast our hair as nuisance, impediment and even horror as we cleared the swamps, farmed the plantations, built the roads, and mined the quarries. It is no wonder that the word “unmanageable” was applied to our hair. How could our hair be anything but unmanageable under conditions that were so unbearable?

Now we live at a time in which we can see natural hair worn by Black actors, professional basketball players, lawyers, politicians, police officers, doctors, hip hop artist, models, journalist, college professors, CEOs, and artists. You name the type of Black persons and there will be someone in that part of our community wearing their hair natural. We have resurrected the Corn Row and Afro of the 60′s and 70′s to rejoin that primordial Braid in a revolutionary marriage that is funked up with the Locks in a way that we have never before seen since ancient times. Baby we are bad and I am so glad to be a part of this moment in our hair-story.