The Economics of African Hair, Local and Global

Sun, July 12, 2020 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

In this follow up to her previous Queen Nzingha online lecture , African Hair before Bondage (see video below), Professor Tharps will journey further into the suppressed history of African people and their hair in Western societies. In this revelatory session, which will draw upon her book, Hair Story:Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America and more recent research, she will cover:

  • Madame CJ Walker Facts and Fiction
  • The other African American female hair millionaires
  • What they did with the money: schools, buildings, cinemas, legacy
  • The black barber and salon stylist as an economic and cultural study; Revolution from a chair
  • How big white companies made money from demonising African hair
  • The 1970s and the rise of the afro
  • The big money Jheri Curl
  • The Asian Impact on the hair market
  • The modern Madame CJ Walkers, Youtubers and Instagrammers
  • What you can do to empower your head
  • Plus Q&A

This is part of our Queen Nzingha lecture series. Queen Nzinga was an African Queen who fought against the European invasion of southern Africa (Congo/Angola). The Queen Nzinga lecture series features African female academics / holders of expert knowledge, speaking on topics of their choice on a monthly basis. The Nzinga lecture series provide a regular platform for women of African descent to highlight important issues in an academic setting.

Zoom link will be sent just before the event is due to start please keep an eye on your junk mail.

Other coming events:

  • African Artefacts in European museums
  • Jim Kelly, Kung Fu and Black British Civil Rights
  • The Black History of Video Games
  • How Black People won World War 2
  • Black History Walks St Paul’s/Bank, Trafalgar Square
  • African Women Resistance Leaders: Political and Spiritual 6 week course

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