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July 21, 2015

Before Misty Copeland There Was Janet Collins!

Learn more about Janet Collins who paved the way for dancers like Misty Copeland!



The Deacons of Defense emerged as one of the first visibly armed self-defense forces in the South during the Civil Rights Movement.  This represented a turn from the more traditional and widely embraced position of non-violence.   The Deacons of Defense were instrumental in providing protection in the south to local African Americans and civil rights workers.   Though prominent civil rights figures supporting non-violence publicly disagreed with this approach, The Deacons of Defense did provide some protection to them as well.  As you might imagine, the group came under the scrutiny of the FBI and many of its members were harassed.  At it’s height, it was reported that there were over 50 chapters.  The prominence of the group began to fade with the rise of “The Black Panther Party”.  In 2003 a made for TV movie was made about the group by Showtime.  It starred Forrest Whitaker and James Earl Jones.  Check out this youtube video for more info.

7/21/15 Black Mail: History of Black Hair

This video shares a brief history about the evolution of the “care” and “control” of black hair from Africa to America!  Our issues, with hair and what is considered “acceptable” or “beautiful” dates back to the times of slavery.  Did you know slaves could be subjected to having their heads head shaved when they came to America?  It was another way to de-humanize them and take away their identity.  Slaves that were lighter skinned with what was considered “good” hair could be sold for more money.

If we fast word to today, black hair care is a multi-million dollar industry, of which, only 3% is owned by African Americans. Over time, hair has been used as a symbol both to de-humanize and empower.     I know our BLACK MAIL followers cover the full spectrum from natural, transitioning, weaves, wigs, and everything in-between!    Would love to hear your feedback! Check out the video link for more info.

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