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Click for more detail about The Politics Of Black Women’s Hair by Althea Prince The Politics Of Black Women’s Hair

by Althea Prince
Idiomatic (Apr 12, 2010)
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Dr. Althea Prince follows up her earlier collection of essays (Being Black) on Black cultural life with this important new collection. This book sensitively charts Black women’s journeys with their hair: how it is perceived, judged, and graded on the yardstick of mainstream society’s standards of beauty. Relying on the tradition of the personal essay, and conversations with several Black women, Prince delves into "the politics of Black women’s hair," specifically examining the impact on the emotional lives of Black girls and women. Incorporating her own voice as a mother and a sociologist, and memories of her own childhood experiences with her hair, Prince provides an understanding of how some Black women use rituals surrounding hair to create positive bonds with their daughters. She suggests that something beautiful can be nourished in the realm of Spirit between a woman and her daughter when they sit in quiet to attend to hair combing and hair grooming. Including interviews with women from Canada, the Caribbean, England, the United States of America, and South America, Dr. Prince brings an international perspective to this very personal subject.


Click for more detail about Gardening in the Tropics by Olive Senior Gardening in the Tropics

by Olive Senior
Idiomatic (Jan 13, 2009)
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Gardening in the Tropics contains a rich Caribbean world in poems offered to readers everywhere. Olive Senior’s rich vein of humour can turn wry and then sharp in satire of colour-consciousness, class-consciousness and racism. But her predominant tone is the verbal equivalent of a pair of wide-open arms. Praise for Olive Senior’s work "The thing that immediately strikes one is her control of tone — like a singer having perfect pitch." — E.A. Markham