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African Americans Aint African

African Americans Aint African


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It’s high time we talk about a hairy subject.  The history of hairstyles and culture in Indigenous Negroes history is one that has been a trendsetter both in America and the world.  The hairstyles of our women and men have left an indelible imprint on world culture.  From plaits and cornrows to Marcel (Betty Boop) finger wave curls to the fade to afros to the Mohawk to locks to the shaved pate,  Afro Americans have paved the way in leading the way in hairstyles.  Historians inaccurately paint our history as having African origins.  And contrary to popular belief, both Indigenous Negro men and women straightened their hair, long before Columbus arrived in the Americas.  In recent times, however, we’ve become more followers of trends than being trendsetters.  It’s no secret that both the weave and hair extensions permeate our culture today, both influenced by European culture.  Join us as we break down our history, one hair follicle at a time.  It happensThursday.