New Dope Braids Exhibit Gives Black Women Credit Where Credit is Due

I think it’s important to preserve black hairstyles…Black people, especially, should be charged with preserving their own history.  

Shani Crowe

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It’s almost become commonplace to see viral videos of women sporting what they call “new hairstyles.” Don’t believe me? Take a look:

“Rope trick,”  “Rope twists,” “Boxer Braids,”  are all hairstyles black women have been doing for centuries. We don’t “own” these hairstyles, per se,  but they are significant and prevalent across the greater black culture. For many of us, it can be frustrating to see our styles paraded about without anyone acknowledging or paying homage to the originators.

That’s why Natural Hair Sculptor and Photographer, Shani Crowe’s photo exhibit, BRAIDS, is so powerful. Shani does an amazing job of reclaiming and preserving  Traditional African hairstyles, many of which, are still being used today.

Take a look at some of the featured images (Photo Credit: Shani Crowe)









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What do you think of Shani Crowe’s Braids Exhibit? Share your thoughts below!

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