“He Who Doesn’t Understand the Value and the Importance of a Black Woman’s Natural Hair Shall Not Be Tolerated! For He is Just as Harmful as the Oppressors and Educational Institutions who send our Black Kids Home and Employers who Fire Their Black Parents!” – Jameel Davis
Last night my fiancé and I was invited back to our Alma mater Kent State University (KSU museum) by the way of our Dear friend Dr. Tameka Ellington for her opening debut of TEXTURES —The History and Art of Black Hair. It was an amazing Exhibition experience filled with so much love, history, artistic expression and joy as I love being fed fruitful information that helps me help that black woman feel secure within her natural image. In my second book “Cultivating Minds To Own Thyself” which many people know me from, I speak on the importance of “Defining, Accepting and Owning who you are regardless of what society try’s to cast you out to be. TEXTURES SPOKE EXACTLY TO THAT!!
My favorite exhibit from Textures is Lebohang Motaung’s Braided from the Roots (2020) which symbolizes joy and freedom of black women wearing their hair how they wish, with strength, with pride and with class. His piece was made with Synthetic hair and acrylic on canvas and the piece was brought to Textures Courtesy of the Artist (Lebohang Motaung).
Dr. Tameka Ellington, Amazing, Amazing Project! Thank you for inviting us to TEXTURES & Giving our Black Girls & Ladies Something to be Proud of “Their Hair.”
I’m excited to read your book, Textures: The History and Art of Black Hair as I travel to Las Vegas, NV this afternoon.