Friday, December 30, 2011

Girl Talk at the Beauty Shop

I really enjoy the stories and article on I haven't found that many well rounded sites that I like to go to on a daily basis. I've liked this one so far, although it's only been about a week. So, we'll see.

But today here's an article I found interesting 
Article Source: Madam Noire

Girl talk is half the reason black women love to hit up the beauty shop on a regular, but long before women just showed up every week for a wash and set and a side of gossip, hair salons were the birthplace of political activism.

NPR recently talked about the civil rights element of black salons with Tiffany Gill, associate professor of history, African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Gill is the author of “Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry,” and in her book she talks about how black women came to the forefront of the beauty industry around the 1820s when it became unacceptable for black men to style white women’s hair and how enslaved women in Urban areas were even able to hire themselves out as stylists and make money.

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