BLACK HISTORY MONTH (UK) EVENT: HAIR – History, Attitude, Identity and Respect at The Rich Mix (United Kingdom)
Date: 7th October 2012 Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location : The Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd., E1 6LA London, United Kingdom
Cornrows, locks, afros, jheri curls, high top fades and weaves though very different all contribute to the history of black hair over the decades. Each hairstyle represents more than just a look; they reflect the history, attitude, identity of Black people all over the globe. Many of these hairstyles have even come to command a certain level of respect.
HAIR (or “History, Attitude, Identity and Respect”) is a new one day event taking place on the 7th October 2012 at Rich Mix, East London, supported by The London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Rich Mix, which seeks to celebrate the various incarnations of African hair over the generations. By separating the event into a chronological journey, HAIR will use music, art and debate to celebrate and communicate the story of black hair.
Spoken word, mixed media and art will be represented at HAIR, with a retrospective exhibition that tracks the origins of African hair, dating back from the 1400’s to the present day. Poet Kemi Taiwo, Artist Akeisha Walters and Photographer Angela Dennis will express, in their unique ways what African hair means to them in this ground breaking event.
HAIR will provide a platform for: discussions around the significance of hair in the 21st century, demonstrations and a screening of the thought-provoking film “Black, Bold and Beautiful”.
‘The issue of hair is one that never goes away for black women. There is still enormous pressure to conform to the norm. One only has to look at the controversy around Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Gabby Douglas for proof. The fact that people (mainly from the black community) dared put her down because of her hairstyle, when she perform such an amazing feat is astonishing. It’s obvious that for some people her hair trumped all her talent, hard work and dedication.’ commented Nadine Valcin, Director of ‘Black, Bold and Beautiful’. This screening will be followed by a panel conversation with prominent members of the Afro Caribbean community.
Teanne Andrews, Event Organiser, by curating the event and developing this concept has produced a free event that will celebrate black hair in a new and innovative way that enables a wider audience to interact and learn about African hair. “There are so many amazing historical milestones to reflect upon relating to black hair and I wanted to capture them all, in one place, for people to enjoy,” Andrews says. “Whether it triggers a positive memory, or brings about a serious question, HAIR is the platform for this to take place.”