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By ‘our hair’ I’m guessing you mean black hair, and black hair when it’s in its natural state. If so, I really am not sure why you think the ‘products/research on how to…manage our hair aren’t where they should be’. There’s a heck of a lot of info all over the internet. From blogs and vlogs, to forums, events, talks and conferences on natural hair. Granted, there are people that do not have access to this info or know of anyone in their lives where they can source necessary info pertaining to natural hair care.
[wrote a longer response but a friend x’d out of it by mistake]
Whilst I agree with you that skin bleaching poses more of a health risk than relaxing one’s hair, I also see where Dencia and others who agree with her (had a twitter convo on skin bleaching a few weeks back) are coming from in the sense that these two processes are birthed from the same anti-blackness and white supremacist standards of beauty that dominate much of the world. Both involve the use of heavy and harmful chemicals that drastically alter one’s physical appearance but, apart from the risks posed, where hair relaxing is more accepted and skin bleaching is not is probably due to the fact that racism itself was structured and built on discrimination by way of one’s skin color. Hair is more of a side-effect, despite how political it is in the black community. Also, one can easily cut off one’s relaxed or or transition back into their hair’s natural state. Skin bleaching doesn’t offer that easy reversible option.
Dencia also has a point where she says that altering one’s opinion as an adult is one’s choice, fair enough, but what she’s not acknowledging in all these interviews is that whatever the real purpose of her product is (dark spots or dark skin in whatever capacity), the way in which the advertising for Whitenicious is framed has a critical history to it. It’s really no different from these:
Her cream is just the next phase in an advertising revolution of the above series. Racism in the 21st century may not always be as blatant as it once was but subtle forms of racism do not negate its manifestation, presence and impact. Not to mention how lightening your face is a terrible way to deal with hyper-pigmentation.
Thanks so much! There’s a tracklist at the link which you can find here: www.mixcloud.com/DynamicAfrica/dynamic-africa-presents-a-house-music-mix-sultry-love-songs/
Just click ‘show tracklist’.
Yes, the majority of videos are from there but from my personal point of view, those were the songs I was exposed to the most (and liked, there’s not a single song on there I don’t enjoy listening to) because, let’s face it, SA and Naija dominate the African music scene (at least in sub-Saharan Africa).
I did include diaspora based artists such as Stromae, Laura Mvula, Kwabs, Benjamin Clementine, YADi and Kae Sun.
Then there are non-SA and Naija artists like R2Bees, Tinariwen, Lizha James, Ahmed Soultan, Amadou & Mariam, Alec Lomami and Just A Band.
Feel free to send recommendations my way though!
Hi there! Thank you so much for expressing a willingness to donate, cannot tell you how appreciative I am. There’s a paypal donate button located on the homepage of this blog, in the mid-right-handside. That’s the safest way to donate.
Ok, you win. Byeee!
Unfortunately I’m not exactly sure where you can purchase old issues of Drum. Have you tried scouring eBay? There might be the odd few available there through private sellers. Otherwise, try contact Drum magazine directly. They’re still in print and you can find them on twitter, facebook and through their official website.
Oh my word, wow. So glad to hear you still keep up with this blog, really appreciate it! Yeah, still have my personal but sadly got rid of my music blog. I still make mixes for this site though. Not the best but it keeps things interesting.
Thank you so much for sending this encouraging message!
Thank you so much vorpalplatypus! Glad that you enjoy the posts I make, it’s all a pleasure.
Aww, thanks so much! Your message couldn’t be better timed as I’ve been feeling incredibly low over the past few days. So grateful for this!
sorry doesn’t ring a bell. perhaps someone else may know?