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Ayana Byrd

Ayana Byrd is a freelance journalist and professor of media studies at City College of New York. She is the co-editor of the anthology Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips and Other Parts. Her writing has appeared on The Daily Beast, in magazines such as Glamour, Marie Claire, Essence, and Rolling Stone and in the anthologies The Fire This Time: Young Activists and the New Feminism, 30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Should Know Before She Turns 30, and Split: Writings From a Generation Raised on Divorce. Byrd lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Hair Story

Ayana D. Byrd and Lori L. Tharps

Two world wars, the Civil Rights movement, and a Jheri curl later, Blacks in America continue to have a complex and convoluted relationship with their hair. From the antebellum practice of shaving...

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