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Publisher Comments:

What could make a smart woman ignore doctor's orders?

What could get a hardworking employee fired from her job?

What could get a black woman in hot water with her white boyfriend?

In a word...

HAIR.

When does a few ounces feel like a few tons? When a doctor advises a black woman to start an exercise program and she wonders how she can do it without breaking a sweat. When an employer fires her for wearing a cultural hairstyle that's "unprofessional," and she has to go to court to plead for her job. When she's with her man, and the moment she's supposed to let loose, she stops to secure her head scarf so he doesn't disturb the 'do.

TENDERHEADED?

Yes, definitely. All black women are, in one way or another.

The issue is not only about looking good, but about feeling adequate in a society where the beauty standards are unobtainable for most women. Tenderheaded boldly throws open the closet where black women's skeletons have been threatening to burst down the door. In poems, essays, cartoons, photos, and excerpts from novels and plays, women and men speak to the meaning hair has for them, and for society. In an intimate letter, A'Leila Perry Bundles pays tribute to her great-grandmother, hair-care pioneer Madam C.J. Walker, who launched a generation of African-American businesswomen. Corporate consultant Cherilyn "Liv" Wright interviews men and women on the hilarious ways they handle "the hair issue" between the sheets. Art historian Henry John Drewal explores how hairstyles, in Yoruba culture, indicate spiritual destiny, and activist Angela Davis questions how her message of revolution got reduced to a hairstyle.

Tenderheaded is as rich and diverse as the children of the African diaspora. With works by Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, bell hooks, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and other writers of passion, persuasion, and humor — this is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.

Synopsis:

What could make a smart woman ignore doctor's orders?

What could get a hardworking employee fired from her job?

What could get a black woman in hot water with her white boyfriend?

In a word...

HAIR.

When does a few ounces feel like a few tons? When a doctor advises a black woman to start an exercise program and she wonders how she can do it without breaking a sweat. When an employer fires her for wearing a cultural hairstyle that's "unprofessional," and she has to go to court to plead for her job. When she's with her man, and the moment she's supposed to let loose, she stops to secure her head scarf so he doesn't disturb the 'do.

TENDERHEADED?

Yes, definitely. All black women are, in one way or another.

The issue is not only about looking good, but about feeling adequate in a society where the beauty standards are unobtainable for most women. "Tenderheaded" boldly throws open the closet where black women's skeletons have been threatening to burst down the door. In poems, essays, cartoons, photos, and excerpts from novels and plays, women and men speak to the meaning hair has for them, and for society. In an intimate letter, A'Leila Perry Bundles pays tribute to her great-grandmother, hair-care pioneer Madam C.J. Walker, who launched a generation of African-American businesswomen. Corporate consultant Cherilyn "Liv" Wright interviews men and women on the hilarious ways they handle "the hair issue" between the sheets. Art historian Henry John Drewal explores how hairstyles, in Yoruba culture, indicate spiritual destiny, and activist Angela Davis questions how her message of revolution got reduced to a hairstyle.

"Tenderheaded" is as rich and diverse as the children of the African diaspora. With works by Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, bell hooks, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and other writers of passion, persuasion, and humor — this is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.

About the Author

Juliette Harris (right) is the editor of International Review of African-American Art, published by Hampton University Museum in Virginia. She has also written award-winning television and film documentaries.

Table of Contents

Contents

Ms. Strand Calls a Press Conference

Peace Be Still

NTOZAKE SHANGE

Heads of Steam

Madam C. J. Walker: "Let Me Correct the Erroneous Impression That I Claim to Straighten Hair"

A'LELIA BUNDLES

The Hairdresser and the Scholar

MARK HIGBEE

Severed

ANNABELLE BAKER

It All Comes Down to the Kitchen

HENRY LOUIS GATES JR.

The Kink That Winked

CYNTHIA COLBERT

Tenderheaded, or Rejecting the Legacy of Being Able to Take It

MEG HENSON SCALES

Baby Hair

Baby Hair

CONSTANCE NICHOLS

A Day at the Beach

KAY BROWN

Learning the Language of My Daughter's Hair

PETER HARRIS

Hair (R)evolution

CYNTHIA COLBERT

Things My Mother Never Taught Me

JACQUELYN LONG

Tenderheaded

NIKKY FINNEY

Cornrow Calculations (or Math Is Beauty)

TONI WYNN

Store-Bought Hair

Fake

GERRIE SUMMERS

Planet Hair

LISA JONES

Hair Braiding, Miss?

TAIIA SMART

Madam Speaks

MARK RICHARD MOSS

Straight Talk

Relax Your Mind!

JENYNE M. RAINES

When Black Hair Tangles with White Power

MARIAME KABA

Hot Comb

NATASHA TRETHEWEY

Straightening Our Hair

BELL HOOKS

A Rio Crime

LAURA SULLIVAN

A Short History of Early Hair Straightening

WILLIE MORROW

All-Time Top Hair Divas

JENYNE RAINES

Wrappers' Delight

Under Cover

HALIMA TAHA

Grandma Blows Her Top

GLORIA WADE GAYLES

Uplift

LIDDY JONES

Bandanna

MICHAEL D. HARRIS

The Culture of Hair Sculpture

JULIETTE HARRIS

Pillow Talk

If You Let Me Make Love to You, Then Why Can't I Touch Your Hair?

CHERILYN "LIV" WRIGHT

Battle of the Wigs

GEORGE C. WOLFE

White Boyfriend

EVANGELINE WHEELER

Hagar's Blues

TONI MORRISON

Dekar's Touch

PAMELA JOHNSON

When Worlds Collide

The Curse (and Redemption) of Short Hair

THOMAS "TAIWO" DUVALL

Hair Hysteria

S. PEARL SHARP

Afro Images: Politics, Fashion and Nostalgia

ANGELA Y. DAVIS

Daughters of Africa

EVANGELINE WHEELER

On Short Nappy Hair and the Business of Blackness: From Ohio to South Africa

PAITRA D. RUSSELL

Smooth Heated Stones and Sunlight Soap

ROSALIE KIAH

Crowning Glories: Hair, Head, Style, and Substance in Yoruba Culture

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY HENRY JOHN DREWAL

No Longer Stranded

IDARA E. BASSEY

Silver Foxes

My Smart Gray Streak

YVONNE DURANT

Attitude at Seventy-Five

NAOMI LONG MADGETT

In Her Hair

S. PEARL SHARP

Homage to My Hair

LUCILLE CLIFTON

Something's Lost in Living Every Day

LEATHA SIMMONS MITCHELL

She Who Mirrors Me

RUBY DEE

Gray Strands

NAOMI LONG MADGETT

Locks and Keys

Don't Even Pretend (The Saturn Poem)

PETER HARRIS

In the Kitchen

JEWELLE GOMEZ

The Call

TAMARA JEFFRIES

Clean Break

JILL NELSON

My Bold Black Statement

SUSAN L. TAYLOR

Post-Traumatic Tress Syndrome

DENISE L. DAVIS, M.D.

In Sickness and in Health

FRANKIE ALEXANDER

Oppressed Hair Puts a Ceiling on the Brain

ALICE WALKER

A Happy Nappy Hair-Care Affair

LINDA JONES

Ms. Strand Adjourns

About the Contributors

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671047559
Subtitle:
A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories
Editor:
Harris, Juliette
Edited by:
Juliette Harris
Author:
Johnson, Pamela
Author:
Pamela Johnson
Author:
Harris, Juliette
Author:
Juliette Harris
Editor:
Johnson, Pamela
Publisher:
Atria Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Afro-American women
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
African American Studies - Lifestyle
Subject:
Hair
Subject:
Hairstyles
Subject:
African-American women
Subject:
Hairdressing of African Americans
Subject:
Beauty & Grooming
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - Lifest
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
FICTION / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American/General
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Copyright:
Series Volume:
#15
Publication Date:
20010130
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.43x6.81x1.11 in. 1.56 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » General
History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » General

Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories
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"Synopsis" by , What could make a smart woman ignore doctor's orders?

What could get a hardworking employee fired from her job?

What could get a black woman in hot water with her white boyfriend?

In a word...

HAIR.

When does a few ounces feel like a few tons? When a doctor advises a black woman to start an exercise program and she wonders how she can do it without breaking a sweat. When an employer fires her for wearing a cultural hairstyle that's "unprofessional," and she has to go to court to plead for her job. When she's with her man, and the moment she's supposed to let loose, she stops to secure her head scarf so he doesn't disturb the 'do.

TENDERHEADED?

Yes, definitely. All black women are, in one way or another.

The issue is not only about looking good, but about feeling adequate in a society where the beauty standards are unobtainable for most women. "Tenderheaded" boldly throws open the closet where black women's skeletons have been threatening to burst down the door. In poems, essays, cartoons, photos, and excerpts from novels and plays, women and men speak to the meaning hair has for them, and for society. In an intimate letter, A'Leila Perry Bundles pays tribute to her great-grandmother, hair-care pioneer Madam C.J. Walker, who launched a generation of African-American businesswomen. Corporate consultant Cherilyn "Liv" Wright interviews men and women on the hilarious ways they handle "the hair issue" between the sheets. Art historian Henry John Drewal explores how hairstyles, in Yoruba culture, indicate spiritual destiny, and activist Angela Davis questions how her message of revolution got reduced to a hairstyle.

"Tenderheaded" is as rich and diverse as the children of the African diaspora. With works by Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, bell hooks, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and other writers of passion, persuasion, and humor — this is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.

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