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THE AFRO - Say it loud, I'm black and I'm proud.

Garageland : Beauty
Transition Editions, -
Author Cathy Lomax

At the height of its power, the Afro was all about embracing blackness and not conforming to traditional European ideas of beauty. It became so desirable that young black people who had always been praised by their mothers for having ‘good’ (ie straight) hair, now found themselves
looking enviously at their ‘bad’, nappyhaired friends, and in some cases resorting to perms or even wigs.

The 1960’s Afro was a fantasy style,
which evoked a mythological Africa. It
was not however the natural choice of Africans; it required a lot of maintenance and was only worn in Africa by a rich elite who wanted to look American (it was even banned in Tanzania and denounced as cultural neo-colonialism).

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