Black hair naturally defies gravity but Côte d'Ivoire Visual Artist, @laetitiaky takes it to the next level.
Through the medium of portraiture, she marries vibrant colors, texture, and hair sculptures to bridge the gap between the present and ancient African hairstyles.
Normalizing and challenging the often time negative stigma and punishment, people of African Descent endure for dawning their natural hair. An experience that isn't one of the past. In "post-racial" America, in May 2017 two young Queens in Massachusetts were punished for wearing braids.
Hair has always been used to assert one's identity. Hair is political. Just as we have freedom of speech, African Descendants/ Black People should have the freedom to wear our natural hair.
Pearl Alcock (1934 Jamaica – 2006, London, England)was a club owner and artist, best known as a British outsider artist.
Alcock moved to London from Jamaica in her twenties, abandoning her marriage in Jamaica.First finding work as a maid, by the 1970s she had opened a dress shop on Railton Road in Brixton and later ran a cafe and an illegal shebeen, popular with the local gay community,on the same street. She herself was known to be bisexual. Following the 1985 Brixton uprising both her shop and bar failed and she found herself on the dole and unable to afford a birthday card for a friend so she drew one.
Alcock’s possession of a shebeen retained an unprecedentedly important place in the Brixton LGBTQ scene for the time. A white British man named Simon recalled the place as a hub of interaction for both the local LGBTQ black and white populations: “Always heaving...a space this sort of size packed with people dancing, and there would be a bar at the end selling Heineken or cocktail type stuff, martinis and so on...there were only one or two women there, about 80 % black men, 20 % white I suppose. Of the black guys that would go to Pearl’s...maybe half of them would be in a relationship with a white person, and half would be in a relationship with a black person.” Who will you nominate for #100GreatBlackBritons2020