Hair as an equalizer for a Ghanaian schoolgirl

A Ghanaian woman tells me about her childhood experience in Nigeria where hairstyles were a part of the school uniform, how she feels about the time it takes to get her hair braided, and the hilarious story of the first...

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Mary Sims and Linda Jones

Mary E. Sims (65) talks with her friend, Linda Jones (66), about attending "Nappy Hair Affair" gatherings at Linda's house where women, and later men, of color were encouraged to wear their hair naturally and learn how to style it....

Shannon shares her wisdom around mind-body connection, and her journey losing her hair through chemotherapy.

Shannon has great wisdom with the mind-body connection. In this interview she shares her experiences with losing her hair during chemo and how others react to the changes. We also discuss connecting to community through social media, and how our...

In Your Own Words with Pele Voncujovi

Originally a celebration of Black History Month, February 2018, Middlebury College's Davis Family Library has initiated a series of oral interviews, "In Your Own Words." In them, Literatures & Cultures Librarian Katrina Spencer engages members of the community who trace...

Elvie tells about her journey to self love by taking the mirror away.

Elvie shares her stories of her life transitions that were marked by changing hair styles, as she moved to a place of self love and finding a way to tame her hair that feels right. She shares her beautiful perspective...

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Troy Streckenbach and Brandon Yellowbird-Stevens

Colleagues and friends Troy Streckenbach (51) and Brandon Yellowbird-Stevens (45) discuss Brandon's work as vice chair for the Oneida nation, the importance of community, communication, fatherhood and identity.

Aunt Nikki and me
December 1, 2022 App Interview

This is a story about my aunt and what drives her as a hairdresser and her journey to becoming one.

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Paulette Isaac Napper and Tomeka Napper

Paulette Isaac Napper [no age given] talks with her daughter Tomeka Napper (45) about leaving a record for her grandson so he knows about her life growing up in the south during the 1960s, family traditions, Jim Crow, and black...

Susan Dakorson Addresses The Sad Fact of What It's Like For A Young African American Girl Dealing With The Ideal Hair Standard In America.

I interviewed 21-year-old Susan Dakorson who also goes by Susie, a close friend of mine, of what it was like growing up in America dealing with and breaking the ideal Hair standard in American society for African American women. Susie...

Sanaa shares her perspective as a woman whose story does not fit neatly into a box.

Sanaa shares her perspective as a woman whose story does not fit neatly into a box. Sanaa shares her stories about her mother's love of her childhood hair, shaving off one side of her hair to mark a major life...

Asuka expresses individuality over time with different hair cuts and styles, sometimes rejecting societal standards.

A Japanese American artist and teacher, Asuka tells about how her hair has expressed different aspects of identity over the years, her relationships with her mother and grandmother, and her braided hair styles.

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Anna Paloma Williams and Luz Kenyon

Anna Paloma Williams (32) asks her mother, Luz Kenyon (58), about what life was like for her as she immigrated to the United States from Mexico and raised her children in a new country. They also discuss the female role...

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Erin tells how she came to have such long hair…

Erin tells the tales of her traumatic childhood hair events that lead to her having such long hair, the changes her hair has under gone, and how she sees hair as a big part of her identity through her photography...