Octavia Spencer, left, stars in this rags-to-riches tale, along with Blair Underwood.
The founder of a black hair-care empire supported the NAACP and the Tuskegee Institute, helped preserve Frederick Douglass's home. She also tried to used her prominence to stop lynching.
Flavour, a popular Nigerian musician, can wear his dreadlocks in peace because they are seen as a temporary fashion statement.
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Nigerian men who wear their hair in knots are not a new phenomenon, but the hairstyle's spiritual heritage sparks fear in the hearts of many.
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With the number of multiracial Americans growing, there's a fierce debate in the black community over who's black – and who isn't.
Zimbabwean police beat up a man protesting the reintroduction of local banknotes.
From poetry to factual narratives and personal memoirs, these books are worth reading.
For women studying and working in Eurocentric institutions, wearing natural hair can be a symbol of resistance.
Natural hair has become a political rallying point for women across the African diaspora. For these women, wearing natural hair is way to resist Eurocentric norms and "post-racial" political thought.
Students make their feelings known during a fees protest at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
States do not record the structural violence of racism as part of crime statistics. But this invisible violence has driven some people to self-harm. It has also masked forms of suicide.
Hair speaks of the past, and of cultural heritage.
Hair has long been modified for aesthetic and other ends. But skewed power structures have meant that women, particularly women of colour, have borne the brunt of stereotyping and prejudice.
“Black hair” has sparked a new racism row at a top South African school.
Schools need to adapt and evolve in changing circumstances and conditions as their students' demographic composition shifts.
One of the first dilemmas that black people face is whether to let strangers touch their hair – and under what circumstances.
When it comes to black hair, “common sense” is the least reliable tool for decision making since even black people are constantly changing their minds about what they want to do with their hair.
Author Christine Qunta says forgiveness trumps justice in South Africa.
Qunta advocates a reparations fund to accelerate corrective policies, that schools be freed from colonial indoctrination and that African culture should be mainstreamed, especially African languages.