Photo by Nye’ Lyn Tho

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‘The Black Woman Is God’ exhibit pays homage to natural hair artistry & black women’s glory

June 15, 2018

Absolutely swooning over the inspired portraits of The Black Woman Is GOD Exhibition Presents..“A SACRED BEAUTIFUL – Natural Heritage Hair: An African Diasporan Photo Exposé”. Partially inspired by the 2018 Supreme Court ruling that requires Diasporan Natural hair braiders, Lock-ticians, Sister Lock stylists, and natural hair care designers in the St. Louis area to obtain a cosmetology licenses, limiting black accessibility to earn money using their trade, this exhibition aims to shine a light on the unfair and oppressive ruling. In addition to the legal regulations on the natural hair industry in St. Louis, there are no local schools that teach wash, style, cut, maintenance, braiding, or locking on natural textured hair. Thus, forcing many black and brown women to assimilate to a European beauty standard by wearing weaves, wigs, and relaxers to successfully navigate the workspace. Shot by photographers KaliMa Amilak and Nye’ Lyn Tho, “A SACRED BEAUTIFUL – Natural Heritage Hair: An African Diasporan Photo Exposé” is a visual “reclamation of our hair-itage” that captures both the regality of protective hairstyles and, symbolically, the majesty and otherworldly power of a black woman’s crown.

See “A SACRED BEAUTIFUL – Natural Heritage Hair: An African Diasporan Photo Exposé” at the San Francisco Human Rights Commission*
25 Van Ness Ave., 8th* Floor, San Francisco, CA
AUG. 30 – OCT. 2, 2018
Mon. – Fri. | 9am -12noon— 1pm-4pm | Cost: Free

Photo by KaliMa Amilak

Photo by KaliMa Amilak

Photo by KaliMa Amilak

Photo by KaliMa Amilak

Photo by KaliMa Amilak

Photo by KaliMa Amilak

Photo by Nye’ Lyn Tho

Photo by Nye’ Lyn Tho

Photo by Nye’ Lyn Tho

Photo by Nye’ Lyn Tho

Photo by Nye’ Lyn Tho

Photo by Nye’ Lyn Tho

Credits:
Photographers: KaliMa AmiLak and Nye’ Lyn Tho
Natural Hair Practitioner Collaborator: Egyptsia Mcgillvery
Curator & Researcher: April Martin Chartrand, M.S.
Fashion Designer:  Amatula Designs
Makeup Artist: Faith Clay

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