feature: photographer nakeya b.: “the refutation of ‘good’ hair”

September 8, 2014

The obsession with Afro hair has become one stemming from the feelings of admiration, hate, power, and confusion. All of which are emotions that belong to those of Afro descent and non-Afro descent, some in love with themselves and others battling between theirs and society’s standards of beauty. Back in the 60’s, the afro was an eminent staple of power amongst the world, being the unifying commentary for a people proud of their Nubian heritage. And then, the expository changed; eventually birthing generations who would choose to express their virtue in multiple forms, being captured by artists of all disciplines. More specifically, that of Photographer Nakeya B., who has dedicated her artistry in honor of her, Black culture. Through her aesthetic, she shows the duality of one of the Afro woman’s most loved and hated assets — hair. Through these minimalist images, soft color palettes, universal subjects, and music inspiration, Nakeya B. honors the nobility of Blackness.

By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor *

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