shani crowe’s braiding live performance in new orleans was lit

January 31, 2017

Chicago-based braiding artist Shani Crowe participated in a live braiding performance and intimate conversation at Saint Heron’s ‘Roll Back, Say That’ event in New Orleans this past weekend. Crowe, who is known for her epic ‘Braids’ photo series and creating the gorgeous headpiece Solange wore during her recent appearance on SNL, uses braiding to honor black heritage and celebrate the beauty of black femininity. Check out some gorgeous photos from the event down below.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Photo story by Justin Hardiman for @saintheron-blog
Braids By shani Crowe
Photographer:Justin Hardiman
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Location: Jackson,Ms
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*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at