Hair’itage, by Niccole Gaines is one of those plays I had the privilege of seeing and wanted e-ve-ry Black woman to see. The playwright who is maturely loced herself clearly never lost touch with our roots. All of our textures and hair choices are represented very well in a thoughtful, relatable and yet hilarious way.
I was happy that I got transferred to a different school. It is still a public school, but it is supposed to be a better school. I don’t have to fight anymore. They still do not have anyone that looks like me, and kids still ask me silly questions about my hair, but I am starting to get use to it. When I first got to the school I was really excited, but some kids didn’t really like me and my natural hair. Everyone use to tell me that my hair was so ugly, and they would ask why my hair wasn’t long like theirs. I would play by myself at play time and I never wanted to eat in the cafeteria because no one wanted to sit next to me.
All I kept thinking was RELAX Lyd, RELAX. And that made me tense up ….. SOOOOO my photographer and his wife decided to make me giggle. Which is not difficult. They made faces, noises, and tried to help loosen me up! I think it worked! I hope. I really tried not to try. 🙂
For this shoot, I knew I was going to have to do all head-shots. To me, trying to sell something like a hat or jewelry is all about looking comfortable, natural and making the colors work. You want the viewer to see themselves in what you’re wearing…