Why is black hair so political? How have African-American hair styles impacted American popular culture? What economic impact has black hair had on our history and society? Lori L. Tharps is co-author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America.
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Lori L. Tharps is a freelance journalist, author, editor, teacher and mom. A former staff reporter at Vibe magazine and correspondent for Entertainment Weekly, Lori has written for Ms., Savoy, Suede, Bitch and Essence magazines. She is co-author of the book “Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America,” a chronological look at the culture behind the ever-changing state of black hair — from 15th century Africa to the present-day United States. She blogs at My American Melting Pot.
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