I had a great weekend with my friend Juliana at the Asa concert at the London IndigoO2. Just in case you are not familiar with the artist, Asa (pronounced ASHA), is a Nigerian singer and songwriter whose music has been described as a blend of R’n’B, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Pop, and World music.
I bring this up because at least five different people came up to me that night and commented I look like Asa. Juliana and I concluded that I in fact do not look like Asa, though we do have similar skin tones, and of course – Afro hair.
This made me wonder about our perceptions on Afro-hair and what or who we associate them with. In England there are not many women portrayed in the media with Afro hair – and I feel that was partly to blame with my frequent association with Asa that night. Perhaps there was no other public figure they could compare me with, though I was flattered because she is a beautiful woman.
With the increase of women starting up Afro hair care businesses, blogs, and video blags (vlogs) to address hair care issues, give advice and share hairstyles perhaps the media has some work to do in representing a different style choice with Afro Caribbean women.
Do you agree?
Till next time,