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Kristin Denise Rowe "Kris" will discuss parts of her forthcoming book project tentatively titled: "It's the Feelings I Wear": Black Women, Natural Hair, and New Media Re/Constructions of Beauty (University of North Carolina Press). Using an “embodied Black feminist framework,” her book provides an exploration of contemporary representations of Black women’s natural hair in television, film, art, non-fiction prose, and music. She investigates various sites of inquiry: natural hair product advertisements and internet representations, as well as the ways Black women’s hair texture is evoked in recent song lyrics, filmic scenes, and non-fiction prose by Black women. She argues each of these sites of inquiry—“hair moments”—offers a complex articulation of the ways Black women experience, share, (re)negotiate, and (re)articulate the fraught terrain that is hegemonic standards of beauty and raced/gendered body politics. Ultimately, her project uses hair as a vehicle for recovering the agency and interiority within Black women’s uses of their bodies.  

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