“Dear Hair” is a documentary made into a publication surrounding the struggles of black identity in form of braiding. Braiding has been used as a way of communication since ancient Africa. It is a hairstyle with three strands of hair intertwining to create an intricate pattern. It would determine someone’s marital status, religion, tribe and more. Cornrows in particular hold importance in braiding history as it aided the enslaved Africans to escape from plantations by mapping their way out to freedom and hiding food in their hair. Upon its rich history it is still seen as a unprofessional hairstyle and unaccepted in the majority of our society.
“Dear Hair” is an educational documentary which addresses this issue. Furthermore, it is a formal apology to the hair that we have been neglecting while conforming to western beauty standards. It encourages to accept and appreciate your authentic self and highlights on the importance of self-expression.
“The Adinkra & Kente Story” is a publication on Ghanaian craft-making such as weaving and stamp making. Kente is a hand-woven fabric worn at traditional ceremonies. The “Adinkra” are symbols that originated from the Asante tribe of Ghana but are now commonly used nationwide. They represent the concept of aphorisms and are often associated with popular proverbs and maxims. “Adinkra” in Twi translates to farewell.