The other day we introduced you to Naturally Isis who we interviewed about her 20-year fight with the State of Texas who regulated the braiding of black hair.
Since going to jail Isis managed to deregulate the State of Texas and other States are following suit. I mention Isis because Shani Crowe reminded me of her because she has the same love for ancestral braiding as her older counterparts. Even though both women do not know each other they have so much in common in terms of passion and the preservation of black hair something we all should be proud of.
Black hair braiding is a part of our history, way before slave ships, Cosmopolitan and boxer braids. These days historically conscious millennials are becoming more in touch with their black culture specifically through hair and they use art and technology to express it.
Shani Crowe has been braiding hair since she was 11 years old and she wanted to demonstrate the pure art of African braid tradition through a photo Art exhibit held in Halsted Chicago IL at 3 Arts Museum. The exhibit was simply called “Braids”.
As an interdisciplinary artist, I have always wanted to incorporate my braid training into my work, while also asserting my voice into a rich tradition that has become increasingly appropriated in mainstream culture. I want to offer a gesture of genuine gratitude and imagination for my craft amidst the exploitation of trend. With this campaign and your support, I will honor this evolving tradition seated within the crest of the Black feminine experience. – Shani Crowe on her exhibit Braids, 3Arts
Check out some of her amazing pieces:
Watch Shani’s story here:
That is one talented sistah, if you are in the Chicago area you should go check it out. Check out Shani on her Instagram here.
By the way she was interviewed by the Huffington Post, watch below: