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New! Zara’s Wash Day
The new and expanded edition of the Writer’s Digest award winner includes a tutorial on creating Fulani-Inspired Afro Puffs, a foreward by Academy Award winning actor and New York Times best-selling author Lupita Nyong’o, and an expanded glossary of hairitage terms..
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Everyone Has A Hairitage
Let us celebrate the greatness in each other through our hair and beauty traditions.
No matter what part of the world we are from, EVERYONE HAS A HAIRITAGE. In fact, examining the hair, skin, music, art, literature and political practices of our ancestors, can help us to better understand the state of the world at any given moment in time. Many of these practices are passed on through the generations and is our way of honoring our past and informing our future.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Diversity is the presence of differences in any given setting. This can include differences in race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic class and age. Equity ensures that a situation or process is impartial and fair. Everyone involved should have an opportunity for equal possible outcomes. Inclusion happens when people feel supported, included, a sense of belonging and the ability to be their authentic selves in any space. All three work together and are vital to a successful professional and personal environment. Know Your Hairitage ™ leads our DEI work through the lens of BEAUTY.
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ZARA’S WASH DAY
Zara’s Wash Day is the first in a series of Know Your Hairitage ™ books, written to educate children ages five through nine about the the cultural significance of hairstyles of African descent. Zara’s Wash Day is written in poem form which makes it fun for both children and adults. It also includes beautiful illustrations of several traditional African inspired hairstyles and glossary of terms to provide detailed historical context.
Author: Zenda M. Walker
Illustrator: Princess Karibo
Designer: Anthony Foronda, Studio Foronda
Author, Zenda Walker, shares how investing in her personal and professional brand, helped her to level up.
This makes Wash Day the best opportunity to bond with our loved-ones and speak life into each other, rather than perpetuate negative sentiments. So how can we change the narrative and continue to uphold the social and emotional health of our community? Here are the three “Ps” that changed the Wash Day routine for me and my daughter, Zara.
If you have been following me on social media, you will know that I have been on quite a journey since self-publishing Zara’s Wash Day in December of 2020. I will never downplay the steps it took to level up as an entrepreneur. I worked hard. I am a divorced mom, who at the time worked a demanding nine-to-five job, homeschooled my daughter during a global pandemic, worked a side hustle hair styling business, and struggled to find a glimpse of time to write my first book. However, the path to securing a multi-book deal with a top-five publisher began with with five attainable steps.
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