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New! Zara’s

Wash Day

Zara's wash day book cover imagewriter's digest grand prize winner - Zara's Wash Day ImageThe 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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New! Zion’s Crown

The second book in the Know Your Hairitage series, “Zion’s Crown” features a boy protagonist who learns about how his cultural hairstyles connect his ancestry and the stories of influential leaders of the past and present. “Zion’s Crown” includes a cover blurb from Award-Winning author and anti-racist activist Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, a how-to tutorial on the cover Ethiopian-Inspired Crossover Cornrows, and Glossary of hairitage terms that empowers adults to dive deeper into the history.

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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.

KNOW YOUR HAIRITAGE:
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

Reclaiming Our Time: Embracing Shrinkage

Reclaiming Our Time: Embracing Shrinkage

First, I acknowledge that the stretching, reshaping, shingling, twisting-out, braiding-out, recoiling, and fluffing is our way of experimenting and discovering all texture possibilities especially now that there are so many curl-specific products in the market. However, I can’t help but notice the lengths (pun intended) that we are going through to make highly textured hair more palatable for mainstream audiences. I believe that the over-manipulation of our hair is the manifestation of the lingering psychological effects of colonization.

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KYH & The C.R.O.W.N. Act

KYH & The C.R.O.W.N. Act

On November 23, 2021 I testified as Founder and Executive Director of Know Your Hairitage, in front of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary in support of H.1907-The C.R.O.W.N Act MA. CROWN stands for Create a Respectful and Open World with No Racism. This legislation was spearheaded by CA Senator Holly J. Mitchell and is supported by The DOVE Coalition. To get involved please visit the following link and sign the petition.

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What I Discovered During My Author Journey

What I Discovered During My Author Journey

When I set out to self-publish Zara’s Wash Day, I knew the story would be impactful. I have since discovered that the fact that I developed the story during the 2020 pandemic was a significant part of the backstory of the book. During the height of the pandemic, there was and continues to be an overwhelming surge of fear, anxiety and sadness as we were faced with the uncertainty of the Covid-19 virus, the sudden isolation and the racial reckoning in America and around the globe.

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EVENTS

Expired

Join me and Chevelle Dixon of Pan-African Solutions Consulting for a lively discussion on actioning our dreams and impacting social justice. ...
30 Jan
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Texture Class SeriesExpired

Join celebrity stylists, Diane Da Costa and Zenda Walker as they help people of all care for their hair. The series will run through the Winter months. All attendees will receive a gift bag with products and the award-winning book Zara's Wash Day! ...
15 Oct
2:00 pm

I Love Braids Day 2023Expired

Join us for a celebration of Braids and "Hairitage!"  Brought ...
29 Jul
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Restoration Plaza
1368 Fulton Street, Brooklyn NY
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