Elle Magazine Produced A Documentary On Braids And It’s Incredibly Well Done

January 2, 2018  |  

If you’ve visited MadameNoire on more than one occasion, you’ve likely seen us discussing the appropriation of Black hair styles by either White women or White publications. The examples are numerous. And while we, along with tons of other Black women, have done our part in calling out these instances of theft, it can be hard to know if the messages are being received.

Thankfully, a recent video from Elle Magazine, proves that they might have been listening. The outlet recently released a documentary called Braided. As you might gather from the title alone, any discussion of our hair is more than just a beauty talk. It’s cultural, historical and for better or worse, political.

The documentary, featuring commentary from celebrities stylists and experts, like Ayana Byrd, co-author of Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America touches on all of these aspects.

Take a look at the documentary, produced by Angel Lenise, Bree Green and Julie Schott, below.

It’s worth it.


If you watch and want more, you can read Ayana Byrd’s piece about How Braids Tell America’s Black Hair History.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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