10 Pivotal Moments In Black Women’s Hair History

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Aunt Jemima Gets a Makeover (1989)

I know some of you might moan and groan over this one, but think about it — by replacing the kerchief-clad visual that reinforced a mammy archetype for nearly a century with a much more modern looking picture, Aunt Jemima was taken out of the servants quarters once and for all with a change of hairstyle. No longer a sanitized version of a racial caricature, this woman looks like she’s ready to handle her own affairs on her terms.

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