Pam Spaulding runs the blog on pamshouseblend.com, and is a passionate writer and social justice activist. She has included her hair journey on her own website, and I interviewed her in 2005 about her story. Pam’s unique perspective brings to light the intersections among race, hair, and politics; her decision to stop straightening her hair provided her with a sense of freedom and authenticity. The politics of hair is a topic about which I’m learning. It seems in some ways to represent an area of potential control by employers or other groups with an interest in defining who really belongs and who can be excluded.

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