VOA Our Voices 220: Braiding the Dream
Kinky, Frizzy, Nappy, Kroes, all words used to describe the hair of people of African descent, usually with a derogatory connotation. On this edition of #VOAOurVoices, our panel discusses identity, culture, discrimination, politics and the business behind natural hair. VOA producer Arzouma Kampaore shares his special report, “Braiding the Dream,” exploring the business of hair with Auriane Istangishaka, Ayen Bior and guest contributor Tatenda Gumbo. Pamela Ferrell, owner of Washington D.C. based Cornrows & Company, joins to share her 40-year journey advocating against hair discrimination in the workplace.
Welcome to “Our Voices”. This is where African women bring the continent’s most pressing issues to the table. Hosted by Hayde Adams FitzPatrick, Ayen Bior and Auriane Itangishaka, we'll ask questions, share ideas, discuss solutions, and most importantly, bring voices - Our Voices - to the conversation.
We’re bringing women’s voices to the conversation and, more than that, we’re building a community of inclusion and empowerment. We know you want to talk about the important issues of our time. And this is the place to do it. Your voice matters – every voice matters so join us in this conversation. Together, we can start transformational conversations online, in our living rooms, our communities, in our lives.