REASONS WHY WE LOC: Maintenance and the Motherland
Pharah (10+ years, right) Why did you start to lock? “Maintenance. But that was a joke.” Ah, you thought you were getting off easy? “Yeah.” Is maintenance a good or a bad thing? “It’s good because there are no chemicals. It’s not really bad, its time consuming. But I appreciate that my hair is in a natural state versus being drenched in chemicals.” “Drenched...
REASONS WHY WE LOC: Starting at 50
She’s standing on the corner, her white grey locs, soft, beautiful, and prominent, stand out from beneath the brim of her crisp straw hat. She is a grandmother. After 70 years of living she exclaims “Locs are the best thing I ever did with my hair!” She recalls her locs’ age by recalling her eldest granddaughter’s birth. It’s been 20 years. She reflects on her hair history. “I have always had...
Unless I just need to be elaborate for a super special occasion, (say… competing...– The Curator, Locs & Branches in her REASONS WHY WE LOC post
On Columbus Day, Behold a voice for justice!
Behold loc’ed West African reggae icon, Tiken Jah Fakoly. Fakoly’s politically charged lyrics have been the soundtrack and reflective backdrop of the times for many African countries that face rocky election climates. Fakoly himself lives in self-imposed exile Cote d’Ivoire after his criticism of President Wade in his native country of Senegal put him in life-threatening situation. (Fakoly...
REASONS WHY WE LOC: From the director's seat
At 15 years old the brother has a business card, aspiration, and yes, long locs… Heman’s actors (younger cousins) act in his film for him as he directs. The day I met him, it was impossible to ignore the intensity as 15-year-old loc’ed aspiring director Heman Armstrong directed his even younger cast of actors for his upcoming film. He did their makeup on the park bench, posed them for...