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99% Invisible: The Hair Chart

Aug 3, 2018

Oprah Winfrey’s hair is an amazing and ever-changing object of design. She’s worn dozens of styles over the years, including weaves and braids. She’s also a natural, meaning she doesn’t use chemical relaxers to straighten her hair.

Photo by Andre Chung

On this edition of Your Call, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi discusses his book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. He argues that racism isn’t fading away as progress forges ahead – instead, racist ideas are evolving.

  

On this edition of Your Call, activist and scholar Dr. Janet Dewart Bell discusses her new book, Lighting the First of Freedom: African American Women in the Civil Rights Movement.

 

Photo courtesy of the Nation Parks/modified from original

For the past decade 96-year-old Betty Reid Soskin has served as the nation’s oldest Park Ranger 

Courtesy Firelight Media

  

On this edition of Your Call, filmmaker Stanley Nelson joins us to discuss Tell Them We Were Rising, a documentary that examines the impact Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBUCs) have had on American history, culture, and identity.

Buffalo Soldiers ride on

May 18, 2015
Leila Day