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Braids & Black Heritage with Shani Crowe

Latoya Burris

Photo Credit: Shani Crowe

Photo Credit: Shani Crowe


My gripe with cultural appropriation is when you do what white people have done for centuries: You come into a place that’s not yours and you take what’s theirs and you don’t honor the people, where it came from.
— Shani Crowe

Shani Crowe is an interdisciplinary artist from Southside Chicago, that is paying homage to the art and culture of African hair braiding through photography. She learned the art of braiding hair and over the years became highly skilled in her technique. When asked by Fusion’s Tahirah Hairston, about the cultural appropriation of black hair styles such as Corn Rows now called by many in the media as Boxer Braids. Crowe said, "… my gripe with cultural appropriation is when you do what white people have done for centuries: You come into a place that’s not yours and you take what’s theirs and you don’t honor the people, where it came from." Do you think Shani's body of work combats cultural appropriation through art? To read the full interview, by Fusion click here.