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Hairstylist Connects With Her Roots

by Mercy Quaye | Apr 17, 2018 12:15 pm | Comments (3)

I was 10, maybe 11 when I got my first Vigorol Liquid Relaxer.

For most Black girls before Y2K this was a right of passage and a privilege. In hindsight I can’t fully wrap my head around why: It’s like we were all lining and signing up for the risk of chemical burns in exchange for a weak guarantee of straight hair. And at the age of 11, that cost-benefit analysis didn’t add up for me.

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Dean Connects City, Af-Am House

by Mercy A. Quaye | Feb 12, 2018 12:11 pm | Comments (2)

Harry Droz PhotoReady or not, Black History Month at Yale’s Afro-American Cultural Center promises to deliver the goods. And despite how New Haveners may have been made to feel in the past, all events will be open to the public.

This revived commitment to the New Haven community comes from Dean Risë Nelson, the New Haven-raised director of Afro-American Cultural Center (Af-Am House) who is in her third year at the helm.

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