My mother was my first hair stylist. Like so many African American girls, the experience of our mothers doing our hair in the kitchen is one of our first memories. I can't imagine myself with a head full of curls.
Unlike W.E.B. DuBois and other black intellectuals of the past, black intellectuals are not leaders in the way we once might have claimed. This leaves people like Professors Melissa Harris-Perry and Cornel West in unique and often viciously conflicting positions.
In a recent article, Professor Cornel West "went H.A.M." on Tulane University Professor, Melissa Harris-Perry. I was both impressed and shocked that West had been so strong in his position on Harris-Perry, and I was glad to see that even millionaires aren't afraid to tell the truth.