You Next – Reflections In Black Barbershops

You Next - Reflections In Black Barbershops

You Next – Reflections In Black Barbershops
epub | 20.06 MB | English | Isbn:1641602856 |
Author: Antonio Johnson | PAge: 228 | Year: 2020


There’s something about a fresh haircut that can change a black man’s outlook on the world, change his outlook on himself. The experience extends beyond just the cut but to the environment of the barber shop. Growing up, getting my hair cut was a weekly event I looked forward to more than anything. My uncle Jason was a barber and embodied for me everything cool. There in that tilted chair, under the hand of my uncle, surrounded by members of my community and totems of our shared experience, I felt safe-felt like anything was possible.Over the years, I came to understand that barber shops are more than places simply to get a cut. They are about the only spaces in American life created where black men can speak and receive feedback about who we are, who we want to be, and what we believe to be true about the world around us. The interpretation of the barber shop as community center falls short of capturing what they really are for so many black men: sanctuaries in a hostile land….

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