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“I Am Not My Hair” Song Lineages

The two lineages that “I Am Not My Hair” embodies are the right to self-expression and the sense of pride when it comes to black hair. I say songs like Lady Gaga’s “Hair,” Willow Smith’s” Whip My Hair,” and Bob… Continue Reading →

I Am Not Your Expectations, I Am My Hair

India.Arie’s “I Am Not My Hair” was created for these purposes: to promote self-expression, to inspire people to embrace their inner and outer beauty, to encourage the right to self-definition, and to both critique and refute society’s standards of beauty…. Continue Reading →

Neo-Soul & Contemporary R&B

“I Am Not My Hair” is best categorized as neo-soul contemporary R&B. These two genres were popularized by black musicians, meant for a predominately black audience. Contemporary R&B, or just R&B, is a mixture of rhythm and blues, pop, soul,… Continue Reading →

India.Arie’s Hair Grows Pink

The history behind “I Am Not My Hair” and why it was written exemplifies the use of sociological imagination by using the song to shift who decides to and have the power of self-definition. India.Arie’s “I Am Not My Hair”… Continue Reading →

Good Hair. Bad Hair. I Am Not My Hair.

What’s intriguing about India.Arie’s “I Am Not My Hair” is that there is more than one version of it, and one of those versions is a remix with Akon, where it not only addresses the social issues set against society’s… Continue Reading →

I Am Not My Hair, Brotha

India.Arie’s “I Am Not My Hair” was created to respond to the idea of black people having the right to self-definition, concentrated in how one may style their hair. This song is geared mostly to black hair but can be… Continue Reading →

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