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Black-Owned And Why It Matters

Feedback from your own community can sometimes be a challenge, to say the least. I’ll never forget in 2003 after authoring, “Hair Rules: The Ultimate Hair Care Guide for Women with Kinky, Curly or Wavy Hair,” I got some surprising feedback from a misinformed reviewer. “A. Dickey is a Caucasian hair stylist who prides himself on being able to do all hair types,” the woman wrote. “I agreed with many of his concepts. However, there are some things that don’t make good sense for our hair and its care and only someone who has experienced our problems firsthand can relate.” I’ve been the pale red head in a family of brown people all my life, so mistaking me for a white man wasn’t the...

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