For Black History Month, our BAME colleague group, Colour[full], are celebrating their favourite work by Black writers from the Penguin Random House collection; from recent titles to some older must-reads from our archives.
Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff from gal-dem interviews Emma Dabiri on her debut book, Don’t Touch My Hair. From pre-colonial Africa and anti-capitalism, to European beauty standards and the experience of growing up mixed-race in Ireland, they discuss why black hair matters.
Emma Dabiri is a teaching fellow in the Africa department at SOAS and a Visual Sociology PhD researcher at Goldsmiths. She has been published in a number of anthologies - alongside such post-colonial heavyweights as Homi Bhabha and Achille Mbembe - academic journals, as well as the national press. A regular BBC face she presented 'Back in Time Brixton' (BBC2), 'Britain's Lost Masterpieces' (BBC4), as well as the sociological experiment 'Is Love Racist?' (Ch4). Most recently, she hosted Radio 4's critically-acclaimed documentary 'Journeys into Afro-futurism'. Her hair has been disappointing people since birth.