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India Arie Is Not Her Hair

Back in 2001, I picked up Acoustic Soul by India Arie and liked it a lot. Unfortunately, I lost track of her until this week, when I ran across a video for "I Am Not My Hair." The song came out in 2006, but its message of self-acceptance and confidence is timeless. India sings about her experiences with "good" and "bad" hair, running through a long list of hairstyles she's worn throughout her life. It's a smart examination of the personal politics of black hair, and a pretty catchy tune, too. And as much as I think the word "empowering" is overused and misused, it fits this song perfectly.

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icedkate icedkate 7 years
India.Arie is amazing! Can't wait until her new album "Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics" is out in February. Here's a link to one of her new singles, "Therapy"...Enjoy! http://www.imeem.com/people/sxEKEKP/music/ha6q3UlV/indiaarie_therapy/
icedkate icedkate 7 years
India.Arie is amazing! Can't wait until her new album "Testimony: Vol. 2, Love & Politics" is out in February. Here's a link to one of her new singles, "Therapy"...Enjoy!http://www.imeem.com/people/sxEKEKP/music/ha6q3UlV/indiaarie_therapy/
goatimpact goatimpact 7 years
I love her Testimony Vol. 1 CD. Her cover of "Heart of the Matter" is phenomenal.
gbychan gbychan 7 years
"/Thirteen I got a relaxer/" Ha! I was six! Ruined my hair that way for over 10 years. Now I'm almost 10 years relaxer-free...and now a slave to my flat iron. :P
marcella marcella 7 years
She's one of my faves. Great positivity and upbeat vibes.
krae85 krae85 7 years
I remember watching her sing this on Conan. It's a little out there for me.
bananapancake84 bananapancake84 7 years
I like her message. I just wish I liked her voice.
bananapancake84 bananapancake84 7 years
I like her message.I just wish I liked her voice.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Never been able to stand her...
Talldiva45 Talldiva45 7 years
She is truly an artist in every sense. I love that she sings about positivity, struggle, love and triumph. She has a great msg to share and I feel that she lives by what she sings about - come from the heart. I wish more artists like her received more presence and airtime. She is great! Oh, and she has been missing 4 a bit...
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