Housekeeping: I did not receive any remuneration for promoting this book. I am very happy to promote this book because the subject matter is “near and dear to my heart”. The entire promotion is a collaboration between the “Efab? Who you talking to? — Podcast and St. Clair Detrick-Jules, the creator and author of the upcoming book “Dear Khloe”.
Soooooo, I’m a lucky lady. The universe granted me the opportunity to talk to the talented St. Clair Detrick-Jules about her upcoming book “Dear Khloe“.
What is “Dear Khloe” you ask? – here’s a description from the author –
“Dear Khloe” is a photography book coming out soon featuring 100 fearless Black women with natural hair, dedicated to my little sister who is self-conscious about her afro. (She also lives in the suburbs, and her white classmates make fun of her afro.)
For those that are interested, here’s trailer for the book, as well as a bit more information:
Inspired to help my 6-year-old sister Khloe love her afro, I spent over a year photographing Black women with natural hair. The result is Dear Khloe: Love Letters to My Little Sister, a book of photos featuring a hundred Black women, accompanied by their personal narratives of sometimes harrowing but always triumphant journeys through a hostile landscape towards love of their natural hair. I put together this book because it’s one thing for us to tell young girls to love themselves; it’s another for us to show them how it’s done. As a Black woman, an older sister to two young Black girls, and a filmmaker and photographer, I felt like I not only had the capability to create this project, but that I also had the responsibility to do so.
From the impact of historical anti-Blackness in the Dominican Republic to discussions about the politicization of the afro and its relationship to the Black Lives Matter movement, these Black women and their inspiring, thoughtful narratives mean to shift the paradigm from the flat iron to the afro pick; from a flattened narrative of straight hair as placeholder for a certain literal submission of curls, coils, and texture to a fully rounded narrative which can perhaps best be signaled by a rounded curl or an afro. I hope that this book is as life-changing and inspiring for its readers—including my sister Khloe—as the process of creating this book was for me.
The audience for this book is broad: it’s suitable for people of all ages, and the book’s themes are universal and inclusive: self-discovery, self-love, overcoming obstacles, family relationships. Thought-provoking, insightful narratives accompanying their photos will (I hope) lead readers into deeper, nuanced conversations about beauty standards, about gender, about race, about the role of hair, about identity.
If you want to learn more about the book and sign up for the mailing list, use these links to connect to the project: