Natural hair | Natuurlike hare

November 14, 2019 in Uncategorized

“Being a brown person means hair is more than just hair.” So said Bianca Flanders at the launch of her delightful book Pumpkin finds her queen.

 “Girls spend so much time worrying about their hair, instead of thinking how they may become president one day,” Flanders said to a packed Young Blood Gallery in Breë Street, Cape Town.

Kelly Smith interviewed Flanders.

Flanders told Smith she too used to do everything to have straight hair, but then one day, like Pumpkin Pie, she realised that it was possible to embrace her beautiful curls.

Flanders teamed up with her partner Dean Balie for a delightful reading, set to music, of Pumpkin finds her queen.

Balie is an actor in his own right.

Flanders is a well-known and much-respected singer, dancer and actor. She is a voice artist as well.

Pumpkin finds her queen is her first book.

The delightful illustrations in the book are by the award-winning illustrator Zinelda McDonald.

Die boek is ook in Afrikaans beskikbaar as Prinses Pampoenpit. Albei boeke is uitgegee deur LAPA Uitgewers.

Lihle Dunjana provided some lovely jazz.


Hair has always been political in this country.

There were the pencil tests.

There were army-style shaves (even in school).

Three years ago some headmasters still took it upon themselves to be the ridiculous gate keepers of an old and defunct order.

Back then I composed this photo essay in protest.

Last night I was totally enamoured by the way natural hair was embraced.

Pumpkin Pie for President!

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