Join us in person for an inspiring evening with St. Claire Detrick-Jules: filmmaker, photographer, activist, and author of My Beautiful Black Hair - a beautiful and empowering collection of photographs and stories celebrating Black hair, Black womanhood, and self-acceptance. This conversation will be moderated by AJ Sanders, also known as @readingwithglamour on Instagram.
When: Tuesday, November 4 at 6:30 pm CST
Where: Project Row Houses Community Gallery - 2521 Holman Street, Houston, TX 77004
How: Limited in-person tickets are available. You have the option to grab a ticket for free or purchase the book and ticket. Only books purchased at the event will be eligible to be signed by the author.
We hope to see you there!
About the book:
A collection of empowering stories and captivating photos, My Beautiful Black Hair celebrates an aspect of Black femininity—natural hair—and embraces it as a central part of Black womanhood.
"A powerful celebration of self-acceptance and sisterhood." – Kirkus Review
My Beautiful Black Hair is a book about Black women embracing their natural hair. One hundred and one Black women share their stories of learning to love their natural hair and the immense power in that self-love.
St. Clair Detrick-Jules was inspired to write the book when her little sister, Khloe, came home from preschool where a classmate had told her that her hair was ugly. St. Clair wanted to send a message to Khloe and young Black women everywhere that their hair is beautiful just the way it is.
The stories she captured reveal both the depth of the physical and emotional damage done to many women by relaxing their hair and trying to make it look "acceptable," and the incredible resilience, self-love, and acceptance they gained by learning to embrace their hair and free themselves from Eurocentric beauty standards.
Accompanied by beautiful and intimate photographs of each woman, the book is an encouraging voice for young Black women and the adults who remember their own journeys to self-acceptance.
WRITTEN BY BLACK WOMEN, FOR BLACK WOMEN: With powerful interviews and vivid photographs, this book offers an uplifting message to empower any woman looking to love herself just the way she is. It is a love letter to Black women everywhere navigating their relationships to their own hair.
TIMELY TOPIC: My Beautiful Black Hair celebrates Black women's ability to embrace their natural hair and let go of toxic thinking and processes around manipulating it.
UNIQUE TAKE ON FEMINISM: This book offers an uplifting message to empower any woman looking to love herself just the way she is as well as a love letter to Black women everywhere navigating their relationships to their own hair.
Perfect for: Black and Afro-Latinx women from their 20s to 40s, Black and Afro-Latinx parents with young children, fans of women's empowerment stories.
About the Author:
St. Clair Detrick-Jules is an award-winning Afro-Caribbean filmmaker and photographer, whose work focuses on immigrant justice, women's rights, and Black liberation. She is the director and producer of DACAMENTED, a documentary featuring nine DACA recipients and their struggles to deal with the Trump administration. She lives in Washington, DC.
About the Moderator:
Reading fuels her soul, books are her business, and literature is her love language. When it comes to influencing people to read, AJ infuses fun, humor, beauty, style and charisma. AJ highlights and promotes books written by BIPOC authors as well as faith based books. She started posting book reviews on Instagram, @readingwithglamour, in May of 2020 as a therapeutic exercise. Little did she know, it would turn into more than she could imagine. As a Literary Influencer, AJ has partnered with publishing companies such as Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and W.W. Norton and Company. In addition, she has interviewed authors such as Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, Elizabeth Nyamayaro, Executive Director of United Nations Women, and Jason Wilson, the author of Battle Cry and Cry Like A Man. AJ is an Elementary School Counselor by day and a Book Pusher by night. Stone Mountain, Georgia raised her, and Houston, Texas pays her!