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The Sisters Staff
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Know Your Roots? Take Our Black Hair Quiz

From Tiffany Haddish’s big chop to Billie Holiday’s hair prop to that documentary from Chris Rock, the culture around our strands is multitextured. Let’s see if your head’s in the game.

1
True or False? If your stylist announces during your haircut, “I’m going to clean up that kitchen now,” she’s taking a break to go wash dishes.
2
True or False? When Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley publicly announced her hair loss due to alopecia and was seen in public bald for the first time, she wore black as a symbol of mourning.
3
True or False? If you pull one gray hair, 10 more will grow in its place.
4
True or False? Jazz legend Billie Holiday was famous for wearing white roses in her hair.
5
True or False? Madame C. J. Walker invented the pressing comb.
6
True or False? Historically, some cornrow designs were created to transmit secret messages.
7
True or False? Tiffany Haddish shaved her head because a second spike of COVID-19 cases caused California to reclose hair salons.
8
True or False? Chris Rock made the film Good Hair because he grew up watching his little sister squirm as she got her hair pressed on Saturday mornings.
9
True or False? The afro pick was invented by a member of the Black Panthers.
10
True or False? In 43 states, it’s legal for employers to discriminate against Black people wearing our natural hair at work.
11
True or False? Matthew Cherry, who won an Oscar for Hair Love, is creating a series based on that Academy Award-winning animated short film about an African American father learning to style his daughter's natural hair in his wife's absence.
12
True or False? When The Roots drummer and co-front man Questlove started on the Tonight Show, the producers ordered 10,000 hair picks for him.

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