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Thursday, 28 July 2011


An afro is a hairstyle in which naturally short, curly black hair is allowed to grow out in a bush around the head. The style became popular in the late 1960s and early 1970s among the African American community. Jimi Hendrix, and members of The Jackson 5 and The Supremes all adorned large afros during that period.

Afro hairstyles were banned in Tanzania in the 1960s because they were seen as symbols of neocolonialism.

US black activist George Jackson was shot in San Quentin jail on August 21, 1971 by guards who were convinced he was hiding a pistol in his bushy afro.


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