Mama Akosua Sabree – Freedom and the Politics and Economics of Natural Black Hair
Dr. Akosua Ali-Sabree is the executive director of the Amadi Wellness Connection, program director of the Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health & Beauty Expo and the co-founder of the Hair-ITAGE Society.
Based in Philadelphia, PA and affectionately called MaMa Akosua, she has been a wholistic health and wellness educator/spiritual counselor for over 44 years. In addition she has a diploma in theology, a master’s degree in human services/counselling, a doctorate in divinity, and is a naturopathy student.
You may ask yourself what does Natural Black Hair have to do with freedom, or politics or even economics. The answer is knowledge of our hair as a cultural expression is intricately woven in our quest for freedom, is involved with our state of health personally and globally, and elements connected to the care of our natural hair in relationship to politics has been used to control and deceive us. When it comes to economics, on a daily basis folks who are not Nubian receive millions of dollars. That money comes larger from Black women and leaves our communities very quickly. Marcus Mosiah Garvey once said, "Take the kinks out of your mind, not your hair."