Interview with Karima Jordon
QUESTION 21
LOUIS MASSIAH:

OK, wonderful. Once again could you just tell the Afro story again. Just start, when did you first decide that you wanted to wear your hair in an Afro?

KARIMA JORDON:

Well, we had a, ah, a party, a Halloween party and I had bought some African material, well it wasn't really African material, it was just some material. I was going to wrap it up and I needed to have my hair in an Afro and my mother would not let me wear an Afro, absolutely not. So I decided that the only way I can wear an Afro is if my hair was shorter. So I took the straightening comb and fired it up till it was real red. And I just burnt all the hair around to about ear length and washed it and I had instant Afro except that it was not really well kept at all but it was my first Afro and I wore it with pride. And my aunt, who is a little hipper than my mother, and her beautician really saw and felt sorry for me and cut it down to a real nice Afro. But my mother today still has not forgiven me for, you know, burning out my hair. But I still wear my Afro with pride.