Ndija Anderson-Yantha is a lawyer, blogger, and a former Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Her Watson Fellowship project, “Braiding: Traditional Art, Esthetic Service, or Cultural Expression”, took her to seven countries to investigate the role and significance of hair braiding in female socialization in various cultures.
Through her blog, The Natural Hair Advocate, she encourages readers to love and embrace their natural textures by showcasing the beauty of African hair from political, historical, and sociological viewpoints. Ndija is a graduate of Spelman College (BA in political science and French) and McGill University (LLB and BCL law degrees). She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband.
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[A]n enjoyable and informative book that all children should read. Hair is something that children everywhere take pride in...This story also provides a unique perspective of embracing and recognizing one’s self-worth as well as learning to celebrate, discover, and become more aware of Black culture, which is demonstrated through Zuri’s journey.
Teacher, Peel District School Board