The New York Times

Filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa has made the transition from braided extensions to natural hair and documented this process for a video forthe New York Times. The short piece explores why black women across America are returning to their roots, literally, and how it's a movement of freedom, spurred by many different reasons.

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