Mireille Liong shoots for justice with Black Follicles Matter photo exhibition

In de wake of the many recent controversies of Black children being rejected in schools because of their natural hairstyles, the exhibition Black Follicles Matter is even more important. 

The colorful portraits from Afros to Dreadlocks, from Twists to Cornrows, reveal a shared history that people all over the world can relate to. Black people are the only people on planet earth who don't have the fundamental human right to wear their God-given tresses natural, says

Rules based on stereotypical ideas prevent Black people from wearing styles that are natural to their follicles, not just in schools but also in the workplace. 

As a consequence 73% of Black women are suffering from relaxer induced alopecia, hair loss related to relaxers and weaves. 

With Black Follicles Matter, Ms. Liong is shooting for justice, aiming for equal hair rights, one shot at a time. 

Black Follicles Matter is part of Liong's social enterprise to fundamentally change the perception of natural hair. To realize this the IT-graduate published '' to help women transitioning from chemical relaxers then created , one of the earliest social web and networking website with now over 80,000 members, followers and fans. 

Liong also created , a one stop shop for naturalistas and , an online pageant to promote the beauty of natural hair and create awareness.

The exhibition opens on Thursday September 7 at 6:00 pm at Calabar imports. RSVP at


Black Follicles Matter

Calabar Imports

351 Tompkins Avenue

Brooklyn, NY

(718) 928-3970