Jill Nelson is the author of Volunteer Slavery. Her first novel, Sexual Healing , will be published in June 2003. (December 2002)


Good Hair Day

On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker

by A'Lelia Bundles
In 1966 my teenage sister came home shorn of her shoulder-length, straightened hair and sporting a short Afro. My mother, A’Lelia Ransom Nelson, the last president of the Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, producers of hair care products for black women since 1906, had a fit. Her objections to my …