Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
Derrick Barnes
Gordon C. James
Age Group:
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People, Identity & Culture
Race & Racism

The barbershop is where the magic happens. Boys go in as lumps of clay and, with princely robes draped around their shoulders, a dab of cool shaving cream on their foreheads, and a slow, steady cut, they become royalty. That crisp yet subtle line makes boys sharper, more visible, more aware of every great thing that could happen to them when they look good. This rhythmic, book is a celebration of the self-esteem and confidence boys feel when they leave the barber’s chair—a tradition that places on their heads a figurative crown, beaming with jewels, that confirms their brilliance and worth and helps them not only love and accept themselves but also take a giant step toward caring how they present themselves to the world.

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