The Ohio native posted a video compilation on her Instagram from their visit, showcasing how interactive the portable museum actually is. In one clip, the 7-year-old is standing in the center of a room decorated from top to bottom, ceiling to floor, with images of Black women on the cover of magazines like Essence, Hype Hair, and Ebony.
Another part of the video shared a Black Hair Bingo game that asked questions like “Got a hairstyle based on a celebrity,” “Had your hair hot combed,” “Did the big chop” or “Had a roller set.” This was followed by a display shelf of multi-colored du-rags on head mannequins.
The pièce de résistance was the white stove, hot comb, and hot curler exhibition, symbolizing the hair straightening process patented by Annie Malone, a Black woman, and made popular by Madame C.J. Walker, a Black woman.
Friends and followers celebrated the two James girls’ trip and gave props to the mom for exposing her baby girl to a tsunami of affirming images based on the natural state of Black women’s hair.
Gabrielle Union was one of the first to comment, writing, “I love this.” Holly Robinson Peete said “Omgggg,” while Tabitha Brown shared how she “can’t wait to go.”
Hundreds of people chimed in.
“This is really cool & love that she is able to grow up & see herself represented through black women & images,” one fan wrote.
More kudos poured in and showed how her post inspired others. Some of the comments read as follows:
“Beautiful sister. Our daughters have to know they are beautiful and capable.”
“I love how you teach her to celebrate her blackness”
“It’s a beautiful day to be a black woman.”
“Awesome!!! I would love to take my beautiful baby here!”
The backdrop of the video was a song titled “Little Brown Girl” by Ebony Jenae. The singer and songwriter, who had no clue her work was on the James family radar, was grateful to be included in this moment.
She wrote, “I’m literally about to cry. Thank you for using my song.”
The Black Hair Experience “is the fusion of a pop-up art exhibit and a series of photo-worthy activation’s inspired by the beauty, stories, and culture of Black hair.” The display is located in Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles, and in the DMV.