Conversation between mother and daughter, Jan and Ama, about their dreadlocks, their relationship and their identity.
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McKenley, Jan , 1955- (female, civil servant), McKenley-Ballantyne, Ama , 1983- (female, primary school teacher)
BBC Radio 4
Jan and Ama talk about their dreadlocks - why they have them, what it says about them, their relationship and their identity. For Jan they are about celebrating her blackness - part of her identity and the black is beautiful culture which she still feels very much part of. For Ama they are just how she looks. Ama talks about disliking people who make judgements about her based on her dreadlocks and blackness. They talk about how they describe themselves - Ama says for her, black doesn't come into it. She is a female Londoner - woman has, she feels, replaced black as the new fight.
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