Nikiah Washington live-streamed the unboxing of her Ancestry.com DNA testing kit as one of her young sons might a new toy, complete with all of the same excitement and anticipation of what would come next. The kit contained a vial for her to spit in and a return envelope. After sending her saliva to Utah-based Ancestry.com, Washington would receive an analysis of her genes, finally answering questions she’s had all her life about where exactly her ancestors are from. For Washington, a black woman living in Crescent City, Florida, science was about to challenge her notion of who she is—and she was ready to broadcast all of it live on Facebook.
She’s far from alone. There’s now hundreds of ancestry reveal videos on YouTube and Facebook, featuring people looking for answers about the past in their genes. In the videos, people lay their bets on what they think their heritage is—and then, live on camera, they share their actual ethnicity, according to a DNA test, with the entire internet. Read more.
LET'S TALK ABOUT HAIR-ITAGE
It could be said Nigerian-British photographer Juliana Kasumu’sgreatest muse is a woman’s hair. Previously, her photo series Irun Kiko focused on the power of hair statements within the Yoruba culture in West Africa. Now, with her newest work, “From Moussour to Tignon: The Evolution of the Head-Tie,” she’s again showcasing how personal style can also radically empower women to embrace their heritage.
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