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Black and Brown in Los AngelesBeyond Conflict and Coalition$
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Josh Kun and Laura Pulido

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520275591

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520275591.001.0001

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On Fallen Nature and the Two Cities

On Fallen Nature and the Two Cities

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Black and Brown in Los Angeles

Nery Gabriel Lemus

University of California Press

This chapter considers the idea of “the shared practice” by exploring the visual aesthetic of a haircut and the barbershop experiences of young Black and Latino males. In particular, it examines a certain shared hairstyle, that of the lined-up fade, in order to highlight the existing acrimonious relationship between Black and Latino cultures in Los Angeles. The chapter includes photographs of men with the haircuts, men getting the haircut in the barbershop, collages of men with the cut, and drawings of the cut. The overall result is a powerful reflection of a contemporary cultural practice that echoes the notion that, whether consciously or not, African Americans and Latinas/os in Los Angeles both draw from each other's experiences. The chapter illustrates the importance of interaction—the moment of contact that serves as a reminder of an unfixed notion of identity—in realizing that despite apparent cultural differences, we acclimate to and in some instances adopt other cultures.

Keywords:   shared practice, haircut, barbershop, hairstyle, Latinos, Los Angeles, African Americans, Latinas, interaction, cultural differences

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