Hair grooming and skin care have
always been important in the African American community. For some,
conforming to society has often meant altering their appearance.
This could be achieved by using products that promised to alter
hair texture and lighten skin. While the Baltimore Afro-American
newspaper itself did not directly address the issue of complexion, one
cannot help but notice the abundance of advertisements for these products.
The following advertisements taken from the Afro-American attest
to the conclusion that complexion was an issue for some people in Baltimore.
Advertisements in the Afro-American
Through the Eyes of the Baltimore Afro-American
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