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Nail Art Is Bigger Than Ever So Why Aren't Black Women Getting Any Credit?

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Nail Art Is Bigger Than Ever  So Why Arent Black Women Getting Any Credit?

As intricate nail art enters the mainstream, Black women are being left out of a conversation they started.

In a single weekend in 1988, Florence Griffith-Joyner (Flo Jo) broke the 100 meters world record three times at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. But her manicure garnered as much attention as the fact that she'd clocked an astonishing 10.49 at the event, a record that still stands today. In an article "Griffith-Joyner Nails 100-Meter Dash Final" the Chicago Tribune pointed out how the runner wore "4-inch, curved, tiger-striped fingernails" and a solid fuchsia manicure the following day.

Raised in the Jordan Downs Housing Projects in L.A.'s Watts neighborhood, Griffith-Joyner learned to do hair and nails while working at a local salon. But her penchant for long, bedazzled manicures clearly clashed with the white, middle-class norms of the sportswriters who ...

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