Long before Carrie Bradshaw adorned herself with them, they were the ultimate fly girl accessory

InIn the late 1980s and early ’90s, every Black and Brown girl and femme wanted a pair of bamboo earrings. They were the consummate earrings of city girls pioneering hip hop fashion.

The earrings ain’t really made of bamboo, of course. Some folk paid top dollar for the real gold…

Tanisha Ford

Tanisha C. Ford is a writer, cultural critic and professor of Africana Studies & History at the University of Delaware.

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