AfroBattles

AfroBattles image[Photo by Tsubasa Berg]
line break white 600 x 1 pixelsHold a battle to see who has the strongest afro in this score designed to teach children to appreciate kinky hair. You can do this any way you want, but below is how artist Aisha Cousins does it and how a few people have remixed her version:

 

AFROBATTLES – AISHA’S VERSION
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Supplies: 

  • 2 players with afros
  • 80 AfroBattles pieces (You can use everyday objects like pencils and pens for these)

Instructions:

Player 1 makes a move by putting a piece in her/his afro. Then  Player 2 matches Player 1’s move.

line break white 600 x 1 pixelsPlayer 2 puts a piece in her/his afro & Player 1 matches the move.

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Repeat until someone’s afro drops a piece. The player whose afro holds the most objects wins the round. Best 2 out of 3 rounds wins the game.

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Black culture or history topic: This is a game designed to teach children to appreciate kinky hair. It’s fun for adults to play too.

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Art concepts: SymmetryNkisi

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Contemporary Artists: John Shearer author of “I Wish I Had an Afro,”Kenya (R)obinson’s Commemorative Headdress of Her Journey Beyond Heaven

 

AFROBATTLES – MENASSEH’S REMIX
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This version was invented by Menasseh, back when he was two. It’s a great way to help very young children understand symmetry, the concept of “left” vs. “right,” and learn the names of colors:
line break white 600 x 1 pixelsSupplies: 

  • 2 players with afros
  • 80 AfroBattles pieces (You can use everyday objects like pencils and pens for these)

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Instructions:

Player 1 makes a move by putting 2 pieces in her/his afro in the same place on the left and right sides of his/her head, for example just above their left ear and just above their right ear. Next, Player 2 matches Player 1’s move.

line break white 600 x 1 pixelsPlayer 2 puts 2 pieces in her/his afro in the same place on the left and right sides of his/her head & Player 1 matches the move.

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Repeat until someone makes a non-symmetrical move. Mikey shows you how below:

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AFROBATTLES – A FREEBROOK REMIX
This version was invented by students at Freebrook Academy in a workshop with artist Aisha Cousins.line break white 600 x 1 pixelsSupplies: 

  • 1 DJ and a playlist where each song has a faster tempo than the last one
  • 2 or more players with afros
  • 40 AfroBattles pieces per player (You can use everyday objects like pencils and pens for these)

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Instructions:

Each player races to put the pieces in her/his hair as fast as they can. When the DJ begins to play the playlist, the players must dance. To play a short game, eliminate each player as soon as her/his hair drops a piece. The last person left is the winner. To play a long game, continue the dancing until only 1 player has pieces left in her/his hair and declare this person the winner.

 

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