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  • After a visit to a barbershop or salon, most people know right away if their style looks right. But how can you tell if you are blind? When we asked Adam Linn this question, who has been legally blind since the age of 9, he shared with us some insights on knowing when he looks good (hint: having friends with vision helps) as well as some of the lessons learned, as it relates to hair.

    One of the realities of loosing his vision was going to a new school and taking a new bus route to get there. When the day came for Adam to go to school, the bus driver, an African American man, had a few questions for him.
  • The driver asked Adam, "Do you know that Jesus was Black?" Adam had never heard of Jesus being Black- he always imagined him as White. In perhaps his first 'hands on' lesson on a blind youth, the bus driver pulls the over the bus to demonstrate how 'hair of wool' most likely feels. Most notably, that Jesus had the hair of wool much more similar to the driver's than Adam's.
  • During a Barbershop Stories live show, we made sure that Adam got a style that not only turned heads, but will hopefully stay extra "wooly".
  • Visit Barbershop Stories for more information on upcoming shows and podcast:

    Photographs: Ahmir Rashad, Adam Linn
    Location: Denny Moe's Barbershop, Harlem, NY - USA
    Storyteller: Adam Linn
    Interviewer and Produced by: Dawn J. Fraser
    Production Assistance: Abby Noyes, Maria Hernandez
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