Bonnie Taylor Williams
With These Hands is an inspiring story of the life of Selena, who as a young girl in 1941 arrived in the big windy City of Chicago on a bus from Memphis Tennessee by way of Clarksdale Mississippi with all that she owned in her two hands.
African American Arts Alliance of Chicago
Black Excellence Award Winner
If You're Above Ground You're On Top... If You Can Look Up You Can Get Up! Keep Getting Up!!!
“Selena was the baddest chick to ever pick up a curling iron, but she was a legend when I started in the business.”
“I lived in the Chatham neighborhood as a teenager. Miss Selena’s shop on 83rd street was a hub for business in the community, and I remember thinking of her as a modern day “Madame CJ Walker”.
Oh I have many memories about Selena’s; it was across the street from the Tivoli (Theatre). I had many girlfriends who had their hair done at Selena’s House of Beauty! Back in the day black beauticians had reputations akin to singers and boxers today and that’s why you went to their shops. Some of these beauticians had really big names and were crowded because of their name and the quality of their work. Selena’s of course was rated among the best!