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  • Writer's pictureGabriel San Roman

A-Unique Barbershop, Longtime Black-Owned Anaheim Business, Gets Booted

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

A convivial vibe at A-Unique Barbershop in Anaheim greets patrons looking for the perfect taper, fade or specialty cut shortly before closing on a recent afternoon. Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" bumps in the background while barbers talk hoops. "I like Lonzo Ball," Charles the barber says of the Lakers' rookie point guard. "You don't like Lonzo!" Ernie, his fellow barber, playfully fires back. "I like him, but I hope LeBron James dunks on him tonight for his dad like this!" Charles says. He acts out a thunderous slam to drive his point home and earn some chuckles. In the back of the barbershop, owner Pierre Dotson isn't cutting hair. Instead, he's meticulously scrapping glue off of a sign that's going to adorn the longtime black-owned business' new location. Only, it's not the way he planned to mark A-Unique Barbershop's 20th anniversary next year.

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