Monday, March 10, 2014

The Sisterlocks Story comes to San Diego Insider



A San Diego TV News Magazine covers the Sisterlocks Story. Highlights Focus on originator, Dr. JoAnne Cornwell, and how Sisterlocks is impacting the personal, economic, legal and cultural aspects of African American women's lives.

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

13 years of natural hair - Happy Birthday photos


Happy Birthday to my Sisterlocks  
13 years old today

I LOVED every minute of the journey!!
(Leave it alone and it will grow!)

Sisterlocks - the 1st day  (3 - 4 inchs of hair)
after 6 months
Sisterlocks 6 months  - 2001
from the back

Sisterlocks 13 yrs - 2013



Happy Birthday to my Sisterlocks!

from the back
My hair through the years

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Hair weave woes in the black community

I've never worn a weave or extensions but I know they are big business.  What I discovered is that black suppliers are being kept out of the business of purchasing black hair although black women ore the largest purchasers of hair weaves. 

Here are a couple of articles I found on the subject.

After noticing that women who came to the salon for weaves were being steered to Korean-owned beauty supply shops to purchase hair, Tyrone Barge sought to remove the middleman and access the product directly.
Barge made contact with a Korean distributor of a popular line of hair, only to be told that they don’t sell to Black people wholesale.
“He told me it would be bad for business if they sold the hair to Black people wholesale because we are their biggest consumers. His insult gave me the motivation to develop my own hair product,” Barge recalled.
According to a documentary titled, “The Korean Takeover of the Black Hair Industry” by Aron Renen, African-American women account for 70 percent of weave hair purchases — which equates to an estimated $15 billion per year. Click for the rest of the story.

Are Koreans Intentionally Keeping Blacks Out of the Hair Weave Industry?

Hair weave is one of the most profitable businesses in the world. According to Devin Robinson, owner of Atlanta’s Beauty Supply Institute, approximately 9,800 beauty supply business existed nationwide; but only a little more than 300 were black-owned. Robinson attributes the lack of African-American business owners in the industry to the cost mark-ups enforced by Koreans.


The Koreans strategically make it harder for us to get into the business. They have the supplies the customers want,” Robinson said. “They sell it to us at higher prices or they deliver the products late to the black-owned stores. Sometimes they don’t allow orders from us at all.”

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Diary of a N*gger, Negro, Colored, Black African American Woman




"40 Hours and an Unwritten Rule",
the book that started "the Unwritten Rules"

This book caught my eye because just the other day I was reading a post about an African American woman living in Guinea Bissau W AFrica and her experience with the local people asking her if she was a "nigga" ? She was somewhat taken aback but learned that most of the people who asked really had no concept of where the term came from.


What does it mean to be a Nigger? Is it just a word created to distinguish black from white? What is the real meaning of Colored? Again, is it just another word that was created to separate sections and restrooms? Nigger, Negro, Colored, Black, African-American. These words all have the same meaning but in today’s society they have all come to mean very different things.
This fictional diary follows the journey of Racey Thomas, an African-American woman, as she tackles issues and perceptions of black Americans in a predominantly white workplace. The story examines the true meaning and consequences behind the struggle of fighting "Nigger-type" perceptions and finally advancing to an African-American status. 
Racey’s journey is filled with real situations, truthful thoughts, honest reactions, and hilarious moments that all African-Americans have experienced in the workplace.

Click here for more information

Sunday, June 23, 2013

You can TOUCH my hair


Opportunity knocks!

I know I'm a little late posting this story but if you haven't seen it check it out below.

NEW YORK -- For most women of color, being asked "Can I touch your hair?" (or the sensation of an uninvited hand already in her tresses) is irritating and uncomfortable, to say the least.

However, on Thursday afternoon in New York City's Union Square Antonia Opiah extended an open invitation to all curious passers-by for an exhibition called "You Can Touch My Hair." Opiah was exploring the "tactile fascination" with black women's hair by gathering a trio of women with different hair textures and styles (locks, straight/weave and loose, natural hair) and allowing strangers the opportunity to fondle their follicles without the fear of being cussed out or slapped. Bedecked with signs reading "You can touch my hair," the ladies made their hair available for two hours to anyone with the courage to take them up on the offer.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

Dark Girls - the movie - Premiering on OWN


Documentary exploring the deep-seated biases and attitudes about skin color particularly dark skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.

Dark Girls is a fascinating and controversial documentary film that goes underneath the surface to explore the prejudices that dark-skinned women face throughout the world. It explores the roots of classism, racism and the lack of self-esteem within a segment of cultures that span from America to the most remote corners of the globe. Women share their personal stories, touching on deeply ingrained beliefs and attitudes of society, while allowing generations to heal as they learn to love themselves for who they are.

Official Dark Girls Website

I saw the movie @ The Paramount Theatre in Oakland when it firs came out and these women aren't the only people featured in the film. Adding to the big picture, "Dark Girls" also includes the perspectives of white men who married black women. Is their decision to marry a dark-skinned woman a conscious choice?


The world television premiere of the "Dark Girls" documentary airs on Sunday, June 23, at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.
 
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