Showing posts with label Natural News. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Natural News. Show all posts

Aug 12, 2013

EVENT: Nashville Natural Hair & Wellness Expo, October 5-6, 2013

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I'm happy to announce that Natural in Nashville is an official media partner for the 2013 Nashville Natural Hair & Wellness Expo! This event is not JUST a hair show, but a health and beauty initiative that will work in part to inform and educate Nashville's citizens about health and beauty products/services in this area. The event will occur on October 6th with several preliminary events leading up to the big EXPO weekend.
The expo will provide you with access to some of the nation's most talented professionals, including educators, stylists, health care service providers. You will also be able to access products, fitness training and entertainment all under one roof. See you there!
CLICK HERE for tickets

Jun 6, 2013

NATURAL NEWS: 'You Can Touch My Hair' interactive exhibit sparks online debate

Everyone has their thoughts on the whole 'Don't touch My Hair' debate in the Natural Hair world. While I'm not on the defense about people ASKING to touch my hair, I will get upset if you decide to peruse my curls without my consent. Really, who would touch any BODY without consent? It's not so simple for others and asking to touch a black person's hair has become a 'touchy' subject.

Participants let strangers touch their hair
In an effort to help people get passed the mystique of black hair, Antonia Opiah (, decided to stage an interactive art exhibit allowing passerby's to touch, caress, and fondle various styles of African American hair. Her, 'You Can Touch My Hair' event is being held in New York City's Union Square. She wants to break the curiosity barriers that Americans have for African American hair.

Antonia Opiah wrote in her Huffington Post article:
"To be honest I have a lot of questions about my hair, especially now that it's natural . . . . Black hair is unique. It requires different care techniques and routines . . . . in a country where we primarily see commercials for white hair products and magazines that mainly cover white beauty topics and TV shows that mainly feature white characters, we, and those curious about us, have to find information about our hair from other sources." (source)
Three hair types were on exhibit for today's event
Readers on my Twitter timeline were debating if an exhibit like this is even 'worth it'? Some thought it wasn't right that women, black women, had to put themselves on exhibit just for 'white people' to understand that our hair is just different. @WrittenByBene equated the movement a 'petting zoo' to help white people feel comfortable. Even on Opiah's website, commenters were not pleased that the event was planned and felt like it was an embarrassment for black women to subject themselves to this. However,  number of twitter followers were excited by the movement. Take a look at #YouCanTouchMyHair hashtag on twitter and you see opposing sides of this debate.

I'm still at a crossroads. Knowing what black people have gone through to attain our sense of cultural pride despite every attempt to take our pride away makes movements like this seem like a slap in the face and a step back. But, bridging cultural gaps and explaining cultural differences may be the only way to make America a better place. So, what do you think?

Hit the comment section below.

Photos courtesy of HairUnruled on Instagram

May 30, 2013

LINK LOVE: KisforKinky explains the benefits of Black Soap

Traditional Black soap with no additives

I'm willing to try anything once. So when it comes to the 'natural hair' and 'natural beauty' life I'm usually up for the challenge. You tell me it may benefit me, I'll give it a try. However, the only thing I haven't tried is African Black Soap! Many people use black soap for acne, skin discolorations, psoriasis, and oily skin, having great results with regular use. It's crazy, because I know the benefits are amazing but I've never used the product.
black soap works by cleansing the skin but without harsh chemicals and is not your regular run-of-the-mill antibacterial grocery store soap. the “authentic” recipe for black soap calls for cocoa pod, roasted plantain skins, palm kernel oil, coconut oil, palm oil and natural sodium. (source)

Well, I'm happy to share this post from where she shares the pros/cons and benefits of using this all natural soap powerhouse. After reading her post, I think I'll give black soap a try.

CLICK HERE to read more

Feb 18, 2013

Our New LOGO!

Look at her, she's so pretty! My graphic designer, the team, and I have discussed and slaved over the new logo for about 3 months. It was important for me to have an image that represented the community, the readers, and Nashville. This image will be used to promote our events, products (shirts, pins, stickers) and soon-to-come literature.

We debuted the new look on the Facebook Fan Page <=== make sue to join us!

There's big things happening for the site and I'm happy you readers are along for the ride.

Make sure to visit Becky Russell, owner of BeXclusives graphic design - - she will hook you up with something custom!

Mar 22, 2012

DISCUSSION: What if the First Lady was Natural?

Photoshopped pic of Michelle Obama, sporting a curly fro
The photo above has caused quite a stir on Facebook. Someone photoshopped a picture of First Lady, Michelle Obama, wearing a curly fro. The photo, a fake, had natural hair mavens hoping and wishing that our first lady would rock natural curls.

This photo just brings up more concerns and question in the lives of women who want to wear their hair natural.

Is natural hair really accepted the higher on the ladder you go? If Michelle Obama, wore an afro hair style, do you think it would help Barack's re-election campaign? Could a woman with a full, yet styled, afro run for official office? Would Michelle, rocking an afro, help or hinder the natural hair movement? Would this hair style make Michelle less approachable to women of ALL races?

These are just questions that popped in my mind when I look at the picture. Michelle Obama has never been one to shy away from breaking the status quo. But would she go #TeamNatural? Hmm, let's discuss.

Here's the original photo - Michelle Obama rocking a sleek bobbed style

Jan 5, 2012

Discussion: Steve Harvey doesn't like natural hair?

(Photo courtesy of
Seems to me that Steve Harvey is throwing shade at women who choose to wear their hair naturally. Read more . . .

Yesterday, I happened to catch the Steve Harvey Morning Show while driving to work. The segment I caught was Steve's weekly, "Locate Your Love" dating contest. If you aren't familiar, the segment is like The Dating Game:
One person is looking for love and he/she has to choose to go on a date with one of two prospects. The looker gets to speak to and ask questions to both potentials on the air, while Steve and his team comment on the answers. 
Of course, this is morning radio comedy show so Steve, Shirley, Nephew Tommy, and Carla have quick quips about the randomness of the answers or the questions. The set-up makes the dating process fun and bearable to the listeners while the contestants are "Locating their Love."

This week the person looking for love was a guy named Ryan, an upstanding sounding guy who mentioned he was Christian and didn't mind paying for his woman to "Look Good". He was interviewing two potentials - Carmen and Letiesha (seen here). During the interview, Ryan asked the ladies how they wear their hair.

Click here to listen, go to Daters Interview #3 and scroll to the 5:55 mark:
  • Carmen was the first to respond, saying that she was natural and her hair had lots of little curls. 
  • Before Ryan could comment, Steve threw his 12 cents by saying: "Uh-oh, Uh-oh . . . cool my a$$ . . . what do you mean my 'You wear your hair natural' . . . well I gotta check . . . I like a woman to comb her hair . . . I don't need to feel like I need to pick your hair . . .I don't want to go through that."
  • Letiesha responded that her hair was "long . . . I DO have a relaxer . . . I am not natural at all."
  • After that portion was over, Ryan chose to go on a date with Leteisha and both agreed to come back to the show and talk about the experience. 
Here's my issue: Was it so crucial for Steve to go all the way in about how he doesn't like a woman with natural hair? I know he is making jokes for the sake of being funny, but in this day, when going natural is so popular and women need support during this transition, why is someone as revered by women going so hard on ladies with natural hair? Shouldn't male and female celebrities support women (in general)? And, what makes it ok, for people to associate natural hair with unkempt hair?

In my opinion, Steve Harvey should apologize for his harsh comments (made in jest - I know) to the natural hair community. We already fight hard to wear our hair in it's natural state without having to explain to everyone the whys, the whens, and the hows of this 'process' called "Going Natural".

What's your thoughts?

Dec 10, 2011

DISCUSSION: So your boyfriend doesn't like your natural hair?

This video has been floating around the internet streets for a couple of days and it's amazing!

Video Blogger, Drew (@sjs856) recorded this adorable video filled with encouragement for the ladies of the natural hair community. Drew used lots of humor and a surprising amount of natural hair terminology to help ladies describe the natural hair transition. Drew's commonsense aproach just makes so much sense! In the end, if you guy isn't feeling your 'do, big chop him too!

Take a look:

Oct 26, 2011

EVENT: Curly Talk Natural Hair Meet-up - 11/19/2011

On Saturday, Novemeber 19, bring your curls, coils, and kinks to the CURLY TALK Natural Hair Meet-up!

Have you just started the natural journey, not quite ready to clip those permed ends, been natural your whole life, or maybe just thinking about taking the plunge? Well, come out to speak with trained professionals and natural sisters in the game, as they discuss all the details of the process of going natural. Come out and join us:
  • Guest speakers - The Natural in Nashville team will be on deck to talk about the natural lifestyle!!
  • Product Demonstrations
  • A swag bag filled with goodies from over 10 different sponsors!
  • Raffles, Door Prizes, Special Giveaways, and vendors will be on site!

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 4p-8p
Out of Bounds Cafe
1211 Murfreesboro Pike

Sep 22, 2011

Natural News: TSA Searches Big Hair for Explosives

A lot of us will admit that the TSA has been a little extreme with the pat down searches lately but this takes the cake. Isis Brantley, Dallas hairdresser to Erykah Badu, was practically chased down recently by Atlanta's TSA to search her sizable coiffure for explosives. According to the TSA she left the security checkpoint before being thoroughly searched but Brantley claims that is untrue. She makes an arguably valid point when she asks if Dolly Parton or Cher ever had their searched. The reporter even questions if The Jersey Shore's Snooki ever had her checked by the TSA.

Question: Is anyone else a little taken aback that they referenced the movie Undercover Brother for this story or is it just me?

Anyway, the TSA issued a statement saying that they offered Brantley a private screening. Now while this may have cut down on the public humiliation she says she experienced, she would've felt humiliated and violated nonetheless. What do you all think? Was the TSA being fair with their precautionary search?
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