Thursday, December 30, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
This is Safi...
...beautiful inside and out.
Rocking those locs...
...while her creative juices are flowing!
View more of Safi's artwork by joining AAFTA and the Atlanta Chapter of The Pierians for its 12th annual fine arts exhibit, Holidays Aglow group art exhibition and performances.
This year’s exhibit will be on display December 3-17, 2010 at the nationally recognized Stuart McClean Gallery.
Mapenzi, Swahili for “passion", is the theme of the exhibition and represents the perfect opportunity for artists to exhibit or perform their art with the passion used to create it.
This evening will be full of the excitement of performances, original artwork, artists, spoken word and holiday spirit. Awards of various levels will be presented throughout the evening. partnership with the Atlanta Chapter of The Pierians, a national arts advocacy organization, as official hosts of the event.
December 3, 2010, 7 pm - 10 pm
Free valet parking, food, cash bar and more!
Exhibit runs December 3 – 17, 2010
The Stuart McClean Gallery
684 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30312
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
A good sistah's traditionals - working hard in ICU this day.
Gwen, now sisterloc'd, but natural for 45 years :o)
Melinda, 3 months sisterloc'd
10 years sisterloc'd
Sisterlocks Originator Dr. Joanne Cornwell
My first braid-out in several months.
I'm liking the waves. It didn't take as much time as I thought because I braided it while damp (not soppin' wet), so I was able to use far fewer spongeless sponge rollers than when I don't braid first. I've been a little nervous about the rollers since discovering that weak loc base a while back.
I just might stick with the old braid-out for a while.
Sunday, August 22, 2010
...it's called "tricohyalin" and it's genetic. Perhaps you have it too. But never fear, a pill to "cure" tricohyalin is in development...
Apparently, the "curly hair gene" might be of help to law enforcement officials as well, helping them determine the hair texture of the assailant from genetic material left at the scene of a crime.
"..The Australian scientists that discovered the curly gene (aka trichohyalin) are now working on creating a pill that would "cure" genetically textured locks.
This pill would render relaxers, texturizers, and flatirons obsolete--but it could also signal the end of luscious, Tracee Ellis Ross-type curls, forever.
The thing is, if scientists can isolate the gene that causes curly hair, what's to stop them from one day reversing or removing the gene altogether? It's a chilling thought..." Read Tia Williams post on Essence.com
Professor Nick Martin, the scientist who reported discovering the tricohyalin gene several years ago, says it may be possible to come up with treatments (emphasis mine) to make hair straighter rather than relying on heated hair straighteners. According to the online magazine Naturallycurly.com, he claims that further development and marketing strategies are in the works. Last December, he said, “I will be discussing this with a major cosmetic company in Paris in January."
By the way, the company is L'Oreal.
The folks at NaturallyCurly.com aren't too thrilled about it.
They posted this editorial back in 2005:
"When you think of a pill, you think of something designed to heal an illness. That is why we at NaturallyCurly.com are appalled by L’Oreal Paris’ announcement that researchers are developing a pill to straighten hair.
Popping a pill, they claim, could turn curly hair straight and vice versa by changing the hook-shaped hair bulb. The thought that people would be swallowing hormones to straighten their hair is a terrifying prospect.
In addition to the possible health implications of ingesting something powerful enough to change your hair, it sends a negative message to people with curly and kinky hair.
We at NaturallyCurly.com do not believe curly hair is something to be cured. We are not against straightening curls, but do not believe people should feel that they have to do so to be attractive.
We would urge the scientists at L’Oreal to focus on those ailments that truly need fixing."
The National Science Foundation is, of course, on the opposite side of the issue.
They created the video below to praise the potential benefit of genetic manipulation of hair texture. It's discussed within the context of the treatment of a disease of hair growth referred to as "Wooly Hair".
They were politically correct enough to play down the potential market demand from the general population.
A National Science Foundation Promo Video
Would you take a pill to straighten your coily hair?
Or do you think they'll discover, soon after it's release, that the pill causes you to grow a third eye just to the left of the center of your forehead?
Take the poll in the sidebar.
Peace, love and self-acceptance,
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sisterlocks Originator Dr. JoAnne Cornwell returns to Atlanta at the Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore
WHEN: Saturday, August 21, 2010
TIME: 5:30 PM
WHERE: 946 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd. SW Atlanta, GA 30310
THAT HAIR THING and the Sisterlocks Approach
Meet and greet Dr. JoAnne Cornwell. Hear her discuss "Good Hair" and what defines this idea for African Americans. Her book includes 50 pages of gorgeous color images - featuring kids, youth and adults of all ages.
Read about why our natural hair issues have been such a sensitive topic of African American culture. Sisterlocks has the answers to all of our questions about a natural hair solution. Gone are the days when black women had to complain about a lack of natural hair care options.
[CHECK OUT A FEW VIDEOS OF JOANNE HERE!]
Thursday, August 12, 2010
"If you are in a book store and cannot find the book for which you search, you are obviously...
Have a great week ;0)
Thursday, August 5, 2010
"What if hoards of Afrikan women realized that our hair texture makes us unique among all of the women on the Earth? That in days of old, before the oppression of our hair, our paradigm taught us that our tightly twisting coils mirrored the spiraling hair of the dieties. Our hair was compared with the swirling of galaxies, the torrential, whirling, winds of a storm. Our hair is like unto the helical meanderings of DNA - the very essence of life."
The passage above is from my post entitled, I bumped into my old stylist yesterday.
Ah, but alas, Anonymous has an opinion...
On July 11, 2010 at 12:25 PM, Anonymous left this comment in response to my post entitled, Black Women are Ugly:
"The majority of African American women exhibit masculine traits such as large hands and feet, tougher skin, and a pugnacious attitude. The general facial structure of African American women tends to exhibit an undersized chin and oversized cheeks, that is in stark contrast to women of other races who have fully developed chins and tight cheeks. African Americans also have tough hair which is usually not considered to be attractive in women."
Guilty. I have big feet.
But trade my gorgeous high cheek bones for a 'tight cheeks' and a jutting chin?!?!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I think when I popped a loc near the crown of my head, I torn away most of the base of the loc. Plus, perhaps I had my sponge-less sponge rollers in too tight when I set my hair last night. This is why I think Julia found a loc on a pretty flimsy base of a few strands of hair at my re-tightening this morning.
"I think you're gonna lose this one," she said. "I have to join it to another one."
And thus, my dragon head, or viper tongue, or whatever you want to call it.
Sorry for the blurry photos. These were taken with my iphone :o)
Maybe some Rogaine might speed up the regrowth process...
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Live show on Sunday nights at 9pm. Be there or be square :o)
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Mommy-in-law, hubby, me and mommy
Winter weights gotta come off :o)
Niece, mommy-in-law, cousin and me
Getting my re-ty in the morning. Got a 6am start time with Julia...
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Dr. Joanne Cornwell, originator of sisterlocks, educating, entertaining and engaging her audience as only she can!
The Atlanta Sisterlocks Meetup and book signing was a wonderful ingathering of sisters, each one of us admirers of sisterlocks whether sisterlocks wearers or contemplatives.
Natural Beauty Salon in Gwinnett County (Duluth) Georgia was a great venue. The parking was ample and the food tasty (and free!)
My consultant, Julia Stewart-Stackhaus' beautiful head of sisterlocks.
Julia is a multi-talented sister. She has a degree in broadcast journalism, she is a sisterlocks consultant extraordinaire, and a professional body builder.
[Stone Mountain: Julia Stewart-Stackhaus (404-718-9371 or 770-987-8928)]
Julia Stewart-Stackhaus' mommy wearing her beautiful silver sisterlocks.