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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

It's My Anniversery: 3 Months with Sisterlocks!!!

Today is my 3 month anniversary having Sisterlocks. I just love having Sisterlocks. Here's why:
1. I can wake up in the morning and do nothing to my hair and still look great.

2. I can style my hair very easily. Before Sisterlocks, it took hours to do my hair in a style at the salon. And then it would only last for a few days or 1 week. Now, I do my own hair and it doesn't take that long despite my 490 SLs and last as long as I want it to last. I have done roller sets overnight that lasted for a week.

3.I can do pretty updos. For the first time ever, I like wearing my hair up!

4. Besides retightening, the maintenance is low. I must admit, when I wash my hair I don't band it anymore. I also don't sleep with a satin cap. Shame on me, but I like the freedom.

5. I can wear hair accessories, and they look right for a change. Before Sisterlocks, my hair was so huge that accessories got lost in the poof of my hair. Or it just looked like too much. Now, I have accumulated several hair accessories that I use regularly.

6. My mom finally accepted my hair...I think. The other day, she asked how long would I wear my like that. I said, "For life". She said, "Ok, Cleopatra". I was all smiles.

7. With Sisterlocks, I have officially had every natural hairstyle I can think of: braids, traditional locs, afros, braid-outs, cornrows, etc. However, I think I like Sisterlocks the best; I don't think I could have the appreciation I have for them without having the other hairstyles.

There are a few things I don't like about Sisterlocks. I don't like the dependency of having to have someone else do my hair until they loc. I can't wait to do my own retightenings.

I don't like that certain people associate Sisterlocks with braids, being snobbish, or with an unnatural hairstyle. I had a sistah tell me that although she liked my hair, Sisterlocks go against the natural curl pattern and that the cylinder is natural whereas interlocking isn't. I pulled out a strand of my hair. I showed her that my hair doesn't have a cylinder pattern but an "S" pattern. I told her all cultivated locs are manipulated and wished her luck.

Also, not really related to Sisterlocks, I am sick of people saying that my Sisterlocks look good because I have "good hair". I usually say thank you and tell them that a variety of textures look good with Sisterlocks.

I am also tired of being badgered about how much SLs cost and if/why they are permanent. It amazes me that a woman will pay $300 for a weave or braids that last for, at most, 2 months. She will get the weave/braids redone at least 6 times. 6 x $300= $1800 for 1 year. Once I reach my year mark with SLs, I will not have spent nearly this much. And outside of the initial costs, SLs are relatively affordable.

In addition, people always are asking me about how to take them out and when will I take them out. I tell them that I won't for many years if ever. They usually tell me my hair looks nice immediately followed by a question about how to remove them. I use the relaxer analogy; you don't get relaxers to then remove the straight hair. I tell them it's the same way with locs. Most people still look clueless so I refer them to the Sisterlocks site.
or click the link on the right to Consultant Jacqueline's Fotki page to see install pics.

Bottomline, I love my Sisterlocks!

Dress Code: No Tight Clothing

Pet Peeve Numero Uno:
Do not wear tight clothing ever, especially to work. This looks ridiculous. The fashion police need to arrest these women. They make Spanx, girdles, and clothing up to a size 28. There is no reason to have this; tight clothing causes nerve damage and yeast infections and possibly...blindness to those who have to look at it.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Beauty Role Model: Robin Roberts

I can not write enough about how great this woman is. I admire her for her determination and courage. She was one of the first anchors to cover Hurricane Katrina even while her family endured the disaster as she herself is from Pass Christian, Mississippi, an area hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. And she is a breast cancer survivor like my favorite beauty role model, my mom.
She has been a journalist for almost 25 years. She is an anchor on Good Morning America and is currently supporting Pink Heart, a Mississippi organization that offers support, wigs, hope and inspiration to breast cancer patients.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Naturally, Sophia Needs to Change

But is she ready?

My horoscope for this week by Rob Brezsny:

Are you ready to leave the past behind, drop all your assumptions, welcome the return of your innocence, adopt a beginner's mind and start fresh everywhere? I hope so, because that's what the universe will be nudging you to do. Here are some words of wisdom to incite you and arouse you. 1) "You don't know what you can get away with until you try."- Colin Powell 2) "Never underestimate the power to change yourself."-H. Jackson Brown Jr. 3) "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."-friend Lucy Spinner. 4) "God calls you to a place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."-Frederick Buechner.

Friday, August 24, 2007

WTF? Kids Found Dead Under a Sink!

Extremely disturbing...

HANAHAN, South Carolina (AP) -- Sametta Heyward was in a bind. The single mother was scheduled to start a double shift at 3 p.m., and her baby sitter had just canceled.
Attorney Andy Savage talks with Sametta Heyward before her bail hearing Tuesday in Hanahan, South Carolina.

1 of 2 "She was either told to come to work or be fired, or she was afraid to call in sick -- one of those things," said police Lt. Michael Fowler.

She made it to her job at a county-run group home July 29, a typically warm summer day. After eight hours, she called a supervisor and said she had to leave because of child-care issues.
According to her employer, she didn't tell the supervisor or a co-worker that for all that time, she had left her 1-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son in her Chevy Cavalier hatchback, parked on a residential street.

She had left Triniti and Shawn with battery-powered fans, food and drinks, but it was not nearly enough to combat the sweltering conditions inside. She later told relatives that when she got to the car at 11:30 p.m., the children were unconscious and had weak pulses.
A day later, police found her at her apartment wailing, "Oh, my babies!"
Officers said in a police report that she tried to kick and bite them and asked them to kill her. The bodies of the children, bathed and dressed, were found wrapped in trash bags and stuffed under the sink.
Heyward, 27, was charged with two counts of homicide by child abuse. A funeral for the children was held Saturday.
Lab tests are pending that could help determine whether the children died in the stifling car or sometime after their mother rushed their limp bodies back to their tiny apartment.

A host of other questions remain unanswered: Why didn't she take the children inside the group home? Did she ever check on them? Why didn't she tell her supervisor that the baby sitter had canceled? If the children were alive when she got to them, why didn't she seek medical help?

People who know her say they considered her a loving mother, despite a life that turned tough long before she moved into the 252-square-foot efficiency apartment.

"She and her kids were always happy, smiling and joking," said Tony Smith, who lived a few doors down and often shared meals with the family.

Smith's wife, Sheryce Robertson, would sometimes baby-sit, but Robertson was sick when Heyward asked her to care for the kids that Sunday.

It was an average summer day by South Carolina standards: 88 degrees. But the inside of the car would have been like an oven, according to experts, who say the children may not have had much of a chance even if the windows were cracked.

"If it's in direct sunlight, you can easily get temperatures of 130 or 140 degrees in a car in 10 or 15 minutes," said Dr. Keith Borg, an emergency room physician at the Medical University of South Carolina. "At that kind of temperature, it could kill an infant or a small child in minutes."

Her friends and her bosses -- and even the officers who arrested her -- say Heyward had been trying her best: working long hours and providing for her children.

In May, she and her children had moved into the $185-a-week apartment in Hanahan, a bedroom community of about 14,000 people some 15 miles from Charleston. She told the apartment complex manager they wouldn't be there long, that she was already looking for another place.

She had been arrested twice in the past three years, but she was not prosecuted on a charge of hindering an officer and was found not guilty of first-degree criminal domestic violence in February 2006.

A few months before the move, she put a newborn up for adoption. A 12-year-old son lives with his father in Maryland.

If those things affected her, it didn't show on the job. In a recent statement, the Disabilities Board of Charleston County said Heyward "was a valued employee who received good evaluations of her work" and was well-regarded by staff and clients.

Her lawyer, Andy Savage, said he hopes a mental evaluation will shed light on what happened.

"Neighbors see her as a great mother. This isn't a woman who beat her kids," he said. "Suppose she went to work that night and left them at home. Would that have been better?"

Thursday, August 23, 2007

America's Next Top Model: Cycle 9

America's Next Top Model: Cycle 9
You all know I love the models. I see 5 beautiful brown girls.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Beauty Inspiration: Rojane Fradique

Happy Monday Readers! I introduce to you Elite Model Rojane Fradique of Bahia,Brazil. I dare you to caption it in 3 words. My caption: Black IS Beautiful.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Beauty Role Model: Princess Esther Kamatari

How many of us have dreamed we were models, published writers, or a princess? This dynamic woman is all three!!!

Princess Esther Kamatari (born 1951) is a writer, model, and exiled Burundian princess.
Esther Kamatari grew up in Burundi as a member of the royal family. Following independence in 1962, the king was overthrown in a military coup d'etat, and the monarchy abolished in 1966. Kamatari fled the country in 1964 after her father's assassination and settled in Paris, where she became a model. An attempt to re-establish the kingdom ended with the murder of King Ntare V in 1972.

Burundi's post-independence history has been dominated by tensions between the Hutu majority and the Tutsi minority. The civil war of the 1990s in Burundi and conflicts with neighbouring countries and the plight of thousands of child-victims of war led her to become involved with the Association of the People of Burundi in France. In Burundi she is known for her humanitarian work.

A peace brokered by South Africa has made elections possible in Burundi, and Esther Kamatari and her Abahuza party, which means "bringing people together," will run on the platform of restoration of the monarchy. Unfortunately, she did not win the election after the 2004 campaign.

See below:

August 19, 2005
Pierre Nkurunziza, leader of the former rebel group CNDD-FDD, has been elected unopposed as President of Burundi by the country's Senate and National Assembly. The CNDD-FDD had won landslide victories in communal and national elections earlier this year, the first since the 1993 assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye plunged Burundi into more than a decade of ethnically-charged civil war. Nkurunziza replaces Domitien Ndayizeye, who had served as head of a transitional government since 2003.

One key challenge will be to resolve ongoing tension between the country's Hutu and Tutsi ethnic groups. More than 300,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed since 1993. Burundi's Tutsi-dominated army is believed to have killed thousands of Hutu civilians during the ten-year civil war, while Nkurunziza's own group, CNDD-FDD, has been accused of deliberately killing Tutsis. The extremist group Palipehutu-FNL continues to stage attacks, with this week seeing the first anniversary of the Gatumba massacre, in which more than 150 Congolese Tutsi refugees were killed. Too Sad!

Because Madam Princess is so beautiful, I have added the following beauty interview below:
Which is your first epic beauty of the morning?
The shower. I do not like the baths. The idea to soak in its own dirtiness displeases to me.

Which are your products fetishes?
In this moment, it is oil of retinol in capsules which one applies to the skin after the shower. I also use of Topicrem because I have a fragile skin. For my face, products to clean it: a tonic, a cleansing milk, a sponge and for the hands, a cream of dream, Hanany. It is absolutely not greasy.

Which is the best council beauty than one gave you?
Not to want to be someone else. I have woolly hair, it remains wool. I am black, I remain black. I can change looks without changing identity. I am very proud to be black.

With which parts of your body give you the most importance?
All parts of my body. There are parts which people do not see but that I see. Consequently, I attach importance to all my body.

Which are your criteria of beauty at a man and a woman?
Hands, the glance, the mouth, pace. The hands it is really important! The glance too. The beauty, it is almost virtual. It is in the eyes at/out of which we look.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Naturally, Sophia Needs Glasses

Ok... readers I need glasses. I was standing on my friend's porch who lives in a very posh area of Atlanta. I commented about the house across the street being for sale. She looked, and replied that it wasn't a real estate sign but rather a sign supporting a local transit rail project. I was too embarrassed. A month prior, my brother and I went to the drive-in. We had to sit in the front at the movies because I couldn't see. How embarrassing! I am tired of having to read a book 2 inches away from my face and noticing how signs blur from a distance. lol!

Well, I don't have a very big face; but it is round because I am a tad chubby right now. In my smaller days, my face was more diamond shape thanks to my dad's cheekbones. Now, I need frames that slim my face. They have to be stylish and just don't know what frames to pick.

I am thinking of getting clear contacts as a back-up if I can tolerate them being on my eyes. I can't stand it when brown-skin people wear colored contacts. To me, it's on par with weaves and such. But I would like to have them for days and nights when I want to play up my eyes with my extensive eye makeup.

So, dear readers, which glasses do you like???

Metal, Rimmed Versace:

Cat-Eye, Plastic/Metal Bebe:

My Favorite: Plastic, Square Prada!

Just for the bling factor! Caviar:

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Best Cheaters Show Ever!!!

I was watching TV and came across this. It is hysterically funny and crazy all at the same time:

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Naturally, Sophia Wants A Nose Ring

I am opening this internal debate up to my blog readers. I would like a nose ring, a tiny diamond stud to be exact. I have done my research thoroughly about its origins. I have also researched it culturally and in religious doctrines.

See below:
It is probably of African origin, and has traveled to India, along with the Muslim conquests. Ibn Batuta the great globetrotter from Tangiers, was in India between 1336-1346 AD. As a guest of ruler of Honavar, he had noticed nose-rings worn by Muslim girls who were very beautiful. The region was inhabited by Moors or Arabs who were traders they were known as Navayats, much earlier to the advent of Islam. Indians were known quickly to adopt quickly any foreign custom, advantageous to them. In no time, nose ornaments became immensely popular and received shape and significance of each caste and community. Diamonds and precious stones set in gold were worn on right, left or middle of the nostrils. Natth (or Nattu in Kannada) is a big nose ornament. Muguthi is a jewel studded smaller ornament. It is mentioned in several Kannada classics.

It is also mentioned in the Bible:

Nose piercing was first recorded in the Middle East approximately 4,000 years ago, it is mentioned in The Bible in Genesis 24:22 Abraham requested his oldest servant to find a wife for his son Isaac, the servant found Rebekah, and one of the gifts he gave her was a "golden earring" the original Hebrew word used was Shanf, which also translates as "nose-ring".

But it also states that the Bible warns us against cuttings in our flesh in Leviticus 19:28 which says, "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord."

Native Americans, Africans, and Indians have all held the practice in some way in certain tribes throughout history.

I polled a couple of my friends and they made remarks concerning the professionalism of it or lack thereof. Honestly, I don't know if I should indulge. I am concerned about my image, career, and any spiritual/cultural implications that I am unaware of at the time. Please, let me know what you think???

Friday, August 10, 2007

Beauty Role Model: Andre' Benjamin

After much consideration, I am pleased to introduce my first male beauty role model: Andre Benjamin. I chose him because of his artistry, lifestyle, and appeal. I have always had a crush since SouthernPlayalisticCadillacFunkyMusic, the 1994 album. I have owned every Outkast album and been a fan when they were just considered local, underground ATL music. Since becoming a rap duo with Big Boi, I am pleased in how Mr. Benjamin evolved from Dre' to Andre' 3000.

In 2004, PETA named Andre "Sexiest Vegetarian of the Year", Andre has been a vegan counting 8 years. Sexy indeed! In 2007, he was named fourth out of the top 10 Hottest MCs In The Game by MTV. He has been in a number of movies and high profile relationships. But my focus here is on his lyrical ability, artistic development, and overall je ne sais quoi factor.

I could not find an interview or Q & A session on the web that asks the questions I would like to ask him. So, if I ever run into Andre' in the metro Atlanta area, I will do my best to get a few questions answered. He is currently working on 2 films and album in addition to his cartoon series. One of the films is a basketball comedy, and in the other he is slated to play Sammy Davis Jr. in his biographical film. He has also been recording cameos in a few popular songs and is reported to be recording a remix to Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls".

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

WTF? Does This Idiot Have a Death Wish?

So, I am riding on the expressway to get to work when I spot a man on an open bed truck in moving traffic, in the left lane too. To make matters worse, he was on an unsecured mound of plastic bags of dirt. So, one good jolt and he would have been on the 5 lane highway. In addition, I would have been late to work because of the driver and his stupidity and negligence. Please take a look at the nonsense, foolishness above & below:

Monday, August 6, 2007

My Newest Friend: Red Dred Princess

This Saturday, I met my newest friend for an outing. She is really as cute as she looks on her blog. She has the longest, Tina Turner legs and waist-length locs that are gorgeous. And, on top of that, she is mad cool. We talked and climbed Stone Mountain. Well, she climbed Stone Mountain. My fat azz fell clumsily and tried to keep up with her. Lol!
Because of an user error, I was not able to download all the pictures. Lol! But I had a blast. And just so you know, the photos really don't capture how stunning she is. She is very modelish with long limbs and a cute demeanor.
Anyway, we ate at a local spot called the Crescent Moon that neither of us had eaten at before. I had shrimp frittata which was delicious and filling. It took me all day to eat it.
I really enjoyed our outing! I really enjoyed our conversations most of all. And just an aside, there were 2 little girls with natural hair that I asked to be in the photo with us. They declined because one of them said that she didn't look right that day. LMAO!

Saturday, August 4, 2007

WTF? Crazy News of the Week

Prepare to be shocked!

The first story is of a man who killed his employees in Atlanta over asking for a pay increase:

The second story is another unnecessary murder. Some fools killed a watermelon street vendor while attempting to rob the poor guy:

The last story is this family who just welcomed their 17th kid. I thought I was liberal, but maybe we need to rethink forced sterilization. Geesh!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Tag, I'm It! 8 things about moi!

1. My favorite color is green. It has been for as long as I can remember. Right now I most love pistachio green. But I also appreciate emerald, jade, sea green, and grass green. It makes me think of renewal and life.

2.My favorite song is 99 Luftballons. I don't speak German or like anything German in particular. But I remember this as a kid; and it was my first ring tone. ; )

3. I can tolerate all things from my loved ones except betrayal. The first time anyone betrays me typically is their last.

4. I really don't like kissing on the mouth and never have. In my household, it was a definite no no. No one ever kissed anyone on the mouth. Now, I don't even like it from a date or a boyfriend. It is a rare occasion that I will indulge/divulge in kissing. But you can have a kiss though:

5. I believe in astrology. Each time I meet someone as a friend or date, I analyze them according to both their Western and Chinese signs. I am a Virgo Pig, an indulgent perfectionist indeed. Most of the time I find that what your sign indicates about you is true.

6. I am the baby of 6 siblings. Here is my dad and sister. Yes my sister has sisterlocks; she was the one of the first people I saw personally with sisterlocks.

7. I have a 7 year old German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix, and she is weird as hell. I wonder if dogs are really like their owners? Her name is Lady...middle name Bug. Anyway, she can sound like she is crying', bow-wowin "I love you". She will hide my undies under my bed if I have been a bad pet and stayed away too long from the house. She likes to ride in the car but doesn't always want to go to the park or out for a walk. I have gotten all our things and drove 20 minutes for her to fight with me about getting out of the car. We have walked, and then she will just sit down and stop. She is so quirky. She licks my feet when I am in bed and she wants something. I could go on and on. Lol!

8. I have always had natural hair (not chemically straightened). I wore wigs, weaves, dyes, and and flat ironed. However, for the most part, I wore my hair "wild and free".

Thanks for inviting me AquarianThoughts.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Paris and Nicole- Why Blackface?

So, I am crawling into bed from a local hot spot, turn on the tele, and remove my eye makeup to see Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie dressing up as Black women to do a play or skit on the Simple Life. I am somewhat shocked. And I feel hot and tired. So, I turn off the T.V. to get some Zzzs.

But I wake up thinking about a clip I saw awhile back; Paris is hurling racial slurs in a drunken stupor. In case you haven't seen this, here it is below. Also, why does Nicole have on an Afro wig? Why does Paris have this paint on a few shades darker than Lindsay Lohan's last tan?