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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Grooming- DIY

Shown above: my Sisterlock before grooming

Just before the Holiday Season, I started grooming my locks here and there. I highly recommend it. I took a small scissor and cut out bunching, cut off weak parts of locks, and lint.

I am aware that many of you already do this. I am not a "neat freak" when it comes to my locks; I prefer them a bit messy so I never groomed them before now. But I like the occasional grooming since I tried it; it has made my locks look less shaggy though they are still unique.

Words of caution: Do not cut into the rotation. It will cause your locks to shed and possibly unravel.
One of my resolutions since my 18 month locksiversary was to become more of a DIY (Do-It-Yourself-er).
Mission Accomplished!
Sorry about the blurry photos. I tried to show the strands of loose hair/fuzz I cut away from the lock. The photo below shows the lock after the trim. Again sorry about the resolution of the photo.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Artwork by award winning illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist!

Today I had great fun with my extended family. I cooked, sang Christmas Carols, ate, and watched movies with the entire family today. I feel happy and tired all at once. Next year, we plan to have a formal event. Sounds fun; I volunteered to help coordinate the event.

And I hope your Christmas was Merry! I sent out some unconventional Christmas cards I bought at the Black Expo in July. I just fell in love with the artist's work. She had gorgeous waist length, free form locks too. What wasn't there to love?

Here is more of Jan Spivey Gilchrist's work:

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Another Locked Inspiration- Miriam Chemmoss

It's peculiar and wonderful how much inspiration is all around us that we ignore, physically and spiritually. When we are inspired, then we inspire others. Look at how the natural movement has grown.

Having said that, I would like to introduce Miriam Chemmoss, a beautiful East African singer, to those of you who could use a little locked inspiration. Admire her voice and her locks.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Holiday Party Fab

So, recently me and you know who headed to a holiday party. There was veggie food, drinks, and dancing/music galore. I had a good time. See:

I did a quick lock loops set and took out the rollers with some of my hair damp. I had to because I was rushing as usual. I used a blow dryer after taking the loops out and wasn't completely satisfied with my hair when I left home. But I got lots of compliments, so I guess all is well that ends well.

My mommy made my shrug/shawl. She is such a talented seamstress. She also hemmed my pants and told me to switch earrings before I left. I appreciate having such a good mommy with style and skills. Thanks mom!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Some Berry Natural Inspiration

Halle Berry is my new favorite natural. I have heard she is wearing her hair this way for a movie. Regardless, I love the curls. Yay!

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Gripe from a Clean Working Girl

So, I am known in my circle as somewhat of a germaphobe. I am not! I just wash my hands often, carry hand sanitizer and use it every 15 minutes, and brush my teeth after most meals. There is nothing wrong with good hygiene. Right?

I hate public restrooms especially at my job. First, there are cracks in the stalls and the mirrors are directly across from them. So if you look ahead and not down you get a full view of everyone doing their business. I mean some privacy please.
Why is there always mystery water all over the sink and floor? I mean there are loads of paper towels.
The other main problem is that the toilet seat covers are on the wall outside of the stalls.So, women ignore them and just go in anyway. They aim and miss. It's disgusting that grown women would leave things that way. I feel if you did it, clean it up.
And wash your damn hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, I treat women differently that I know don't wash their hands. Please don't even think about shaking my hand or offering me food if you don't wash your hands with warm water with soap in a public restroom. No, rinsing your hands with cold water doesn't count.

Meanwhile, the company potluck is around the corner. Ewwh!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Cadillac Records: Worth Seeing

I went to see this movie this weekend about Chess Records in Chicago in the Civil Rights Era. I must say that I didn't want my money back and remained focus through the whole movie.

It is about blues, soul, and the evolution/cross-over of Rock-N-Roll overall. But specifically, it is about the artists at this record label who made the music.

I must say that I am not a fan of Beyonce's music most of the time. I define a fan of an artist or music as someone who would purchase the music or in some way contribute to the artist/music. No, a free CD or download doesn't count, LOL. However, I enjoyed her portrayal of Etta James and can't imagine another known entertainer portraying her. I was a little disappointed that they didn't play/sing my favorite Etta James song.

Sunday Kind of Love:

So, I particularly thought Mos Def's portrayal of Chuck Berry was awesome. I also love the exploration of the characters Howlin' Wolf and Lil' Walter. In short, go see it!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The First Emperor

I went to a Chinese exhibition at the High Museum for free on Saturday. I love culture and viewing it for free made it sweeter, courtesy of a deal I found out about through Onyx Cherry where Fulton County residents get free entry the first weekend of each month.

The first Chinese Emperor was able to begin building the Great Wall, create a Food & Drug Administration, and was completely obsessed with immortality.

All of the soldiers here are clay, terra cotta. He ordered thousands to be created to guard him in the afterlife. He also sanctioned the creation of hundreds of scribes, officials, musicians, and even birds made of terra cotta to accompany him in the after life. There was even an actual mock river bed found with cranes and swans of clay in and around the creek of actual running water buried in his tomb. The tomb of Shi Huang Di is near an earthen pyramid 76 meters tall and nearly 350 square meters. His actual tomb with all its pits is covers an area miles apart.

It is amazing to me how advanced their creation was. The soldiers are around 6 feet tall, which would have been larger than life at that time. And they were created on arguably one of the first assembly line. Each part was assigned a different artist who had to be accountable by signature for any defects.

As with any dominate culture, their literacy and technology was advanced. He united many territories under one common language with advanced weapons and military strategies.

It's peculiar how the more things change, the more they remain the same. He was not unlike more present leaders (Caesar and Napoleon come to mind) in that he wanted to be remembered;I guess this is one way to do it as he is still celebrated some 2,000 + years later. However, conversely his cruelty to his subjects, paranoia of up-risings, and intolerance for expression is also not unlike dictatorships today.