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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Natural Hair T.V. Sightings

A few weekends ago, I watched about 6 hours of TV from Friday Night to Monday morning. But this particular weekend, I watched with the purpose of finding Black womyn with natural hair who were featured in commercials or on TV for longer than 10 seconds. Out of the hundreds of people I watched on TV in that time span, I could only find these few actresses that fell into the above criteria.


Now, I grant that I did not watch TV One or BET (I don't usually). I watched local and world news, Sunday Morning on CBS, and parts of a movie, and Cold Case. Sorry I can't remember which movie but they had no Black characters in the main roles. Oh yeah I was clicking through and saw Tempest Bledsoe on Pet Stars.


I found 5 Black actresses with natural hair that were featured in TV or commercial roles.

When you watch television, do you lock stalk too? Because I am an afro aficionado, I look for those too and brown people in general.

I observed that all the Black womyn I saw were featured with White people exclusively. Interesting?! In the context that I typically see Black womyn in real life, this situation is rare. Maybe because I live in Atlanta with a high percentage of African-Americans? Maybe not! What are your thoughts? Are these "token" roles, a validation issue/stereotype or simply a coincidence?




1. Crestor- The woman has beautiful, blond curly locks.





2. Nancy Giles- Don't you just love her? She is cleaning her closet on CBS Sunday Morning. This is something I need to do.







3. E-harmony- Do you think this is a real couple or just an act?




4.Tempest Bledsoe. She was on an episode of Pet Stars on Animal Planet. I heard she married "Ron" , Dwayne Wanye's friend on a Different World.

5. Tracie Thoms from Rent, Deathproof, and Cold Case. I saw her on Cold Case. I really am a huge fan.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Queen Nat @ My Black is Beautiful

The event was a bust!


We waited in line for hours. It was far too many people for the event. Slots were filled up and the security guy was mean! The event venue and staff could not accomodate the people.


The only positive aspects were getting to talk about locks, hanging out with my friends and meeting Queen Nat of Queen Nat's Loc Journey.

She is as sweet as she looks. And I love her Sisterlocks. Each one has a little perfect coily, curly-que on the end.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Nichelle Nichols on Zoe as Uhura


I recently read Brunsli's and Brigette's posts on Zoe Saldana as Uhura in the recent, awesome Star Trek movie.

Brigette inquired:

Speaking of Nichelle Nichols, was she at any of the premieres? Has she said anything publically about Zoe's refurbished role?

According to Ian Cullen of SciFiPulse.Net, Nichols said,

“I thought it was fantastic, because it was a prequel. It is not like they are replacing Uhura from the point in time where we left of with the films, which would be their right to do…This was a prequel, the months before, the time before, and ends with our going off on that five year mission where no man or woman has gone before. And I thought that it is marvelous. I got a call from JJ and he invited me to lunch and ask me how I felt. He did me the honor and I thought that was unbelievable. I went on the set and they were shooting, and I was being very quiet and then all of a sudden everything stops. I mean the actors just stopped in place. The saw me walk in and they were in their lines, and went like “and sir we have the….” And that was such an honor bestowed upon me. I went “Oh, I’m sorry” and everyone laughed.”


You can listen to all of Nichelle Nichols interview here at jonja.net.

Saldana who took on the role of Uhura in the new J.J Abrams movie spoke about how great it was to meet Nichelle Nichols:

“Yes, I did meet her, and I was so humbled to have met such an icon. She’s an amazing woman and a strong human being. That was very interesting... I felt like the entire cast and myself were honored to be filling in the shoes of the original [Starship] Enterprise [cast]. We really hope we don’t disappoint.”

I think the movie is exceptional given the movies that are out. I love that it is a pre-quel and not a true remake. Zoe did fabulously as Uhura. Go see it if you haven't already!

The PCOS Diaries

Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome affects 10% of all women! I am one of those womyn.

I have been taking the Metformin (generic glucophage, a nasty little pill they give to people who are insulin resistant) more consistently. Insulin resistance is a symptom of PCOS. I find that if I take it during a meal after eating the first half of it it doesn't make me as nauseated. It could be worse some women have alopecia due to PCOS. :(

I have been running everyday this week after work. I have recently acquired P90X. Any reviews? And I have also ordered my swim gear. More details to follow. I want to kick off the weight and kick the dis-ease/disease off now and for good.

I like running outdoors. It gives me time to think. Lately, I have been thinking I need to be in a career where I directly help other people. All of my most intimate friends and family seem to agree. I work in a technical field and I appreciate my job. I love solving problems. I do not appreciate the 45-70 hour commute each way or the fact that I don't feel like I am giving back or contributing positively to anything other than the financial bottom line.

My cousin and close friend who is an RN advised me that the cysts can burst and cause injections. UGH! I really do not like that the more I find out about this nightmare of a thing, the more things their are to consider. I also do not like that there is no assistance for prevention of this hideous thing in our health care system. It appears to be entirely an endocrine disorder that few OB-GYNs even know to look for in women. I feel it starts with a combination of these: weight gain, absence of probiotics/good bacteria, overuse of anti-biotics, and the use of synthetic hormones. I have researched the matter in great detail.

I am managing. I changed my diet again. It will change soon. Currently, it includes little to no carbs, less coffee, a whole lot more protein (more on this later) and I eat every 4 hours. I read a book on how toxins in our environment changes our metabolism. As a result, I eat no synthetic products like non-dairy creamer or margarine. I don't use Styrofoam. I don't leave liquids in plastic bottles in the car. Some plastics release toxins at high temperatures. It has been a complete lifestyle change. I incorporate new rules everyday and eat mostly organic because I am trying to avoid growth hormones, pesticides, and genetically modified foods.

I am approaching my last laser hair removal treatment. Thank goodness. I am tired of the burning and break-outs due to the laser...le sigh. The pros outweigh the cons. No stubble, no five o'clock shadow, ROTFL! Yes, a symptom of PCOS is high testosterone levels, which means more hair.

I am off for a run now (indoors). It's getting dark and raining a little.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sharing a Moment at the Dogwood Festival

Hey Blogger Fam! I wanted to share this with you.

I saw a beautiful image (photo) at the park, not the image below.

One Himba woman (above is a photo of a Himba woman) was manicuring the locks of another Himba(African tribe) woman. Himbas matte their hair and natural fibers with mud to form locks.


They both looked like they were good friends. The one styling looked as if, " I must fix it, she is already so beautiful, every hair must be in place".


The one getting her hair fixed looked as if she knew her girlfriend was going to hook her hair up!


The text said:Nobody sees a flower -- really -- it is so small it takes time -- we haven't time -- and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. ~Georgia O'Keefee.


It brought tears to my eyes and made me think of my girlfriends and my mom who is an avid gardener and can call any plant by description alone.
BTW, the flower linked is my favorite flower. :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

The Baltimore Natural Hair Expo

This trip was short and impromptu!

HD and I drove from ATL to Baltimore to work the expo. Although I didn't get to see the actual Baltimore or do things in the city, because (a) we were tired and (b) we were in Pikesville, an hour away from B-more. I did get a chance to run into some bloggers, some of which highlighted my store on youtube!
YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First, I got a chance to reconnect with Sunsail who I hadn't seen in 2 years. She and the Count were awesome to visit. It was wonderful seeing them. Sunsail , Count, H.D., Yours Truly



Sunsail wanted to see my cut, but unfortunately it's grown out. I thought I cut off all the "S" curls (joking) on the ends but I see they have unraveled. I just love our highlights. Really Cute!



I also met Msshelle75 who um hasn't updated her blog in awhile but has these beautiful 4 year old Sisterlocks. I envy the style. Whoa!


Myself and Msshelle75
I love this style. It's simple but intricate. Also, very beautiful without being overdone.
Here are pictures of some of the items I sold at the show. If you are interested, please view my latest inventory at http://www.adornbysophia.com/ or e-mail me.




Here is some video praise for jewelry from AdornBySophia.com from ShidaNatural






and here is more from SheSingsLovely on the link below. Thanks for the love ladies!
I encourage you to watch both videos to get their perspective on the hair show as well.

I met many exceptional women. Of those, I met one woman that gave awesome advice on how to market my items and a loctician who I encouraged to take the Sisterlocks class. I am going to post their info soon.
One of the things I loved was the kids with natural hair. How freeing it was to see so many of them!

These 2 are sisters who have a Sisterlocked mom. The one on the right has new Sisterlocks and the one on the left braids her own braids and has natural hair.


And how cute is this girl's hair? I think she and her hair are just adorable! :)



Overall, it was a tiring and exhilarating trip.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Knaps© At The Atlanta Natural Hair Show

I made a mistake in the earlier posts about the Natural Hair Show. I left out Monica of Knaps© - I Love Me. Please pardon the oversight. Blame it on my head and not my heart. I met her and she is very sweet, slim, and pretty. Please go to her site; she also sells beautiful t-shirts! 

I wish we had exchanged photos to show you, but we didn't. Click here to see her purchase at the hair show. She purchased this Simone Hair Tie.

My favorite shirt from her reads" You don't have to like my hair, I    it enough for the both of us."

Friday, May 8, 2009

Sisterlocks Are Worth Every Cent!!!!

I decided to blog about the expense of Sisterlocks. Many newly natural womyn have inquired regarding the cost of Sisterlocks.

Here's the deal? It is expensive at first! BUT...

You may save money and will save time in the long haul!

First, let me clarify one thing. Sisterlocks are microlocks interlocked with your very own natural hair. Many women have approached me thinking Sisterlocks are some type of weave; that's not the case. You are paying for the time, which took my consultant 33 hours, of interlocking strands of hair.

Here's what I mean, if you get your hair done at the salon now, like I used to, you spend at least $50- $100 a month. That's $600- $1200 a year. Now if you buy products, wigs, or weaves add that in;brushes and combs go here too. Once, you have that amount, add the daily time you spend styling your hair seperately. Yes, time is money!

My grand total in 2006 before I got Sisterlocks was $2500 for that year of 3 hour long hair appointments, braids, cornrows with weave, sewn-in weaves, ceramic irons, and many, many styling products.

In May 2007, I spent far less than that on my hair. I got my locks installed and received 4 retightenings that year. Out of respect for my consultants, I won't reveal the price. However, I can say that it was far less than the $2500 I spent in the prior year.

I encourage you to add your expenses on hair now when you contemplate the cost of Sisterlocks. You will get your hair retightened 8-9 times a year if you go every 6 weeks for $95-$160 depending on how much your consultant charges. If you visit a trainee, your amount will be less though your sessions may be longer. You can also retighten your hair yourself!

You will not be buying products with Sisterlocks unless you are a product junkie. In the first year, you really only need shampoo. You won't be buying hair I assume. You will save on relaxers if you are starting with relaxed hair. You will save money and time on those expensive salon trips.

And the greatest investment you can make is in YOU!

One of the greatest selling points of Sisterlocks is the time savings.

You only have to style your hair at will. You wake up with your hair "done". I used to spend an hour each day before work detangling, twisting, and combing to make my natural look halfway tamed. Just look at this style by Kalia-dewdrop. She created it without using a mirror!

You will not have to worry about detangling, washing, drying, and moisturizing your natural hair. Just look at me, it took the consultant an hour to comb and brush my hair! I spent an hour on hair each day before work.

You also won't have to be tempted to make mad dashes for errands like this:



Why you might ask? Because you will wake with your hair "done" and ready to go!

And you won't have to worry about your track showing, like this. You know she has no idea she has that going on!


I have not yet met one woman after getting Sisterlocks tell me they regretted getting them or the expense.

Sisterlock Sisters what is your take on the expense? I welcome those who may be contemplating Sisterlocks to ask questions too.

UPDATE: FOR THE EXACT OPPOSITE CONCLUSION GO TO BRUNSLI's BLOG!  

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Kinky Rhonnie Tagged Me!

Thanks Kinky Rhonnie. And Shea reminded me about posting everyday until the 15th. I have some to make up. But I will be posting those momentarily. Thank you for really paying attention Shea!

What's your current obsession?
FitDay.com; I am on a renewed health kick.

What's your must have fashion need?
I have no needs now only many, many wants ;p

What are you wearing right now? Dark Blue Jeans, Black Sandal Stilettos, an Ethnic/Geometric Print Tank (Black/White), a Black Crochet Bolero

What's your favorite food?
A toss up between Thai, Soul, and Caribbean

What do you do for fun? Blog, Clearly, LOL!

What made today special? I waited for over a hour in line for a free event, but I enjoyed the company of my gal pals which made it worth it.

What would you like to learn to do? Make bar soaps and perfume

What's the last thing you bought? lunch

What are you listening/watching right now? Complete silence now, just me and the computer

What's your favorite weather? Tropical, warm but breezy

What's your one goal in life? to live with as few regrets as possible

What do you think of the person that tagged you? As she described, I feel we have known each other all our lives. I only wish she were local so we could hang out sometime.


If you can have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be? Paris, Miami, Atlanta, and San Francisco in that order. I dream big!

What would you like to have in your hands right now? A check to a multi-million dollar winning lottery ticket. LOL!

If you can swap lives with anyone in the world for one day who would it be and why?

This one is tough. I can only be me. Maybe the Da'lai Lama...I'd love to have the stillness, meditation skills, and contentment he possesses

If you can go anywhere in the world for the next hour where would you go? Rio

What language would you like to learn? Arabic

What do you look for in a friend? Realness, fun, and loyalty

Who do you want to meet in person?
All my blogger friends!

What's your favorite type of music? I don't just have one. I love reggae, house, and jazz the most right now.

What's your dream job? Entrepeneurship but Still working on this one...LOL!

Do you admire anyone's style? Yes, other than my own, Michelle Obama, Rhianna, Sophia Loren, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dita Von Tesse and always Naomi Campbell

Describe your personal style?Boho Glam

What's your favorite t.v show? Project Runway among others

What's your favorite ice cream flavor? Butter Pecan

What's your favorite makeup brand? MAC

What's your all time favorite perfume? Extravagance by Givenchy

What's you fondest childhood memory? being at the lake with my family

What is a current life goal you are working on right now? Faith

What is one item in your home you have more of than anything else? clothes and shoes (books make a close third)

Rules:
1.)Respond: answer the questions on your blog.

2.)Replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.

3.)Tag eight other people


Amba
Meikmeika
Muslimahlocs
Nihuru
Onyx Cherry
Sogolocs
Southern Girl
Sunsail

Natural Inspiration: Jourdana Phillips

Yes, this is her real hair. How fab!?


Source: Slides-Models

Source: VNY Models



Source: Models.com

I have been following her for about year now when I first saw her photos from Spring Fashion Week last year. Since I am blogging everyday until the 15th, I decided to bring some Fierceness back. It never hurts to see beautiful natural women. They are my inspirations.

Don't you love how she has that " I just rolled outta bed and threw this on?" glow going on here?

Source: Slides-Models

And look at her all made up; I love the front braid.
Source: Glamour.com

I love her limbs and sometimes wish I was 5'10"! ok all the time wish I was 5'10"+ LOL! How elegant!?

Source: Coutorture by Francois Guillot/Getty Images.

Source: NYMag


Source: Slides-Models

Friday, May 1, 2009

Atlanta Natural Hair Show 2009 Part II

The thing I enjoyed most about the natural hair show was catching up with my blogger friends.

Guess who I got to meet?

Naadi of http://naadiiheadz.blogspot.com/. I love her energy. She has the kind of spirit that you can spend all day with; I loved our talks.

I also got a chance to buy a gorgeous headband from Taylor of http://www.taylormadelocks.com/! She has 10 years of beautiful locks. Just look! If it weren't for her I would have never met my consultant Julia.


I also got my hair retightened by Martine, Jacqueline, and Julia! What a treat. I wish the hair show was every month.


Martine and Jacqueline retightened the very front. Martine told me she had to combine 2 locks as one was literally hanging on by about 2 hairs. So, I have one 2 headed dragon that I wasn't thrilled about at first. I have named her Gemini and she let me know from my attempts to twist her together in one lock that she is resisting. Even my loc is a rebel! Wow!