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Monday, February 28, 2011

Music Monday - Say it Loud

Today is the last day of Black History Month, but lets continue to celebrate out great culture year-round! Enjoy this classic for Music Monday...

Life with out Black People


Due to my computer breaking and me being really busy, I slacked on my Black History posts, but to end the month off, I would like to share this story that you might have heard before...

This is a story of a little boy named Alex. He woke up one morning and asked his mother, "Mom, what if there were no black people in the world?" His mother thought about what he said for a moment and replied, "Son follow me today and let's see what it would be like if there were no black people in the world." Mom said, "We will get dressed so we can start our day." Alex ran to his room to put on his clothes and shoes. A few moments later his mother asked, "Alex, where are your shoes? And your clothes are wrinkled so we have to iron them." She reached for the ironing board but it was not there. Alex asked why and his mother replied, "Alex, Sarah Boone, a black woman invented the ironing board and Jan E. Mazelinger, a black man invented the shoe lasting machine. Alex sighed and proceeded to comb his hair. To his amazement, the comb and brush were not where they should have been. He asked his mother where the comb and brush were and she replied, "We don't have a comb and brush since the comb was invented by a black man named Walter Sammons and the brush was invented by a black woman named Lydia O. Newman." Alex looked at his mother's hair and said, "Mom your hair care products must have been invented by a black person also because your hair is not done." His mom said, "yes, Madam C. J. Walker invented hair care products for blacks.

Alex was beginning to understand when his mother said it was time to eat breakfast. Alex and his mother went into the kitchen for breakfast and discovered the refrigerator was missing because it was invented by a black man named, John Standard, the range oven was missing because it was invented by a black man named, Thomas Carrington and the kitchen table was missing since it was invented by H. A. Jackson.

At this point, Alex yelled, "Mom we aren't having much luck today." Mom said, "Alex its time to start our chores around the house and take a trip to the grocery store." Mom told Alex his chores for the day were to sweep the floor and cut the lawn. When Alex finished sweeping he looked for the dust pan and to his surprise it was not there. His mom told him it was invented by Lloyd P. Ray, a black man. Since he did not know what to do with the trash that he swept, he swept it into a corner and went outside to cut the lawn but the lawn mower was not there. Thinking it had been stolen, he told his mother it wasn't there and she told him it was because it was invented by J. A. Burr. While Alex was trying to figure out how he was going to cut the lawn, his mother washed clothes. When the clothes were finished, she asked Alex to put them in the clothes dryer but it was not there since it was invented by a black man name, George T. Samon. By now Alex was feeling helpless and disappointed that he could not complete his chores.

Mom asked Alex to go get a pencil and paper so they could make a grocery list. Of course he was in for more disappointment because the pencil led was broken and he couldn't sharpen it since the pencil sharpener was invented by a black man named John Love. Mom reached for a fountain pen but did not see one since it was invented by William Purvis another black man. They were both at a standstill since there was no typewriter since it was also invented by a black, Lee Burridge.

The only thing left for them to do was to go grocery shopping. The got into the car but it would not run since Richard Spikes, a black man, invented the automatic gearshift and Joseph Gammel was responsible for the super-charge system for the internal combustion engines.

By now, most of the day was gone and it was getting cold outside. Alex asked his mother why she didn't use the heating furnace. She replied, she couldn't since it was invented by Alice Parker. Alex said, "let meguess, she was also black". Alex's father walked in as he was talking to his mother. He was carrying a hand full of mail and Alex asked why. His mother told him, he had no choice since the letter drop mailbox was invented by a black named Philip Downing as well the postmarking and canceling machines were invented by William Barry who was also black.

With the wondering mind that Alex had, he started thinking, if he everneed blood there would be no way for him to get it since Charles R. Drew, a black scientist created the world's first blood bank or if anyone in his life needed heart surgery they would not be able to get it since Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, a black physician performed the first open heart surgery.

For the first time Alex understood what the world would be like without people since he and his mother were having the final conversation of the night in a dark room. You see, the filament within the light bulb was also invented by someone black named, Lewis Howard Latimer.

If you ever wonder, like Alex, what the world would be like without black people, just think what it would be like to eat in the dark on the floor, walk everywhere you have to go, wear wrinkled clothes, not be able to write with a pen or pencil, not comb or brush your hair and let's not forget, reading this on the computer would be impossible sincethe keyboard used to type originated from the typewriter, get the picture.....?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

4 eyes



Since 2009 I noticed that I had a hard time seeing while driving at night, so I kept saying that I would go to the eye doctor. Recently I finally made the appointment since I realized I will no longer have insurance once I graduate in the spring. I went last week and I got tested and the doctor said I have Astigmatism. He asked if I had trouble seeing the board in class, and now that I think about it, I do have a hard time, but I thought it was because I was sitting too far away. He also asked if I have been having headaches, and I have been having headaches, but I never thought about it being related to my vision, because I always had 20/20 vision when I was younger. Well anyways, last Thursday I finally decided on the frames I wanted and I put in my order which I picked up today. I got these tortoise colored D&G frames. I put them on today and it don't see much of a difference, but I will try them on tonight when I'm driving to see if it helps at all.


So what do u think of the new look? Please excuse my hair, I should of at least combed it before I took pix LOL. Also, if you haven't already, go get your vision checked!

My Bee Mine package has arrived!!!


Earlier this month I participated in a giveaway on Curly and Young and won three 8 oz Bee Mine Products. I would like to thank NaturallyChelsea and Bee Mine Products for hosting/sponsoring this giveaway. Also, please check out the Curly and Young blog, it is a great blog for naturals, especially young naturals. I will also be posting a feature on NaturallyChelsea so stay tuned for that!

NaturallyChelsea sent my information to Bee Mine right away and Tracy (the Founder of Bee Mine) followed up with me promptly by emailing me the instructions on how to get my products. My package was shipped the day I placed my order and it was delivered 2 days later, and Tracy even signed the receipt!



The 3 products I chose were; BEE•U•Ti• FUL Moisturizing Deep Conditioner, Bee Hold Curly Butter in Coconut Cream and Luscious Balanced Cream Moisturizer in Coconut Cream.

Once I take out my weave I will try out the products and post a review.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

If your in So Cal!


The human body desires attention. It longs for the feeling of being fully settled into a moment of relaxation. Therapy, it is more than just a necessity, your body mandates it, and only Gentlemen Republic has exactly what your body needs.Gentlemen Republic desires to be the hands that melt away the tension and introduces you to seductive restoration with our signature event... "Therapy"

This Saturday, Gentlemen Republic hosts another experience
We don't throw parties, we create experiences...
Details for the next experience are below:
1616 Club
1616 E.15th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
Date: Saturday, February 12,2010
Doors open @ 10:00

21 & over

STRICT DRESS CODE!!!!!
Dress Code: Cocktail Attire
Ladies: Elegant
Gentlemen: Debonair

 

-Live Band
-DJ
-2 rooms
-2 bars
-Bottle Service Specials (email gentlemenrepublic@gmail.com)
-Drink Specials
-Photography

 

FOR THIS OCCASION, I WILL ADVISE YOU ARRIVE EARLY…
For more info, please visit GentlemenRepublic.com
*******Welcome to the beginning of Quality*******

Below I have included a video and pix from the last event. Also, if you visit the website and view the latest issue of Senses there is a special treat inside, so please check it out ASAP!
 






Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Valentine Day Makeup

Still trying to figure how to do your makeup for Vday? Well look no further, a tutorial is here! Vlogger 1SimplYounique has done a great tutorial as usual. And although she has on a wig in the vid, she is also natural, check out he natural channel here: http://www.youtube.com/simplyounique


Monday, February 7, 2011

Music Monday - Green and Yellow

So I'm sure many of you all know that the Packers won the Super Bowl, so it's only right that I play this song for Music Monday

wow, I need to hear ya'll thoughts on this one

So Im not even going to comment on this video, I just want to hear what my readers have to say 1st


Friday, February 4, 2011

Black History Month - Warren Moon



On this day, in 2006 Warren Moon became the first Black quarterback to be inducted into the NFL (National Football League) Hall of Fame!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Black History Month - Melba Tolliver

In April, 1967, when on-air personnel at the 3 broadcast networks went on strike, ABC News executives tapped Tolliver to substitute for Marlene Sanders, anchor of  “News With The Woman’s Touch.” Thus, Tolliver became the first black person ever to anchor a network news program. [source]

Tolliver, who is natural, also experienced discrimination in the workplace because of her hair. Below is a story of what happened.



President Nixon's daughter, Trisha, was marrying Eddie Cox, and Tolliver was to go to Washington D.C. to cover the presidential event. Reporting for WABC in New York, at the time it was unusual for a local station to send a reporter out of town on a national story. However, television news was learning that ratings increased with coverage of such spectaculars. WABC, too, had reached number one ratings in the market and had done so by creating news personalities, reporters and anchors that audiences would grow to love and trust. Perhaps it was the beginning of entertaining news. The station took great pains to make sure the staff was ethnically diverse. Tolliver, an African American and Geraldo Rivera, Puerto Rican, were some of the "identifiable ethnics" on staff.
Tolliver had been thinking for some time of changing her hairstyle. She was tired of processing her hair, and using wigs. So she decided to go natural, and made the switch the week of her assignment to Washington D.C. It was a modest afro, carrying little of the bold statement of say an Angela Davis afro.
"It looked wonderful," recalls Tolliver. "People were on game shows with naturals. Cecily Tyson was on with it. Everybody was wearing them." So she expected little opposition.

The day she switched to a natural, she was assigned to cover a dinner in Midtown. Her colleagues were shocked. Some on the crew said to her in noncommittal tones, "Oh, you changed your hair." By the time she got back to the office, everyone on staff knew what she had done. One producer saw her and asked, "What did you do to your hair."

Tolliver replied, "This is what my hair is like. Now I'm not going to straighten it any more."

The news director had heard too, and he was on the phone as soon as she finished the evening news. "I hate your hair," he said. "You've got to change it. And you know what, you no longer look feminine."

Management threatened to keep her off the air if she didn't change her hair back. She went to Washington D.C. for the wedding, covered it the only way she knew how using live shots of herself, and let New York decide what to do with the footage.

When she returned, management was insistent that she had to straighten her hair or she'd have to wear a hat or scarf if she wanted to get back on air. Now the New York Post had gotten wind that something was happening at the station, and people were beginning to wonder why they hadn't seen Tolliver on air. When the Post began calling people at the station, including the news director, the station backed down and put her on the air. But by now word had gotten out what had happened. It was bad publicity for the station. People wrote letters supporting Tolliver's right to wear her hair as she pleased, even if no one liked it.

It was a defining moment in television history as African Americans grappled with how to define themselves. The struggle spilled over into other realms of journalism, but Tolliver insists this was not the defining moment of her career. [source]

Melba Tolliver is also a blogger, check her blog out here: http://melbatolliver.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Black History Month - Chuck Berry


Chuck Berry also known as  "The Father of Rock & Roll" transcended racial differences with his music and has become one of the most influential musicians in Rock & Roll history.

Also, did you know that he trained to be a hairdresser at the Poro School?!

Mixed Chicks vs Mixed Silk

Sally's Beauty Supply is having a sale on a new product line called Mixed Silk by Silk Elements. The products are on sale right now for only $5.99 each and are supposed to be comparable to Mixed Chicks. The packaging of the Mixed Silk products are very similar to the Mixed Chicks products. Below I have included info for each brand. Will you or have you tried the Mixed Silk line? How does in compare to Mixed Chicks?

Silk Elements Mixed Silk Nourishing Deep Conditioner (12oz)
Online Price: $7.99
Beauty Club Price: $7.19
Sale Price: $5.99
Silk Elements Mixed Silk Nourishing Deep Conditioner is specially formulated to leave curls bouncy, vibrant, and healthy-looking! An indulgent, intensive moisture treatment that restores hair while it hydrates and detangles. Curls are left smooth, silky, and shiny.
WATER ,CETYL ALCOHOL ,BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE ,GLYCOL STEARATE ,AMODIMETHICONE ,GLYCOL DISTEARATE ,PROPYLENE GLYCOL ,PEG-75 LANOLIN ,TOCOPHERYL ACETATE ,ROSA CANINA SEED ,SODIUM PCA ,CITRIC ACID ,BENZOPHENONE-4 ,CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE ,TRIDECETH-12 ,DMDM HYDANTOIN ,METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE ,FRAGRANCE ,ALPHA ISOMETHYL IONONE ,BENZYL BENZOATE ,BENZYL SALICYLATE ,HEXYL CINNAMAL ,LINALOOL

detangling DEEP conditioner (8 oz / 236ml)
$10.99
Nourish, detangle, and restore your thirsty locks with MIXED CHICKS exclusive conditioning blend which penetrates and reconstructs damaged areas, transforming style-stubborn-hair into resilient, easy to maintain tresses.

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Octamethylcylotetraxiloxane, Safflower Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate and C14-18 Perfluoroalkyethyl Thiohydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride and Benzoic Acid and Glycereth - 2 Cocoate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance

Silk Elements Mixed Silk Gentle Cleansing Shampoo (17.2500 OZ)Online Price: $7.99


Beauty Club Price: $7.19
Sale Price: $5.99

Natural curls for natural girls! Silk Elements Mixed Silk Gentle Cleansing Shampoo is specially formulated to leave curls bouncy, vibrant, and healthy-looking! Formulated with Panthenol, Avacado Oil and Silk Protein for super shine and strength. Provides luxurious lather to thoroughly but gently cleanse hair of product build-up.
WATER, AMMONIUM LAURETH SULFATE, TEA-LAURYL SULFATE, COCAMIDE MEA, GLYCOL DISTEARATE ,PANTHENOL, PERSEA GRATISSIMA (AVOCADO) OIL, SILK AMINO ACIDS, HYDROLYZED SILK, ZINGIBER OFFICINALE (GINGER) ROOT EXTRAC, MALVA SYLVESTRIS (MALLOW) FLOWER/LEAF/ST, BORAGO OFFICINALIS SEED OIL, POLYQUATERNIUM-70 , DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, POLYQUATERNIUM-10, ALLANTOIN, CITRIC ACID, TETRASODIUM EDTA, SODIUM CHLORIDE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL, YELLOW 5, YELLOW 6, FRAGRANCE, ALPHA ISOMETHYL IONONE, BENZYL BENZOATE, BENZYL SALICYLATE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, LINALOOL

gentle clarifying SHAMPOO (10oz / 300ml)
$11.99
MIXED CHICKS shampoo gets defiant locks sqeaky clean.
Ingredients: Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Tea Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamide MEA, Glycol Disterate, Panthenol, Avocado Oil, Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Ginger (Zinglber Officinale) Extract, Malvasylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Cinnmidopropyl Trimonium Chloride, Polyqatermium 10, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6.

Silk Elements Mixed Silk Leave-In Conditoner (12 oz.)

Online Price: $7.99
Beauty Club Price: $7.19
Sale Price: $5.99
Silk Elements Mixed Silk Leave-in Conditioning Creme is specially formulated to leave curls bouncy, vibrant, and healthy-looking. Defines, tames, and hydrates natural curls and waves. Great as a daily detangling, shine enhancing and nourishing treatment that restores manageability and style.

WATER ,AMODIMETHICONE ,WHEAT AMINO ACIDS ,STEARALKONIUM CHLORIDE ,GLYCERIN ,CETEARYL ALCOHOL ,POLYSORBATE 60 ,METHYL GLUCETH-20 ,GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE ,ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE ,HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE ,SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL ,CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OI ,OENOTHERA BIENNIS (EVENING PRIMROSE) OIL ,SILK AMINO ACIDS ,HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN ,DMDM HYDANTOIN ,METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE ,METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE ,YELLOW 5 ,YELLOW 6 ,FRAGRANCE ,ALPHA ISOMETHYL IONONE ,BENZYL BENZOATE ,BENZYL SALICYLATE ,CITRONELLOL ,HEXYL CINNAMAL ,LIMONENE ,LINALOOL

LEAVE-IN conditioner (10oz / 300ml)
$16.99
10oz of the curl-defining formula designed for us. And when we say, "us", we mean many. Even if you are not mixed, you may have frizz and unruly curls, right?
Ingredients: Water, glycerin, amodimethicone, emulsifying wax, hydrolyzed wheat protein,/pvp crosspolymer, methylgluceth-20, hydroxypropyl trimonium choloride, octyl methoxycinnamate, hydroxyethyl celloluse, jojoba oil, safflower oil, primrose oil, wheat amino acid, crosilk, hydrolyzed collagen (marine), phenoxyethanel, methylparaben, proplyparaben, butylparaben, FD&C red #40, FD&C yellow #5, fragrance


Based on this comparison, there are many differences in the ingredients, but one thins is the same, is that they both contain 'cones. Beacuse of this I will not be trying out the product, because I am trying to stop using products with 'cones to see how that works with my hair. But if any of you ladies have tried the Mixed Silk products, please share your experiences.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday - Curlformers

After seeing many great results from Curlformers on natural hair, me being a Product Junkie, I bought them before I even started my natural journey, LOL. At one point is was my go to style, I did like 4 different sets on my hair, but I could only get the style to last a day, so I am still working on it, once I get it down just right I will make a tutorial, until then you can enjoy this one by Mae!

Black History Month

Happy Black History Month! To celebrate Black History Month, I will try to post a significant person in black history each day for the month of Feburary. I will try to feature lesser known people who are nonetheless a very important figure in black history. The features will be in no particular order, just randomly selected people. I thought about doing it in chronological order, but I like the randomness better :)




Today's feature is Ursula Burns, the CEO of Xerox. According to Wikipedia,
"Ursula M. Burns (born September 20, 1958) serves as chairwoman and CEO of Xerox. She is the first African-American woman CEO to head a Fortune 500 company. She is also the first woman to succeed another woman as head of a Fortune 500 company. In 2009, Forbes rated her the 14th most powerful woman in the world".

Now who said you can't be natural in a professional workplace?!
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