Friday, March 29, 2013

The 1st Annual Beauty Empowerment Panel at Spelman College

I had the pleasure of attending the 1st Annual Beauty Empowerment Panel at Spelman this week.  The event was outstanding.  Presented by Design Essentials Natural, the topic was Black Hair in the Media.  On the panel were a bevvy of natural hair advocates including professional stylists, a radio personality, popular bloggers, you tubers and beauty entrepreneurs.

from the flyer:   Featured Panelists and attendees will discuss how the representation of black hair impacts pop culture and self esteem, including the acceptance and non acceptance of natural hair...

Upon entering Cosby Auditorium, each guest was treated to a light snack catered by Chic Fil A.  We also received samples from the Design Essentials Naturals line and information.

Moderated by Design Essentials Director of Marketing, Tracey Gibson, the dialogue was open and I loved that.

The Panelists:  Kiki of Mahoganyknots(YouTube), Deshonica Kerrie (Salon Owner),
Curlbox CEO Myleik Teele, Linda, Ripoll (Jet), Ebony Steele (Ricky Smiley Show)
Kim Walker (Journalist), Jamila Robinson (AJC)
Right out of the gate each panel member was asked who their influences were as children regarding hair and beauty. Most of the panelists said they were influenced by their mothers and grandmothers initially.  As they grew older the influence became TV personalities and/or celebrities. MTV, Solid Gold, Janet Jackson, Vanessa Huxtable, and Diana Ross were all mentioned as early influences.

My takeaway:  as a community we need to make sure that we are nurturing the self esteem of our youth and make DOUBLE sure that we provide positive images to influence them!

Spike Lee's movie, School Daze, was discussed. "Are the themes in the movie still relevant?".  "Have you seen it and how did it affect you?"  Most agreed that skin tone is STILL a major issue in the Black community and that the issues in the movie are still relevant.  I remember seeing the movie when it first came out (1988) as a young college student taking a Black Film in America class at Indiana University.  I was BLOWN away by it.  To me it was such an accurate depiction of what was happening on campus at THAT time. And here we are 25 years later...  

Of course you cannot discuss black hair in today's media without touching on the Gabby Douglas situation where "Black twitter" decided to focus on the hairstyle of the Olympic history making athlete instead of her God blessed athletic talent.  All panelists agreed that was a pretty ridiculous thing to do.  Shame on you "Black twitter"!  The moderator asked this..."Is there too much emphasis placed on hair in the Black community?"  What do you think?

There were several more great questions posed and each panelist gave open and honest opinions.  They were knowledgeable and often shared personal details about their own hair journeys. The audience was filled with mostly Spelman students, bloggers and other natural hair advocates like Fro Fashion Week CEO, Tarin Boone.

Students were also given the opportunity to ask questions.

It ended with a meet and greet with the panelists.  I could tell that the students really appreciated this event.  They were so eager and happy to get up close and personal with the panelists.  I believe that each person on the panel brought something different to the conversation and the young ladies really appreciated them being there.

Ebony Steele of The Rickey Smiley morning show
posing with a student/fan

Deshonica Kerrie sharing useful information

Curlbox CEO Myleik Teele 

Kiki of MahoganyKnots with a student whose hair she admired

I even ran into my cousin, Shawn Dowdell, who was the photographer for this event!

Thank you Design Essentials for putting together such a diverse panel of ladies who were willing to share a little bit of themselves with youth who are not only continuing their education but doing so at one of America's oldest historically Black colleges for women.  It was an honor to be there and a pleasure to see your affect on these girls.

How do you feel about Black hair in the media today?  What are some of the issues that you are facing a Black woman with natural hair? Who influenced you?  Let's keep the conversation going!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hair Dish with Jane Carter

Hey!  I heard that Jane Carter would be at Whole Foods discussing natural hair and doing product demos!!!  Every single time I have run into to Jane Carter she has always been super nice.  It was awesome to see her outside of a hair show with an intimate audience of people interested in her products.  Along with Tress Talk, Jane told us  all about her products and demonstrated them for us.

Since we are already fans of the Jane Carter line, we were happy to receive these cute little samples!

Our favorite Jane Carter products are the Nourish and Shine and the Revitalizing Leave In Conditioner Spray.

I really appreciate brands that are willing to get up close and personal with their customers.  It is definitely a deciding factor for me of whether I continue to invest in their product or not.

Little Chick, Jane Carter, The SistahChick

One of the things that Jane stressed the most during this candid discussion was that everyone has different and unique hair textures.  We should each learn what works for our hair!

What is your favorite Jane Carter product?

For more pics of this event ~~> Hair Dish w/Jane Carter

Monday, March 18, 2013

Natural Beauty at Georgia State University

I had the pleasure of visiting Georgia State University last week along with Naturally Me! Media/Tarin Boone to meet and greet with some of the beautiful naturals that go there.  We had a great time hanging out in the "quad"!  It was awesome to see just how many naturals there are at Georgia State. From High Puffs, to Locs, to FroHawks, we saw it ALL!  The young ladies were all eager to talk to us, take photos and uber excited about receiving their Curl Unleashed goodie bags for their participation.  Here are some of the cool styles that we saw.


Wash N Go

Twists into a Bun

Fro w/bow

Fly Fro


city twists

Fro Hawk
Anytime that I can be involved with young people who are working to continue their education and better themselves is a good time, no matter the capacity.  I am proud of all of these young sistahs and wish them much success in school and in life whether I know them or not.

for MORE pics click here The Natural Beauties of Georgia State University

Next stop Clark Atlanta University 3/28/2013 from 4p - 6 p!  Hope to see you there!

What hairstyles were you rocking while you were in college!?

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Fro Fashion Week Recap! Spring/Summer 2013

Fro Fashion Week.  Fro Fashion Week.  Fro Fashion Week! ::screams!!:: Fro Fashion Week is Atlanta's premiere celebration of Natural hair, black beauty and fashion.  This week long event is the brain child of Ms. Tarin Boone and was created in 2011 as an answer to the typical hair shows that exist here in Atlanta.  Since its inception Fro Fashion Week has done nothing but grow and prosper. In my opinion its the best that the Atlanta natural hair community has to offer.  Held bi annually, for one week in the Spring & 1 week in the Fall, Fro Fashion Week has become a networking platform for women who are bloggers, designers, writers, photogs, entrepreneurs, etc.  This last installment "Acid Summer" was held at the beautiful Mariott Perimeter in Atlanta from February 25  through March 3, 2013.  As a returning Press Supporter for the event, I had an ALL ACCESS Pass to EVERY thing from the Super Bowl Pre Party Weeks before to the closing interviews with some of the brands at the end.  Enjoy the recap!!

The Ultimate SuperBowl Pre Party!

Weeks before the event Tarin Boone and her Fro Fashion Week Crew met up at a Superbowl Party held at Holiday Inn Atlanta (Perimeter) to spread the word about the event and also to give away a free ALL access pass to the festivities!

Tarin Boone, The SistahChick &
the All Access Pass Winner

An Atlanta Favorite Band
Gritz & Jelly Butter

Natural Hair in the Media &
Click here for more pics of The Ultimate Superbowl Party!

Fro Fashion's Night Out!

This kick off party, hosted by the FABulous Nikka Shae of Oh Nikka and the stylish Kerrie Cook of Virtuous Styls, was held at the trendy Envy Boutique.  There were a bevvy of natural hair beauties in the house.  There were decadent desserts, contests, giveaways and of course the #FFW Photo Booth!

w/The Envy Boutique Owner

w/ Pretty Girls Rock Dresses

w/ Variety Curls Apparel
more pics of Fro Fashion Night Out!

I Love Me Because...I'm Different!!

This would be the Fro Fashion Week sanctioned kids event that was planned and presented by Julia Davis of and myself of The SistahChick and Our Natural Kids.  I've already completed the recap for this event but here are just a few pics from it.

Click here to read more about it I Love Me Because I'm Different!


Saturday and Sunday was filled with everything your natural heart might desire.  If you call yourself a product junkie and weren't there, then you missed out.  One the things that I love most about Fro Fashion Week is the consumers ability to get up close and personal with the product brands and their creators.  Several of the brands had suites like, Shea Moisure, Curls Unleashed and JessiCurl to name a few.  Instructional classes were held covering Natural Hair in the Workplace, How to Build Your Brand, Training Hair to Retain Moisture, Transitional Styling and More!  I really enjoyed the JessiCurl Focus group and Cocktail Hour for registered bloggers.  It was also a reunion for those of us who never miss Fro Fashion Week!!

i LOVE these chicks!!
Haley (@HereisMySpout) Lisa (This Hair of Mine), @IamAudra3000) & Kinky Hair Affair!

Curls Unleashed Suite

Shea Moisture Total Body Suite

w/ Jessica McGuinty Ceo of JessiCurl

w/ brother sister team of OBIA hair care
Omini & Obia Ewah

Main Element: Love and Curl Collection Ceo

Easy Transition/Styling w/ DeShonica Kerrie

Click here to see more pics!  Fro Fashion Week Sessions/Classes/Activities!

Fro Fashion Show!!  

Oh it was dramatic!!  An all white tent and 20 degree temperatures to start!  But don't think for one second that it wasn't HOT, HoT, hOt!  The Fro Fashion show is an event that is not to be missed!  High Fashion.  Independent Designers.  Energy.  Lights.  Paparazzi and an MC that seemed to be dropped down from heaven by God!  Oh it went down!!

w/ Coco Report and If I Were a Brit Girl

Click Here to see more pics!  The Fro Fashion Show

The After Party!!

After the show its the... AfTeR PaRtY!! Time for us to let our natural hair down and kick it with CURLfriends!!  

Click here to see more pics!  After Party!!

Bloggers, Brands, Brunch

A luncheon for registered blogger with the fabulous Chary Jay as the guest speaker.  This portion of Fro Fashion Week totally deserves a separate post and that is what i will give it.  Here a couple pics but please stay tuned.

Bloggers & Brands

Keynote speaker: Chary Jay

Black Onyx
Click here to see more pics of Bloggers, Brands, Brunch

In closing, I must say that I am proud to be a selected Press Supporter of Fro Fashion Week.  Ms Tarin Boone is an amazing young lady with a phenomenal mind for business and planning.  Her and her supportive family and EVERY one associated with this ultimate celebration should give themselves a big hand for a job well done.  The excitement of Fro Fashion Week continues as we get prepared for the next installment!  I am uber excited about it and you will be too when you find out what Tarin has cooked up for us next!  

Did you attend Fro Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013?  What were your favorite parts?