Friday, January 23, 2015

Meteorologist Fired for Wearing Natural Hair???

Here are a couple of videos and a link to a video published on Huff Post Live, discussing Rhonda Lee-meteorologist dilemma over Rhonda's response regarding her hair and defending her African culture on Facebook to someone who criticized her short African American kinky-textured hair. The critic recommended that the station hire someone with long hair to represent it.

Now the Louisiana new's station claims that Rhonda wasn't fired for her hair or culture but that she'd been warned multiple times about responding to criticism....Rhonda states that she doesn't recall seeing any policy or email regarding this...

Another News Anchor/Journalist Rochelle Ritchie (Fox 5 News-West Palm Florida) also decided to go all natural to protect her hair from further damage due to chemical processing and years of wearing tight hair weaves. She was not fired from her job. Here's her story and stories of other women who were tired of the hair and scalp damage,  impact society had on their and little girl's image/self-esteem, and spending less money.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Arrested for Hair Braiding? Wow!

Jestina Clayton (college graduate, mother of three and a wife) from (originally from Sierra Leone) Centerville Salt Lake City, is a Hair braider and ran a business out of home. She was not a licensed cosmetologist, as required in Utah, when arrested. In April 2011, she sued Utah’s Dept of of Professional Licensing. Prior to arrest, she even received threats to close her business because it was illegal to practice natural hair care/braiding. She argued that the arrest was an unconstitutional infringement on her to make a living/income by doing performing a service that’s not included in cosmetology school. African hair braiding was/is not an art taught in beauty/cosmetology schools.  Jestina eventually applied for a license.  Read more and watch videos...

Natural Hair Festival

The Naturally Isis Festival-Natural hair parade & festival was founded by Guru Sista Isis Brantley in Dallas Texas. Isis Brantley is the first entrepreneur to own a natural hair braiding shop in the DFW area.

Founder of Natural Hair Parade & Festival
google images, Isis Brantley

Celebrating Natural Hair Care, Braiding & African culture.
An annual festival that celebrates natural hair and handcrafted natural products. It celebrates African culture and ancestry. Founder of the parade and festival’s goal is to award single-parent homes scholarships to attend The Institute of Ancestral Braiding that equips students with hair braiding skills for creating another stream of economic/income to help them build/create/increase finances for their families.

This is a great way of pooling together to empower others with skills that will enhance their lives by helping them create wealth with what's in their hands. The art of braiding and twisting can also be therapeutic according to many who braid, weave and twist on a regular basis-whether they're hair stylist, moms or just individuals who love to do take care of other's hair naturally. A solute to Isis and the other participants and sponsors for this event.