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- 02/27/17--09:59: FAMU Set To Launch First 24-Hour Black News Channel In 2018
- 02/28/17--12:01: Here's How Pregnancy Can Wreak Havoc on Your Hair
- 02/28/17--19:30: This Mobile Museum Is Celebrating Black History Month All Year Long
- 03/01/17--04:14: Crybaby
- 03/02/17--06:00: The Easiest Ways to Prevent Hair Loss Today
- 03/03/17--06:00: Which Treatment Is Best for My Hair?
- 03/06/17--06:00: Stop Believing These Hair Growth Myths
- 03/07/17--06:00: Superfoods to Eat Today For Healthier Hair Tomorrow
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So this is certainly one of my new favorite things!
Thanks to @mimausa for gifting me this ridiculously lavish stroller. It's truly a chariot fit for a Max. Full review coming soon! #2WeeksPostPartum #BabyBoy #AugustMaxwell
|Pictured, Boyede Sobitan, co-founder of Oja Express|
The app has one goal, to allow you to order your favorite African and Carribbean groceries from the comfort of your home. Customers order their food through the Oja Express app, schedule a delivery and then a sprinter delivers the product at the scheduled time.
Sobitan, Nigerian, spoke with Ebony.com in the latest series called "In Our Cities." According to their site, the video series aims to "combat the negative images the mainstream media highlights in Black communities across the country by showcasing a fuller picture of people, places and projects aimed at improvement."
Like many others who find a voice through entrepreneurship, Sobitan was frustrated with some of the difficulties Nigerian families living on the SouthSide had finding key recipes to make some of their favorite dishes.
"The local stores here don't have the full compliments of ingredients we use to make our cultural dishes," said Sobitan. He cites Ghana yams as an example of a particular item that's been really hard to find.
Oja Express is available to download for free.
Yesterday, I shared pics of Max's new ride (review coming soon) and today, I'm sharing two more of my #ChicMommy must-haves!
This IG contest ends Monday (Feb 27) at 9pm EST. One lucky winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck!
Earlier today, Chance tweeted that he purchased all the tickets to see Get Out at the Chatham 14 Theater on 87th Street.
The film Get Out, Jordan Peele's directorial debut was given a rare 100% rating from Rotten Tomatoes. It tells the story of a couple who have reached the meet-the-parents stage of dating. A weekend excursion between the interracial couple leads to a series of unfortunate discoveries as the family tries to adapt to their daughters dating preferences.
If you live on the Southside of Chicago, tickets are free all day courtesy of Chance at the Chatham Theater. All you have to do is show up.
Gotta love this guy.
Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the founder of www.afrotrak.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie
|Photo: Florida A&M University Office of Communications|
On Friday, February 24th, FAMU hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony which included attendees such as FAMU alumnus and U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, who applauded the BTNC partners and owners former U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts Jr. and former Tallahassee Mayor John Marks according to Tallahassee.com.
"For the first time, people will be able to tune into the Black Television News Channel and watch what is happening in America through another dimension and another story. Where else better for it to start than here at FAMU?," said Rep. Al Lawson.
FAMU students are expected to benefit from the networks presence on campus with offerings in digital media, virtual reality, broadcasting and networking. In 2014, FAMU signed an 11-year agreement to serve as the headquarters of the BTNC.
"This partnership is not only unprecedented change, it's game changing," FAMU interim president Larry Robinson said. "I believe this partnership will be among those that will be chronicled in history in terms of allowing us to reach a larger spectrum of individuals to tell them more about their own culture and perspective that they can appreciate."
The network will include distribution through DirecTV, Dish Network and Charter Communications.
It's goal is to provide a platform similar to what Univision and Telemundo have created for the Hispanic community. "We talk about the unemployment rate for African American males being like 15%, but guess what, the employment rate is about 85%. You don't hear from that perspective," says Tallahassee Mayor John Marks.
BTNC estimates an audience of 33 million during its initial launch in February. It has one goal: To offer information, education and entertainment for an African American audience.
A Tribe Called Quest will headline the festival on Saturday, July 15th with Solange headlining on Sunday, July 16th. Pitchfork has also teamed up with Solange's Saint Heron for on-site art instillations, film screenings, artist talks and more. The tentative schedule for the Saint Heron pop-up is as follows:
Thursday, July 13th @ Black Cinema House at the Stony Island Arts Bank – Saint Heron curated evening of film and discussion
Friday, July 14th @ Soho House Chicago – Poetry reading and discussion presented by Young Chicago Authors and Saint Heron
Saturday, July 15th @ The Promontory – Saint Heron Presents an After Fest Jazz Jam & Party featuring the select house band and special surprise guests
Friday, July 14th – Sunday, July 16th @ On-site Saint Heron Installation Space – Saint Heron will feature works from contemporary black art makers for the duration of the festival
Tickets for Pitchfork are currently on sale for $75/day or $175 for a 3-day pass. A layaway option is currently available and allows for attendees to pay the $175 fee over 3-installments. However it's only available until March 1st so you have to act fast to take advantage of it.
More artists are expected to be announced soon.
You can purchase tickets for Pitchfork Music Festival here.
|Photo by Shan_So_Rouged|
Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman's life. There are so many changes to look forward to as your body prepares you for motherhood. As the weeks go by and a brand new life grows inside of you, so does your hair.
Thanks to a surge in pregnancy hormones, many women notice thicker, shinier strands in those nine months.
According to The American Pregnancy Association, 90% of our hair usually grows at a normal rate, while the other 10% rests. After the resting stage, about 100 strands are shed daily through brushing and manipulation--but during pregnancy, higher levels of estrogen and androgen lengthen the growing phase, making hair thicker and more lustrous. "The hair basically stays on the head longer because there's a delay in the normal shedding process," says Dr. Jodie Silleri, a Cosmetic Physician and General Practitioner at enRich Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center. "The hormones tend to extend the resting phase of the hair cycle."
However, the bouncy curls you enjoy during your pregnancy may disappear soon after you welcome your bundle of joy. About 6 to 9 months after you deliver and your hormone levels return to normal, many of the thicker hairs will shed. “Our newly acquired mane starts falling out, and it can be shocking how much volume and luster we lose,” hair loss expert Maria Halasz tells Essence magazine. Some moms may even experience a condition called telogen effluvium, where the entire scalp sheds, causing hair to come out in handfuls. Talk about snatching edges!
"I have to clean out the drain halfway through a shower because so much is coming out,” says new mom Kara Faulkner-Lee. "Then I have to sweep the floor after I blow-dry because there’s hair everywhere—it’s that bad.” Although your strands may be shedding now, the good news is, it's not permanent. Within a year, your locks (and edges) will be back to normal. “In most cases, post pregnancy alopecia is self-resolving over time,” says Halasz.
Until your hormones even out, Vitamin E oil, castor oil, and fenugreek--which is also good for breastfeeding moms--can help restore your hair's thickness. “Things will go back to normal, eventually,” says Caroline Ruggiero, a hair specialist and co-owner of Capilia Truly You, a hair-loss treatment clinic in Mississauga, Ontario. “But if the hair growth—or loss—is significant or really bothering you..., you don’t have to just live with it.”
|Pictured Khoudia Diop|
But at one point in her life, the 19-year old model wanted to bleach her skin. In an interview with OkayAfrica, Diop discusses what it felt like to live with darker skin at a young age. She also speaks on how many of her childhood bullies now ask her for advice.
"I struggled a lot with my self-esteem. I hated myself for years...the beauty standard is still like, the lighter your skin is, the more beautiful you are. It's very sad because it affects dark skin women so much that skin bleaching is a huge, huge problem."
Black History Month may have officially ended in February, but not for this mobile museum.
In 1995, Khalid El-Halim launched The Black History 101 Mobile Museum in Detroit. He credits a period of his life where some of the hip hop music he was listening to inspired the creation of the museum in a recent interview with Ebony Magazine.
“Listening to artists, including Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Rakim, Poor Righteous Teachers and others raised my consciousness of the social and political realities of being Black in America,” he explains. “Hip-hop culture allows us to be unapologetic about who we are. With hip-hop culture being so bold, disruptive and grassroots based, I was able to carve out a niche for this project and challenge the way people viewed museums.”
According to its website, The Black History 101 Mobile Museum (BH101MM) is an innovative traveling table top exhibit depicting Black memorabilia spanning slavery to Hip Hop. The mobile museum is a cost effective approach to present historical artifacts to schools systems, communities, colleges and universities throughout the nation. The museum has over 5,000 rare treasures among its collection including original documents from historic Black figures whose contributions helped shape the United States. Artifacts in this unparalleled mobile collection represent items from the categories of slavery, Jim Crow era, music, sports, the Civil Rights and Black Power era, and popular culture.
It's received praises from Krs-One, Public Enemy and retired Detroit City Councilwoman, Barbara Rose Collins.
"My mission is to raise the consciousness of the human family by sharing artifacts that celebrate the contributions, achievements, and experiences of African Americans", states el-Hakim. "I want people to walk away as inspired as I've been as a collector and student of this history."
El-Hakim's mobile museum has traveled to over 26 states, 100+ college campuses and several K-12 schools. And despite being in business over 20 years, the museum shows no plans of slowing down. Just two weeks ago, it was awarded a grant by The Pollination Project, known for "seeding projects that change the world."
You can find information on booking the Black History 101 Mobile Museum here.
I don't know who cried more today- me or Max or Momma.
Everyone wants beautiful, healthy hair. You spend time and money caring for your hair every day and you want it to look its best. One of the most dreaded fears of curly girls everywhere is the loss of their beautiful locks. Hair loss can happen for many reasons. The good news is there are ways to prevent hair loss! Find out some of my favorite tips to keep your strands full and beautiful.
3. Choose the Right Products
Hair loss can be a troubling experience for curly girls. With these tips, an ounce of prevention is worth a head of beautiful curls!
When it comes to your curls, you want to make sure you are giving them exactly what they need, when they need it. With so many products on the market, it can be confusing to know which one your curls need at any given moment. One of the biggest confusions for curlies is the ongoing question of do I need a moisturizer, refresher, or milk? Which treatment is best for my hair? Let’s take a closer look at this concern and find a curly girl solution!
For the best results, pay attention to the state of your curls. They will always let you know what they need!
When it comes to hair growth, there is a lot of information floating around. From magical potions to the best time to trim for faster growth, hair growth myths are alive and well. But how accurate are these hair growth myths? Well, let’s look at three of the top myths.
There are lots of myths out there about hair growth. Do your homework before buying into them and you can save yourself a lot of wasted time, energy, and money.
Healthy hair starts on the inside. What you eat plays a big role in how your hair looks and feels. The foods you eat can either give you the nourishment you need to rock a beautiful head of curls or it can zap your strands of nutrients leaving hair dull, dry, and lifeless. So, what are the best superfoods for hair? Here are the top 5 hair superfoods you should add to your diet ASAP.
It is important to remember that what you eat affects how you look. With the right superfoods, you can make sure your curls stay healthy and beautiful!
If you are looking to mix things up with your look by adding a touch of color or completely changing hues, there are a few special considerations to keep in mind. Curly hair is beautiful but it can also be fragile and prone to damage. That’s why I have a few tips on coloring your natural hair to help protect your strands during this process!
Changing your hair is a great way for a fresh start. When it comes to coloring your curls, following a few simple tips can mean the difference between happiness and heartache.
|Photo by Nicci Briann, Nappi Hour Chicago, February 17, 2017. Nappi Hour is a place for us to "come let your hair down after work."|
In January 2017, Nappi Hour was launched by AFROTRAK as a place for "US" to "come let your hair down after work" in Chicago. And it may be carving it's niche.
After two months of successful turnouts, Nappi Hour may be on to something. What makes Nappi Hour unique is its ability to draw a crowd to the dance floor between the hours of 5-9p.m. Sometimes you want to go out, but want to avoid late nights at clubs or buying bottles. With Nappi Hour, the party starts as soon as you're off work, and you're home and in bed before midnight.
The music selection is centered around Afrobeats, Reggae, Hip Hop and other classic Black music. On average, the event draws a crowd of 200 Black millennials, Africans and those who identify somewhere in between. Check out the recap from last month's Nappi Hour below.
You want your curls to look beautiful and healthy all the time. When it comes to hair care, it can feel like you need an army of support. From the right products to the necessary hair tools and accessories, you need a lot of stuff to ensure your best curls. Here are a few of my picks for necessary hair tools and accessories that every curly girl should have in her arsenal.
Hair care is an involved process. With the right tools and accessories, make the process easier and your curls will reward you in the end!
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When it comes to curly hair, the possibilities are endless in terms of styles. An updo is one of the best ways to protect your hair from damage while still looking great. Here are a few of my favorite natural updos.
When it comes to natural updos, the key is to find a style that lets you still show off the beauty of your given texture instead of hiding it away. With these styles, you can do just that!