Saturday, September 29, 2012

Author Event at Books and Books in Coral Gables, Florida!

Just a brief post to let you know that on October 10, at 6:30 P.M., Books and Books in Coral Gables, FL will host an Author's Event on my behalf which I want to share with you.  Please see information per this link:

I will give a complete talk about why and how I wrote the book, how I got it published and discuss highlights from the book!  I will be sure to highlight the natural hair "case study" in the book as this work definitely contains cultural competency matters relevant to N.I.C.E.!  Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Oprah on the Cover of Forbes, Naturally: You Go Girl!

Not only did Oprah Rock her natural on the cover of her own magazine in the most recent issue, but she did the same on the cover of  The Forbes Magazine Special 30th Anniversary Issue, standing in between Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.  All I have to say is that there is no doubt that Oprah knows that Natural Is Cool Enough and to sum it up, You Go Girl!  Natural Hair definitely works in the business/corporate world, for sure and don't ever let anyone suggest otherwise!  Oprah is stepping forward as a natural hair Role Model, and letting the world know that Natural IS Cool Enough and of course, even for the richest people in America and that's N.I.C.E.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Prince's New Style: For Him, Natural Is Cool Enough

Prince has  always been unique in many ways and that alone is a sign of strength and creativity. There is a reason to cheer given the fact that he is about to proceed with a concert in Chicago, to bring awareness to the economic crisis and people who are suffering financially and beyond.  Perhaps, in proceeding with such a worthwhile endeavor, the natural style will serve to highlight his level of  consciousness and awareness about what others are experiencing during these trying times. Whatever his reason for his natural do, one can be certain that at this time, Prince has decided, once again that Natural Is Cool Enough!
Current Prince...

Prince from Back in the Day...He's Back, Naturally!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

U.S. Open Naturally: Serena Wins Again!

Serena has done it again, winning the U.S. Open in natural style. This is her 4th time winning the U.S. Open and it has been a banner year for her. Selena also won singles and doubles titles at Wimbledon and the London Olympics.  Once again, she let the world know, by stepping out with her natural, beautiful hairstyle, that she knows, without a doubt, that Natural is Cool Enough!  Fabulous!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Politics Aside: For Michele Obama, Is Natural Cool Enough?

Politics aside, there is no doubt that Michelle Obama is an absolutely intelligent, beautiful and glamorous African American/Black woman. Without taking varied political perspectives into consideration, and focusing on the purpose of nearly all of my Blog posts and it's theme, Natural Is Cool Enough,  I can't help but wonder, what the impact would be if Mrs. Obama were to stop making her hair totally bone straight and let her natural hair, as it grows from her scalp, be seen, in public, particularly when she is giving a speech as important and as eloquent as the speech she gave last night at the Democratic National Convention.  I wrote about this back in May of 2010 and continue to ponder this: http://naturaliscoolenough.blogspot.com/2010/05/should-michelle-obama-wear-her-hair.html.

As I explored the web, after her speech, I wasn't surprised when I saw comments from Black women noting that they were on the fence about keeping their hair natural or transitioning to natural hair, but after seeing FLOTUS during her speech, they were going to go ahead and get a perm or straighten their hair otherwise.  Some think that First Lady Michelle Obama uses a flat iron, others say it is a perm, and some even argue that there is some weave involved.  Essentially, no one knows that will reveal this, nor should they, but what is absolutely clear is that something is being done to change the texture.  So, here are some pictures, in case there is some uncertainty.

Mrs. Obama is a Princeton graduate, a Harvard Law graduate and she is married to the President of the United States. Other than being the President herself, what role would she need to be in before wearing her hair naturally would be acceptable? I can't help but think how intense it would be if side by side pictures of Michelle Obama and Ann Romney depicted Mrs. Obama with her hair rather than like this...

but like the style depicted in the picture immediately below.  Maybe African American/Black women across the web and all over the world who are on the fence about going natural or not would say, I am going to go natural too...with Mrs. Obama as a role model, in terms of hair. Perhaps little Black/African American girls in the U.S. and around the world would look at their hair and want to emulate Mrs. Obama's natural hair.

So, although the First Lady, for whatever her reasons, chooses not to represent the notion that Natural Is Cool Enough in her role as first lady, there are others to continue to look to for this type of role modeling.  It's nice to see the covers below with Jill Scott and Oprah as they are literally representing natural hair in the public eye.  For these two ladies, with politics aside, it appears that your perspective is that Natural Is Cool Enough!

Maybe one day we will see Mrs. Obama gracing a magazine cover like this: