Saturday, May 27, 2017

A Call for Natural Hair Narratives/Stories: The 411 Is Here!

A decision has been made to get our Natural hair Narratives/Stories on in the form of a new and exciting book!  This project emerges out of,  as our courageous sister, ancestor, Fannie Lou Hamer put it being "Sick And Tired of Being Sick and Tired" of the denigration of our natural hair as it grows out of our scalp. As a multi-book author  with a recently released book, I believe there is no reason for us to sit idly by without telling our stories about the beauty and glory of our natural hair.  We must explain to the world, What In the Natural Hair Is Going On  in terms of the negativity regarding our hair.  We will be providing narratives for generations to come. We do not want to leave our readers without solutions, so to counter any negative experiences that individuals may include, per their natural hair narratives/stories, the book will also emphasize ending the shaming, that is perpetrated by others, through discussing solutions to do so.

The information for those of you who want to contribute to this exciting upcoming book by contributing your natural hair narrative/story is below: 

Tentative Title"GETTING DOWN TO THE ROOTS": A Collection of Natural Hair Narratives
Deadeline Date for Submission: October 20, 2017
Number of pages: No less than 2, no more than 15 double-spaced typewritten pages (Microsoft Word).
Font size: 12
A short Bio (No more than 250 words) and your Photograph is required with your submission. 
Where to submit:  Drpattirose@yahoo.com
Editors: Patti R. Rose, MPH, Ed.D and Courtney E. Rose, M.Ed (and Teachers College Columbia University Doctoral Candidate)
The cover will be illustrated by Dr. Patti Rose

#LetsTalkAboutSolutions #NaturalIsCoolEnough #NICE

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What the Natural Hair Is Going In?: It's Time To Tell Our Stories!

Of late, to my dismay, I have been reading stories about mainly young Black women who are being chastised for wearing their hair naturally, namely, in braids, afros and other natural do’s. Essentially, they are wearing their hair in various styles, per the texture of their hair as it grows out of their scalp.

It is time to collect our stories, essentially our hair narratives. If you have been humiliated, harassed, shamed, embarrassed, isolated, shamed, criticized, or treated/spoken to negatively in any way for wearing your hair naturally, anywhere, anytime or anyplace, by anyone, this is an invitation to share your story with comments. Also, enlighten us about how you handled the situation because above all #LetsTalkAboutSolutions. There is a place in history for these important stories so that generations to come will know how the hair of Black people, in its natural state was viewed in our society. This effort will also serve as an opportunity for us to tell our young sisters, in the articles below, that we love them in all of their natural hair glory and that we are not accepting of what they are experiencing.

In your natural hair glory, I support you, young sisters.
 I hear your stories and I care.
Always know that no matter who says otherwise, anytime, any place or
Natural Is Cool Enough!
Through your stories, the Natural Hair Narratives have begun,
and we know that based on the beauty and history of our natural hair,
in terms of this natural hair war nonsense, we have already won!


Share your story, knowing that doing so is happening within a warm embrace of support because we must deeply believe that in terms of our natural hair, Natural Is Cool Enough and of course, that is N.I.C.E.! We cannot be accepting of this continued crisis of denigration. Let’s send our young sisters and brothers love so that stories like those above and the one below will no longer be just another piece to read but a call to action to ensure that this happens no more. Through our stories, let’s understand, what the natural hair is going on and move towards solutions.