Archive for June, 2012

I support Black Angels over Tuskegee

As I mentioned in my review regarding the Curl Daze event, I told you of the many prizes I won. One of them was a pair of tickets to see the off Broadway play Black Angels over Tuskegee. I had heard many talks of Tuskegee and some of its Black Angels.

I would get into depth about the play but that would ruin it all wouldn’t it. Though I will tell you it was AMAZING. The story of the amazing men of Tuskegee was bold, courageous, strong, determined, and heart wrenching. I caught myself tearing up by how strong the messages of the play were.

Thanks to the ladies of Around the Way Curls and Asili Glam for this amazing winning.

I promise it is a MUST see. To purchase tickets head on over to BlackAngelsoverTuskegee.com.

Be sure to also stop by: iSupportBlackAngels.com

Some of the cast of Black Angels over Tuskegee and I

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

What is your natural hair woe?

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Tressumé: Joyce Brewer

Joyce Brewer

 

Atlanta, GA

Joyce Brewer is the creator and host of MommyTalkShow.com, an online parenting talk show for Atlanta moms. The Emmy award-winning TV journalist decided to work from home after she got married, moved to Atlanta and had a son with a year’s time. Joyce juggles her business as a video blogger, video marketing producer and social media strategist while working from home.


How long have you been natural?
My last relaxer was in May 2009, right before my wedding.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
I transitioned for about four months using twistouts and bantu knot styles before I did the big chop.

Why did you choose that route?
It seemed the easiest way to keep some length and not go through the shock of a big chop. My hair had always been at least chin-length.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
I wanted to know what my natural hair texture was and to cut the cost of salon appointments by doing my down hair. When I was a news anchor the TV station had an advertising agreement with my salon so I didn’t pay for hair care. But once I left that job and that luxury I wanted to do my own hair.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
Surrounding myself with other friends who are natural, reading natural hair care blogs and being involved in natural hair groups. My husband and son also have huge afros so we’re a natural family.

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine adds sheen to my twist outs. I also use it on my skin. I use it sparingly because it’s not cheap! When I need to freshen up my afro and I don’t have time to co-wash, I use Infusium 23 leave-in conditioner.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
I wear twist outs most of the time. They’re easy to do, work well whether I’m at a play date or business meeting. This summer, I’d like to get locs professionally done.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I don’t have to worry about chemicals in my body or near my son. I think it also shows him that natural hair and natural women are beautiful.

What do you dislike about it?
I’m still trying to master overnight care for my natural hair. Sometimes I’m too tired to retwist it.I’ve also come to terms with that fact that my natural hair doesn’t curl like a lot of other hair types. I’m a 4a-c so it’s kinky, not curly.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
Surround yourself with a group of other sisters with natural hair. Follow blogs like Aphrodite Kinks and attend natural hair meetups. Resist the urge to become a product junkie or blow a lot of money on hair care products. Use products that have been shown to work for your hair type! What works as a great conditioner for someone with wavy hair would not work on my kinky hair. Youtube has a ton of tutorials and reviews on products and styles that have helped me a lot!

Can we get some TWA love?

Searching around the net time and time again I bump into a couple natural hair ladies; as it begins to sweep the nation and world more and more women are embracing their natural curls, kinks, and coils. Of course almost every natural haired woman wants long healthy hair and has a “hair crush”.

If you are not certain what a “hair crush” exactly is, I am here to enlighten you.

Hair Crush: Person whose natural hair entices you so much your crushing on their hair. These persons usually have long flowing curls or a really big fro in which the crusher would like for their hair to look the same as or similar to.

Hmmmm…

I appreciate all of the ladies with the long curly natural hair but, I DONT appreciate that the TWA ladies are not recognized as much. Many of those long hair, big fro ladies had to start somewhere which was that TWA . Why don’t we recognize their hair journeys and not their hair lengths.

To help motivate the women rocking those TWA’s I have put together a collection of TWA Hair Crushes…..Enjoy!

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Thank You ladies for being bold, confident, and most of all beautiful. You all are my hair crushes.

Love your Kinks,

BkAphrodite

Kynx Giveaway Winner

Thank You to all of you that participated, it was a pleasure.

The winner was chosen using Random.org….

& the winner is

*Drum Roll Please(Lol)*

Autumn H.

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Please Email me your information at BkAphrodite@gmail.com.

If I do not receive an email within the next 24 hours another winner will be chosen.

Be sure to stay tuned for more giveaways and amazing posts.

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

CurlBox x Karen’s Body Beautiful

Come out to join in some natural hair fun and meet other naturalistas.

The event is free, all you have to do it rsvp. Hope to see you there!!

Tressumé: Jor-El (Mane Man)

MANE MAN (Jor-El)
 
New York, NY
How long have you been natural?
I’ve never been asked this question before! I guess I’ll have to say that I’ve been natural for about 3-4 years now. Back in Summer 2008 I got a texturizer and while I liked it for a few weeks, I immediately grew it out and returned to low cut Caesar cuts until Fall 2009. That’s when I started to grow my hair out.
What inspired you to have natural hair?
What has kept you motivated to remain natural? The best thing about this experience has been the growing sense of confidence I’ve felt since embracing my fro. Like women, I think its also difficult for guys who get pressures to look a certain way. I grew tired of having the same hair cut for years and years and just needed a change. I really enjoy the way my hair looks now and how it better reflects my character and personality.
What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Only two?! If I HAVE to decide, I’m going to say that I must have Tresemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner. It is the best drug store conditioner I have used to date. It has great slip and my hair loves that stuff! And for the second? I’d have to say that I always need a good gel or styling cream on hand for my go to wash and go. One of my favorites has to be Donna Marie’s Dream Curling Cream.
What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
I really only rock wash and go’s to be honest. It’s easy to do, gives me the look I want and I’ve got it down to a science LOL.
What do you love about your natural hair?
To be honest, I love the texture and thickness of it. I have SO much hair!
What do you dislike about it?
Probably the same things! When I first starting growing out my hair, it was tough to adjust my mind to recognize and appreciate my texture and curl pattern, but now that I understand my hair, I’m a little obsessed with it. The thickness can be tough to deal with during detangling sessions but conditioners with good slip typically help me out with that.
What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
From my own experience and from what I’ve heard from women out there, it can be an emotional journey and social support is key to making any lasting change. Be courageous and challenge the status quo!
Comments:
Feel free to stop by my blog, MANE MAN (manemanblog.com), where I report on natural hair from a guy’s perspective. I do product reviews of hair and grooming products and host giveaways too! Check me out on Facebook atFacebook.com/manemanblog and on Twitter @manemanblog.


That Damn Hair

I recently have been hearing a lot about “The Damn Salon” and was interested in seeing what it was all about. Well let me tell you it is Damn excellence.

Some may or may not have heard of them but here is a quick bio on “The Damn Salon”…

The damn salon is certainly not just your everyday hair salon or braiding parlor. Damn is a beauty movement. We are about hair. We are about make-up. We are about being natural and still high fashion. We are about being conscious and still exciting. We are about being intellectual leaders and teachers, who are intelligent enough to know when to follow. We are about being fierce and DAMN, we have attitude for days but are humble enough to give. We are confident in our art, in our selves, in our goals, in our beliefs and in exactly what God made us to be. We are beautiful to the fullest of our potential and frankly dont give a damn what other people think. Through our art, we aim to inspire and dare you to be beautiful to your fullest potential. Our art is unique and has inspired and attracted women internationally. Our clients fly in religiously to experience our damn services from as far as California, New York, Hawaii, DC, Toronto, Alaska and even Europe. Yes that may seem farfetched, but once you’ve had damn experience, you too would travel to be damned.

Source: TheDamnSalon.com

The Damn Salon is located in Georgia but they share all of that greatness with us. They host what is called A Taste of Damn where they give you a little taste of the salon. You too can get DAMNED! If your looking for a protective style for that natural hair then head on over to TheDamnSalon.com to find out how you can take the next step to get a Taste of Damn.

“Taste of Damn” Locations

Washington DC June 23-24, 2012

Philadelphia June 26-27, 2012

New York June 29-30, 2012

Kings &Queens….We Rule Together

As Goddess’ or Queens we are important in this world along with our Kings. I recently came across the young King Curran J. of Kings Rule Together (K.R.T) who posses a rather exquisite style and mindset. In 2010, his brand Kings Rule Together was created “to showcase his various interests and bridge the gap between the everyday man and fashion aficionado”, as well as spreading the positivity and peace amongst people today.

In 2011, Curran J launched the Kings Rule Together clothing line, encouraging Kings and Queens alike to embrace their inner excellence and prestige. Since its launch, K.R.T. has sold over 1500 pieces throughout the world, including in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Source: KingsRuleTogether.com

I was very inspired by the message that the young King Curran was spreading and had to speak with him. I got the chance to interview him to share with you a deeper look into his brand K.R.T.

What inspired you to create your brand Kings Rule Together?
The people that supported me inspired me to do so. I was always doing something, whether it be planning or creating events, setting trends, or just implementing positivity in my life or the lives of others. It first started with my blog kingsruletogether.com and then after that came the clothing brand.

Kings Rule Together; how did you come up with this name for your brand?
When I was younger, my friend used to refer to me as “King.” It was basically a supplement for using the n-word, which black people have used as a term of endearment. The reality is that the n-word’s history comes from a dark and painful place in black culture and history. In history, leaders have always had followers, but leaders also surrounded themselves around other leaders. The same thing went for Kings in history, they worked together to solve common issues and even at times to create mergers. It helped them grow as a King.

How do you think your brand Kings Rule Together will help change the outlook of people towards one another?
Instead of people pitting themselves against each other, I believe that people will actually come together to get things done. It’s always great to be independent and self-sufficient, but the issue is that everyone has become so competitive and not even in the best way. It causes for people to want to step on others just so that they can reach their goals. Kings Rule Together is not about that and that is what I believe attracts people to the brand. I’m Curran, but Curran can build up another fellow King or Queen so that everyone wins at the end of the day.

What makes Kings Rule Together stand out from all other brands?
The message is what makes KRT stand out brightly from others. In today’s society people are so focused on trends, but in the fashion world what’s here today can quickly be gone tomorrow. My focus of course was to create something that people would want to wear, but also I wanted to make something that people would be proud of wearing. People need to hear phrases such as “Kings Rule Together”, Kings INSPIRE kings” and “Queens INSPIRE Kings”, because it makes them feel good. It promotes self worth.

What inspired you to develop the idea of the “Kings Inspire Kings” tee ?
The same premise stemmed from the ideology behind Kings Rule Together as a brand. A male having a positive male figure in his life could make all of the difference in the world. It’s all about unity, appreciation and recognizing your peers as well as those who came before you.

What inspired you to develop the idea of the “Queens Inspire Kings” tee?
Behind every great King stands a wonderful Queen. Great Queens have helped shape and mold me into the man that I am today. It’s an amazing and important thing that Kings Rule Together makes note of this.

What has been your biggest accomplishment as Curran J. the entrepreneur?
In December, I took part in a video with Pharrell Williams for a movement and campaign called i am OTHER. It was a great experience. I also took part in Philly Fashion Week a couple of years ago. I’ve met amazing people along the way, and it surprises me sometimes how many people have heard of my brand. There’s a lot of love that goes behind that, which encourages me to keep on going.

What has been the biggest accomplishment for your brand Kings Rule Together?
The actor, Jaden Smith, and the actor and BET 106 & Park host, Terrence J, have both been wearing the brand. Most of all my brand is growing everyday. People of all ages, races, sexes, and sizes are supporting the brand. It makes me feel proud that people are really interested in Kings Rule Together.

Where do you see Kings Rule Together 5 years from now?
I expect to see Kings Rule Together become a household name. I want to see a non-profit also come out of it as well as definitely expanding from just doing clothing. My vision for Kings Rule Together is to go extremely far and mark an imprint in society. It’s about longevity and not the short-term.

If you could describe your brand Kings Rule Together in one word what would it be? Why?
INSPIRE. Sometimes people need something to create a spark for them- they need inspiration. The word “INSPIRE” is a significant part of Kings Rule Together given the fact that the message is boldly printed on many of the apparel. By people choosing to wear this brand they are inspiring those who see the message on the shirt. I’ve heard my customers say that people love the shirt that they are wearing and they often ask questions about the meaning. When they hear about the meaning, they become INSPIRED.

What else can we expect to see from Curran J.? Kings Rule Together?
In the future, I definitely plan on going on more philanthropic ventures. As I explained before about Kings Rule Together being a household name in the future, I also want the same thing for myself. It’s not particularly about the fame and the money, but it’s more about the positive values that I want to instill in people and the generations to come.

As for Kings Rule Together, expect to see two summer series lines. I will be having a basketball game coming up as well sponsored by myself. Kings Rule Together will continue to grow and expand- it will evolve. In the future there will definitely be a clothing line for children and even more.

Where can Kings Rule Together items be purchased?
Anyone can purchase KRT merchandise from my website kingsruletogether.com/shop or from any of the events that I appear.

Giveaway Time Again! (Ended)

The product up for grabs this time is….

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Being that I already had one of the Kynx miracle kink cream’s and received this one in a CurlBox, I have decided to give it away to one lucky natural hair person.

To enter:
You MUST be subscribed to Aphrodite Kinks.
You should also comment below to ensure you are entered.

This giveaway will last for one week, ending on June 21.

Get those entries in fast….Good Luck!!!

P.S. this giveaway is International 🙂

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite