Posts tagged ‘motivation’

Kings and Queens: Little’s edition!!

Hello all,

I have decided to bring something new and exciting to Aphrodite Kinks. You may have guessed it by the title…. Well, for sometime I wanted these slop a way to involve and inspire the moms and dads, when it comes to their natural haired littles. This being said I have developed Tressumé’s for the mommy’s and daddy’s of the natural littles community.

Please come along and share your journey with your children and their natural hair. If you would like to be apart of these interviews please do email me, BkAphrodite@gmail.com for details.

Love their Kinks,
BkAphrodite

Brooklyn Fros

I decided I would make the effort every month to be in attendance at the Target First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum. Well last weekend I made it for my second month in a row. I was pretty happy about this one in particular because the one last month was a bit blah(DAMN YOU SANDY!!!). It was definitely an eventful night with the various talks, beautiful people,music(by the Afro Band) , wines, and of course ART. Who couldn’t ask for more.

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These pieces!!!! My heart jumps every time I see amazing pieces, and the artist in me just screams to capture every moment of greatness. I would have to say thought that I have fallen in deeeeep love with one of the most recent exhibits by Mickalene Thomas. When I tell you her art is just so Frolicious and empowering.

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Don’t you just love it!!!!

& this quote next to a photograph from the artists’ inspiration; “Mama Bush”

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Oh and when I say I felt like the ultimate Queen!! I was feeling myself; can’t you see the shadow of my crown in the above quote. YASSSSSS! Lol Check out my fro and me rocking my KingRulesTogether tee….”Queens INSPIRE Kings”

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So your interested in purchasing a “Queens INSPIRE Kings” tee?? Head over to KingsRuleTogether.com.

Have you been rocking your fro?

Do you wash n’ go during the winter?

Love your Kinks,

BkaAphrodite

Embrace it!!

CurlBox July Fly

Got my July CurlBox and yet again full sized products!!! Now tell me that ain’t fly! We have been getting so many full sized items. We gotta love Myleik for this.

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This months box was pretty simple, well at least for me. So let me give you the scoop, three random people got Huetiful hair steamers. Poor me was having dreams back to back about winning one from my July CurlBox. It didn’t happen but, I’m telling you it has to. I will soon be united with my Huetiful. Congrats to those three lucky folks, enjoy it for me!

The products in this box were:

Motions Naturally You: Moisturizing Cleanser & Smoothing Conditioner

Shea Radiance: Nourishing Hair Repair Cream

Jane Carter Solution: Condition and Sculpt

Lusters: Pink Classic Light

….. And those three random you win cards with gold bottle…..Hmmmm Le Sigh

Lol

Now lets talk about the catalogue with the beautiful Mae better known as NaturalChica, isn’t she looking fab, fly. What I liked most about this month’s catalogue was what was written inside. It was all about taking risks. I found that this issue was definitely speaking to me. Thanks to Myleik I’m feeling extra motivated. You may see some changes around here on Aphrodite Kinks *wink wink*

I leave you with this “Whatever you think, think the opposite”.

Love your Kinks,
BkAphrodite

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.

Black Girls x Run = Great Health!

I recently over heard the news speaking about a program called “Black Girls Run”. In hopes to improve my own health and exercise behaviors I stopped to take a peak. The program provides encouragement for African American females to improve their well being. I found that this was great for the African American community, it give us time to bond with other sisters and gain ways to become healthier. Now, tell me that ain’t awesome!

Oh yes and the best news of all; I decided to do a little research on “Black Girls Run”. Lo and Behold the ladies who started this amazing program have natural hair! Gotta love your natural sistas!

So Support and check out “Black Girls Run”

Doesn’t this motivate you so much!! Black Girls Running!!! Let’s improve ourselves, and get to running!
Until next time….
Love,
BkAphrodite

Tressumé: Adrienne

Adrienne emailed me about her story and I just had to interview her right away. She is a prime example of what faith can do. Learning her story gave me the ability to remember to keep faith and remain hopeful. She has an amazing story to tell. So read on!!

Name: Adrienne M (ManeAngels)
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Location: Raleigh/Durham, NC

How long have you been natural? I’ve been natural since 2006.

Did you transition or do the Big Chop? Neither, I did the other BC (breast cancer)! I was diagnosed in 2006 with Stage 3A BC. After chemo, radiation treatments & reconstructive surgery, I decided not to put chemicals back in my hair. This year is a milestone year for me – 5 years breast cancer FREE!

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Why did you choose that route?

There are many products that have carcinogenic properties in them. I decided to do my best to use organic products to put in and on my body since I was diagnosed with cancer to give me a fighting chance. 🙂

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?

When my hair started to grow back, it was curly/wavy. As it grew longer, the texture changed. I didn’t know how to style it, so I went back to what my mother did…press and curl. I did that for 5 years. When I started a new position at another banking institution, I continued to straighten my hair because I didn’t think corporate America accepted women of color in their “natural state”. Then, I saw a co-worker wearing her hair natural! It was beautiful! I asked her so many questions that she probably thought I was a pest, but she was patient and encouraging. She became my mane angel! I decided to stop fearing what people thought and tried it. In Psalm 139:14 it says, “I praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” God makes no mistakes! So, I decided to wear the hair that He gave me! That keeps me motivated!
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What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without?

I can’t live without Kinky Curly’s Knot Today and coconut oil. Why? Knot Today is a leave-in conditioner that has wonderful slip and is a GREAT detangler! For those who struggle with tangles, it’s fantastic! I love coconut oil because it’s natural, light and penetrates the hair shaft to seal in moisture. In addition, it’s great for sealing in the moisture on your skin.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?

My favorite way to wear my hair is chunky twist/braid outs! You can do so many things with those styles including great protective styles.

What do you love about your natural hair?

The thing I love about my natural hair is the freedom I fell wearing it. I don’t have to apologize or feel ashamed of what God gave me.

What do you dislike about it?

The only thing I dislike is the prep time. Gone are the days of pulling my hair back in ponytails, last minute curling/touching up with flatirons, etc. But it causes me to be a little more organized with my day-to-day, which I guess isn’t a negative at all.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?

The advice I would give someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning or needs advice about natural hair is to be patient. This journey isn’t for the faint of heart. Don’t get me wrong, IT CAN BE DONE by anyone! But you have to have patience! Research, research, research! There’s a ton of information on the internet regarding natural hair. Know that everything is not for you! EVERY head of hair is different and unique. You have to figure out what works best for you. Know that beautiful/healthy hair begins on the inside – what you put in your body. Love your hair and it will love you back.

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Happy Birthday Bob Marley!

On this day, February 6, 1945, a legend was born; Roberta Nesta. He has become well known to spread
“positive vibrations” through the sounds of his reggae music and thoughts. Today we recognize a great…..Bob Marley!
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Just wanted to take the time to spread some of his messages with you all as motivation & his beautiful natural hair of course. Locs are so beautiful!!!

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake up and live”.
– Bob Marley

“Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny”.
– Bob Marley

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold”.
– Bob Marley

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My first, 1st Saturday

Every first Saturday of the month, Brooklyn Museum and Target host the Target First Saturday. The entry to the museum is free and numerous events are held throughout the museum.

Last night I had the opportunity to attend, for the party they host at the end of the night.

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There were so many people there, for such an amazing event. Oh yes, and the natural hair ladies were in the building, it was so much motivation.

If your ever in the New York are for a first Saturday make sure to attend this beautiful event.

Here is the link if you are interested:
http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/first_saturdays.php

Words to keep…

“This life is what you make it. Not matter what, you’re going to mess up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up. Girls will be your friends – they’ll act like it anyway. But just remember, some come, somg go. The ones that stay with you through everything – they’re your true best friends. Don’t let go of them. Also remember, sisters make the best friends in the world. As for lovers, well, they’ll come and go too. And babe, I hate to say it, most of them – actually pretty much all of them are going to break your heart, but you can’t give up becuase if you give up, you’ll never find your soul mate. You’ll never find that half who makes you whole and that goes for everything. Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything. Keep trying, hold on, and always, always, always believe in yourself, because if you don’t, then who will, sweetie? So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”
– Marilyn Monroe

Until next time…

Love,
BkAphrodite