Posts tagged ‘talent’

Tressumé: Philece R. (thatArtista)

Philece. R/thatArtista

Location: Island girl living in Atlanta

Philece is extremely talented; a Fine Artist & Designer, creating, growing, constantly evolving. Be sure to check out her journey.

How long have you been natural?
My last relaxer was in January 2003

Did you transition or do the Big Chop?
My relaxer days ended during a time when natural hair terms weren’t as common as they are now. So I guess I transitioned without even realizing. However I also cut my hair frequently and significantly over the years out of boredom and the need for a new style.

Why did you choose that route?
I can’t say that I chose that route, it just kind of happened.

If transition,
How long did you transition?
I have always worn my curls even with a relaxer, between that and multiple haircuts, it’s hard to say when I reached the point of no longer having relaxed ends.

What inspired you to have natural hair?
There was no specific inspirational factor in my decision. My only reason for getting a relaxer was to have bone straight hair when the mood hit. Once I learned how to do that safely and without chemicals there was no longer a need. Though in recent years I have straighten my hair less than ever before.

What has kept you motivated to remain natural?
I have lived with this hair all of my life. It’s all me, no motivation needed!

What are two(2) natural hair products that you just can’t live without? Why?
Shea Moisture products and coconut oil. The Shea Moisture line is amazing for softness and moisture and the fragrances are heavenly.

What is your favorite way to wear your hair?
Last year I started doing braid outs and twist outs. But I have spent a lifetime being a wash and go girl, so it’s safe to say my favorite way, whether it’s piled on top of my head or letting my curls just flow.

What do you love about your natural hair?
I love the versatility, especially since I get bored very easily so its great to have so many options. I don’t worry or run when it starts raining. Growing up in the Bahamas and living in Atlanta, with the heat and humidity, I’m not worried about what it looks like and being a swimmer, I can jump in the ocean or the pool without a second thought!

What do you dislike about it?
The shrinkage. It’s insane, I lose about half of my length because of it.

What tip(s) would you recommend to someone who wants to become natural, is transitioning, or needs advice about natural hair?
I get a lot of questions about my curls and length. My answer always starts with, learn what works for YOUR hair. For those concerned about length retention, be patient and attentive. Your hair will always show you what it needs and what doesn’t work. Most importantly never forget that it is not just about what you put on your hair but what you put into your body that is so important in achieving healthy hair and a healthier you.

Thanks for the feature, it was my pleasure to share my story.
Love & Light

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Sister Act on Broadway

I first would like to say Thank You to the amazing Imani of TribeCalledCurl for allowing me to be apart of such an amazing National Natural Hair Meetup Day event. I would also like to thank Shea Moisture for giving me the opportunity to win such an amazing prize of goodies.

As most of you know I won a couple of goodies on National Natural Hair Meetup Day. One of those prizes gave me the opportunity to see the amazing broadway show Sister Act and I absolutely loved it.

When your on broadway it’s just so much different. The lights, the action and most of all those amazing musicals. You gotta love NYC!

Well let me get on to tell you how AMAZING Sister Act was. It was a fun filled, and very comedic show starring the beautiful Raven- Symone and … among a cast many other talented actors and singers. When I tell you those people can sing…they can SANG. I loved every minute of it. Oh, and I loved that natural hair she was rocking during the show. Sadly, the show is only around for a short time. So if you haven’t seen it try your best to get some tickets fast. It’s a must see.

This experience was a great way to bring my summer days to an end. The best part of it all was I got to meet Raven-Symone. She was super sweet and has a beautiful spirit.

PS I’m hoping she stops by Aphrodite Kinks. 🙂

Was supposed to bring a curlfriend, but as you can see I had to bring a permed friend.


Me looking and feeling Fab before the show.




Prop from the show; Im telling you, you have to see this play.

Love your Kinks,

“It’s the fire in my eyes”

Today, I had a discussion about poetry and there was one poem that kept appearing in my mind. As the poem came into my head, I just thought about my amazing readers; A poem that makes a BOLD statement and speaks to many in different ways….

A poem by the beautiful and talented, Maya Angelou…ENJOY!

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
– Maya Angelou

Until next time….