Daily Archives: October 17, 2011

MLK Memorial Dedication: Words, Thoughts, Action

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b y  W e u s i

today is sunday 10/16/11.

i’m watching the MLK Jr Memorial Dedication on TV ONE.

there are a few things that have crossed my mind …

  1. TV ONE is broadcasting it … a tv station that is owned and run by a black woman!
  2. the mix of speakers & presenters speaks to a vastness of his impact.
  3. this is long overdue, yet so counter to what he wanted.
  4. i’m worried that this is where they set OBAMA up.
  5. barack obama is a great orator … but ain’t nutthin’ like a good preacher! bernice king is the truth!
  6. the podium should have had a black back.
  7. teleprompters would have helped (that’s my production mind kicking in :).
  8. if i would have gotten 2 minutes to speak, what would i have said …

“hello everybody. i said hello everybody. this is in for Dr. King … and it will be in the tradition of call and response, ok?
so lets try this again … hello everybody!
a special occasion that we are all honored to be a part of …

i know that you have no idea who i am and are trying to figure out why i am speaking …
i am speaking because i am you … and you are me … i am one of the many voices of the nameless 99% …

i am here to share a few thoughts from a regular guy that has been given a special chance to speak to the world. first things first … hi mom & dad! haha.

now with that said … i’m about to say some things that can easily be twisted and taken out of context  … but because they are my truth … and since we are here today to talk about this man who had a vision for a new america, i’m gonna speak my truth. do you mind if i speak my truth!?! (crowds response) … ok, like it or not … here you go …

i’m not a fan of dr king … and i don’t think that you should be …

but before you start to hiss & boo …
i think that you should be a student of dr king, not a fan!

you see, despite the fact that this man has become an icon for his actions … i ask that you look and study the IDEALS and PRINCIPLES that guided his actions. and NO … i’m not gonna do the homework and lecture you on these principles … and i’m not gonna do it in part because some of the issue with our communities right now are caused by us, me included, being lazy and not doing the work. we’ve gotten used to having things readily accessible to us in this microwave, instant internet answer society!

if you’re upset, i’m sorry that you are upset but … i told you i was the voice of no-man and i’m gonna speak my mind …
and you gave me permission to do it … SO … i’m not done …

the other thing that i’m going to say that may piss some people off is that Dr. King doesn’t want this monument.

he doesn’t … he wants us to spend the money we spent on this memorial on helping those causes he speaks about!  this cost $120 million … that could have been $2 million dollars to 60 different organizations in need. or starting organizations to address issues like education, poverty, police brutality, homelessness, unjust incarcerations and all the other issues Dr. King addressed!

now … since you are good and upset, i want to remind you that Dr. King was not just about talk … he was about actions.

if you feel strongly about anything i said, then respond with an action …
if you feel indifferent about what i’ve said, then ask the people around you how they feel about it …

as the voice of the 99%, my goal with this limited time was to inspire people to action … to both inspire and rile people up and do something …

to leave here and help and to be here and spark conversation with a stranger and build community.

Dr. King was about organizing and mobilizing around issues that were not only important to us, but are also important to future generations …

my time has come … your time has too … so i leave you with the reminder that Dr. King’s dream is far from being realized and there is work to do … so please do something!
‘i am a man’ … and i am black.

thank you.”

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September Update: Terysa

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Here’s Terysa (Third Wave) with a September GOC recap!
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by Terysa of Glam Garage

I did absolutely nothing to my hair in September. I washed every weekend and bunned. I didn’t have time to deep condition *slapping myself on the hand.* But I did see a lot of length retention. Hair is little past BSL. I actually think it grew, but I’ll know for sure when I straighten in November.

Hair Regimen:

  • Pre-Poo with Grapeseed Oil and Hair Cholesterol
  • Wash out and detangle in shower with Hello Hydration
  • Apply Kinky Kurly Knot Today Leave in Conditioner from root to length
  • Cantu Shea Butter around edges and dry parts without rubbing in (I like to let it melt on its own – lasts longer.)
  • Finish with Miracle 7 Leave in Mist (Smells divine, contains silicones though. But I don’t mind, my hair likes some.)

In October, I plan to shampoo my hair and hopefully deep condition :).

Health & Fitness:

I’ve reached my pre-pregnancy weight, but I have not reached my pre-pregnancy size … how weird is that???

I haven’t given up yet. But, I’ve created a workout schedule where I only exercise Monday through Thursday. So, I don’t completely give up. The C-section scar has left me with a flap of skin that drives me CRAZY. I don’t think I’ll ever have a completely flat stomach again, but I’ll still try and see what happens. Enough complaining. After the doctor gave me the okay to exercise again, I started:

  • Preparing for my 5k by running on Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Lean and tone by taking Yoga twice a week

When I’d skip a day, I’d use the hubby’s Xbox Kinect. When I needed fun exercise, my top picks were:

  • Your Shape Fitness Evolved
  • Zumba
  • Dance Central

Taking this into October as well!

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Sounds like you’re doing pretty good to me Terysa! That’s awesome that you reached your pre-pregnancy weight already! Though you might not be the same size yet, I’m sure you’ll get there with continued perseverance. Stay tuned for my review on Lauren Brooks Kettlebell DVD in regard to reclaiming your flat tummy after a C-Section!

Protective Style Tutorial for Medium Length Hair

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Krystal, GOC First Wave, is back with video tutorials for a cute, quick, easy and protective style for medium length hair! 

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by Krystal aka Kaligirl1980

Here is the link to a video that I just made for medium length hair. I’m glad you’re doing this challenge/giveaway because I think that the lack of hair styles for medium length hair really led to my frustration. I have a new lease on life as of yesterday afternoon :). I would love to win one of those books. I’ll be submitting at least one more video for the style library.

Same style with a slight alteration.

Dryers, Protein, Twists and Kettlebells

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My do for the week! Buns, buns and more buns!

Hey all you lovely ladies!! I just wanted to give you an update in regard to my … well … hairscapades last week! LOL! As you already know, I had a busy four day weekend and didn’t do much with my hair. I wore it in a bun all week. Buuuuut, I did make a few purchases, so I should have some reviews for you soon!

First up, as I mentioned last week, I picked up a Gold N’ Hot bonnet dryer from Sally’s for about $40 after reading Marsha’s review of it.

I’ve been in serious need of a dryer for almost a year now! My hair NEVER dries overnight and my dryer wasn’t cutting it, even after two hours under it! So, it’s been a big headache when trying to do TnCs, braid and twist-outs (I wouldn’t even contemplate a roller set!). I’ve been eyeing this salon dryer on wheels for a while. But, I’d have to buy it online ($128; free shipping though!) and I was worried about whether it would be worth it as the only review I’d been able to find was the one that prompted me to search for it! I didn’t savor the thought of having to pack it up, trek to the post office and pay return shipping. I also wondered where in the world would I store it! So, when I read Marsha’s review, I figured, “What the heck?” With the Gold N’ Hot, if it doesn’t work, I’ll just go around the corner from my house and return it! Low risk baby. I plan on giving this joker a whirl on Tuesday or Wednesday night for a TnC set in preparation for the Curly Nikki NYC Meet-Up! Review to follow!

Next, I’ve been experiencing a little more breakage than normal and I don’t like it! I’ve always avoided protein-based deep conditioners marketed for relaxed, textured hair. I didn’t know what the problem was, but I knew that they always made my hair hard. So, last year, I came to the conclusion that I’m protein sensitive after learning there was such a thing! I’ve relied on henna to act as my strengthening treatment as it’s my understanding that the plant resin bonds to keratin in the hair to fill in gaps in the cuticle similar to the way that protein treatments do. But then, it hit me, I haven’t been doing full strength henna treatments on my length since the beginning of this year due to curl loosening! Also, after reading and learning more about protein, I’ve come to realize that using a moisturizing DC after a protein treatment should restore pliability and softness to the hair. So, while at Sally’s, I decided to also pick up two protein treatments in order to begin experimenting with them. I’ve noticed that a lot of people use the ApHogee Two Step Protein Treatment. But, given that the directions indicate that you have to allow this to dry on your hair until it hardens and to avoid any manipulation, I thought that might be a little too strong for my hair and needs. At least, I thought, I don’t need to go that hard with my first protein experiment. So, instead, I picked up a bottle of the ApHogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor.

Also, since I’d read some good reviews of it, I purchased an Organic Root Stimulator (ORS) Olive Oil Replenishing Pak. It indicates, “Helps Restore Moisture & Rebuild Damaged Hair.”

I wasn’t sure if it was a protein conditioner because of the “moisture” part. However, I was pretty sure I’d read reviews indicating that it was. So, when I got home, I did some research and found this recent post on bglhonline.com about protein treatments that indicates one should look for “hydrolyzed” proteins in the first five ingredients for a true and effective treatment. I checked the ORS to find hydrolyzed collagen as the fifth ingredient, so I feel relatively confident that it is a protein conditioner. I decided to check the ApHogee too. Oddly enough, a hydrolyzed protein wasn’t in the first five ingredients! However, the sixth and seventh ingredients are hydrolyzed keratin and hydrolyzed vegetable protein (with some other long, chemical words that I don’t feel like re-typing!). So, I figure it probably should be decent too. I’m not sure which one I’ll try first, but I plan on using one of them, followed by either my JessiCurl Weekly Deep Treatment or Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner, this Tuesday or Wednesday when I wash my hair for my TnC set. I may not do a moisturizing DC after the ORS if my hair feels soft after rinsing. Anywho, again, reviews to follow!!

Finally, my last hair related purchase of the week was five bags of the Nafy Collection Afro Puffy Twist hair!! After two months, the distributor contacted me to tell me that it was finally back in stock, but he had a limited amount! Actually, I initially inquired about the New Nubian Twist hair that I told you guys about here. However, I was concerned that the hair might not look natural. So, after seeing this picture on the distributor’s Facebook page and asking him about what looks more natural, I decided to go with the Afro Puffy Twist hair in 1b.

The plan is to get my hair in puffy twists in November sometime. I’m still not sure where I’m going to get them done as I’m really wary of most braiding places. I also don’t know whether I’m going to trust someone to blow out my hair or if I’ll do it myself. Maybe I’ll try a Curlformer set to stretch it if the new dryer works well? I don’t know! Anyone have suggestions for a good heat protectant? Ugh. I really wasn’t planning on blowing out my hair until the end of this challenge. It’s been a year now since I last did it. But, I really feel like I want to give myself a little break with doing my hair and am looking forward to being able to leave the house in the morning without worrying about styling!

So finally, last week was an okay exercise week. I got in two interval sessions on the treadmill and two kettlebell routines (one 12 minutes and one 40 minutes). I would have liked to get in another day to make it five in the week (not including last Sunday, when I did do hot yoga), but four still wasn’t bad given that I was in the city all day, every day, from Thursday to Sunday and spent the majority of it on my feet. Anywho, I’ll definitely be reviewing the Lauren Brooks Kettlebell DVD, the good and not so good, this week. So, stay tuned for that too!

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What “acquisitions” did you make last week? Thinking of experimenting with anything? And, where are my FB Fitness Friends ;)?!?