More and more black women are going natural. Everyone knows this. And I am always happy to see the results of someone who decided to live a healthier lifestyle and started with their hair.
African American news anchor women who decide to go natural often do an entire news story regarding their decision (no matter what it is) about their own hair. I often wonder why don’t they just come to work with a TWA or a twist-out and let the day go as planned. If that happened, would they be treated differently? Would they get fired and ostracized from the business until they put back in their extensions?
Just below is a story of a news anchor woman who decided to go natural for health reasons. In my opinion it was none of our business why she made her decision but I feel she may have felt she had to tell her story in order to maintain her job. To me that is just sad. Check out the story below.
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Pam McKelvy a Memphis news woman discovered she had breast cancer during her annual mammogram. She underwent a double mastectomy to remove the cancer and she shared her entire journey with her audience.
McKelvy states “A woman’s relationship with her hair is sacred. Her hair is her crown of glory. And for women in TV its intensified. I lost my hair after chemo and I’ve been wearing a wig since this past March. Today I’m taking it off for good. This is a milestone blessed experience for me”
After the grand reveal, she went on to thank everyone for the unyielding support during her battle. She says she feels more radiant and more beautiful than she’s ever been. She’s also extremely grateful to be able to return to her station and share her experience.
“No matter where you are from, your dreams are valid. ” – The Beautiful Lupita Nyongo – Congratulations on your Academy award win!!
During Black history month I decided to take a moment to spotlight my good friend and former client, Nikki Giovanni. I used to be Nikki’s book publicist back in the day and promoted three of her titles that went on to achieve major media attention worldwide.
Nikki is not only my friend she is my sorority sister and when I was on Delta’s National Commission on Arts and Letters I made sure Nikki was featured in our programs during the national convention in Chicago. She featured my short story “Pop Pop” in her book for young adults titled, GRANDFATHERS.
Recently, to my surprise, Nikki came to Albuquerque to publicize her new book CHASING UTOPIA. It was a pleasure seeing her again after so many years, and that’s when I realized; where ever I move, no matter which city, Nikki seems to always visit and we hook up to eat and/or chat about any and everything. But Albuquerque surprised both of us. This city is not normally on the schedule. I told her Albuquerque was selected on her tour for the first time because I’m here now. The Universe wants us to stay in touch.
When Nikki’s poems first emerged from the Black Rights Movement in the late 1960s, she immediately took a place among the most celebrated and controversial poets of the era. Nikki has received several awards including being named Woman of the Year by Mademoiselle, Ladies’ Home Journal and Essence magazines.
I want to share my favorite poem by Nikki when I was in college:
I always like housecleaning even as a child I dug straightening the cabinets putting new paper on the shelves washing the refrigerator inside out and unfortunately this habit has carried over and I find I must remove you from my life
My favorite poem by Nikki when I became a grooownn woman:
if you’ve got the key then i’ve got the door let’s do what we did when we did it before
if you’ve got the time i’ve got the way let’s do what we did when we did it all day
you get the glass i’ve got the wine we’ll do what we did when we did it overtime
if you’ve got the dough then i’ve got the heat we can use my oven til it’s warm and sweet
i know i’m bold coming on like this but the good things in life are too good to be missed
now time is money and money is sweet if you’re busy bay we can do it on our feet
we can do it on the floor we can do it on the stair we can do it on the couch we can do it in the air
we can do it in the grass and in case we get an inch i can scratch it with my left hand cause i’m really quite a witch
if we do it once a month we can do it in time if we do it once a week we can do it in rhyme if we do it every day we can do it everyway we can do it like we did it when we did it that day!
I think this poem is everyone’s favorite:
I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built the sphinx
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star that only glows every one hundred years falls into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad
I sat on the throne drinking nectar with allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to europe to cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is nefertiti the tears from my birth pains created the nile
I am a beautiful woman
I gazed on the forest and burned out the sahara desert with a packet of goat’s meat and a change of clothes
I crossed it in two hours
I am a gazelle so swift so swift you can’t catch me
For a birthday present when he was three I gave my son hannibal an elephant He gave me rome for mother’s day
My strength flows ever on
My son noah built new/ark and I stood proudly at the helm as we sailed on a soft summer day
I turned myself into myself and was jesus
men intone my loving name All praises All praises I am the one who would save
I sowed diamonds in my back yard My bowels deliver uranium
the filings from my fingernails are semi-precious jewels
On a trip north I caught a cold and blew My nose giving oil to the arab world
I am so hip even my errors are correct
I sailed west to reach east and had to round off the earth as I went
The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid across three continents
I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal
I cannot be comprehended except by my permission
I mean…I…can fly
like a bird in the sky…
To prevent breakage and dryness and to promote length and moisture I have worn my hair in box braids since July and change them about every 8 weeks. My hair is a little strange because this is the only style that will enhance growth. I plan to wear braids for a year. Afterwards, I’ll take them out for a month or two, then put them right back in for more moisture and hopefully additional growth.
But I am curious. I want to know what other naturals do to maintain moisture and growth when it comes to their natural locs. For me it took a minute to figure out that my teenage hair style was the best solution. So if you don’t mind, please share your moisture and growth secrets. Don’t forget to describe your hometown climate. I recently discovered that is an important factor.
A little off the subject but on this winter day in February, Albuquerque is extremely sunny, bright and warm. What a beautiful day in the neighborhood. I just had to share. #LovetheSouthwest
I remember always feeling a little sad on my birthday, even when I was a teenager, my spirit of getting older was just not there. I never liked to celebrate my birthday and was just in denial. I often acted as if there was no such date as February 5 being related to me aging.
But yesterday felt different. I was okay with 48. I surprised myself. The Hubs put together a surprise family dinner and that made me feel super wonderful.
Trayvon Martin and I have something in common. We were both born on the same day. Happy Birthday and R.I.P my little brother!
My mom hooked me up with a new set of box braids. It took her the entire weekend. Bless her heart.
I’m sticking to the schedule of changing them every 8 to 10 weeks, closer to 8. That works best for my hair.
These braids are a little shorter. One day I am going to get a different style but for now I love my box braids with curly ends!!
Yesterday I had a wonderful experience celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Native American children at their school and The Pueblo Cultural Center.
On their day off the children agreed to come to school to participate in various activities to celebrate the greatness of Dr. King and everything he represented with arts and crafts, dance, music and more.
The Pueblo Cultural Center offered a free Pow Wow that was open to the public. This was my first Pow Wow and I was excited and just happy to be there.
Enjoy the photos and footage below and let me know what you think.
The kids made this.