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New Life For Ebony and Jet

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Johnson Publishing Co., the company responsible for Ebony and Jet magazines, saw circulation plummet over a number of years. But now, NPR reports, it’s turning things around. Readership is up, it’s hiring and company officials are celebrating the black American icon’s survival of the turmoil that shook the media industry.

The CEO of Johnson Publishing, former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, who’s been in her position for just over a year, was charged with breathing new life into the company’s magazines and its Fashion Fair Cosmetics line.

“There’s a new energy,” Rogers says, “a new excitement and a new pace. We’re taking what was and building on that to the next level.”

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Discrimination at the Makeup Counter


Discrimination is a real issue in life that can put a damper on our spirit and self-esteem. Unfortunately, women of color experience this practice at cosmetic counters or any place they attempt to purchase foundations in their shade. They also commonly experience what race relations specialist Nadra Kareem Nittle calls “colorism.” She explains:

Colorism is a practice of discrimination by which those with lighter skin are treated more favorably than those with darker skin. In the African-American community, this traditionally played out via the paper bag test. Those lighter than the standard paper lunch bag were allowed entry into fraternities, sororities and other realms of black upper class life, while dark-skinned blacks were excluded. The Spike Lee film “School Daze” is an exploration of colorism.

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Are African American Beauty Companies Still Relevant?

This is a great question.  I say yes.  Even though the “mainstream” companies are starting to add sections for our skin care and makeup needs in to their lines, I still feel like they won’t do our skin justice the way we can ourselves.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

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Take a second to look inside your beauty bag. How many products are from brands specifically targeted for black women? Anything from Iman Cosmetics, Fashion Fair, Black Up, E’Lon Couture or Flori Roberts? If the answer is “no,” you’re not alone.

Many black-owned beauty brands are being purchased by huge mainstream companies and developing the line to reach a wider audience, thus losing it’s ethnic focus. Only a handful of lines remain that are dedicated to the African-American community.

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Loving the new show Reed Between The Lines !

I normally avoid BET since they abandoned quality programming years ago. But when I heard they were introducing a new show with two of my favorites Tracee Ellis Ross & Malcom Jamal Warner I was re interested 🙂 I was pleasantly surprised to see that Anna Maria Horsford & Melissa De Sousa were on there as well.

The 1st episode turned out to be everything I hoped for in terms of acting, directing & production.  The best part of all is that the mom (Tracee) and her daughters are all rocking natural hair !  I hope this show last for a while so that a positive family image full of gorgeous natural hair is represented on television for years to come. And kudos to having the family live in New Rochell, NY one of my childhood homes 🙂 Westchester stand up !

I haven’t been this excited about a African American/Black family sitcom on tv since the 80s. I’m sure Mr Cosby is proud Malcom 😉

Leave a comment and let me know what you thought about the show 🙂

Healthy Scalp, Healthy Locs

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Angela Simmons Natural Under the Weaves

There was a lot a talk about Angela’s hair when she tweeted a pic of it with the weave out.  I always felt like it was redundant  to get a relaxer and then put a weave on your hair so I’m happy to hear (and see) that she is taking care of her hair and keeping it natural under all the weave changes.  What disappointed me in the below article is the fact that 1) she has such a gorgeous head of natural hair and keeps it covered with weaves  2) that she considers her natural hair “ugly” after she works out  &  3) that she’s making excuses for wearing the weaves over wearing her own natural hair out and owning it.  Over all it’s a good interview though. Leave a comment and let me know what you think 🙂

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Angela Simmons Talks Natural Hair !

On her hair and the twitter pic…
I’ve been natural for 3 years. I was wearing weaves and keeping my hair braided underneath and I was like, why am I still relaxing if I’m keeping it braided anyway?! I figured I didn’t need the chemicals and plus it burned. So I guess you can say I transitioned. I never cut it, or got a major cut. I just stopped getting perms. I was experiencing major breakage from the perm and old color so I grew out the damage with the help of my stylist. My hair grows super fast underneath the weaves.

On her hair texture…
It’s soft and big and thick. And when I wash it, it curls up. I love it!

On her favorite products…
I don’t really do my own hair, but for upkeep, I’ll use Moroccan Oil. Other than that, I stay in the hair salon. I’m there like 2-3 times a week.

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Healthy Locs Hair Care & Skin Care Video Part 2

In part 2 of my latest video I (Nyesha Samuel “Healthy Locs”) & Juliette Samuel (Esthetician) speak about getting healthy hair & skin through tips like healthy diet, exercise, proper product use, etc. Juliette also speaks about reflexology and the benefits of it’s use in having a healthy body from the inside out. Also, you’ll see the end results of Uncle Roberts loc maintenance !

Dark Girls: Official Preview

I just got home from doing hair and my brother Rahim brought this trailer to my attention.  It’s a preview of a documentary by Bill Dukes that is coming out in the fall of this year (2011).  The film as of now is titled Dark Girls.  It’s a powerful film about the stigma of being a “dark skinned” woman and what they have to deal with from not only society as a whole but especially from other black people who they considered family.

Word really fail me on this one. I was brought to tears by some of what i heard.  Fall can’t get here fast enough because i can’t wait to see the full length version of this film.  You can view the video below.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Peace

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World Natural Hair Show Spring 2011

As usual I had a blast at the World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta, GA this spring ! I was so busy buzzing around and taking in all the beautiful natural crowns that i barely took pictures LOL I got a couple in though that you can see below.  I was especially happy to finally meet Chris Tia Donaldson of Thank God I’m Natural who I interviewed a while back via telephone.  The show is returning in the fall.  I will try and take more (better) pictures for you then 🙂 Peace 🙂

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Grapeseed oil: The new “old” miracle oil

I love grapeseed oil and was very excited to find this article breaking down the history and benefits of have this oil in your daily regimen.  It’s great for natural hair care and skin care.  As a matter of fact, My massage therapist uses this oil as part of my treatments 🙂  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.  Peace 🙂

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It seems that olive oil, aka EVOO (thanks, Rachael Ray), is the preferred oil for cooking, salads and even desserts.  There is no denying that it is rich and flavorful.  But did know that grapeseed oil supersedes olive oil in not only cooking properties, but health benefits as well?

Grapeseed oil has been around for centuries, but seems to making a comeback in a big way as we are becoming more cognizant of saving our environment as well as watching what goes into our bodies.  Grapeseed oil is the most sustainable of oils because it is made as a byproduct of wine grapes, so it requires no farmland or water to produce.  Additionally, quality grapeseed oil is expeller pressed, which uses no chemicals in processing.  This results in a light, pure-tasting oil that is the perfect accompaniment to salads, pasta and marinades.  Unlike olive oil, grapeseed oil allows the flavor of your foods to come through, instead of tasting the oil.

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