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Where can we find beautiful black girls? February 17, 2009

Filed under: Malia,Sasha — R.D. @ 4:39 am
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sasha-and-malia1Madison Avenue is scrambling to adjust to a new era, when the most admired people in America are a black family. To reflect this reality, talent scouts are on the hunt for models who look like the Obama children, Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10. “People are looking for girls who resemble them,” says Charlie Winfield, the head booker at FunnyFace Today. Tali Lev, an agent with the Gilla Roos agency, keeps links to her “Sasha” and “Malia” model lists on her desktop for easy access. “Photographers even want them for their portfolios.” Marlene Wallach, president of Wilhelmina Kids & Teens, says the First Daughters are tough subjects to match. “It’s a very specific age and a very specific ethnicity, so there aren’t that many girls that would necessarily fit the bill.” Two who do are Ariel Binns and Kylah Williams, whom Wallach booked as Sasha and Malia, respectively, in the September 2008 issue of Harper’s Bazaar, which featured a faux Obama family (Tyra Banks played Michelle).

Ariel, 6, lives in Crown Heights and has been working as a model since she was 11 months old. Two years ago she started getting noticed as a Sasha look-alike. “I remember walking down the street and people would say, ‘Oh my gosh, you look just like Sasha,’ ” Ariel’s mother, Dawn Crooks, recalls. Ariel typically earns over $100 an hour for her print work, which she has done for clients like Target. Now she’s trying to land an ad for Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. “She keeps saying she’s hoping to go to Washington, D.C., and meet Sasha,” Crooks says with a sigh. “I told her some day we’ll do that.”

source: New Yorker Magazine

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What I am Loving: Janelle Monae’s Style February 11, 2009

Filed under: celebrity,fashion,natural — R.D. @ 12:23 am
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Nominated for a Grammy for “Many Moons” in the Best Urban/Alternative performance category, Monae, who insists that she is “not a Red Carpet gal”, commands attention with her elegant coiffe and non-traditional outfit.
 

Halle Baldy February 8, 2009

Filed under: natural,natural hair care — R.D. @ 9:38 pm
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I almost killed myself trying to find the remote to turn up the volume, when I heard that Halle Berry was going to shave her head bald for her role in the upcoming film Nappily Ever After. Although Halle won’t be wearing her hair for this role, she will be wearing two hats; that of an actress in the film and that of co-producer.

“It’s a movie called “Nappily Ever After” and it deals with this issue of women and their hair,” Berry explained in a recent interview. “As women we define ourselves by our hair. I always have my whole life. When my hair’s not right, then I’m just not right and many days I won’t leave the house if my hair is not right. I still struggle with this hair issue,” she remarked while pointing out that her character “is forced to look at what beauty is, and it comes from inside…I’m going to get the lesson on film, and hopefully other women will get it, too.We get so fixated on our hair and so this movie is about this woman whose hair gets damaged and she decides in a drunken stupor to shave her head completely bald.”

Based on the eponymic novel by Trisha Thomas, the movie promises to explore themes central to the lives of many women. Interestingly, Nappily Ever After is only the beginning of Venus Johnston’s hairstory. In Would I Lie to You, Trisha Thomas’ character moves across the country and leaves all that is familiar behind her. In Nappily Married, Venus is forced to reconsider her decision to cut her permed hair when she decides to take on a new job.

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About the novel:
African-American advertising agency executive Venus Johnston has had enough. Enough of the painful, expensive hours spent relaxing her “good” hair and enough of her four-year relationship with medical intern Clint Fairchild, which has lasted too long without a ring. She shaves her hair to a quarter-inch stubble, tells Clint to pack his bags and spends the rest of Thomas’s empowering debut novel building a new life to match the new woman she’s become. Clint, on the rebound, meets beautiful, longhaired and marriage-ready Kandi Treboe and proposes on an impulse, despite evidence that he’s not over Venus. Meanwhile, Venus confronts issues of sexual harassment and racism in her predominantly white Washington, D.C., firm, where she begins to receive threatening notes. The crisis at work fuels Venus’s fears that she’s not strong enough to survive her new freedom. Has she made a mistake by abandoning the security of her boyfriend and her long, straight hair? Kandi develops into a complex character, with her own set of concerns and a sense of humor about the lovers’ triangle. Her perspective provides an interesting counterpoint to Venus’s obsession with the consuming culture surrounding black women’s hair. Clint’s confusion over his choice between the two women is treated honestly, and Venus’s discovery that she has moved to new psychological territory carries emotional weight. This exploration of an African-American woman’s journey to self-acceptance is not without flaws (spotty writing and loose ends tied up too fast), but Thomas refuses to let her characters slide into stereotype, and she keeps the pace fast and funny. -Publishers Weekly
 

Aunt Jemima’s Hair February 1, 2009

Filed under: celebrity,natural — R.D. @ 9:03 pm
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1889: Rutt and Underwood create an instant pancake mix. Aunt Jemima’s image comes out of the logo used on a vaudeville program featuring Black face minstrel comedians. “Aunt Jemima” is a song that they sing during the show.

1893-1980’s: Real women are chosen by various owners of the company to represent Aunt Jemima at restaurant openings, fairs, grocery stores and food shows. Ex-slave Nancy Green’s (left) likeness is used for the Aunt Jemima logo. Aunt Jemima’s head is adorned with a kerchief.

1968: During the civil rights movement, activists threatened to boycott the current owner of the company (Quaker Oats) if they did not change Aunt Jemima’s mammyish image and free her from the past. Her headscarf is replaced with a head band and she loses weight.

July 1989: Aunt Jemima trades in her head band for a perm and pearl earrings. Quaker Oats believes that Aunt Jemima’s make over shows “Aunt Jemima in a more contemporary light, while preserving the important attributes of warmth, quality, good tastes, heritage and reliability.”

 

What I am loving: Sasha and Malia’s natural hair January 30, 2009

 

Mattel To Launch New Line Of African-American Barbie Dolls January 26, 2009

Filed under: Barbie,Black dolls,Malia,Sasha — R.D. @ 6:30 pm
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January 23, 2009 · CNN MONEY

Mattel Inc. (MAT) will launch its first complete line of African-American Barbie dolls, a company representative said Thursday.

The line, which features three adult dolls, was previewed in a video at the Mattel and Fisher-Price Sneak-Peak Tour in New York one day after America’s first African-American president, Barack Obama, took office.

The “So in Style” dolls, expected to be released in fall 2009, come with little sisters as part of a mentorship theme.

The company has shown the dolls to prominent women in the African-American community to ensure their authenticity and in an effort to possibly recruit a spokesperson for the new line, the Mattel representative said. The company wouldn’t release the names of the women it consulted.

While Obama’s election shows a diminishing racial divide in America, the company representative said, the doll line was conceived prior to Obama’s announcement that he intended to run for office.

The line was inspired by Mattel toy designer Stacey McBride. The price of the new line will be in the same range as other Barbie lines.

The line differs from the company’s prior releases of African-American toys, in part, because of its facial features. As an example, the toys have fuller lips and different cheek bone placement and nose structure.

The company has shown the line to several retailers and said many have responded well, the company said.

In 1968, Mattel introduced an African-American doll named Christie, according to the company’s Web site.

-By Aja Carmichael, Dow Jones Newswires; 201-938-5218; aja.carmichael@ dowjones.com

 

Angela Jolie is Raising A Beautiful Daughter

Filed under: children,natural hair care — R.D. @ 4:12 am
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When it comes to Zahara Jolie-Pitt, many self-appointed cultural critics feel that they have a lot to say about the beautiful four year old daughter of actress Angelina Jolie. Among many blacks there is much conversation about Zahara’s hair and the fact that her mother is not, “doing anything about it.” However a recent comment in the Herald Sun suggests that Jolie is doing a lot more to affirm Zahara’s sense of self than many black mothers are doing for their own.

What do you think?

” …When it comes to the subject of adoption, like when my daughter, who’s African, wants her hair to look straight like mummy’s . . . and I look for a Barbie that’s African, and the African Barbie has straight hair! And you know, why has Disney never made a film with an African-American princess?”
-Angelina Jolie

Herald Sun; November 14, 2008