A Fantastic collaborative is schedule today in Prospect Park, Brooklyn N.Y as Ancient Blends natural products join creative vision with photographer Lorenzo...so, stay tuned for some on location sneak peaks!
I'm currently on vacation, resting up from months and months of events, growth, lessons and blessings. So my lil online shop is on 'vacation mode' until I return with colors, renewed, creative energies and inspiration on August 4th. In the meantime, please check out this sweet sistahs' product review on YouTube about my plant-based hair and body care product line Ancient Blends. Let's help more folks get to know about these amazing, quality products. #spreadawareness #naturalhaircare #hair #skin
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Grateful For Ancestral Blessings
It has been one year since I learned about this!...My image had been chosen to grace this iconic Brooklyn mural on the wall of ApppleBee's restaurant in Gateway Mall in July 2014. The image was taken of me, along with my two lovely interns (my Gdauughter and her bestie) at The 43rd Annual International African Arts Festival.
So almost the end of June 2015, as if set to some magical timer, I was blessed again. I was informed by several back to back phone calls to The Cowrie Shell Center (my place of business) from callers that my 'ad/image' was featured in the Amsterdam News paper! They were inquiring about my Ancient Blends which they'd just sighted on page 9. I'm so grateful!
(see article below)
Preserving and honoring the International African Arts Festival 2015DAA’IYA L. SANUSI | 6/25/2015, 10:26 a.m.
The 44th annual International African Arts Festival, also known as the African Street Festival in its earlier history, will welcome people from across the country and from around the world to celebrate African culture in the United States. IAAF will celebrate family, creativity and economic and cultural ingenuity in Brooklyn, where it all began 44 years ago.
Throughout its history, artists such as Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, India Aire, Hugh Masekela and many more have headlined IAAF. “I’ve got to where I am in life, not because of something I brought to the world, but through something I found: the wealth of African culture,” said Hugh Masekela.
African culture will be represented Thursday, July 2 through Sunday, July 5, from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. The theme this year for the premiere Black cultural festival is “We Share,” representing the example set by Blacks in the U.S., who provide strong exemplary business successes, institution building and consistently positive family values.
Located at Commodore Barry Park and Navy Street between Park and Flushing avenues, performers will include Norman Connors, Living Colour, Ayanna Gregory (daughter of Dick Gregory) and the famed African Marketplace. Cita Rodriquez will open the festival of performances with New Kingston, the African Majesty Fashion show and a Children’s Play Zone.
“On Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the New York chapter of the National Association of Kawaida Organizations, in conjunction with the International African Arts Festival, will host its 26th annual symposium on ‘Culture, Community and Struggle,’” said Dr. Segun Shabaka, executive coordinator of IAAF.
“It’s one of the best annual events of the summer, with good food and performances. There’s something here for everyone,” said Wayne “DJ Ace” Winston on 247Jams.com.
Visit www.iaafestival.net for additional information and directions or call 718-638-6700.
Born With Natural Hair
Just hearing my native accent brings back many wonderful childhood memories. Also, everything about Barbados reminds me of my mother. My parents were both born in Barbados, I'm very glad that I was too! Besides my birth, my umbilical cord's connection to this island is a priceless gift! I attended Four Roads Primary School in St. Philip until I was about 10 years old. Some of my teachers were family and church friends. In 1976, my family migrated to America. I am the eldest of three children; I have a younger sister and brother. I'm so very proud of all the beauty that my lil island continues to offer to the world. I'm so blessed to have gown up in a time when having natural hair, wearing cornrows, corkscrews, plaits and afros was as normal as having my brown skin, a head on my shoulders, two arms and two legs. Growing up, my hair was pressed with a hot iron comb for church, but mostly stayed in cornrows. My father never like that my mother pressed my hair...
Fast forward to the past three decades: After an era of not expressing or experiencing just how good our good hair really is; it's truly refreshing to show ourselves and the world that being our true selves and our standard of beauty is 'simply beautiful anuff! '(insert Bajan accent here lol). ~ Yendys
Spiritual Hair Care
One's hairstyle, becomes one of the aspects of personal grooming and fashion. Some hairstyles are also being influenced by the cultural and popular considerations. The significance of hair on our head is much more than just looking good. In this world, we are the only beings who grow hair on our heads, once that growth starts. If we leave our hair uncut, it grows to a certain length and stops growing by itself. The length may differ from person to person. Hairstyles, like seasons change for public, private and ceremonial occasions. Hair represents the pure thoughts and spiritual status of an Individual, showing the bonds and spiritual oneness of a Family and defines the cultural harmony and spiritual alignment of a Nation. Hair represents the Pure and Spiritual thoughts of All Tribal People.
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