Apr 11

Founder of For Brown Girls Commits Suicide

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For Brown Girls ( www.forbrowngirls.com) was developed as a community to “celebrate the beauty of dark skin while combatting colorism and promoting self love!” It features articles and interviews showcasing women of colour who are thriving in their chosen field as well as  discusses some of the unique issues that women of colour face.

Karyn Washington, For Brown Girls founder, was sadly suffering from her own issues, mainly depression, while helping others rise above theirs . Earlier this week, she lost her battle. She was just 22 years old.

A “wounded healer” is loosely defined as someone who helps to heal others in hopes of helping themselves in the process.  Many psychologists, psychotherapists, and self-help experts are admittedly wounded healers themselves.

Despite sharing my own experiences with anxiety and depression as well as natural treatment, it is important to seek professional help when you feel you can no longer handle things.  You are not alone.

Karyn no doubt reached and uplifted a great deal of women and will be sorely missed.


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Apr 11

Natural Hair Guru Loses Battle With Lupus

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Longhairdontcare2011, who was best known for her YouTube channel promoting black hair growth, passed away April 9th 2014 due to lupus complications. Her first name was Domineque Banks.  She was just 27 years old.

Domineque opened the eyes of many by squashing the stereotype that black women with afro-textured hair could not grow their hair past a certain length. She in turn inspired many black women to do so.

I subscribed to her more than 5 years ago. It was right before the natural hair “boom” had taken off, and she was right at the forefront. Domineque was clearly a beautiful and intelligent woman. Her presence will be greatly missed.

A fundraiser has been set up by a personal friend of hers for funeral and cremation costs. Please click the following link for more information. (https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/rmd4/in-memory-of-domineque-banks)

 


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Mar 20

Pass It On: The Obstacle in our Path

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In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. He hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove this large boulder.

Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many of them loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but not one of them did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then, a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us never understand… Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

 

Source:  Unknown (A parable)

 


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Mar 20

Lavender Spray for Dreads

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Source: “Curly Girl – The Handbook” – Lorraine Massey w/ Michele Bender

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1. Fill a large pot with water.

2. Cover the pot, bring the water to a boil on high heat, then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 1 hour to get rid of impurities. (Check occasionally to make sure the water isn’t boiling away.)

3. Remove the water from the heat, add the lavender oil, stir to blend, and replace the lid.

4.Let the lavender water steep until cool then pour it into spray bottles.

5. Store extra lavender spray in a cool place.


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Mar 03

Lupita Nyong’o Epic Speech on Black Beauty

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Lupita Nyong’o is the beautiful Mexican-born/Kenyan background actress who starred in Steve McQueen’s acclaimed movie, “12 Years a Stage.” She has been turning heads with her “unconventional” beauty as well as sheer grace. Here is her message to black women…


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Mar 03

Lupita Nyong’o on Dreams

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Feb 24

For Confidence

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I choose…

to live by choice, not by chance;

to make changes, not excuses;

to be motivated, not manipulated;

to be useful, not used;

to excel, not compete;

I choose self-esteem, not self-pity;

I choose to listen to my inner voice,

not the random opinion of others.

- Louise Hay

 


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Feb 24

Adjustable Hair Ties

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My beautiful daughter is modelling the adjustable hair ties I created on my down time. They’re great for thick hair and locs!

If you’d like to get your hands on these, you can check them out here: http://www.ebay.com/usr/bobbidigital

 


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Feb 03

Quick Green Veggie Soup with Couscous

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Ingredients:

-½ cup couscous, preferably whole wheat

-One 32-ounce carton vegetable broth, preferably low-sodium

-1 medium zucchini, quartered lengthwise and diced

-½ cup frozen green peas or frozen edamame, completely thawed

-1 ½ cups finely chopped broccoli florets

-3 scallions, sliced

-1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh or jarred ginger

-2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

-2 to 3 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce

-1 tablespoon olive oil

-2 to 3 ounces baby spinach or watercress

-¼ cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

-Freshly ground pepper

 

Source: Nava Atlas

 

Directions:

1. In a small heatproof container, combine the couscous with 1 cup boiling water. Cover and set aside.

2. In a soup pot, combine the broth with 2 cups water and bring to a simmer. Add the zucchini, peas, broccoli, scallions, ginger to taste, and dill. Return to a rapid simmer, then cover and cook 3 to 4 minutes, until the vegetables are just done.

3. Stir in soy sauce to taste along with the oil, spinach, and parsley. Cook for another minute or two, just until the spinach has wilted.

4. Stir in the couscous. Season with pepper and, if desired, additional soy sauce. Serve at once.


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Feb 02

Tips for Preventing Razor Bumps

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For many women, razor bumps and shaving seem to go hand-in-hand. There are many creams on the market that claim to treat this problem, but how do you prevent it?

 

1. Always shave wet.

 

Shaving dry skin can not only be painful, it can also be counterproductive. When you shave dry, you are setting yourself up for nicks and scratches and rash-like irritation from friction. Dampening your skin prior to applying your shaving product cream (bar soap is not recommended) allows the razor to glide freely for smooth close strokes.

 

2. Change your blade often.

 

Not only does hair get stuck in the blade, but coarse hair dulls blades quickly, and constant exposure to moisture causes razor blades to rust unbelievably fast. This can make for an – ouch – rough shave! It is recommended that you change your blade when it no longer shaves close. Avoid the urge to simply exert more pressure on the blade. This timeframe will vary from person to person, depending on how frequently you shave and how coarse your hair is.

 

3. Moisture is key.

 

Moisturizing the skin after shaving is one of the most important steps in preventing razor pumps. Applying a good moisturizer will calm irritated skin as well as ensure skin stays soft and supple. Some great natural moisturizers/oils for after shaving include:  aloe vera gel, coconut oil, olive oil, and – especially in the winter months – shea butter. These won’t just coat the outer layer of skin like many petroleum-based drug store lotions will, they’ll absorb into it.

4. Exfoliate, exfoliate….  exfoliate

 

Exfoliation is the secret behind skin that is ALWAYS smooth and glowy. You can use a loofah daily with your favourite body wash (mine is Dove Moisture), you can dry brush a few times a week, you can use an exfoliating scrub or body sugar… the possibilities are endless. Go according to your personal preference and incorporate it into your routine.

Why is it so important? Exfoliation removes dry skin cells, which dull the appearance of the skin, and reveals a layer of fresh smooth cells. These newer cells don’t just look and feel better, they absorb moisture more easily.

 

Instead of searching for that “miracle cure”, try putting these tips into practice consistently. Making sure that your skin stays in good condition and avoiding poor shaving practices is one of the most effective ways to prevent razor bumps.

 


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