Friday, February 21, 2014

Unboxing CurlBox: Second Anniversary Box

Hey scholars!

I ordered the second Anniversary CurlBox. I was so excited to see what the products were. Being a product hoarder, I had to jump on getting this box. I was so serious that I set my alarm to make sure I was near my computer on time because CurlBox sell out fast. I received my box yesterday and here is what is inside.

Aunt Jackie's Curl La La- Defining Curl Custard

Motions For Naturals- Heat Styled Straight Finish Cleanser

nuNAAT- Natural Curl Activator

 Oyin Homemade- Hair Dew

Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 Miracle Worker

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Swivel Stick

Paul Mitchell- The Truth About Curls- Shampoo, Leave-in Treatment, Ultimate Wave

Sienna Naturals- Hair and Body Shampoo, Leave-in Conditioner, Body Cream

Samples Galore!!!!

L'Oreal- EverCurl Curl Care System

Organic Root Stimulator- Shea Butter Hair & Scalp Lotion

Elentee Soy Organics- Waterless Shampoo and Braid Marinade

Elentee Soy Organics- Twist & Lock Gel

Organic Root Stimulator- Intense Moisture Creme and Anti-Breakage Creme

Lustrasilk- Keratin Protein Deep Conditioner

nuNAAT- Karite Special Hair Mask

nuNAAT-Brazilian Keratin Intensive Hair Mask 

Goin Natural- Rare Moisture Butter

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Black Berries Hanging from Trees: Accounts of Black Women Lynched in America

Hey scholars!
     I celebrate Black History everyday. Do not get me wrong. I appreciate having a Black History Month. It allows people to bring awareness to the events, figures, and places here in America and throughout the Diaspora that helped to shape history. Last semester in my Comparative Slave Systems class, we talked about the film Birth of a Nation and all of the ridiculous bull that was in it. I also brought Oscar Micheaux' response which was Within Our Gates. These films brought on talk about the deep scars America has but has been covered up with heavy foundation. If you saw Mississippi Burning, one of the most impactful images was the lynching of a man in front of his son. Throughout the American South, black men were lynched in large numbers. After numerous friends were lynched, Ida B. Wells-Barnett became an anti-lynching crusader. 

With Mrs. Barnett, we see black women in the fight against lynching, but what about those who were lynched themselves? Who were they? 

Ann Barksdale or Ann Bostwick

She was accused of killing her female employer in Pinehurst, Georgia on 24 June 1912. It is uncertain if or why Ann killed her employer. There was no trial and taking a statement from her was seen as asinine because she of ten had "violent fits of insanity." She was place in a car with a rope around her neck, the other end of the rope was tied to a tree limb; lynchers drove at high speeds, strangling her to death. She had her eyes shot out and bullets riddled her body in two. 

Mae Murray Dorsey and Dorothy Malcolm

On 25 July 1946, these ladies along with George Dorsey and Roger Malcolm were shot hundreds of times by as many as fifteen unmasked white men in broad daylight at the Moore's Ford bridge, which spans the Apalachee River about 60 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia. No one was ever prosecuted for this heinous crime. At the time, President Harry Truman became enraged, leading to historic changes that were later forgotten.      

Laura Nelson

In Okemah, Oklahoma on 23 May 1911, she and her fifteen year old son were lynched. She was accused by authorities of killing a deputy sheriff who allegedly came across some stolen goods in the Nelson household. She was rap by a mob and dragged six miles to the Canadian River and hanged from a bridge.

                                               (Laura Nelson: This picture came from a postcard) 

Marie Scott

At the age of seventeen, Marie was taken from jail by a mob who threw a rope over her head. As she screamed, she was hung from a telephone pole in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. Why was Marie hanged? She was in her house getting dressed when two drunk white men barged in on her and raped her. Marie's brother heard her screaming out for help. One of the assailants was either stabbed or killed. The brother eventually fled. Since the brother could not be found, Marie was hanged. 

Jennie Steers

On 25 July 1903, Jennie was lynched on the Beard Plantation in Louisiana. She allegedly gave Elizabeth Dolan, a white sixteen year old, a glass of poisoned lemonade. Jennie was forced to confess, upon refusing she was hanged.

Cordella Stevenson 

On Wednesday 8 December 1915, Cordella's naked body was hung from the limb of a tree outside of Columbus, Mississippi about fifty yards north of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. The next morning, thousands of passengers passed by this gruesome scene. She was stolen from her bed and raped then lynched. Prior to these events she was taken into police custody and questioned about the burning down of Gabe Frank's barn. Her son was suspected of arson. She was released after telling police her son left home several months prior and she was unaware of his whereabouts. Later that night, there was knocking on the Stevenson's door. Cordella's husband, Arch, answered the door, but before he could get to it, it was knocked down and Cordella was taken away. Her body was left hanging until Friday morning. Her cause of death was labelled "at the hands of persons unknown." 

Mary Turner 

In Lowndes County, Georgia on 17 May 1918, Mary was lynched by a mob because promised to have those responsible for killing her husband arrested who was arrested in connection with the shooting and killing of Hampton Smith, a white farmer the coupe worked for. His wife was wounded. Sidney Johnson, a black man, supposedly killed Smith because he grew tired of abuse from the farmer. Since Johnson could not be found, the mob killed eight other blacks including Hayes and Mary Turner. Mary was hung by her feet, her body doused with gasoline and oil, and fire was set to her. It was said that her body was cut open causing her baby to tumble to the ground. Afterwards, the mob stomped the baby to death and then shot Mary's body up. 

     In 1937, Abel Meeropol, a white Jewish teacher from the Bronx wrote the poem  "Bitter Fruit.
 It was published in the New York Teacher, a union magazine. Meeropol and Billie Holiday worked to put the poem to music. In 1939, Billie Holiday recorded "Strange Fruit." It sold a million copies, making it her biggest selling record. 

This link will take you to a page that has accounts of many more black women who were lynched. Click here.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Facial Steam Bath

Hey Scholars!

     This winter season has been one for the record books. As long as I have been in school and I have been in school for quite a while, I have never had so many days off due to inclement weather. This weather has taken a toll on everyone involved. I have kept my hair in my protective style of twists and have been keeping my scalp oiled so that it does not dry out. My skin, my skin, my skin....oh my goodness! I am not playing with this weather. My skin has been so dry because of this cold weather, sorry, this polar vortex. Below zero My face has never been so dry before. So I had to come up with a regime this season so that my face stays moisturized. What is a girl supposed to do? I mean I wash it, tone it, and moisturize it. On occasion, I use a mask. What else am I supposed to do? I decided to give myself a facial using hot cloths. Needless to say, the cloths are only hot for so long. Then  I decided that facial steam baths would be much more effective.

Here is what you need: 


Boil water in a pot.
Add a few drops of essential oils in the boiling water--I use lavender and vanilla. 
Pour the water into a glass bowl.
Drape a towel over you head.
Place your face several inches above the hot mixture.
Keep your head under your homemade tent for 6 minutes.
Then wipe face with an astringent.
Splash face with cool water.

*For great results, do this a couple times a week.*

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