Two weeks ago I checked out the ARJUNI flash launch in Atlanta, a hair customization showcase providing a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Janice Arjuni, owner of ARJUNI hair offers virgin-hair extensions (weave) direct from Cambodia, and allows customers an opportunity to learn, customize, and view first-hand their hair extension selections. Well, I, queen of proudly rocking a nappy kinky fro, had no idea what that honestly meant and was treated to an overwhelming (in the best way).
After a chance coverage of last weekend’s Fro Fashion Week, I have renewed respect for leaders in the industry as well as the beauty that women radiate when confident in their natural coils! The Second Annual Fro Fashion Week, held in Downtown Atlanta, is the ultimate celebration of natural hair, beauty and style!
First, let me be frank. Usually, I don’t post about hair care products, events, or even my natural hair journey. Not that I’m biased, but hair has never been my thing. Style, fashion, beauty, books, everything else but hair honestly. I’m generally ignorant and relatively unconcerned as a robust (or skimp) checking account can ensure someone will keep that wig smoked if you can’t (and looking good in Social Media pics is all that matters anymore anyway). However, when I rebuked the “creamy crack” (a topic for a future post/seperate site & channel) I began to pay more attention to the Natural Hair craze that has dominated Black hair care over the last 10 years.
Anywho, my Fro Fashion Week experience was wonderful! Saturday started with a private, intimate lunch with one of my favorite tweeters and blogging inspirations, @Afrobella (Patrice Yursik). Attendees ate strawberry salad, sipped and listened to Afrobella drop jewels of moral and brand-building wisdom. Everyone looked beautiful and was thrilled to meet Patrice in person- her light is so bright and warm. 🙂 Read the rest of this entry
The film PARIAH, written and directed by Dee Rees has won rave reviews after appearing at the Sundance Film Festival and walking away with the Excellence In Cinematography Award (U.S. Dramatic Competition). I’m very excited that it is the first selection for Manuscript, Movie, Dinner (Drinks) and Discussion event of 2012.
Adepero Oduye, who had earlier starred in the short film, portrays Alike (pronounced ah-lee-kay), a 17-year-old African-American woman who lives with her parents Audrey and Arthur (Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell) and younger sister Sharonda (Sahra Mellesse) in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. She has a flair for poetry, and is a good student at her local high school.
Alike is quietly but firmly embracing her identity as a lesbian. With the sometimes boisterous support of her best friend, out lesbian Laura (Pernell Walker), Alike is especially eager to find a girlfriend. At home, her parents’ marriage is strained and there is further tension in the household whenever Alike’s development becomes a topic of discussion. Pressed by her mother into making the acquaintance of a colleague’s daughter, Bina (Aasha Davis), Alike finds Bina to be unexpectedly refreshing to socialize with.
Wondering how much she can confide in her family, Alike strives to get through adolescence with grace, humor, and tenacity – sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, but always moving forward – Focus Films
UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!*** THIS FRIDAY 1.13.12 is the first MMDD event! I know, there was not an initial manuscript prior to the film release, but we’re broadening the theme to include poignant films reflective of authentic and diverse stories of and about the Black experience.
What: Viewing of PARIAH
Where: (Landmark Theatres) Midtown Arts Cinema Atlanta, GA *** The film is now projected to sell out early! SO, if serious about attending with the group, please try to purchase tickets in advance and plan to meet earlier so we can be seated together. Advance tickets: Landmarktheatres.com , Moviefone.com and Movietickets.com for the 7:45pm showing!***
followed by Dinner (Drinks) and a Discussion at Apres Diem Atlanta, GA (right next to the theatre) @ 9:30PM
Who: YOU! Please come out, bring friends or simply self!
Why: To view Black cinema that will foster discussion afterwards at a wonderful restaurant. What is provocative art without discussion?!
Extra Important Deets: Plan to arrive at Midtown Arts Cinema by 7:00 so the group can be seated together. I did NOT purchase the block set (people tend to flake) so as this is the first night there will be a small crowd. Also, if planning to dine, there will be drink specials and a small section for the group to mingle, discuss and connect at Apres Diem. I can’t wait!
Any questions, comments, concerns, or whomps, please feel free to contact.
Remember, if we don’t support films and projects reflective of authentic and brilliant stories unique to OUR experiences…don’t expect anyone else to. Hope to see you next week! 🙂
What began as the “Occupy Wall Street” movement September 17, 2011, has spread across the nation into over 150 cities, now dubbed in pop-culture as the “Occupy Movement.” The movement encourages public protest against corporate and government greed, or the 1% of Americans that maintain wealth and control with no regard for the remaining 99%. Many socio-economic frustrations inclusive of overwhelming foreclosures, unemployment, student loans, debt, no health care, homelessness of families, etc. have combined so on the highest level, the movement demands equal distribution of wealth and resources while utilizing peaceful protests as a tool for attention.
Cities with the largest growing protests include New York, (“Occupy Harlem,”/ “Occupy Wall Street”) Chicago, Atlanta, and Oakland. Tuesday night, protesters in Occupy Oakland were forced away from their City Hall post, when police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd. That same evening, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed ordered Occupy Atlanta protesters to vacate Woodruff Park (protest site) by early Wednesday morning or risk arrest. Police arrived in full S.W.A.T. gear, on horseback, motorcycle brigade and helicopter to clear out citizens. #WHATTHEJOEJACKSONHELL
As a hip-hop lover, I jumped at the chance to cover Atlanta’s wildly-popular A3C Festival this weekend!! Freelance coverage for BadPerm.com (and here of course) granted opportunities to connect with other bloggers/videographers and many of my favorite hip-hop artists! While the master video footage is being edited, I’ve been sneaking shots via Instagram (Dawnavette if you’re not already familiar) and couldn’t resist trying to record Big K.R.I.T.’s performance last night. OMJEEEZY. It was cra.
Check back for the full recap of the weekend. It’s amazeballs. 🙂
Thursday night, Atlanta celebs partied in Buckhead, celebrating the launch of The Green Room Lounge, a new creative space with actors and artists in mind. A concept of actress, producer, and director Terri J. Vaughn (often recognized from the Steve Harvey Show), co-owned by Attorney Shannon K. Nash, film producer Roger Bobb (BobbCat Films) and retired NBA player Adonal Foyle, The Green Room Lounge is a creative’s intimate spot to mingle with peers, hone the craft via class offerings, or showcase talents on the stage. Taking inspiration from LA’s Samuel French Theatre and Film Bookshop, it is an actor’s haven.
The private launch party previewed a throwback to old glamour theme throughout the building, visible in framed Black Hollywood movie posters, book selections in the bookstore, beautiful chandeliers, and furniture reminiscent of an old Hollywood meeting room. Chef Jason Ellis (Hell’s Kitchen) prepared hors d’oeuvres for guests, as they enjoyed live performances from several beloved artists including Anthony David and Angie Stone, and Nicci Gilbert (formerly of Brownstone). The Green Room Lounge was Nelly-video temperature, wall-to-wall packed, filled with beautiful energy and people. Everyone clearly had a wonderful time! Terri’s celebrity friends came out in support including: Mayor Kasim Reed * Roger Bobb, Producer/Film Mogul * Jasmine Guy, Director/Producer/Actress * Melinda Williams, Actress * Lisa Wu Hartwell, RHOA/Actress * Tommy Ford, Actor * Clifton Powell, Actor * Lisa Arrindell Anderson * Demetria McKinney, Actress * Frank Ski, Radio Personality * Kwanzaa Hall, Atlanta City Councilman * G Garvin, Chef, TV Star * Derek Blanks, Photographer * Rashan Ali, Personality, Actress * Chanita Foster, VH1 Reality Star * Derek J, Hair Stylist, Reality TV Star * Mali Hunter, Actress, Producer, Artist * And many more!
Terri J. Vaughn stated, “My goal is to provide a supportive and nurturing community for Atlanta-based talent where they can feel a sense of camaraderie.” The fabulous launch also benefitted two non-profit organizations, Take Wings Foundation and Colored My Mind. An awesome addition to Atlanta’s burgeoning TV/Film industries, The Green Room Lounge is another sign that trailblazers in the arts are building the Hollywood of the South. Congratulations to the owners and staff of The Green Room Lounge, and thank you to the Garner Circle.