Mound Bayou 1976, by Alex Webb
A mother and her child in front of an hair-dressing salon, Ibadan. 1973
It’s about time we elbowed our way into the industry!
Posted by For Harriet
Not much seems unusual about Judian and Kadeian Brown’s storefront in a tidy plaza off Church Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn, a neighborhood where every block seems to have its own African hair-braiding salon.
What makes Black Girls Divine Beauty Supply and Salon’s visitors do a double-take is the skin color of the proprietors. “I go, ‘Look at all the faces on the boxes,’ ” said Judian Brown, recalling other shopkeepers’ and customers’ surprise when they realize she is not an employee, but the owner. “Who should be owning these stores?” [My emphasis]
Fundraising For Reagan Gomez’s Webseries Surviving The Dead
If you don’t know her from Twitter via her incredible Black feminist perspectives on media, motherhood, Black culture and more, you probably remember her from the 90s Black sitcom The Parent ‘Hood, the film Carmen: A Hip Hopera, and/or as the voice of “Roberta” on The Cleveland Show. She also acts in and produced the webseries Almost Home (links: season 1, season 2), a great webseries about a Black brother and sister who pursue their dreams in the music industry and deal with the loss of their mother, while making new friends and finding love. Because I love this webseries, I am definitely interested in seeing her webseries Surviving The Dead come to fruition!
She mentioned this on Twitter about Surviving The Dead:
Our main character Shayla is a nurse. A mysterious “flu” takes over the city while she’s at work. The hospital is crazy with sick people coming in. No one knows what’s going on. Shayla has to flee the city with her younger sister Lucy. And it turns out, this “flu” is a lot more serious than anyone ever imagined. The sisters also find out their father a scientist, is somehow responsible for the virus. And he’s been kidnapped. So not only do Shayla and Lucy have to keep away from the virus AND rescue their father, the Government is now hunting them. They want Shayla and Lucy dead. Why? They have to find that out too. The two know that only their father can stop the virus. But where is he? And why are they being hunted?
That’s the premise of the show. And turns out their father was something of a survival nut, so he trained BOTH of his daughters to be able to defend themselves. Lucy is 12. When have you EVA seen a 12 year old Black girl kicking ass in the Apocalypse?
I am SO interested! She mentioned that she already put up half of the money and needs $8,500.00 more. As of the date/time of this post, they are at $1,506.00. The campaign closes October 17, 2014.
Please DONATE or signal boost if you cannot donate, so that they make their $8,500.00 goal. We need Black creators making dynamic content in a variety of genres and this is what she is doing! Please support! ❤
On average, you have a 1 in 18,989 chance of being murdered
A trans person has a 1 in 12 chance of being murdered
The average life span of a cis person is about 75-90
The average life expectancy of a trans person is 23-30 years old
75% of people killed in anti LGBT hate crimes are poc
Think about this the next time you go crying over “cisphobia” and “reverse racism”
Olga James in Carmen Jones (1954)
With a sad lament my dreams have faded like a broken melody
While the gods of love look down and laugh at what romantic fools we mortals be