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The Central Park Five

8 Jan

Good morning Beauties,

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My blog is primarily about natural hair and fashion however, last night I watched a documentary on The Central Park Five last night and I just had to post something about the film. The Central Park Five were a group of five minority youth ages 14-17, who were wrongfully accused and subsequently imprisoned for the brutal rape of Trisha Melli “The Central Park Jogger” in Central Park in the late 1980’s. Exhausted and frightened, the boys confessed to having committed the crime (confessions which the boys say were obtained through intimidation, coercion and fear).  None of the DNA or physical evidence in the case indicated that any of the  boys committed the brutal crime and their confessions were contradictory.  The boys retracted their confessions but they were still found guilty. They maintained their innocence throughout their prison terms. Eventually, the actual rapist Matias Reyes confessed to having committed the crime, ALONE! and the boys, now men were exonerated.

There should be no denying that the justice system failed these boys, the police, the DA, their defense attorneys, all  failed these boys. Careers were built on this case and few of those involved are willing to admit they got it wrong, terribly and horribly wrong. But the sad reality is they did get it wrong, they sent five innocent boys to jail for a crime they didn’t commit. The five men are currently seeking $50 million dollars each in damages from the New York Police Department, current and former police officers and the Manhattan district attorney’s office. The City is trying to get the suit thrown out saying it stands by the decisions of the police and the prosection.

I implore you to see this documentary it is available On Demand and in select movie theatres, check fandango for a theatre near you also please Google their story.

Vote!

5 Nov

No matter what your political affiliation make sure on November 6, 2012 you exercise your RIGHT TO VOTE!

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Preferably for President Obama!

July curlBox vs. CurlKit

12 Jul

I did an unboxing video for both the July curlBox and July CurlKit. I am going to do a separate post listing the products that were in the box/kit and links  for where you can buy them. If you guys would like me to do a review on a product(s) let me know. Oh, and one more thing tell me what you guys think of the July CurlKit/curlBox and or subscription services in general. I would love to know!

Gels, Butters, Pomades, Cremes, Puddings, Jellies, Milks, Serums, Conditioners (leave in/rinse out, deep), Shampoos (sulfate/sulfate free/clarifying),Oils, Mousses,

20 Jun

Lions, Tigers and Bears….OH MY! Being a new natural can be a challenge. Trying to find hair products while creating a regimen can be overwhelming and with natural hair companies spreading like  reality stars legs  wild-fire it’s very easy to succumb to product junkism. Take myself for instance, I am a product junkie. Whew, that feels good to admit out loud,  let me try that again. Hi, my name is Barbie and I am a product junkie. My last purchase was about a week ago and it was 3 jars of Ampro Olive Oil Gel. I currently have two online shopping carts full of products and as I am typing this post my finger is twitching. I am fighting to keep it from clicking the other windows and hitting the check out buttons. I am not sure how I became a product junkie.  When my was relaxed I only had one shampoo and one conditioner but since I have gone natural…let’s just say I have more products than my three-inch TWA needs.

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Crazy right? This picture was  taken 2 months ago and my product stash has since increased. While I  figure my ever-increasing stash will lead to some pretty awesome hair and a lot of product reviews I can’t help but wonder if I have  been a little over zealous in finding products for my hair. Should I have kept it simpler?  Is there a way to keep it simple since so much of creating a regimen is trial and error? What about you ladies? Have  you too succumbed to  product junkism or have you kept it simple?