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Crown of Locs choosen for Curate NYC 2013

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Crown of Locs is choosen once more for two New York Exibitions. This time out of 1,900 submissions!

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Artist Statement

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My work celebrates the beauty of African hair; an underappreciated natural beauty all too common destroyed by harsh chemicals and damaging weaves.

Capturing the beauty of African Hairstyles allows me to picture the beauty of Black natural strands while shining a light on the social injustice of unequal hair rights.

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My 1st Natural Hair Exhibition in New York

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After showing my collection to Lawrence Rodriguez, the owner of Casa Frela invited me to have an exhibition. For a month nearly 40 pieces of the Going-Natural collection where on display in the prestigious gallery, that is not just a beautiful brownstone in the Mount Morris Historical District in Harlem. It is also the venue where Beyonce famously recorded  the video for her song "Bad boy."

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My camera, my weapon

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The title "A Choice of Weapons" of the exhibition to honor the legendary Gordon Parks happens to perfectly describes my connection to the groundbreaking and award-winning photographer.

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I got in!

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A Choice of Weapons: The New Renaissance Artists, that is. An exhibition by African Voices to honor Gordon Parks. See what pictures were chosen and help me choose the rest.

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A World of Difference

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My world literary changed when I entered the BAM Dance Africa Festival Fair in 2004. 

For the first time in my adult life I was in an environment where natural hairstyles were not just prevalent, the styles were outrageously beautiful.

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Video of visitors sharing their experience

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The opening reception of the Pursuit of Nappiness exhibition that features Natrual Hairstyles was a huge success. Among the visitors were Anu Prestonia from Khamit Kinks, Peta Hojes and Film Maker Mariette Monpierre who wrote and directed the award winning movie Elza

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Going Natural Hair Show 09

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The Pursuit of Nappiness exhibit came to close with a spectacular natural hair show that did more than inspire styles for 09. Khamit Kinks: Kemi, Wendy Williams, Anu Prestonia (Salon owner) and Michelle Brooks.

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Going-Natural proudly presents

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The baddest hairstyles 09 

Without doubt, New York is the world's capital when it comes to Black hair styling. Now there finally is a hair show that matches the grandeur of the industry’s forerunners’ everlasting creativity.

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MY Nappy Roots

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As part of the exhibition, we feature the award-winning documentary entitled "My Nappy Roots" this Sunday for free. The stylistic feature-length documentary, celebrates the unique journey of Black hair perfectly compliments the natural hair exhibition.Date November 9, time 2:00 PM and best of all it's Free!

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A special gathering

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For my Nappturality sisters. 

New York, NY - November 1st to November 30th 2008

A special gathering for my Nappturality sisters. Let's just watch our progress in pictures in Casa Frela.

 

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Schedule of Events

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The Pursuit of Nappiness; Bad Hair at its best! 
New York, NY - November 1st to November 30th 2008

Date: Sunday November 9
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Documentary: My Nappy Roots 
(22 mintutes)
Cost: free

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My 1st Natural Hair Exhibition

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The Pursuit of Nappiness; a photo exhibit of "BAD" Hairstyles
New York, NY - November 1st to November 30th 2008

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Why I take pictures

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Like so many daughters of the Diaspora, I had my hair relaxed when I was a teenager. I didn’t know any better than that it was a rite of passage and I was happy to have my Afro straightened.

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Fabulous Opening

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I like to thank everyone for coming out and making openings night such a success. I truly enjoyed every single moment of sharing my pursuit of nappiness in pictures and words with all of you.

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Natural Hairstyle of The Day

Signature dreadlocknatural hairstyleNatural Hairstyles from my traveling exhibition "The Pursuit of Nappiness". 

When for the first time in my life I entered a world where natural hair was not just prevalent but the styles were incredible, I went ballistic. 
 
Never had I seen styles like these. It was like rediscovering African hair. This was visible evidence of what my hair could actually do! I was baffled by the beauty and the versatility of Natural Black Hair and all of a sudden "bad hair" had a new meaning; these styles were BAD!
 
Since then I pictured natural hairstyles where ever I go. The result is an exhibition named The Pursuit of Nappiness. I hope you enjoy the styles and look forward to your comments.