I am so excited to be going to Paris! So much stuff still needs to get done but you can bet that I am working on it. Putting together an exhibition is a lot of work but it doesn’t take away from the excitement of going to Paris, to Boucles ‘d Ebene. Not only am I super exited to have my work on display in Paris, I love the city and it will be great to see Aline Tacite, the wonderful powerful woman behind this huge expo, again.
We met in 2003 at the Taliah Wajid show in Atlanta, instantly became friends and have been in touch ever since. Aline worked diligently to spread the message of Natural hair in a time when our strands weren’t all that popular. The Guadeloupe Island girl organized the very first Natural Hair show in Paris in 2005 which was a tremendous success with over 10,000 visitors in one weekend. You can read an early interview with Aline Tacite about BE.
In 2012 she invited me to Guadeloupe where she partnered with the Black History Month organization to celebrate natural hair (See Going Natural in Guadeloupe).
Ten years after her very first natural hair show Aline runs her own salon while working on the 5th edition of BE which promises to be the best expo yet.
What started out as a hair expo has now grown to be the largest Black trade show in Europe. The way I see it, it will be the most exiting Diaspora melting pot with at least five American hair product companies represented, teams from the Netherlands, Suriname Guadeloupe, Martinique and probably a few more. With the hottest Hairstylists, Fashion designers, Jewelry makers, Food innovators and educators one should hope that 3 days will be enough to experience it all.
BAD Hair Upooted
On May 31st at 11:00 am I am scheduled to have an artist talk about Bad Hair Uprooted, the untold History of Black Follicles. I am already exited and looking forward meeting you there in real life.
Au Centquatre Paris.
5 Rue Curial
Guess what the French visitors are mostly looking for. You got it American hair products. So if you are a vendor interested in selling at BE in Paris, call Sandra Bozon at +33 6 95 12 03 09 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.