Three years after my natural hair book debut in Amsterdam, RTL Nieuws, a national news TV station from the Netherlands, approached me to talk about my purpose while visiting Suriname to do a Natural Hair Day.
Head wraps are the next best thing when it comes to adorning our hair. Always worn with a sense of self even at a time when used to cover our natural hairstyles that were prohibited by law, a head wrap represents style and personality like no other garment. With the Pangi, you can now additionally wrap yourself beautifully in the spirit of fearlessness and pride.
Although my friend Guus Pengel was a screen writer, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. All I knew is that this teenage movie had a super cute Black natural haired girl in the lead who would travel all the way from Holland to Suriname, about 5,000 miles, to look for her mom.
Gifts From Suriname available at BlackFollicles.com
The past months were certainly not bump free but if I am thankful for something, it is the fact that I was able to build FromUsByUs.com, a beautiful save space to shop for Black hair care products and Naturalista Fashion.
Building the site took me many, many hours. It also cost me a pretty penny but I am happy that it is up and running. Now I hope you can help me launch it.
The goal is to have at least 100 different shops that can offer you everything from Black hair products to the latest innovations on hair care, tools, accessories and more. Realizing this is a challenge.
How can you help?
You can help by getting a gift at my crowdfunding campaign website BlackFollicles.com.
One of a kind, handmade pangi’s from Suriname. You can get them at BlackFollicles.com.
These gifts illustrate the ultimate goal of this proudly build marketplace. A safe space for us to shop that also allows entrepreneurs from the Diaspora to grow their businesses.
So in return for a donation you can get an exceptional gift that directly supports a local business. Not just in America but also overseas, in Suriname, South America.
This is what I call a gift of giving as your donation will also contribute to launching the marketplace and its future.
Sharing is Caring
I would be very thankful if you could afford a donation of $10 or more and share it with the rest of your world.
If you know an entrepreneur who makes his or her own hair products, tools, accessories or designs, please let them know that you want to see their products on my marketplace and share the crowdfunding site with them BlackFollicles.com.
Please also tell your friends, family and acquaintances, about the crowdfunding and share the link to donate: blackfollicles.com/support.
I am grateful for each and every donation and every single share. I look forward to your support.
Thank you and happy Holidays!
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Also read: Why we need a safe space for Black Hair Care.
First question I usually get when I answer that I am from Suriname is “Where is that?”. Most people guess Africa but Suriname is not on the African continent. It’s the only Dutch speaking country in South America, next to Guyana, in the middle of the Guyana’s, on top of Brazil.
Thanks to Going Natural Hair Care, I had the honor to present Sabi Wiri, a weekend in which Bad hair was uprooted, the beauty of natural hairstyles was highlighted and natural hair care was key.
It didn’t take long for this young adorable model to win over the population. 7 years on the planet, this girl from Suriname gained over 50,000 combined likes and shares on Facebook. Suriname is a small tropical country full of forests and a variety of flora and fauna off the coast of South America. Cherelice’s mother shared some information about her and gave insight into why she is such a heart-capturing little thing.
Did you know that New York City was exchanged for Suriname? Yes, it was in 1667 when the British cede their part of Suriname to the Netherlands in exchange for New Amsterdam (later called New York City).
When you enjoy nearly every second of a trip it is impossible to capture ALL your favorite moments. As far as I am concerned, being in Suriname was just one big happy moment. You got an idea if you’ve seen the photos of the opening of the BAD Hair Uprooted exhibition in Suriname now watch a few more favorite memories captured non professionally on by phone and video.
Sabi Wiri which means Know your Hair in Surinamese is a day I organized for the first time in 2003 after the publicaion of my first book Kroeshaar.
Mrs. Venetiaan is the first First Lady of the Republic Suriname who wears her hair natural. She is admired for her loving, kind and inspiring spirit. I couldn’t resist asking her about her beautiful short natural. Needless to say I am very thankful that she agreed to cooperate. Read along and you’ll see why.
After reading the essays of the contestants of ANNM 2013 for challenge 6, I realized that I never did a blog about my all time favorite wrap that I wore all summer. It is a simple wrap but what makes it super special it I used a Pangi. A Pangi is a traditional Maroon wrap. It is hand made with different patterns that often symbolize something in their culture.
When approaching this challenge I really thought about what it would be like to live in Suriname as a Maroon woman. To be completely honest I hadn’t previously been aware of Suriname and needed to do some research to learn about the Maroons there. After my research I was so moved by their struggle and even more impressed by the Maroon women. The Maroons of Suriname are apart of the African Diaspora, descendants of enslaved Africans, so I felt a historical connection as an African-American. They fought and won their freedom from the Dutch in 1975, however the women still did not have many rights.
One thing I have enjoyed the most about being a finalist in “The Next Natural Model” is being able to experience different things. This challenge was very interesting because I had the opportunity to learn about a community of people that were brave and courageous and reminded me of our American Harriet Tubman. The Maroons are the descendants of runaway slaves who escaped into the interior rain forests immediately upon their arrival in the English, later Dutch colony. I admire them because of their strength, pride and defiance. That is still evident in their culture today.