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Vintage Black Swag: 1969 Noxzema Ad

Hey guys! We’re kicking off Black History Month with a little swag. Check in with us for more beautiful photos celebrating Black beauty.

People of African decent are known for having beautiful skin. This Noxzema ad appeared in 1969 in Ebony Magazine. It displays the beauty and diversity of African-American women. The ad reads, “If the girls with the most beautiful skin in the world wash with noxzema…why shouldn’t you?” This ad is advertising gold in the clever use of the genetic makeup of African-Americans to tell their message. Having grown up in the 50’s and 60’s this is probably one of the reasons my mother never wore anything on her face but Noxzema all her life. She barely had any wrinkles in her face or gray hair for the matter as she aged.  Timeless Black beauty.


On the Scene at The Beauty Exchange with Celebrity Makeup Artist Reggie Wells

Angela Lee, Founder Makeup and Martinis Chicago

Outstanding! If I only had one word to describe to the events hosted by Makeup and Martinis Chicago, that would be it. Founder, Angela Lee always puts her best foot forward and strives to create an experience that will be inspiring, uplifting and make you feel like number one. The December 2012 Beauty Exchange networking event was held at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel. It featured an exclusive panel of experts in beauty, hair, fashion, finance, fitness and life coaching. Everyone knows it takes a team to create your best self. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions, mingle, sip martinis and network. Radio personality, Bionce Foxx was on hand to keep things moving along as MC. Yes, it was a night to remember. And, the guest speaker of the night, Oprah’s former makeup artist of 21 years, Mr. Reggie Wells did not disappoint.

The thing I love most about Reggie Wells is that you feel his genuineness from the moment he greets you. His motivation is always to inspire, teach and make you laugh while doing it. Even when he’s cracking a joke, he’s teaching at the same time. Mr. Wells shared that what it takes to be successful is 50% talent and 50% personality. You can have talent, but personality will get you in the door. He also reiterated our responsibility to this next generation of young people. You think that you are just coming to get beauty tips, but instead you get whole lot more. What an experience.

Additionally, the panelist included: Celebrity Makeup Artist Deida Massey, hairstylist and Creator of Genesis Hair Care Tajuana Hughes, Clothing Designer Laurie Underwood for Wanda Grace, Life Coach Audrey Woodley of Changing Oasis, Inc, Financial Expert Andre Senegal and Personal Trainer and owner of 1 on1 Health Fitness, Michael Harris. I’m so glad I was able to come out to support my dear friend Angela Lee. I’m not just singing her praises because she happens to be family as well. The event speaks for itself. I met a lot of great people and I look forward to seeing more fabulous events from Makeup and Martinis Chicago.

Here are some moments from the event. See more on the Love Your Naps Facebook page.
Zaneta Searles, Creator of Life Organics Products

Bionce Foxx doing her thing. :)

Mr. Wells himself. :)

Andre Senegal and Tajuana Hughes

Deida Massey

Tanikia Thompson of Nikki in the City

EXTENDED: Anniversary Giveaway: “Why I Love My Naps?” $50 Sally Beauty Gift Card and LYN Tee

I can’t believe it’s been a year since I’ve been blogging. Having this blog has truly been a journey for me. I’ve learned so much about myself, about women and about this hair that unites us. I’m so grateful to be sharing this journey with you. The stories that each one of us has about our natural hair is so fascinating and inspiring. I have fallen in love again with my hair and I hope you have too. That is why to celebrate the anniversary of this blog, we are asking “Why do you love your naps (kinks and curls)?” We are giving away a “Love Your Naps” original tee and a $50 Sally Beauty gift card for all you beauty needs!
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Giveaway closes Saturday, July 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm. A winner will be randomly selected and announced on Thursday, August 2, 2012.

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Never mind Viola Davis’ new natural hair…she’s got even bigger plans!


At the 2012 SAG Awards, upon accepting her award for female actor in a leading role, Viola Davis inspired us to “Dream Big and Dream Fierce.” Now, she is inspiring us with her fierce and new, short natural look featured in the LA Times magazine spread! If you didn’t notice that Viola is absolutely stunning before, there is no denying it now. But, wait…did you guys read the LA Times article? Viola Davis is the quintessential renaissance woman. She has risen from the depths of obscurity and small-time roles to a leading lady in mainstream Hollywood. And that is not all she has to offer.

In the LA Times article, Viola expressed that she is not bitter for being overlooked all these years as a Black actress.

Viola states,

“That really is our plight, especially as women of color,” she says. “You can have all the training in the world (says the former Julliard student), come from a respectable background and yet never get that big opportunity that breaks you out—never.”

Viola is a game changer and a true visionary. Instead of wallowing in the bitterness of the past or just basking is the glory of her new-found prestige, the article states,

“Her next target isn’t another lead role. It’s producing, a task she feels she must undertake if she and other black actresses are to get more fulfilling work. Young people need to be mentored to aspire to something fulfilling.”

Viola states,

“I am doing this out of necessity,” she says. “If I am not the instrument of change, I can meander through this business and be the black woman who always has two or three scenes but with fabulous actors around me.”

Way to go, Viola!! Up next is the Academy Awards. I truly do hope to see her new look on the red carpet accentuated by a golden Ocsar!! As for the question of whether or not Hollywood will except natural hair…Hollywood will not except it until we except ourselves.

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