We Show Love Around Hair: Grand Rapids Area Natural Hair Meet-Ups & Related Events: Sept. 14-27, 2018

Hey, hey now. Thank you for stopping by my blog. There are some spectacular events coming up that my Sistah Queens should not miss. I promise you will not be be disappointed.

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Today

It’s my Anniversary. Shout out to my husband of 13 years. Cheers to us! We’re celebrating all weekend at an undisclosed location. I love you Deon. We both need this time away from the world. Let’s wild out.

Pitch Competition sponsored by Michigan Good Food Fund. Grand Rapids is a mecca for black entrepreneurship. That’s one of the many reasons I love my city. It’s nice to see so many brothas and sistahs turn their visions into executed plans. That’s the company I need to keep, positive and determined. Anyway, this is a competition in which six food businesses will compete for $7,500 by pitching their grind to a live audience. I hear the audience will also have an opportunity to vote for one of the business to receive $2,500. The food business are Forty Acres Soul Kitchen, Malamiah Juice Bar, Royal Jelly Foods, Dreamgoats, Good Life Naturals, and The Only Bean. I’ve heard of a few of these places but I’ve never tried them. You know if I did, I’d give you the low down. That’s what my blog is all about. It lasts from 4-7 PM at the Downtown Market, 435 Ionia SW.

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Tomorrow, September 15

End of the Summer Food Truck Festival is taking place at the Kent District Library in Kentwood. Go  get your grub on with some of the most fastest-growing businesses around. Come back to this post and let me know what was good and what wasn’t.

The Haunt opens. The Haunt is Grand Rapids’ scariest haunted house if you like that kinda thing. It’s at a new location, 1256 28th Street in Wyoming. Go on and face your fears. Scare your kids. Enjoy life. It’s too short. Don’t forget to look in the mail for a get a free admission with a paid admission coupon. They have them every year.

Monday, September 17

The Touch Skin Soft Heart discussion is taking place at the Grand Rapids Public Library downtown. If you haven’t got the book, it was written by Grand Rapid’s very own Shannon Cohen, a true leader and inspiration. She will have a conversation with attendees and Mayor Rosalynn Bliss is moderating. How about that? Go head Shannon. We’re proud of you. She’s going to teach women how to take care of themselves while still taking care of everyone, and everything, else. It’s a free event, but make sure you grab a copy of the book.

Wednesday, September 19

Bax to the Future is an open house for those interested in learning about Baxter Community Center. it’s free and a light lunch is provided. Baxter has several programs that benefit the community, including a child development center, a wholistic health center, mentors and market place where families can get food and clothing. There’s a huge gym with a kitchen that can be rented to the community for birthday parties, resource fairs and other events. Go take a look.

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Thursday, September 20

Master Mind Sessions by the Urban Core Collective is taking place at the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. If you aren’t familiar with the Urban Core Collective, it’s a non-profit that addresses systemic racism.  the Master Mind Sessions empower minority leaders through a panel discussion on the third Thursday of each month. The focus of September’s session is When the Well Runs Dry – Navigating Burnout,  Loneliness, Anxiety As a Black or Brown Leader. I think I might need to get my butt up in there. It’s a luncheon that costs $10. There’s only room for 50 people so don’t miss out.

Friday, September 21

Venture Launch is a workshop for new entrepreneurs hosted by the GR Chamber. It’s a FREE 3-hour workshop designed to help you get your business off the ground. We need to fill this up so the Chamber will continue to provide free events. It’s happening from 9 AM until 12 PM. You can register by clicking on this link. Thank me later by becoming a sponsor of my blog. #eachonereachone

The African American Art & Music Festival is also jumping off this weekend at Calder Plaza, in the middle of downtown GR. This is a two-day event so you won’t miss out if you can’t make it on Friday. It kicks off at 5:30 PM and will last until 10 PM. On Saturday the hours are 10 AM until 10 PM. There will be be great food, a DJ, a basketball tournament, African drumming, and many other exciting ways to celebrate black culture and unity. I know my natural Sistahs are gonna show out. I can’t wait to get my hair crush on. I’ll definitely write an article about it with tons of pictures.

The 65th Anniversary Civil Rights Celebration & Gala is taking place that same night. The City of Grand Rapids’ Office of Diversity & Inclusion is hosting this event. It will be at the JW Marriott downtown so you it will be classy and elegant. Whew! Turn up. According the the Facebook event page, “The theme of the Gala is, “Braiding Generations: Past, Present and Future.” The entire city will be celebrating and honoring our past, looking at the present state of civil rights in Grand Rapids and helping us shape and design the future of Grand Rapids. It starts at 5:45 and costs a $100 for a ticket. Click here if you want to purchase one.

Saturday, September 22

The African American Art & Music Festival will still be going on.

Fresh Start! Autumnal Equinox Harvest Moon Yoga is a donation-based yoga session lead by Kayla Morgan, a trauma-informed certification student to welcome the fall season. The session promises to be energizing and refreshing. Snacks and cider will be provided. The event is taking place at Roosevelt Park from 3:30-6:30 PM. Please bring a $5 donation so Kayla can continue to provide the sessions. Kayla has used yoga to strengthen her mind, body and soul. Hopefully, she’ll share her story and inspire others.

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Sunday, September 23

Brunch #18 for the WOC Creatives in GR group will be held at Forty Acres Soul Kitchen. The theme is “All. Black. Everything.” I love it! There will be a photo shoot, food and great company. This will be a strategic planning session for the group so if you ever wanted to come to a brunch, this is the one you don’t want to miss. Get involved. Support. By the way, wear black and bring black shades for the shoot.

Tuesday, September 25

Hook-A-Sista-Up will have their monthly support group and accountability check-in. I’m not sure of the location or presenter, but it’s always from 6 PM – 8 PM. I’ll update this article when I have the info. I want to send a special shout out to the ladies of HASU for allowing me to feature photos from our lasting meetup on this article.

Thursday, September 27

Angela Davis is coming to Kalamazoo, MI. Wow! One of the originators of the afro. A true Sistah of tha struggle. The event is called Black Lives Matter Then & Now. Power to tha people! The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership is sponsoring the event. It will be held at Dalton Theater at Kalmazoo College. Get your tickets here.

Support, Support, Support

We have to support events that are relevant to the natural hair community. I’m so proud to be able to highlight so many positive and  uplifting events. Get connected. Buy products and network. Let me know if you have an event that I should share with the community by shooting me an email at msleonica@dalovelee1.com.

Until my podcast is edited. Peace!

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Posted by DaLoveLee1

I recently realized I have a passion for natural hair during on my journey toward self-acceptance and love. So much of who I am has always revolves around my hair. It reflects how I feel about myself internally. When I am depressed or stressed, I don't do my hair. If I do look like a million bucks, I feel like a million bucks, even if I'm flat broke. I started documenting my transition on Facebook and it spread to Instagram. I have been amazed at how I have come to love my kinks and curls. I didn't even know how to care for it when a started transitioning. It has been so liberating. I assumed the name LoveLEE around the same time as my transition because I needed to remind myself that I'm worthy of love. The image of women like me is skewed by the media and negative stereotypes. I refuse to confine since of love and beauty to society's standards. I'm starting this blog so other women will know that they don't have to be boxed in either. You are beautiful and flawless just the way you are.

Thanks for joining me.
~Leonica

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