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. HAIR Is Where You’ll Find the Love 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…

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Listen to “I Don’t Care If You Listen – Episode 5”

Okay ya’ll. This week is kinda choppy. We promise to be more organized this week.  Episode 5 is about how happy we are that we didn’t have social media growing up. We talk a lot about Nike and Colin Kaepernick.. Do we need to develop an “oppression scale” to help people understand what the kneeling is about?! Shal and I agree that we are  not imagining all of the racism, sexism and religious persecution in this country. We talk about how robo-calls sent out about the Florida gubernatorial election is proof of the BS. We touch on the possibility of…

Hair Is the Truth When It Comes To Mental Health Treatment and the Black Community

Black people are one of the least likely groups of Americans to get professional mental health services but remain some of the most resilient people in the world. I’ve been trying to figure out how it happens my entire life. Generations of oppression, racism, poverty and community violence should have wiped our community out centuries ago. Yet here we are alive and well in 2018, just to realize that the hate and injustice toward our community is still as strong as ever. The stereotypes of the angry black man and woman, lazy black people, and the least intelligent race remain…

We Show Love Around Hair: Grand Rapids Area Natural Hair Meet-Ups & Related Events: 8/27/18 – 9/9/18

My curlfriends in Grand Rapids enjoyed my article about natural hair events so much that I’m going to make it a feature. You can come here every other week to learn about natural hair meetups and related events. If you have events that you would like me to share, please contact me at msleonica@dalovelee1.com. HAIR Is Where You’ll Find the Love Today Monday Night Jazz In the Park is going on downtown in Ah-Nab-Awen Park. This week’s performers are Kathy Lamar and friends. The music started at 6 PM. You still have time to get down there before it ends…

I Don’t Care If You Listen: Episode 3

Click here to check out the third episode of I Don’t Care If You Listen.  This time Shalini and I are talking more about the state of our country, taxation on religious organizations and true friendships. Let us know if you have a topic that you want us to discuss or you want to be a guest on the show. We’d love to hear from you.  

New Podcast Alert: I Don’t Care If You Listen!!!

Remember when Prince said “Tonight I’m gonna party like it’s 1999”? Been there, did that. I was with my homegirl, my sister from another mister, and one of my closest friends Shalini. We had a blast, got it on. It was lit. We go way back and are able to challenge and encourage one another. As you can see from the picture we are gorgeous women (if I do say so myself), but we are sooooo much more than your basic party girls. We both have careers, families and (wait for it)… Opinions. That’s right. We are very opinionated women.…

We Show Love Around Hair: Grand Rapids Area Natural Hair Meet-Ups & Related Events

Hair in GR, we show made love for our curlfriends. A few Sundays ago, I had the pleasure of having brunch with an incredible group of ladies. It was a brunch held by the Women of Color Creatives (WOC Creatives). It was hosted by aestheticism and make-up artist, Janiece Hughuley, the owner Studio 824 Beauty Lounge. We weren’t meeting about a hair-related issue but I could help but to crush on everybody’s hair. I love when Sistah Queens get together to encourage one another and exchange resources. It’s such an affirming experience to come to a place filled with warm…

An Angry Black Woman’s Poem – Part 1

Hell yeah, I’m an angry black woman. That’s their story and I’m sticking to it. I’m angry. Somebody is always telling me how to be me! You’re too aggressive. You’re intimidating. You’re unapproachable. That’s what they tell me. It’s all good when I’m happy with smiles. But as soon as they disagree with my argument… They attack my character. Everything associated with me becomes negative, My tone of voice, my fluid body movements, my facial expressions; It’s all a problem because my energy doesn’t match theirs. It’s all a problem when I don’t share their opinion. That’s what makes me…