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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hair Style Rut

I am in a rut with my hair. I've got my wash and moisturizing routine down. I know what products work for me. All of that is in place. But I feel like I've tried every style I know of! I want a new hairstyle and I can't even find inspiration online for something new. Is there anything left I haven't done?

Someone tell me what to do with my hair! 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Miley Cyrus vs. Syria

Many questions and comments have been raised since what I refer to as "twerk gate" happened. A major one is 'Why do we care what Miley Cyrus does?' We care because there is a large number of larger cultural conversations that need to be had, and are being had, in relation to her persona and that MTV Awards performance. That isn't the point of this particular post though. Perhaps I'll write on those later...

The other pervasive comment is 'While everyone is talking about Miley Cyrus they're distracted from the fact that the U.S. is about to start a war in Syria.' While I understand where this sentiment comes from, it's a really silly statement to make. This statement assumes that people interested in foreign policy and worldly issues are being distracted by pop-culture talk. It also assumes that people interested in pop-culture would be more interested in foreign policy and government if pop-culture didn't exist. That is not real. 

While I find it disconcerting for CNN, a pretty respectable "real" news network to use real-estate talking about Miley Cyrus and twerking, a person coming to CNN.com to catch up on news doesn't become so mesmerized by a fluff story that they forget all about wanting to know what's happening in the world. Furthermore, a person not at all interested in CNNs general content won't be visiting CNN more often if gossip websites disappear.  When the wave of "twerk gate" is over, those who aren't interested in Syria now, STILL won't be interested, and those who always were, will still be. 

The people who don't watch world news coverage don't not watch it because Real Housewives of Atlanta is on. They don't watch it because they aren't interested. That non-interest is what needs to be addressed. 

MLK's "Dream:" What's Come True and What May Never?

Today is the the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Only 50 years ago. I found myself a little startled by how not so long ago that really is. There are still people alive today that were alive then. While this iconic day is considered "history" it's actually not that distant from today. 

In honor of this anniversary I read through the speech again today, and thought about what parts of the Dream have come true, and what parts are likely never to come true. 

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, "When will you be satisfied?" We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities. We cannot be satisfied as long as the negro's basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their self-hood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: "For Whites Only." We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote. No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until "justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.
We can't be satisfied yet.  Police brutality towards Black people is still abundant. There was a period of time between when civil rights violations were heavily covered and today's age of the internet and camera phones where it may have seemed that it wasn't as great of an issue. But daily, police brutality occurs.

While businesses very seldom have the audacity to refuse the patronage of Black people, and no one is posting "White's Only" signs, Black patrons can be kicked out of a restaurant if a white patron feels threatened, and even Oprah Winfrey can't shop without being profiled as poor.

More Black people are able to move to success now, than they could then, but the capacity for a White person and a Black person to be successful, even with the same actions, is not the equal.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
 I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
Here, we've made strides. We have become a much more unified country since these words were spoken. Do we still have strides to make? Yes. But I think with each generation color-lines are being broken down when it comes to brotherhood and sisterhood.

We have ways to go when it comes to racism, freedom, and equality.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
We've always been created equal. The task is changing the system to actually BELIEVE this and reflect it. Make our school systems reflect equality. Have the arrest and conviction rates between races reflect equality. I don't think this will ever happen. Even if by some miracle color no longer matters, wealth, or lack there of, is still a persistent stumbling block in reaching equality. There is however, still the potential for equality gaps to still become smaller.

And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Am I catching the fall bug?

I'm not trying to rush the seasons, but lately, my mind has been on fall things... 

I'm thinking about soups. 

I'm thinking about warm beverages spiced with pumpkin. 

I'm thinking about pumpkin spiced cookies and cakes. 

I'm thinking about actually finishing the ABC's of Fall and ABC's of Winter series

I'm thinking about bulky sweaters and skinny jeans with boots. 

I'm thinking about decorating pumpkins. 

Do you have fall on the brain?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

10 Empties Challenge Complete: 10/10

I have completed the 10 Empties Challenge! The challenge is completed just in time because these two products are my staple conditioners, so I'm happy to be able to re-purchase them. 

I don't think I'll be running out and buying a bunch of products any time soon. This challenge showed me just how much excess of products I have. I won't be purchasing any more make-up for a long while, I just have so much of it. As for hair products, I'll try to keep just one or two options for each type of product (shampoo, conditioner, oil, cream, gel, etc.). 

And now, my final two empties, and two staples in my hair care regimen: 

Tresemme Naturals Conditioner

This is pretty much the only rinse out conditioner I use. I love it because it comes in a huge bottle, for a about $5 and I can get it at my grocery store, CVS, RiteAid, etc. It gives me great slip for detangling and leaves my hair moisturized. If you're looking to go purchase this (Chickpool, I'm looking at you ;-) ) you want to get the one that has the brown strip on it. That's the one that has the best ingredients, or least bad ingredients, if you will. There are other conditioners in the line with similar bottles, look for the brown bar. 

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner 

This conditioner can be used as a rinse out, or leave in conditioner. I've tried it both ways, and prefer it as a leave in. This is the leave in I use 90% of the time. In the past week since I've emptied it I've been using other leave ins but none compare to how soft and shiny this leaves my hair. It also smells great and has all natural ingredients. I love pretty much everything I've tried from Shea Moisture. They haven't disappointed me yet!

::pats self on back::


Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Confessions 8/9/13

I found this link-up on Cami's blog and thought I'd give it a shot!

I confess...

I've been 95% paleo for a little over a week. I'm going to happy hour with my co-workers tonight that will probably be 95% NOT paleo. I will make a post about my paleo journey at some point. 

I confess...

We got a new dog! Her name is Sox. 

I confess...

I need a vacation. I know it seems like I just went on vacation, because I did recently have a 3-day weekend in Virginia Beach...but, I need a week-long, full on vacation! 

I confess...

I'm counting down the days until I go to New Orleans in December for work. I can smell the beignets and shrimp poboys from here!

Do you have any Friday Confessions?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Ageism and the 12th Doctor Who

Hubs and I are big Doctor Who fans. We've already decided that whether our first child is a boy or a girl, the nursery will be Doctor Who themed. I dressed as the 11th Doctor for Halloween this past year: 

We've been very excited the past week as the 12th Doctor was set to be announced on Sunday. My hopes were for a non-white or non-male Doctor. It's 2013, it about time. I also would be fine with an older Doctor to diversify the character. My main hope was not having a Doctor who I knew from any other show. I like the Doctor to ONLY be the Doctor in my head. 

The 12th Doctor was announced as Peter Capaldi: 

I am disappointed. He's white. He's male. I know him from his role in The Thick of It. One item in my hope list was fulfilled, he is older. While I find this slight bit of diversity to be refreshing, many others are appalled by the fact that the 12th Doctor will be older than Doctors past: 

I knew there would be backlash and racism/sexism if the 12th Doctor were of color, or a woman, but I hadn't anticipated people being so upset about his age. 

What do you think about the choice for the 12th Doctor?

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