Length check # 1 (June)

It has been a crazy week. I had an interview, family came to visit, and now I’m posting that (delayed) length check. June is the first month I posted a LC last year, so I’ll start over again in the same place. Recently I’ve been twisting and doing twist outs but I’m seriously considering braids to give myself a break. I haven’t had braids in over a year. We shall see…

Without further adieu, here we go:  Continue reading

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin Review (from 2013)

So I read The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.

I especially enjoyed My Dungeon Shook, the letter to his nephew. I liked it because it felt like a letter to all black children (young and old). This book was published in 1963 and I still find inspiration in it in 2013. That’s something. I will first acknowledge that A LOT has definitely changed since then. However, it’s disappointing that many of those words on race are still relevant. In this society where racism is covert and our president is black. The thing I really love about The Fire Next Time is the message that you are not what white people say you are. An even greater message if we expand from that is that you are not what anyone says you are. “You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity, and in as many ways as possible, that you were a worthless human being. You were not expected to aspire to excellence: you were expected to make peace with mediocrity.” This reminds me of Fences the August Wilson play I saw last week and Troy’s constant attempts to “manage his son’s expectations” about what he was going to get out of life. There’s something to be said when you internalize a poisonous message like that near to your heart. It can destroy you. Continue reading

Six years of hair blogging, one post.

So on to hair. I’ve been running a personal blog about hair for many years now over on LJ. So I feel like I’ve been blogging about this topic for years. But from here it’s like I’m just starting out. Last year in April I went to a Dominican salon to get my hair straightened and suffered tons of heat damage. I was so sad and disappointed in myself after it happened. The time I spent sitting while they blow dried my natural hair bone straight and THEN went in with the flat-iron, I should have known. But let’s start from the beginning. The Dominican place was not my usual routine. I hadn’t been to a salon in a very long time in fact. Continue reading