Archive for February 2011

2011 Essence Beauty Award for Curly Hair Cream

What a week!  We just received word that Curl Defining Cream was selected as winner of the 2011 Essence Beauty Award for Curly Hair Cream (don’t miss their wonderful March issue ) AND  Curl Defining Cream was featured as Product of the Day in the February 21st issue of Modern Salon Daily e-newsletter!  All of this great news and it’s only Tuesday!

A Moment in Black History: Tuskegee Airmen


The 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the US Army Air Corps is also known as the Tuskegee Airmen. They were determined young men who enlisted to become America’s first black military airmen, at a time when there were many people who thought that black men lacked intelligence, skill, courage, and patriotism.

There were 996 original Airmen which included pilots, bombardiers, and navigators from across the country. They were trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Tuskegee, Alabama starting in 1941 which was a replica of already-existing airfields reserved for training "white" pilots. The Army Air Force created the bomber unit after pressure from the NAACP and other civil rights organizations.

The Tuskegee Airman had an outstanding record of accomplishments despite the humiliation and indignation caused by frequent experience of racism and bigotry…the airmen fought two wars bravely – one against a military force overseas and the other against racism at home and abroad.



Thomas Eakins, Portrait of Henry O. Tanner, 1900. Oil on canvas, 24⅛" × 20¼".  The Hyde Collection


Pittsburgh native, Henry Tanner enrolled in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia in 1879 where he studied under Thomas Eakins, who would become a lifelong friend and mentor.  

Tanner, supremely talented and non-confrontational, struggled with the racism prevalent in post-war Philadelphia and after years of trying to gain artistic acceptance, he left for France in 1891.  Welcomed in artistic circles, the French paid little attention to race and Tanner quickly found a home in Paris.

Considered a ‘realist’ painter, his work regularly won prizes in the Paris Salons and were purchased or donated to countless museums, including:  Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Chicago Art Institute, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Musee d’Orsay, Paris, High Museum and Smithsonian. 

Purchased by the White House Endowment Fund during the Clinton administration, Tanner’s landscape, Sand Dunes at Sunset, Atlantic City (c. 1885) is the first painting by an African-American artist entered in the permanent collection of the White House.  More importantly, Henry Tanner was the first African-American elected as a full member of the National Academy of Design.

Nurture Your Creative Genius,

Wait For Your Spirit to Laugh


When the heart weeps for what it has lost, the spirit laughs for what it has found.
– Sufi Proverb –

Your journey has brought you to this very moment in time, WELCOME! Some may be experiencing feelings of emptiness in your life. This may not be where you expected to be but it is exactly where you need to be. We are constantly growing as we are living, living through the difficult times and giving ourselves times to slowly heal the hurt.

It’s a slow process as you allow yourself to feel what you feel and be what you can be for that moment. When you are ready, you will be able to reflect on the pain to find the "gift" it has brought you. The recognition of the laughing spirit will take some time but it’s definitely on the way!


Haute Hair Spotlight: Esperanza Spalding

Haute hair alert ladies! CORRECTION…haute hair and haute fashion alerts, this natural haired beauty is simply a 10 across the board. Her fabulous multi-tiered, lime green halter-top gown was designed by Selma Karaca, who’s design studio is located in Brooklyn, was unique and hugged her every curve. The bubble gum pink “Recycle Shoes” created by Danish Design School graduate Liza Fredrika Aslund completed Esperanza’s Grammy Award winning look.
Esperanza Spalding is the jazz singer/musician who took the 2011 Grammy Awards by surprise winning the Best New Artist category. She may have virtually been unknown to some but she is well known to President Obama. She performed at the White House in September 2008 when the Obama’s honored Stevie Wonder, in December 2009 during the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, and again in April 2010 at the DNC reception in Miami, Florida. She is a multi-talented musician who plays a variety of string instruments and an incredible voice!
Perfect Jane Carter Solution products for Esperanza:

We’re Loving Your Hair Esperanza!

Bronner Bros. International Hair Show

Jane and the Jane Carter Solution product line will be in Booth 821 at the Bronner Bros. International Hair Show on February 19th – 22nd at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Exhibit Hall Hours are 10:00am – 7:00pm daily. With over 300 Exhibits and over 100 Advanced Seminars & Workshops, you’re certain to find something entertaining and educational! Just make sure that you ‘find’ Jane before you get too weary looking at all this fabulous show has to offer!

It’s a big event and a big venue and you don’t want to miss it!