Art of the Month

In 2021 the art series with examine moments in African American history in an attempt to UNERASE our past

When Africans were kidnapped and bound into slavery, they brought many skill sets with them. One of the greatest myths was that the people came here without skills. In Colonial America, enslaved Africans began fulfilling the needs that colonist needed to be equal with Europeans. Some Africans making wigs and styling hair to help their masters keep up with the current trends. Having a nice wig, which covered bald spots in men, was often a sign of privilege.

As early as 1820 former slaves began opening businesses including those as hairstylists. Most of their clients were white people. But with the end of slavery, women of African descent began to spend time on their own hair. It opened a new market for women like Madam CJ Walker and Annie Malone, who created empires from helping African American women take care of their hair.

Malone and Walker also created a method where African American women could earn income outside their home by doing hair and selling products. They could do white people’s hair. They could do African American people’s hair. It was once said, hairstyles were created in Harlem, before they went out into the world.

Affirmation

For the first month of 2021 the affirmation is Hope. We all need this prescription to get us started for this part of the journey through racial strife, a pandemic, grief and loss, you name it. Hope is the light that shines and shows you the way. It is the thing at the end of the tunnel. And as one preacher put it, it is the thing that shines bright in the dark.

Where do you find your hope?

It is Portrait Season

Now is the time to book a photo session. Photos is a way to capture a moment. As we have learned in the past year, those moments are fleeting. We take time for granted, but it continues to move. In January I will be doing photo sessions in Chicago. Email me to book a time slot.

Book of the Month

Dancing During The Storm is a collection of short stories that represent people dealing with the storms of life. There are times when we have to decide are we going to lay down or fight. All of these stories tell of people who are either coming out of, in the middle of or going into a storm. In this second volume, the stories deal with justice, women’s issues and deception.

Available on Amazon

or Books2Read.com