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Natural Hair Weekend: Interviews, Meet-up and Awards Show!

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Hello everyone!

My last post was a week ago today and SO MUCH has happened since then. Last Friday, I went to New York to immerse myself in the natural hair care industry. I interviewed such notable Brooklyn salon owners as Diane Bailey of Tendrils ( , Marlene Duperley of Doris New York, Inc. ( and Victoria J. of Victoria J. Natural Hair Salon ( Each of these women opened their salons or homes to me and graciously gave of their time to share their thoughts on the natural hair care industry.
I also attended a natural hair meet-up hosted by Darker than Brown ( at a restaurant I’d never frequented (Vapiano’s! the meet-up was at the University Blvd location, try the Cobb Salad YUMMY!).
Plus, I attended the Natural Hair Awards at the Brooklyn Museum. I am not one to be starstruck but I was in awe of seeing Amazon Smiley (Amazon Natural Essentials Salon & Spa), Anu Prestonia (Khamit Kinks), Diane Bailey (Tendrils Salon), Marsulette Walker (Madame Walker’s Braidery), Marion Council-George (Designer Braids & Trade), Nekhena Evans (New Bein’ Enterprises), Orin Saunders (Locks N’ Chops), Sheila Everette-Hale (Everette’s Cornrows), and Tulani Kinard (Tulani’s Regal Movement; yes, THAT Tulani Kinard of Sweet Honey in the Rock fame!). I’ll discuss each of them in turn in the coming days.
Talk about a wonderful time! When I got back home on Monday, my mind was whirling with possibilities and blog topics. I welcome your comments as I post about each of these phenomenal experiences!
  • Samara

    You did a whole lot! I can't wait to see the video interviews you did?

  • The Master Pioneer Award

    Greetings Ms. OpieIt is truly a wonderful thing you are doing with regards to blogging about our industry. I am thrilled you had an opportunity to attend The Master Pioneer Award. I look forward to reading your upcoming blog on our honorees. Peace and Blessings in all of you do and your visionAnita Hill MosesThe Master Pioneer AwardExecutive Director

  • topie

    Hi Samara and Anita!Samara, I am having the videos edited but I will be sure to post once they are worthy of viewing. 🙂 Anita, you know that I think you are doing a FABULOUS job! Keep it up!Tina

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