Nappywood Weekend LA: ‘Natural Hair Care Expo Seeks to Empower Community’
International Black Hairitage (IBH)Â marks its 3rd year of celebrating the legacy of Black Hairitage by introducing â€śThe Nappywood Weekendâ€ť, August 2-5, 2013. The exciting weekend of events is designed to promote cultural identity and economic empowerment worldwide. The activities feature a unique blend of natural hair care trends and tips, professional and consumer education, and natural health and holistic information.
Some of theÂ featured presenters and educatorsÂ includeÂ Malaika Tamu-Cooper, stylist, educator and owner of Dreadz and Headz Salon in Baltimore, MD;Â Titi Branch, co-founder, Miss Jessieâ€™s;Â Dr. JoAnne Cornwell, founder, Sisterlocks;Â Dr. Kari Williams, California State Board of Â Cosmetology; Â Sam Enon, founder, Black Owned Beauty Supply Association (BOBSA);Â Norm Bond, marketer and founder of BlackEconomicDevelopment.com;Â Mayor Aja Brown, Mayor, Compton, California;Â Jessyca Abena Marshall, owner and founder, Naturally Beautiful Hair Care in Brooklyn, New York;Â Christell Kedi, UK Makeup Artist of the Year; The Mooney Twins, veteran comedians and entrepreneurs;Â Felicia Leatherwood, celebrity hair stylist; andÂ GuyÂ Walker,Â president Wealth Management Strategies. Â A key event supporterÂ is theÂ WE CAN Foundation,Â a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation organized to provide access to educational and economic opportunities for individuals in technologically underserved communities.Â Black Women for WellnessÂ will also be participating. The organization is committed toÂ healing, educating, inspiring and supporting Black women so that they may tap their personal power to improve their health and well being.
To dateÂ we have reachedÂ over 3-million households worldwide through our grassroots effortsÂ saidÂ The Nappywood WeekendÂ founder and filmmakerÂ Regi Kimbell.
Our primary goal is to educate the community through our three key initiatives. These are Culture, which encompasses encouraging an understanding of the psyche of the Black identity and beauty of being of African descent. The second is Natural Lifestyle, weâ€™re encouraging a natural holistic lifestyle, and seeking to improve the health of our people, especially Black women and children. The third initiative area is Economics. We are encouraging economic growth in the community from the grass roots level and throughout the African Diasporaâ€ť.
Through the effective use of technology,Â The Nappywood WeekendÂ is enabling conversations and connecting with other communities globally. The organizers will “Live Stream” over the internet theÂ â€śIBH State of the Natural Unionâ€ť Townhall type meetings and launch a series of business workshops.Â Local, national and global business leaders will address the challenges and participate in solution based discussions regarding the economic needs of the Black community. The world will be able to view and participate in these discussions online with the purpose of bridging the gap between communities of Afro descent worldwide.