african hair braiding, black voices, braidery, braids, corn rows, feed-in braids, miss naturale, miss sixx, no-knot braids

Modern-Day Slavery at Hair Braiding Salons Driven By Greed

Article from Black Voices — A New Jersey man from the West African nation of Togo is behind bars after forcing at least 20 women to work without pay in hair braiding salons. According to the Associated Press, 47-year-old Lassissi Afolabi, a citizen of the Togolese Republic, was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison after he admitted to smuggling Togolese women and girls into the U.S. from 2002 through 2007 and making the young women, in effect, modern day slaves at hair salons throughout Newark and East Orange, NJ.
The Star Ledger reported that the women suffered beatings, psychological torture and sexual abuse. A federal judge in Newark described Afolabi’s crimes as “horrific” and ordered him to also repay his victims $3.9 million in restitution. But Afolabi didn’t act alone; he had help. His ex wife, Akouavi Kpade Afolabi, and her son were also convicted in the scheme. The former wife will be sentenced in September for her wrongdoing; her son has been given 55 months prison time. The trio snuck the women into the U.S. using fake visas, authorities said.
afro, au naturale, bantu knot, black hair, braidery, flat twist, loc's, miss sixx, natural hair, natural hair care, no lye, Tulani Kinard

No Lye! The African American Womens Guide to Natural Hair Care


Hey Queens,
I shamefully admit I haven’t read many publications on growing natural hair. I’ve recently started researching “must have” books on natural hair. I came across this book- ” No Lye” written by: Tulani Kinard. Have any of you read this book? I just ordered it from Amazon.com. Below is a brief description of the book, and a bio on the author. Feel free to add any comments or offer other “must have” books.

Description::

For years, African-American women have relied on harsh chemicals and relaxers to “manage” their hair–which more often than not did more damage than good. Improper braiding techniques have also contributed no small amount of harm, resulting in frail, damaged hair and even pattern baldness in women.

No Lye! offers a safe and easy alternative. In this hair-care and styling guide Tulani Kinard reveals the secrets to obtaining and maintaining beautiful healthy hair–naturally.

Discover… The art of making braids, terrific twists and lovely locks Easy recipes for products that clean, strengthen, and condition the hair Ways to heal damaged hair Painless methods of caring for your children’s hair Fast, easy styles for all lengths and textures of hair The pros and cons of using hair extensions

Ask me your hair-care questions…I’ll tell you No Lye!

Tulani Kinard is the owner of Tulani’s Regal Movement, a natural hair-care salon in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked as a contributing editor to Blackstress and Black Hair Care magazines and her hair sculptures have been featured in everything from Essence to The New York Times. She is co founder of the International Braider’s Network and former president of the National Braider’s Guild.

No Lye
The African American Woman’s Guide To Natural Hair Care
by Tulani Kinard

ISBN: 0312151802
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: 1997
Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Book Type: New

au naturale, baltimore natural hair, braidery, dc natural hair, image awards, Madam Walker, maryland, meetup, miss naturrale, miss sixx, natural hair

Madam Walker Braidery S.E.L.F Image Awards

When: September 12, 2009 7:00 PM

Where:
Colony South Hotel
7401 Surratts Rd
Clinton, MD 20735
301 856 7500 or 301 856 3343

For more details, see the full listing:
http://www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Natural-Hair-Locs-Sisterlocks/calendar/10926133/

You can always get in touch with me through the “Contact Organizer” link on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Natural-Hair-Locs-Sisterlocks/suggestion/