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Various natural hair shows I have attended

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August 2010 Boston Natural Hair Day Evnets
Aug 13, 2010

Boston, Massachusetts Natural Hair Day weekend events Friday, August 13, 2010 - Saturday, August 14, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010, Dr. JoAnne Cornwell's, Originator of Sisterlocks technique, visit to Touch 106.1 FM radio station

Friday, August 13, 2010 - Book signing at Jamaicaway Book Store in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Saturday, August 14, 2010 - Boston and 7th Bi-Annual Natural Hair Day/Pot Luck Gathering in Roslindale, Massachusetts

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15th Annual Locks Conference - Philly, PA, October 3rd & 4th 2009
Oct 3, 2009

15th Annual International Locks Conference
Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Expo

The Tradition Continues
Saturday & Sunday, October 3rd & 4th, 2009
at
Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School
located at
910 North 6th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

For additional information about:
Volunteering * Vending * Presenting
Feel free to email the kuumba family at
locksconference@verizon.net or call
1-888-305-3186

www.locksconference.com

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2009 August Boston Hair Gathering (#5)
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2010 January Boston Hair Gathering (#6)
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2010 April Atlanta, Georgia Hair Show
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14th Annual Locks Conference - Philly, PA, October 5th and 6th 2008

14th Annual International Locks Conference
Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Expo

The Tradition Continues
Saturday & Sunday, October 4 and 5, 2008
at
Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School
located at
910 North 6th Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

For additional information about:
Volunteering * Vending * Presenting
Feel free to email the kuumba family at
locksconference@verizon.net or call
1-888-305-3186

www.locksconference.com

WELCOME

We invite you to join us Saturday and Sunday, October 4 & 5, 2008. This year the Kuumba Family is focusing on the theme “Locked On Freedom”

For the last fourteen years the Locks Conference has promoted self-determination and served as a true community effort and an excellent living example of the Nguzo Saba principles: Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity) and Imani (faith).

The Locks Conference is cultural, educational and spiritual event which has become a community institution offering informative workshops, knowledgeable speakers, fun-filled, and powerful family activities. These two days are filled with teaching, learning, celebration, and shopping. They provide a wonderful opportunity for the folks to witness the Nguzo Saba principles in action, to be surrounded by positive energy, and to reconnect to like minds.

General admission is still only $5.00 for each day. This year because of popular demand we will also have available an expanded program /resource directory for the small donation of $2.00

Please scroll down to see our Premier book Hair Piecez: The Anthology

“Chance has never yet satisfied the hope of a suffering people. Action, self-reliance, the vision of self, and the future have been the only means by which the oppressed have seen and realized the light of their own freedom.”

Honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Remembering the founder Sharon Goodman’s big smile and dedication, revitalized energy, much more drumming/advertising, and the spirit of the times make our much anticipated cultural event one to attend and to encourage others to come out to. The healing activities, marketplace, and presentations just seem to get better and better, making the Locks Conference the place to be!

If you are interested in participating in our International Marketplace, please email us at Locksconference@verizon.net or contact the vending coordinator, Queen Samiyah Mu-El at 215-888-6509 (after 8:00 PM) / 215--232-9527 or call Mama Akosua Ali-Sabree at

215-438-9334

Asante Sana for your continued support.

The Tradition Continues!


Press Release

Hair Piecez: The Anthology

It’s here, it’s here! Hot off the presses, the book Hair Piecez: The Anthology is now available.

Hair Piecez: The Anthology is a collection of thoughtful, inspiring, and power packed verses. This book is revealing, funny, and on time! It is a wonderful example of original poetry, short stories, interviews, and beautiful artwork and photographs. The combined writings of thirty selected artists from across the country make for interesting and mind opening reading that will touch your heart, tickle your funny bone, and stir fond and curious memories. This anthology provides reflection and truth in such a soulful way. The anthology illustrates the significant role that our "natural-when-born" hair plays in shaping our individual and collective consciousness from birth to death and in between, especially in our quest for psychic liberation and self-realization.

The editors have worked diligently to present a wholistic view of our natural hair experience and to make Hair Piecez a worthy commemorative publication celebrating the more than ten years of the Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Expo.

The following is a calendar of summer readings and book signings you are all invited to attend and share with your friends and families. For more information and/or to order books through snail mail, contact Ujima Press RC at 1-888-330-8005 ujimaprc@aol.com

To order online, just add this book to your shopping cart. The retail donation is $18.00.

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Boston Hair Day Gathering - September 2008 (#4 co-hosted by H2YN)
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Pot Luck Holiday Natural Hair Day Gathering - December 2007 (#3 co-hosted by H2YN)
Dec 15, 2007

For more info: please email Jacqueline Ashby at hairstoyounaturally@yahoo.com

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Event Co-sponsored by: Haven Art Lounge & Bistro, 1820 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, MA

Article as in January, 6, 2008, Sunday, Boston Sunday Globe

Black women find freedom with new 'do
Email|Print| Text size – + By Meghan Irons
Globe Staff / January 6, 2008

You might look at Akilah Cobham's hair and see neatly flowing locks. But it's not just hair, it's a cultural movement.
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Cobham, a 26-year-old high school Spanish teacher who lives in Roxbury, leapt into Sisterlocks, a hairstyle for black women looking for a sleeker alternative to traditional locks.

"It was like my hair was controlling me," Cobham said of her old hairstyle. She feared sweating out the straightness while working out, so she would plan gym time for right before her weekly visits to the hair salon.

"I wanted a hairstyle that I can look cute in and still live my life," she said. She found the answer in Sisterlocks.

A national movement, Sisterlocks has a growing following in Boston. It's built around the wearers' pride as African-American women and their love of, well, their hair. Websites have sprung up, blogs written. Women chronicle the different stages of Sisterlocks in online photo galleries. They gather periodically in Dorchester.

"Hair is a big issue for black women," said Jacqueline Ashby, a Sisterlocks technician in Dorchester. "They want to end being ashamed of it and start being nappy and beautiful. Some women are even afraid of the word nappy."

Originated in 1993 by JoAnn Cornwall, a professor at San Diego State University, Sisterlocks - a trademark company - promotes not just a hairstyle, but a healthy hair lifestyle, advocates say. Wearers can wash and go, and they can roller-set, curl, and style their hair without using chemicals to change its texture.

The microlocks are increasingly in demand. Just ask Martine Bernard.

She doesn't own a salon or advertise. But her client list runs long, with patrons - including Cobham - across Boston and beyond waiting weeks to sit in her chair in her Roxbury apartment to get the Sisterlocks hairstyle.

Bernard's hair speaks for itself. Her long tinted locks fall gently around her face. You have to look closely to see that each lock is actually made up of 300 to 500 strands of the wearer's own hair, parted and woven together into a tiny pattern, something like very fine crochet. In fact, the locks are made using a kind of crochet hook that Cornwall invented.

Women who see Bernard want the look, and they're spreading the word to their friends, mothers, sisters - even husbands and boyfriends - anyone willing to pay $500 to $600, and to sit for two eight- to 10-hour sessions to install the locks. Upkeep on the hairstyle runs $60 to $120 every six to eight weeks and involves retightening the locks to keep their consistent and neat look.

"I never thought it would ever grow into this," said Bernard, the first certified Sisterlocks consultant in Boston, whose client list has bloomed from three to nearly 300 in five years. The city now has three trained Sisterlocks consultants and 10 trainees.

Women stop Bernard to quiz her about her hair. Some aren't sure what to make of it. Others wonder if it's real. But for many women who can fire off saga after saga of how chemicals destroy their hair, how weaves break it, how braids installed too tightly wreak havoc - it is beautiful hope.
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The style "has ballooned into a culture, into a movement, into a sense of community," said Bernard, who co-hosted a Sisterlocks event Dec. 15 in Dorchester for women to celebrate their naturalness, share stories, and be empowered by others in the natural hair journey. "I have met every woman from the African diaspora. I have African, West Indian, Afro-European clients. . . . At this point I'm doing daughters. I've done extended families, aunts, cousins, sisters-in-law. . . . Black women are looking desperately for a solution to their hair woes."

As with the defiance of the Afro, the matted rebellion of dreadlocks, and the neatness of traditional palm-twisted locks, Sisterlockers wear their nappiness with another layer of pride.

The locks offer women the flexibility, freedom, beauty and lightness they crave. Sisterlocks, many say, is about black women reclaiming the beauty of their hair - sleekly, naturally.

In fact, the kinkier and more nappy the hair is, the easier it is to lock and the more beautiful it grows, said Jacqueline Ashby, who has her own online photo gallery and recently locked her daughter Amira's hair this summer.

Women say they are attracted to Sisterlocks because it's not as thick as traditional locks and not as heavy. "It bounces," said Cynthia Cobham, whose daughter Akilah first told her about the style. "It flows."

And the woven technique makes it easy for women to transition to Sisterlocks even if they have chemically treated hair, other locks, or Afros.

Karen Williams, a Sisterlocks trainee in Roxbury, said women - even men - chase her down on the T to find out what she did with her hair. "It's amazing," she said.

Many black women, tired of compromising the health and beauty of their hair to conform to the mainstream, have been moving to natural hairstyles, said Aminah Pilgrim, a professor who teaches black women's history at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

"In many ways it represents the pride, the strength that comes from self-love and self-care and nurture," she said of Sisterlocks and the natural-hair movement.

Still, Sisterlocks is getting some flak from traditionalists who say that the interwoven locks aren't real locks, as dreadlocks and other styles are, and that the high cost to install the locks excludes a lot of poorer women.

But Sisterlockers contend that the natural hair world is big enough for everyone and that the cost to maintain the hair is comparable to what it would cost over time to keep and maintain a perm or to rebraid the hair with extensions. Women can also take classes on how to retighten their own locks, Bernard and others say.

"It's healing hair," Bernard said of her work. "I know it's hair. But it's not just hair for us. We are healing some of the ingrained feelings about our hair. . . .God does not make mistakes."

Meghan Irons can be reached at mirons@globe.com.
© Copyright 2008 Globe Newspaper Company.

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For more info: please email Jacqueline Ashby at hairstoyounaturally@yahoo.com

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13th Annual Locks Conference, Philadelphia, PA October 6th & 7th 2007
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Sisterlocks Homecoming, San Diego, CA, July 20th - July 22, 2007
Jul 1, 2007

PLEASE NOTE: All pictures posted below are my own personal photos, however the retreat information posted was directly copied from the official Sisterlocks website. For more information regarding Sisterlocks, please visit: www.sisterlocks.com

2007 Sisterlocks Homecoming Retreat
Friday thru Sunday - July 20th - 22nd

Holiday Inn, San Diego Bayside Hotel
4875 North Harbor Drive
San Diego, California 92106

The centerpiece of this year’s Homecoming is a Retreat Package consisting of several workshops and field trips offered throughout the 3-day period. These events are designed to show you a really good time, and help you focus on YOU! Also, our wonderful facilitators will guide you with techniques for cultivating the peace and possibilities your life has to offer, as well as claim your beauty, health and purpose.

Workshops are designed to help you let go of false responsibility, celebrate yourself and create an atmosphere of simplicity, growth, holistic health and purposeful living. When you're not in workshops, you've got lots of other fun activities and outings to enjoy. You do not have to have Sisterlocks or Brotherlocks to enjoy this extended weekend of absolute Bliss!

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12th Annual Locks Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 2006
Oct 1, 2006

12th Annual International Locks Conference:
Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Expo

The Tradition Continues!
Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, 2006
Laborers' Local 332 Union Hall
1310 Wallace Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

http://www.locksconference.com/a-background.htm

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11th Annual Locks Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 1-2, 2005
Oct 1, 2005
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Sisterlocks Homecoming, San Diego, California July 22-24th, 2005
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10th Annual Natural Hair & Health Expo, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2005
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1st Hair's To You, Naturally, Hair & Health Expo, Boston, Mass. (#2 co-hosted by H2YN)

May 22, 2005

Greetings,

Welcome to Hair's to You, Naturally! 1st Annual Natural Hair and Health Expo generously cosponsored by the Boston Black Women's Institute.

The first expo of its kind to be held in Boston, the expo is to showcase natural hair care technicians, holistic health professionals and our talented artists, as well as demonstrations and a hair and fashion show.

We sincerely hope to create a renaissance in natural hair care and holistic health awareness by networking and increasing basic knowledge of natural hair care options among individuals who have or are interested in textured hair. We want to encourage healthy living and overall wellness in the Black community. A portion of today's proceeds will go to our co-sponsor, the Boston Black Women's Health Institute. This is a non-profit organization committed to improving the health status of our communities, and to the empowerment, health and wellness of Black women in the greater Boston area through education, advocacy, self-help and leadership development.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our all of our volunteers, workshop presenters, panel discussion participants and artists. We appreciate your support in helping us create awareness of natural hair and holistic healthcare in our community!

Peace and blessings,

Jlmashby
Founder
Hair's To You Naturally!

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Jlmashby is a Sisterlocks consultant in training. She has traveled around the country attending natural hair care conferences, and was so inspired by the Nappy Hair Day she coordinated at her home last year, she decided to establish her own natural hair care business, Hair's to You Naturally!. She holds a Meeting Management Certificate from Bentely College and is currently employed as a Special Events Coordinator for a major teaching hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Sisterlocks Meet & Greet, Boston, Massachusetts, May 2005 (#1 co-hosted by H2YN)
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10th Annual Locks Conference, Philadelphia, PA October 2004
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Boston Nappy Hair Day, May 2004
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