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self-portrait. 
more like an accident.
I’ve been carrying my actual camera (not my camera phone) around with me, taking pictures of “interesting things” that I find interesting. 
You know, girly stuff.
One thing I’ve been trying to avoid since I went natural has been self-portraiture. It’s like hair porn for newly natural Black women. Sometimes I feel like when we take pictures of ourselves and post them to Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Tumblr we are trying to prove to our audience that we are beautiful.
So that’s where I falter. I take A LOT of pictures of my hair but I never share it. I click through these images on my camera or computer to just track how I’m treating my tresses. My hair wants to lock right now SO FREAKIN BAD and I’m trying my best to keep it healthy during the cold weather.
Before I left for errands this morning I took advantage of the natural light (I’m all about natural light) and I snapped a picture of a new mohawk style I’m trying. When I looked at the picture I was shocked.
The best mistake my Canon has ever taken.
I look at the outline of my forehead, my lips, and nose. 
And I am pleased.
The yellow.
I am pleased.
The shape of my hair.
I’m getting used to it, but for today, I am pleased.
But mostly I’m pleased with the perfect blue/white light that God gifted us today. Finally, a clear sign that no, it’s not quite Spring yet, but yes, I’m lighting your path, my daughter.
Thanks God. 

self-portrait. 

more like an accident.

I’ve been carrying my actual camera (not my camera phone) around with me, taking pictures of “interesting things” that I find interesting. 

You know, girly stuff.

One thing I’ve been trying to avoid since I went natural has been self-portraiture. It’s like hair porn for newly natural Black women. Sometimes I feel like when we take pictures of ourselves and post them to Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/Tumblr we are trying to prove to our audience that we are beautiful.

So that’s where I falter. I take A LOT of pictures of my hair but I never share it. I click through these images on my camera or computer to just track how I’m treating my tresses. My hair wants to lock right now SO FREAKIN BAD and I’m trying my best to keep it healthy during the cold weather.

Before I left for errands this morning I took advantage of the natural light (I’m all about natural light) and I snapped a picture of a new mohawk style I’m trying. When I looked at the picture I was shocked.

The best mistake my Canon has ever taken.

I look at the outline of my forehead, my lips, and nose. 

And I am pleased.

The yellow.

I am pleased.

The shape of my hair.

I’m getting used to it, but for today, I am pleased.

But mostly I’m pleased with the perfect blue/white light that God gifted us today. Finally, a clear sign that no, it’s not quite Spring yet, but yes, I’m lighting your path, my daughter.

Thanks God. 

Took this picture after a performance at 119 Gallery (Lowell) in May ‘11. My friend Lola Akintobi (the gorgeous young woman with the scarf!) brought a huge group of young ladies from Lowell Community Health Center. They loved the show and I was happily overwhelmed by how much they could identify with.

Took this picture after a performance at 119 Gallery (Lowell) in May ‘11. My friend Lola Akintobi (the gorgeous young woman with the scarf!) brought a huge group of young ladies from Lowell Community Health Center. They loved the show and I was happily overwhelmed by how much they could identify with.

Why not?
I’m performing FUFU & OREOS in Chicago on February 15 and I know (this many) people there.
I’m taking a huge risk.
Instead of a New Year’s Resolution I decided instead to have a #oneword365: MOVE.
For someone who procrastinated her way through college, had numerous bouts of depression throughout those four years, and eventually found herself back in her hometown post-grad, I was shocked that I chose the word “MOVE”.
Chicago is a place I have wanted to visit the minute I came across the website for MPAACT, a Black theatre company in the city. A friend of mine, Paul Notice, has the premiere of his full-length play "LEAVES, TREES, FOREST" here through March 3. Some company members attended a theater conference in Boston last summer and when I sneakily read Carla Stillwell’s name tag, I immediately got giddy and told her and Lawrence (their literary manager) how much I loved MPAACT. She laughed and said, “How do you know about MPAACT?” I responded that I don’t know, I just came across the website one time and have been keeping track since.
Stalkerish, yeah? But instead of being repulsed, Carla immediately asked me if I was a writer. I eventually met the Artistic Director and he offered FUFU & OREOS a slot in their winter solo festival on the spot.
So back to MOVE and taking risks.
What you see above is an ad I commissioned from one of my favorite natural hair bloggers, Merely Marie,who is a blogger/designer based in Chicago. It was simple, really. I was viewing her site (like I do every other day) and thought, “My play has themes of identity and natural hair. A lot of women who read this blog have interests similar to mine. Why don’t I pay for an ad?”
I’m happy with the color scheme Marie used to compliment the black & white photo Becca A. Lewis shot way back in 2011. I’m equally happy that Marie and her husband will be coming to my show!
Last year, God told me very clearly one day that “He will meet me wherever I go.”
Let’s go.
FUFU & OREOS in Chicago
Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 11pm
Greenhouse Theater Center
2257 N. Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
TICKETS: www.fufuandoreos.com

Why not?

I’m performing FUFU & OREOS in Chicago on February 15 and I know (this many) people there.

I’m taking a huge risk.

Instead of a New Year’s Resolution I decided instead to have a #oneword365: MOVE.

For someone who procrastinated her way through college, had numerous bouts of depression throughout those four years, and eventually found herself back in her hometown post-grad, I was shocked that I chose the word “MOVE”.

Chicago is a place I have wanted to visit the minute I came across the website for MPAACT, a Black theatre company in the city. A friend of mine, Paul Notice, has the premiere of his full-length play "LEAVES, TREES, FOREST" here through March 3. Some company members attended a theater conference in Boston last summer and when I sneakily read Carla Stillwell’s name tag, I immediately got giddy and told her and Lawrence (their literary manager) how much I loved MPAACT. She laughed and said, “How do you know about MPAACT?” I responded that I don’t know, I just came across the website one time and have been keeping track since.

Stalkerish, yeah? But instead of being repulsed, Carla immediately asked me if I was a writer. I eventually met the Artistic Director and he offered FUFU & OREOS a slot in their winter solo festival on the spot.

So back to MOVE and taking risks.

What you see above is an ad I commissioned from one of my favorite natural hair bloggers, Merely Marie,who is a blogger/designer based in Chicago. It was simple, really. I was viewing her site (like I do every other day) and thought, “My play has themes of identity and natural hair. A lot of women who read this blog have interests similar to mine. Why don’t I pay for an ad?”

I’m happy with the color scheme Marie used to compliment the black & white photo Becca A. Lewis shot way back in 2011. I’m equally happy that Marie and her husband will be coming to my show!

Last year, God told me very clearly one day that “He will meet me wherever I go.”

Let’s go.

FUFU & OREOS in Chicago

Friday, February 15, 2013 @ 11pm

Greenhouse Theater Center

2257 N. Lincoln Ave

Chicago, IL 60614

TICKETS: www.fufuandoreos.com

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