I’m a magazine junkie. But in an effort to point out entities and people who support BW, I do have to point out that Glamour magazine has done such. Kerry Washington was on the September cover and now Rihanna is on their October cover. That’s two beautiful BW back to back. Gotta give them props for that.
ADDENDUM: KELLY ROWLAND is on the current cover of SHAPE MAGAZINE and her body looks a-fricking mazing!
Also in other news. I received an email from Jeremy who often lurks on the blog but doesn’t post much. He sent me an email outlining an organization that helps Black women seek and find justice. I wanted to post what he wrote here, because I believe in giving notice and thanks to those entities that show some support towards Black women.
Its important that if BW want to change our fate, that we acknowledge and show support of those people and entities that are doing it for us. WHY? Because once they see BW are serious about supporting them, they will continue to give us that support back – hopefully creating a domino effect and having other entities join in because they too want a piece of the BW’s support and resources. The same way entities and people who continue to demean BW’s images keep getting support from the Black community, is why they keep pumping that nonsense about BW out.
BW have to create a pendelum effect to create change in our favor. And that is ONLY by saving your resources, support, and dollars for those things and people who are throwing us a bone.
Here is the email from Jeremy and how African braiders have fought back to retain their ability to braid and not have to be subjected to paying for unecessary barber school fees and classes to do so.
I’m a fan of your blog and have made many responses to them. I usually respond from an individualist libertarian point of view.
One libertarian organization, The Institute for Justice, is taking on a court case that you might find interesting; something you might be interested in talking about on your blog.
“Austin, Texas—Should African hairbraiders have to build an entire barber college and become barbering instructors just to teach hairbraiding?That is the question to be answered by a federal lawsuit filed today against Texas by Dallas entrepreneur Isis Brantley and the Institute for Justice. A victory could promote economic liberty throughout Texas and beyond.
Isis Brantley is one of the country’s leading African hairbraiders. She works with everyone from Grammy Award-winning artist Erykah Badu to the homeless. But Texas will not permit Isis to teach hairbraiding for a living unless she spends 750 hours in barber school, passes four exams that do not teach braiding, and spends thousands of dollars on tuition and a fully-equipped barber college she doesn’t need. Tellingly, Texas will waive all these regulations if Isis goes to work for an existing barber school and teaches hairbraiding for them.
“Texas has no problem with Isis teaching, it just has a problem with her working for herself,” said Attorney Arif Panju of the Institute for Justice. “Braiders aren’t barbers, and braiding instructors should not be forced to build barber schools and take classes from barbers.”
Isis is no stranger to fighting for economic liberty. In 1997, seven government officials raided her business and hauled her off in handcuffs for braiding hair without a special government license. Isis had the law changed in 2007, but Texas officials simply wedged hairbraiding into the state’s barbering statute, allowing her to braid hair while making it nearly impossible for her to teach hairbraiding for a living.
“Isis wants to teach the next generation of African hairbraiders,” said IJ Texas Executive Director Matt Miller. “The quality of Isis’s teaching does not depend on whether she is standing next to a short-haired mannequin or a pile of barbering textbooks.”
“This lawsuit means economic liberty for my community,” said IJ client Isis Brantley. “Economic liberty is especially important for black women. This is our new civil rights movement.”The Institute for Justice fought a very similar case for a black woman in Utah, and they WON! (http://www.ij.org/utah-hairbraiding).. and in Washington (http://www.ij.org/diaw-v-washington-state-cosmetology-barbering-esthetics-and-manicuring-advisory-board-untangling-2)… and in Ohio (http://www.ij.org/hosey-v-ohio-state-board-of-cosmetology)… and in Arizona (http://www.ij.org/farmer-v-arizona-board-of-cosmetology)… and in Mississippi (http://www.ij.org/armstrong-v-lunsford)… and in Minnesota (http://www.ij.org/anderson-v-minnesota-board-of-barber-and-cosmetologist-examiners)You’ve mentioned in a past post how civil liberties groups fight for black men, and others, but rarely for black women. I just wanted to share this with you to know there are some civil liberties groups, like the Institute for Justice, a libertarian/conservative leaning group, who IS fight for black women and many others on many issues. I’m proud to be a long time supporter of their work.