A couple of tidbits: Glamour & Shape Magazine & Institute for Justice

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)
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.
<blockquote>Since this ties into the themes you touch on in your blogs, I felt this was something worth sharing</blockquote> with you.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Neecy
    Oct 06, 2013 @ 21:53:02

    Notice how I highlighted where she said “economic liberty is important for Black women. AND IT IS. That will be what enables us to forge our own privileges, destinites and such without having to depend on others who may not have our best interest in helping us do so.



  2. andrew
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 12:39:41

    Big important note to take away from this case: We can’t fight for you, we can only fight alongside you. You gotta raise hell. No controversy, no case. If you don’t raise hell, we can’t help.

    I really don’t understand in light of this case, is why more black women aren’t libertarians? We fight for everyone’s liberty, as long as they’re willing to keep the fight up. Most of us live pretty far beneath our means so we can throw cash around to support groups like IJ Texas.

    Is it because you think we’re just a bunch of crazy white boys with guns? If so you’re WRONG. We’re relatively good looking crazy white boys with guns. Just look at Adam Kokesh.

    Ok, but in all seriousness, you gotta be willing to raise hell and get cases into court. Groups like IJ Texas can’t sue for you if you’re not willing to go to court yourselves.



    • Neecy
      Oct 07, 2013 @ 22:17:46

      LOL Andrew!!

      I completely agree! i think the only way anyone can get anything in this country is standing up for themselves and fighting for their rights. Otherwise, they just get walked over.

      I agree that BW cannot sit and wait for others to pick up the torch to fight our battles because most people won’t. BW have to be willing and able to do that because no one else will do it for us.



  3. andrew
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 12:40:04

    Maybe this will work



  4. Peanut
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 16:54:04

    wow that is messed up they just don’t want her starting her own business, they don’t like black business owners to have anything



  5. Mike
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 17:19:14

    State level regulations, although you can argue that they serve many important purposes like health and safety, also are used for other reasons, namely, throw up barriers to entry to keep newcomers from opening their own businesses. In Louisiana to run a florist shop you have to take an elaborate state test to determine if your floral arrangements meet state standards, judged by florists who are already licensed and in business. Obviously there is no health and safety issue here, it’s strictly a means of keeping new people from opening businesses and competing.

    There is no telling how many people who have had an idea for a business only to have it dashed by state regulations meant to keep the people already in business without competition. You can probably guess who these sort of laws hurt most.



    • Neecy
      Oct 07, 2013 @ 22:15:33


      I don’t think most people as you stated are aware of this. When I read this I was shocked at how much the state tries to hinder people from starting businesses.

      I guess my next question would be, is how do so many foreigners come over and set up shops and businesses left and right if the state is making people jump through hoops? I men its almost like being an American citizen is a pre-requisite for getting pulled through the ringer to have your own business while so many foreigners (Asians, Indians and Middle easterners) are easily able to start thier own businesses thouhgout the country with very little trouble.



      • Mike
        Oct 08, 2013 @ 19:31:00


        I think foreigners get a lot of help from their own people who are already here, and they are good at picking out opportunities that Americans might miss. Why do so many Indians own run down hotels? The first ones who came over figured out that they could make them profitable if they staffed them with family members. But Americans would figure they would be bad business investments because they would have to pay staff. As they brought more family over, they put them to work in their own businesses, so they could learn the business, and then at some point helped them buy their own businesses.

        Think of the economic leverage that gives immigrant owned businesses when they staff themselves with family members that they are either not paying or paying them very little. Plus they put in a lot of hours. A LOT of hours.

        An American starting a business to compete with an Indian run motel or a Chinese restaurant would have a hard time bringing their costs down to where the Indians and Chinese are because of that. And would Americans really work those hours? Some, but not many.

        Instead, Americans gravitate to cubical farm type jobs. They are easier, and fewer hours but you’ll never get rich at them but the Indians and Chinese can get rich.

        It would really help if Americans in business would help other Americans and show them the ropes to run a business, but how many want to work that hard?



        • Neecy
          Oct 13, 2013 @ 21:56:36

          Hmmm I never thought of it that way in terms of foreigners and their business models.

          And I agree that more successful American business owners should put mor einto helping and teaching other Americans how to create successful businesses. A lot of times I think they don’t do it out of fear of compeition maybe?

          Also it does seem as if Americans are more geared and taught to work for large companies and businesses and corporations rather than encouraging entrepreneurial endeavors, un like others that come from countries where owning your own business is the norm.

          So I believe that is a huge part of the problem and why so many Americans rely public and private companies for employment, but fail to realize as you said, they can never get rich working for businesses and corporations. The true financial winners in the corporate world are the very high executive positions.



    • orwell1776
      Oct 08, 2013 @ 05:32:53

      Part of this problem comes from businesses, in this case the beauty industry, lobbying the government. Through various trade associations and special interest groups, they lobby the government to influence business regulations.

      When they do that, they often influence regulations in a manner that gives them unfair competitive advantage.

      So say I’m a business owner near a black woman who’s making money braiding hair from her house… And say I sell weaves and chemical relaxers that straighten hair. As portrayed in Chris Rock’s comedic documentary “Good Hair”, this is a very lucrative business. And since I opened a salon to run my business, I have all kinds of regulations that pertain to public safety, licenses I need to get, real estate costs, and lots of expensive equipment to buy and maintain. I have a lot of overhead costs.. It probably costs at least 75K-150K to start a hair salon.

      Then I look down the street, and see a black woman making money braiding hair from her house. She has no overhead costs really. How much equipment do you need to braid hair? Hell, you don’t need a barber stool! You could braid a customer’s hair on your living room couch.

      Now I’m at the salon down the street from her and I’m loosing customers to HER. Those customers are no longer buying weaves or expensive haircare products from me. I’m loosing BIG REVENUE! The lady down the street has somehow convinced my customers that their NATURAL HAIR is beautiful the way it is, and they really don’t my services. And her customers don’t have to spend as much money on her services and haircare products as they did when I was styling their hair.

      If I’m a member of a cosmetology industry association that has a political lobbying arm, then what do you think I’d do? I’m gonna raise hell, and hate on this woman. I’m gonna try to get the government to regulate the hell out of her to the point where it’s nearly impossible to run her business unless she’s got about 75K plus to be compliant with all the regulations. Since she doesn’t have that kind of money, she’s shut down and I maintain my market share.

      Many people think the government is this benevolent force that is always trying to “protect the public” when they regulate businesses. But oftentimes, the lawmakers don’t make their own laws. They usually have industry associations and other special interests “advise them” on what the law should be.



      • onthewaydown
        Oct 08, 2013 @ 08:38:47

        It sounds as though you know exactly what’s up.



      • Neecy
        Oct 13, 2013 @ 21:48:07

        Makes sense Orwell.

        I basically thought the government stpeped in because they feel they may not be getting their *taxes* on the dollars that these women were making.



      • orwell1776
        Oct 27, 2013 @ 12:47:37

        Here’s a YouTube of a libertarian giving a decent 3 min synopsis explaining why government oftentimes, or never, a benevolent force that always serves “public good”…



        • Neecy
          Oct 27, 2013 @ 20:36:09

          He makes good points. And in a perfect world with perfect people I believe that would work.

          But I’m a little afraid of what would happen with less government considering the amount of criminally minded people today.

          Unfortunatley, most people cannot handle being self governed and will use that kind of arrangement in not so healthy ways that can and will affect others.

          I’m thinking specifically about the law. That is government based. If we do not have some form of law being upheld by government, then what will happen if people are left to their own devices to determine what is legal and not legal?

          Look at the crime and such that happenss WITH LAWS in place. What would happen with less policing by the government?

          I’d be interested to hear exactly what he proposes in terms of being self governed.



  6. Robynne
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 17:58:26

    Thank you Neecy. I’ll look more into this. I like the way that these women have pushed back against these blatant barriers to entry & secured allies such as this group in the process.Ladies, this is how you get ish done. Moaning and groaning without any practical efforts to tackle the situation will get you nowhere.



  7. Neecy
    Oct 07, 2013 @ 22:02:55

    ATTENTION: I added the photos!

    Also want to add that Kelly Rowland is on the cover of SHape magazine (her body looks aaahhhhmazing!). Although I am irked by Kelly and her constant blabbing about how she hates herself and wants to be Beyonce in another life (lol), she is still a beautiful BW who is on the cover of another White magazine.

    Dang these women mags are fianlly getting it!



  8. orwell1776
    Oct 08, 2013 @ 05:54:24

    Another aspect of this relates to how relatively easy it is to start a hair braiding business from your house; due to the low start-up and equipment costs that I mentioned above.

    Say you’re a single woman with a couple kids that you’re raising all by yourself. Most woman in your situation have to work 40-60 hour workweeks to take care of the children. Since you’re not home much for the children, because you’re too busy working 40-60 workweeks, it’s hard to be there for the children and make sure they’re focused on their education and developing good character. Let’s assume you live in a high crime area; what do you think the children are likely to become when they’re older when mommy isn’t in their lives much? Are they gonna have low skilled jobs that don’t pay much because mommy wasn’t there enough to give them the “proper motivation” to study harder in school? Are they gonna end up in the prison system because mommy wasn’t there to put a foot in their ass when they were running around town hanging out with the wrong crowd?

    Now say you have a talent in hair braiding and you realize it’s the solution to most of your problems as a mother. You can work from home and work the hours YOU want that is most convenient for you and the children. You can be THERE for your children WHILE working! You can make the money you want, instead of what some boss thinks is fair. That’s OPPORTUNITY!

    But you got the government and it’s special interests messing all that up with their draconian regulations that are created in the name of the “public good”. However, oftentimes the government fails to realize all the damage their regulations do because it’s often invisible to most people….

    Like children not getting the education they need because mommy is too busy working outside the home for a boss that doesn’t give two shits about her…

    Like children ending up in the prison system because mommy wasn’t there to kick their ass when they were hanging out with the wrong crowd, because she was too busy working for a boss to take care of her kids…

    It really makes you think…



    • Neecy
      Oct 13, 2013 @ 21:50:42

      I agree. there has to be another solution to this other than making these women sepnd large sums of money on schooling that has ZERO to do with what they are doing.

      I can understand maybe forcing them to get a cosmetology license but all the other stuff and thousands of dollars is just ridiculous.



  9. Neecy
    Oct 13, 2013 @ 22:01:00

    NEW POST COMING TOMORROW! Sorry for delay!!



  10. orwell1776
    Oct 15, 2013 @ 10:42:45

    Isis Brantley, the African Hairbraider mentioned in this post, just wrote a really good article in the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/isis-brantley/hairbraiding-license_b_4086368.html



  11. orwell1776
    Dec 18, 2013 @ 11:10:54

    Here’s another case that the Institute for Justice just picked up. They are representing a black woman, Hermine Ricketts, who was ordered to take down her front-lawn vegtable garden, because there’s an ordinance against growing vegetables on their own property. This has been a civil rights battle in many parts of the country. The Institute for Justice has been representing a lot of people who are fighting for their right to grow their own food, on their own property.




  12. 18andLegal
    Dec 24, 2013 @ 14:49:29

    Black is beautiful. We are a beautiful race of women.



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