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So about this Shea Moisture Hoopla…

Hey Peeps! It’s Jannah B

I’ve come across some online controversy that involved one of my favorite natural hair care brands; Shea Moisture. This is one of the first brands I gravitated to during my natural hair transition back in 2009/2010. My transition was rough, but I got through it after a year and a half. That’s another story though, so I won’t get into detail.

BUT WE ARE HERE to talk about the recent controversy with Shea Moisture’s recent commercial. Here’s a link to the commercial, if you haven’t seen it already.

Shea Moisture Commercial

OK. So now that you’ve seen what people are talking about, hold tight to your questions, comments, and concerns until the very end of this. Take this all in, then make your Bold Opinions 🙂

Controversy: New Shea Moisture commercial integrates other women without kinky or curly hair. Shea Moisture began by marketing their products for women and men of color, specifically kinky and curly hair textures. Now, in 2017, the company releases a commercial with women with naturally straight, fine hair, talking about their love of the product. Since the release of this commercial, the company has received some negative backlash. *See Below, YES these are real*

(Feel some type of way after reading those comments? Remember to comment below and take the poll)

Why I think this is ridiculous: 
1) All you backlash givers should have a few seats.
*offers memory foam cushioned, kente cloth embossed stool, for all you extra woke folks*

Please have a nice long seat because this brand has been around WAY before any of the natural hair became “popular”. I say “popular” because we all know that there was a “natural wave” that popped up bout a decade ago. Some people stuck with it, others didn’t. It’s life.

I saw where people were complaining about SM (Shea Moisture) not being loyal to their customers and that they were becoming “white washed”.
Really -__-

Ok then, well what about the previous commercials and marketing techniques? Plenty of women with “4C” hair types and darker skin complexions in those productions. Bet you haven’t seen those, eh? Just jumped on the bash-bandwagon, eh? Ok so let me point you in the right direction. Check these vids on their Channel
What’s Normal?
#EveryBodyGetsLove
Shea Moisture London Store Launch
Bleached hair care (I recommend skipping to 2:30-5:30)

AND they have men’s products for beard and shave! Are my guys out there complaining since there are NO MEN in any of their commercials?
I thought so. Have a seat.

So now that people see that the brand is trying to expand and offer their products to ALL HAIR TYPES, it’s a problem? Yes, SM started out marketing to the kinky, curly hair types, but guess what… It’s time for growth. Business growth.

2) It’s called Business
Hey, the brand is expanding. It has its foundation, the curly haired customers, and now wants to market to other hair types (AKA be placed in more stores, AKA reach a broader audience, AKA MAKE MORE MONEY, AKA BECOME. AN. EMPIRE.) Let them get their coins!

Why stop a black owned business from conducting business how it should be, by expanding and inducing growth? Marketing is doing a spot on job with their efforts, I think. Maybe should emphasize and incorporate more men in their ads an such, but they will get around to it.
Yes, it’s black owned by Sundial Brands, LLC.
I’m a journalist, I research 😉

Also, since when did the term “natural hair” refer to only the kinks, coils, and napps? The definition of Natural is something that Naturally occurs, right? Without alteration, right? So that could include, just about anything, right? Got it.
I think this goes into the phenomena that “we” like to have “our own”. Which is fine because we are slightly different in ways, but let’s not confuse this idea with selfishness. This is just something to ponder on and could potentially turn into an article of itself.

Let me drop a gem on you right quick. Whether you realize it or not, LIFE is a business. Everything has strategy, consequences, and goals for success/ happiness. Remember that.

All in all, Y’ll need to chill on this backlash and if this product works well for YOU and YOUR hair/skin, continue to use it. Y’all are REACHING!

That’s MY BOLD OPINION.

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Image credit: Sheamoisture.com

Third annual PSAFE event unifies creative community, glorifies black business

By Jannah Bolds

Sounds of music, laughter and network filled the air of a tucked-away, graffiti-covered corner of downtown Atlanta, as the Private Society Arts & Fashion Expose (P.S.A.F.E) kicked off its third annual event this weekend.

PSAFE was organized by four pals, Derek Hardge Jr., Patrick Russell, Corey Smith, and Jawaan Washington, all with congruent visions of bringing support and unity to their community.

Local artists, jewelers, fashion enthusiasts, musicians, and chefs packed their display tables with handmade creations. Just about anything under the umbrella of creativity, could be found at PSAFE.

Two of my most memorable encounters at PSAFE came from a seemingly-introverted hula hoop dancer and an overly-passionate nail boutique technician. Why did these two stick out to me? Both ladies caught my eye because, although their personalities were on opposite ends of the spectrum, they both had the exact same reasons for attending – personal growth.

Not only was PSAFE3 their first expo, but it was their first time talking to someone like me, a journalist interested in what made them special / standout.

(After all, this is The Bold Opinion, right?)

So sure, that itself was personally something special for me. I like to be social and when I get the opportunity to integrate that with my brand, I like to leave unique lasting impression.

Hula hooping Samone, despite her quiet nature, was dressed in a loud tribal two-piece with bright blue, feline-esk  face paint, yellow clip-on cat ears, and a lime green streaked bob to top it all off. Not really having much to say wasn’t a bother, her vibe said it all when she grabbed her hoops and hit the stage!

Samone gets into her groove when the music turns on.

Jazmine, owner of ‘My J Nailz’, embodied the characteristics of a “strong black woman”; neatly bunted dreadlocks, square bifocals, primped, enthusiastically passionate, and ‘bout her business. She educated me on what sets her apart from the other nail shops, because I genuinely had no idea of the difference. She emphasized that she ran a nail boutique with plans to mobilize! Creating personal, friendly, and therapeutic rapport with her clients is very important to keep that unique factor about herself.

These two women stood out the most to me, but that doesn’t even describe a quarter of the amount of talent that was in the building. Comedians, chefs, painters, dancers, designers, you name it! For a complete visual of PSAFE3, visit them at www.PSAFE-atl.com

The crowd at PSAFE3 was very supportive of everyone, I was happy to see everyone being open and lending support to businesses they had no familiarity with. I had the chance to confirm that with two middle-aged sisters, Dennice and Natalie Williams, who were both there to support a friend of the family.

“We love the arts, like theatre, museums, etc., so  this is a little outside the box for us. We are enjoying ourselves, because it’s something different,” said Dennice. “It’s a good celebration of us without violence and negativity. It’s good to see our people come together

Steez Fiends Apparel hosts clothing and accessories for men, women, and children.

The vibe was definitely on! Conversations were flowing, handshakes were common, business cards were exchanged, and photographs were snapping for a strong four hours! This was the whole idea, of course!

“Our goals are to continue to grow into a household named event, deliver quality production, and provide our vendors, participants, and guests with three hours of nonstop entertainment and fun,” said Washington.

If happiness had a sound, I believe this is what it sounded like.

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Image credits: Jannah Bolds, psafe-atl.com, EazyImages, CKenneyVisuals

This new phone will change the “Selfie Game”

Major smartphone manufacturer, Vivo has released it’s latest technology for mobile users; the V5 Plus. Of course there’s always new technology releasing, seeming like every other day, but this one might change the lives of a certain group of individuals.

Selfie Addicts Unite!

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That’s right, this new device will be giving Apple and Samsung a run for their money as selfie fanatics will have a field day with the V5 Plus’ 20 megapixel dual front camera!

Although this new device is coming soon to the US, it has already been released in India and Southeast Asia, where it already gaining in popularity!

“The new V5 Plus smartphone inherits Vivo’s rich experience in mobile photography and music, two of the most important ways users express themselves and enjoy their modern lives. We are also setting up seven R&D Centers in Silicon Valley, San Diego, and five cities in China to deliver premium technical innovation in all aspects of our users in 2017,” said Alex Feng, global VP of Vivo.

Here are a list of features this new super-selfie cellphone is capable of:

  • 3160mAh battery
  • 4BG RAM and 64GB ROM
  • 5.5 inch display with curved edges and super narrow bezels for a comfortable touch
  • Charging protection
  • Updated fingerprint technology

There’s no doubt that this device will change the selfie game this year! For more information about the new Vivo V5 Plus, visit their website. Vivo is a global smartphone brand that aims to give its customers the ultimate sound quality and photography experience.

Photo credit: cellphonesolutionsnb.com

America 2016?

Simply put, Who are you voting for?

The Bold Opinion Show will reveal and discuss results on Thursday night show on OrangeRoomRadio.com 9-11pm!

The Bold Opinion Show 10.22.16

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Welcome to another beautiful Saturday in The Orange Room! We are still on a high from Thursday’s very special Anniversary Show!

Jannah B and Kenny Kicks do a little Saturday Freestyle! Our topics ranged from the 2016 Election, NBA opening night, and couples dating ideas for the fall season. Notice anything new this show? 😉

-Tune in EVERY Saturday at www.OrangeRoomRadio.com 12-2pm and EVERY Thursday 9-11pm EST.

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The Bold Opinion 1 Year Anniversary Show 10.20.16

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**DISCLAIMER: Thursday night shows are contain EXPLICIT content. Listener discretion is advised.**

It’s our Anniversary!! The Bold Opinion Show brings in the weekend with a totally different show this time! Previous guests including, Trinidad Jane, Frenchy Sosa, Roman Holoman and many more, join in on the Celebration! This type of show happens only on special occasions!

FrenchySosa Freestyle: 1:30:48 – 1:32:28

Listen as Kenny Kicks and Jannah B kick back, pour up, and shoot the sh*t with OrangeRoom guests!

Don’t forget to wish the show a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! oVo

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ARTLANTA X A3C Recap

 

This past weekend a renaissance was brought to the light. Tyree Smith, owner of ARTlanta, has a dream to make art relevant again in the world and is starting his dream in Atlanta. ARTlanta Gallery is a wonderland for artist and like-minded individuals to enjoy their creative side of life. Not only does the gallery have ample amount of space for unique up and coming artist to display their work, there is a huge chalkboard room that allows for anyone to leave a quick chalk moral, as well as a life-sized checkerboard making you re-live your childhood by playing the biggest game of checkers period. It was no question why ARTlanta Gallery was selected to be included in the A3C Hip-Hop Festival.

“ARTista3” started off the A3C weekend at ARTlanta with an all women art show. Displaying beautiful pieces from artist like Zipporah Joel, Fatima B, Mirage V, Krissi Scribbles and VH1’s Black Inc Crew Kat Tat. The event also had live performances from energetic Yung Baby Tate and the soulful Eri Soul singing lead with her band Black Garden providing a gut punch of creative expression with guitar and drum solos.

The second themed night for the gallery provided a different take on the art experience giving the guest the opportunity to provide their own spin to the pieces they saw. For “Colours” all over the walls was large poster like images used as blank canvases. The guest took turns adding their take of color and design to the pieces using the crayons that were scattered around. Smaller prints of the posters were also there for sale that went to the gallery’s Non-Profit organization Wolf Idea Group. Although the smaller prints were there for guest to color on, most purchased solely for the purpose of having their own piece from artist like Miya Bailey, Kendall Deon, Quake Solo, Choze and Rob Regis. Friday night concluded a tab bit more hype than the first night with crazy performances from Money Makin’ Nique and Curtis Williams.

ARTlanta ended the first-ever visual art portion of A3C by having its one-year anniversary party. The event started early with artist like Barry Duperon, Lucas R, Mr_Mustard16, and Delinda Arts doing live paintings as well as a live body painting demonstration by Jeremiah and Draya B allowing guest to see the process of their work. During the first portion of the night there was an open bar providing red and white wine to the patrons who made it early allowing them to sip and relax before the turn up began. Juju Gotti, Jace, Tommy Swisher and even Tyree Smith himself blessed the stage concluding the event. DJ Milhouse and DJ OhLaLa had the sounds bumping throughout the entire weekend making ARTlanta one of the most memorable events A3C had to offer in 2016.

This is just the beginning of the ARTlanta movement. There is so much more in store for ARTlanta not only just for Atlanta but for the world!! Make sure you follow them on their social media outlets for updates :

IG: @ARTLANTAGALLERY

TWITTER: @ARTLANTAGALLERY

-Kyndell Mizell

 

So what’s all this Google G-Suite hoop-lah?

By Jannah Bolds

Google has always been one of the big dogs in the tech market. So, there’s no surprise to see the company make changes to keep things “fresh”. On September 29th this year, Google announced the “name change” of its current Google Apps tool. It will still be the same all-in-one tool that users access every day, just with a slightly different twist.

Google prides itself in teamwork, so it was only right to make this new suite as user-friendly and interactive as ever.

“In the spirit of teamwork, we partnered with some of our favorite illustrators from around the world to bring our ideas to life with their iconic creativity,” said Kelly Campbell, Senior Director of G Suite Marketing, Google Cloud.

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So, what will you get with G Suite?

A) Smarter Storage

A new feature called “Quick Access” in Google Drive for Android will allow users to make frequently accessed material, well, easier to access. These documents will pop right up when you open Google Drive. They base your frequently accessed docs on interactions with colleagues and recurring activity with machine intelligence that helps Google understand the rhythm of your work life and can show you things before you even have the chance to ask. Quite cool, in a weird, creepy, stalker-kinda way.

B) Smarter Team Meetings

Not saying that your team isn’t already smart, but you get the idea. Google understands that teamwork goes beyond the boundaries of your conference room. On-the-go meetings are now easier than ever by using an improved Google Hangout feature. Users are given total freedom by being able to join with any device and invite anyone, even without an account or data connection. This new interface can hold up to 50 participants via video with, of course, Google Calendar integration and an instant screen-share option. Video chat with 50 people? Hmm, sounds like a party to me!

C) Smarter Spreadsheets 

If you’re someone who cringes at the thought of equations and uncooperative cells, like me, chances are you’ll be more comfortable with Google’s new rendition of Sheets. Not all of us are math wizards and sleep with multiplication flashcards under the pillow, so folks at Google understand that. Now, machine intelligence allows users to actually type in the questions or problems they want solved. Yes, that means typing words will get the job done just as effectively! It’s like the computer equates keywords to quantitative actions! Aha, genius I say!

If you like what you heard in points A, B, and C, chances are that you just might need the G Suite. It comes with a lot more features than what I just explained and for a more in depth analysis, visit Google’s G Suite Blog >> HERE! <<

Image source: gsuite.google.com