What’s it like to visit Africa or the capital city of Johannesburg in South African? Looks like it’s pretty modern and hip compared to the United States. And just like the United States, black hair is big business, with billions in revenue up for grabs to whomever is the most organized and with the most resources to nap that business.
From weaves to braids, to real hair or lace front wigs, to extensions to great-looking salons, they’ve got it going on for black hair care and black hair products.
Here’s an article on the topic I read.
So what’s the big deal with black hair? How is it different from the nappy mess called a “jew fro?”
Here’s a link to a podcast called the AYG Report
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focusing on black hair from our peeps at Blog Talk Radio. Let us know what you think of it and if the program answers questions or resolves issues, or (at the very least) is interesting.
According to Anne Holder, a hair salon owner in (where else?) Atlanta, Korean-Americans do not control the black hair care business.
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Anne owns a salon called “Simply Straight,” and seems to be very well informed on the topic judging from the press release, but the same press release also states the simple fact that African-Americans own less than 3% of all black hair stores. What a huge disconnect!
Why do black people refuse to get into the black hair care business? It can’t be an inability to get into it and it certainly is not from lack of knowledge or business acumen, so the disparity is unexplained and gaping. And this says nothing about the thousands of black hair salons across the country that could be generating huge income for their owners and may be mismanaged or simply not the right location.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 7 November 2012
NEW FAMILY DVD DRAMA ABOUT A MINISTER AND HIS WIFE STRUGG
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LING TO SAVE THEIR MULTI-CULTURAL CHURCH IN WEST PHILLY JUST RELEASED!
Mr. Kenya Branch (pronounced Keenya)
Screenwriter, Producer, Director
M. Kenya Branch Productions, LLC
Philadelphia’s M. Kenya Branch Productions, LLC, has just released a new family-friendly, 2 part Christmas DVD. “What You Have Purposed 1 and 2” is a contemporary drama about a new pastor and his wife struggling to hold onto their multi-cultural West Philly church that’s near foreclosure.
This courageous film about faith tells the story of an African American minister, Michael, who introduces a young Chinese American woman, Connie, to Christianity as they unexpectedly fall in love. In part one, Connie has tofind the courage to stand up to her controlling father and endure his wrath when he finds out about Michael and their dream of starting a multi-cultural church in West Philly.
In part two, the couple has married but their dream has turned into a nightmare. Despite the encouragement and faith of Connie, fledgling pastor, Michael, questions his spiritual vision after his mother questions his calling. The church and their dream are on the brink of collapse, but a special Christmas Eve service may change everything.
The DVD can be purchased online exclusively at http://mkbfilm.com.
PRESS RELEASE – NEW DVD- ADD ONE
The film stars local actors, Derrick Levine as Michael and Hanh Nguyen as Connie. Actor, Nakia Dillard, whohas appeared in the TV series “The Wire” and in the motion pictures “Cost of a Soul ”and “ Cover,” is featured as Michael’s father. Native North Philadelphian, Kenya Branch is the writer, producer and director of the film.
This DVD is the third produced by M. Kenya Branch Productions, LLC. Seven other short films were introduced in the “Various Shades of Love” series of seven films. One of the seven films, “Absolutely Wonderful,” an animated film which challenges society’s views of beauty was a finalist at the Maranatha International Christian Film Festival in 2011. The “Various Shades of Love” series can also be purchased online at http://mkbfilm.com.
M. Kenya Branch Productions, LLC, whose motto is “where entertainment starts with ministry,” was formed in 2011 by Kenya Branch and his wife, Lenora Branch. Mr. Branch has been involved in filmmaking for over 20 years and began his career associated with Bob Lott of the nationally syndicated Gavin and Lott Show TV.
His first produced work was a drama, “Dumped On,” that he wrote and co-produced for the ABC’s Philadelphia affiliate, WPVI (6ABC) in February 1992. In March, 1993, his screenplay, “Melting Pot” won the Writers Workshop Ethnic Minority Screenplay competition in Los Angeles.
In 1996, he wrote and produced a short film, “People Like Me,” featuring film star, Elizabeth Banks, that challenged racial stereotypes.
Mr. Branch continues to live in the Philadelphia area and plans to write two feature film scripts that uplift, entertain and minister next year.