Writing is something I enjoy doing, especially when the topics are natural hair and music. Thankfully I’ve been able to do both in my spare time.
Grown Folks music
I’ve been part of this musical movement for about seven years or more, give or take. I discovered their FB page through a mutual friend and it was a match made in heaven. Grown Folks Music speaks for itself. It’s for the grown people who miss and enjoy the timeless music of back in the day. This can be from the 60’s through the 90’s and early 2000’s. But Grown Folks Music isn’t stuck in the past. It is very current with today’s artists and up and coming artists, and we go out of our way to highlight the hidden gems that the masses may not be aware of. The music that is played and promoted by GFM spans all genres – R&B, pop, rock, jazz, funk, neo-soul, heavy metal, classical, country and grunge just to name a few.
Not only do I DJ on the GFM Facebook page, I also write articles from time to time. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure to conduct my first artist interview with R&B singer SUCH. Her latest album is out now and it’s called Wide Nose Full Lips. Not only am I fan of her music, but she also has SISTERLOCKS! Imagine my excitement on being able to talk hair with her! Please check out my interview with her here: https://grownfolksmusic.com/gfm-spotlight-rb-singer-such-talks-wide-nose-full-lips-why-shes-unapologetically-black/
What naturals love
Around 2018 I’ve had the privilege of writing for Going-Natural.com and What Naturals Love. This came about through a loc group that I belonged to on Facebook, and a lovely woman named Mireille Liong made a post asking for bloggers and writers to write for her natural hair website and blog. I answered the call and we’ve been working together ever since. I’ve written articles about natural hair care, locs, and loc discrimination at work.
My latest article is about legendary hair braider and innovator Debra Hare-Bey of Bedstuy, New York. If you were a fan of the hit 90’s show Living Single, and if you loved the character’s Maxine Shaw hair, you have Debra to thank for that. She created that style which is called the Nu Loc Pixie. Debra has worked with many major stars since then and is the owner of the posh salon Debra Hare-Bey Private Parlour @ OMhh Beauty Oasis.
This year marked the 15th anniversary of Going-Natural.com, the longest natural hair blog to date, and the What Naturals Love Hair Show that took place on August 17, 2019 in Bedstuy, New York. Debra Hare-Bey’s work was highlighted at the event, and I will post more about the event in a future post. You can read the article I wrote about Debra Hare-Bey here: https://going-natural.com/debra-hare-bey-why-we-need-to-know-her/#more-21481
Keep growing and get better
It is my goal to interview Debra Hare-Bey in the very near future and to interview more artists for Grown Folks Music. Writing keeps my creative juices flowing, and it helps me to hone my skills and get better. One of my main goals is to provide the best content for my audience through this blog and all other blogs or websites I happen to write for. Truth be told, my natural hair journey isn’t just about me documenting my journey, but putting my writing skills to work. I often find myself reading old blogs and taking note of my writing. Was it sloppy? Did I proofread poorly? Or did I do a good job? I still see room for improvement, and one day when I have the time I will go through my older posts and make changes and edits so they can be better. I hope you enjoy these articles, and please let me know what you think! Do you have a side gig besides blogging or your regular 9-5? What is it? I’d love to know!