By Mike Orie of
For quite some time, day parties and brunches have gathered hundreds of young Black millennials in cities such as Atlanta, New York, Houston and DC. With large Black populations, college graduates and a strong presence of Black Greek Letter Organizations (BGLO’s) this community was only natural to happen. But while these cities have developed a strong Black community, other cities like Los Angeles have struggled to create something similar. “CAN LA Kick It” is Mike “Orie” Mosley’s answer to this problem.

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Texas Court Rules in Favor of Hair Braider Isis Brantley

This natural hair movement has taken off so rapidly that we forget how it even got started. As bloggers take the spotlight, accompanying us through our personal hair care lessons together, we can now stop briefly to appreciate one of the pioneers of this movement. Isis Brantley was one of the first women to notice the need of spreading the art of braiding from one woman to another. Not only did she live for this, she fought for this.

And now she is celebrating a major victory as last week a federal judge declared that the set of laws that were preventing Brantley and other braiders from teaching students to braid for a living, were in fact unconstitutional.  This has been a long-fought battle for Brantley, who in 1979, Brantley opened up the first natural hair salon in Texas. In the late 70’s natural hair had a different image, a different message. In my interview with Brantley she shared that “The word ‘natural’ was a negative word, so I helped people to challenge their jobs and change their perception and began teaching hundreds of people how to braid, twist and loc hair and potentially make it their business.”  In 1995, the state came to her storefront to disclose it was illegal to braid in Texas for profit.  Brantley recounted how in 1997 “seven law enforcement officers barged into my building and handcuffed me to go to jail for braiding without a cosmetology license. I got out of jail, got a lawyer and in 2007 they grandfathered me in as a licensed braider.” 

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Prince Rocks a Fro... Again!

When I got a message from a reader today on FaceBook asking my opinion on 'Prince finally going natural...', my first thought was- 'but homeboy had a fro on his first album cover though!' Thanks to my dad, I grew up on a heavy dose of Teddy Pendergrass, Cameo, Maze, Sade, Earth, Wind & Fire, P-Funk, Rufus, Confunction, Teena Marie, and of course Prince... to name a few.  So yeah... all I can say is, 'Welcome home, Prince. Welcome home.'

first album cover swag... circa 1978

2012 swag... today on 'The View'! #NotMadAtIt

He was on the show to promote his upcoming Chicago shows that will support Rebuild the Dream, a program to restore jobs and economic opportunity. 
 QuestLove's reaction-
What's your reaction?! What do you think?! 

Who's catching a performance while he's in Chicago?!
Which artists make up the soundtrack of your childhood?

CurlyNikki Does NYC- UPDATE

Due to the enormous response and large space, we've opened thangs up! 

The people demanded it!

If you've RSVP'ed (emailed miracleoil6n[email protected] with the number of folks attending with you), then you're in and we'll see you on Thursday!

Can't wait to meet you all!


If so ever there was a time to rush to your inbox and RSVP for some ish, this is it. 

This is not a drill. 

Space is super duper limited... like 300 people limited... and yes, Tracee Ellis Ross, the Queen herself, will be in the building! Oh, and of course entry is FREE! I hope to see you there as we celebrate the SoftSheen Carson Optimum Salon HairCare Miracle Oil Line!

Oprah's Natural Hair on 'O Magazine' Cover!

For the first time ever, Oprah's appearing on the cover of O without blow-drying or straightening her hair. She says that wearing her hair naturally—as she often does on weekends and on vacation—makes her feel unencumbered. But there was a time when she wanted to just cut it all off. "I wanted to wear it close-cropped a la Camille Cosby but her husband Bill convinced me otherwise. 'Don’t do it,' he said. 'You’ve got the wrong head shape and you’ll disappoint yourself.' I took his advice," she says. Although, never one to shy away from a style update, Winfrey is a firm believer that changing your hairstyle can change what we see and feel is possible. "I even notice a change in my dogs when they get their summer cuts: they’re friskier and livelier, feeling more themselves once the weight of the hair is released."

After all the makeovers she’s done in
O magazine and on TV, Oprah stands firm that the only makeovers that are maintained and sustained are "those in which something inside the receiver clicks, aligning with that which is being received. The only way to real transformation is through the mind."

Don't miss
O's September 2012 makeover issue, on newsstands August 7th.

 CN Says:
*In my Oprah voice*  LOOOOOVE IT!

I also like, 'the only way to a real transformation transition, is through the mind'. #BOOM

What do y'all think?!

A Day with Future Olympian Jason Richardson

Saw him on a US Olympics ad yesterday and just had to re-post! Enjoy!

 Original post 11/11/12

Select brands, writers, and influencers were invited out to Los Angeles this week to meet Jason Richardson and to participate in a mini-training session and private dinner event. Fancy, huh?! My reporter in the field, intern and good friend, Jonathan, made the trek, schmoozed and snapped pics. Here's his report--

So I pretty much have been singing ‘California Love’ since I got off the plane and don’t plan on stopping until I land back in St. Louis…*insert random Nelly reference here*. But moving on. When I was told that I’d be meeting up with Jason Richardson, a future Olympian, my first thought was, “Ummmm….who?” That’s kind of unfortunate though, and an occurrence that probably happens all too often. People often get caught up in the glitz and glam of sports and Hollywood and we tend to pay attention to the squeakiest hinges *hands bottle of oil to Nicki, Drake, and Wayne,* and not the hardest working. Enter Jason Richardson.

Now, I was the kind of kid in high school that the jocks made fun of, so I was already in the mind set of “here we go,” lol, but those days are behind me, and Jason was real cool and down to earth. When we got to the track to see the work out, Jason was busy hitting the hurdles, talking to his coach, and watching footage of himself and other world record holders. What impressed me about the whole situation was the number of people that were there at this training session.

It might not look like a lot, but there were coaches, physical trainers, people to run the cameras, people to run the computers, only thing that was missing was somebody to wipe the sweat off of the boy’s forehead. But it got me to thinking about everything that goes into being a professional athlete, and that moment when you cross the finish line, that moment when you hold the trophy over your head or put that medal around your neck, it’s only a moment – a big one, but one that’s part of such a larger picture. As sports fans, we often forget about the ‘professional’ part of being a professional athlete, but that’s what should get you to the spotlight right? Well it should be, and that’s why ‘Jai Rich’ is one of those that you’ll probably be hearing a lot about. London 2012, anybody?

Jason with Claire of The Fashion Bomb. Somebody tell me he doesn’t look like Jaiden Smith with locs.

Oh and in case you’re wondering, Jason has been growing out his locs for about 6 years now. I asked him if he ever felt like they slowed him down. He said whenever he races, he never wears them down, and if he throws them back in a quick herringbone, he can hardly tell they’re there. Any other style, he said, would just be an “occupational hazard,” HA! Maybe I should start growing my hair out…this might be the summer for light skinned brothas with locs!

The view from dinner--

The man of the hour, Jason Richardson!

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Cara Donatto and Bevy Smith

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