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How Barbers And Stylists Are Saving Lives In This Brooklyn Community

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Salon owners Nelson Urraca and Hermione Fraser of Brooklyn By Tiffani Greenaway It was 25 years ago, and just a few months before he died from complications from AIDS, that tennis champion Arthur Ashe created the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. He realized that African Americans were dying from preventable diseases like HIV/AIDS, and others, and to change that,…

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Celeb Barber Shares Tips On Maintaining The Perfect Baldie

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Actress Sanaa Lathan  By Lenora Houseworth-Weston     Shakeya “Shakey” Mervin, known as “Shakey-da-Celebrity-Barber” on instagram knows about a bomb cut. The self-taught, Harlem-based barber began professionally cutting hair after she struggled finding a new job as a teacher just six years ago. During that time, she leaped head first into the male-dominated field after reading a Craigslist ad–and soon found…

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Barbershop Books Program Creates Child-Friendly Reading Spaces for Black Boys in Barbershops

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Written by Nikki Igbo of NikIgbo.com According to the United States Department of Education, more than 85% of American black male students in the fourth grade are not proficient in reading. This statistic is especially alarming since the educational transition between third grade and fourth grade involves going from learning to read to reading to learn. Continue Reading Literacy proficiency…

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