Who’s Shining? Gabrielle Union is

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Women of color have proven to be some of the most talented, intelligent, radiant, and poised women alive. Gabrielle Union, actress, activist, and former model, is no exception.

We have all come to know and love Union over the years. She has played the endearing love interest in hit box office films while also capturing roles of grit and action. We learned on a recent airing of Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Next Chapter that, behind the scenes, Union has struggled with some of the core tenets of worth like altruism, reciprocity, and magnanimity. And, her past experience with sexual abuse made her victimhood a prominent feature in her outlook of others. [Read more…]

Hair Tutorial: Olive Oil Moisture Mist/Spray (Video)

Jenn M. Jackson Video PicI previously posted about the wonders of olive oil. And, I posted the recipe for my go-to summer product: olive oil moisture mist. I went ahead this week and recorded a video tutorial walking through the steps of creating my homemade moisture/braid spray.

In the video below, you will get my tips and tricks on how to make a moisturizing spray which can be used on synthetic hair braids and Senegalese Twists, cornrows, or other long-term protective styles. I used it for the entire summer last year and saw less shedding and breakage overall.

What is really great about this recipe is that you can adjust it in whatever ways work best for you. If you prefer thicker, heavier spray, you can increase the condish. But, if you are just looking for something to freshen your twist-out or daily style, you can increase the water. One important bit of advice, never use more aloe vera juice (AVJ) than water. To maintain proper pH balance, always use equal parts water and AVJ or less AVJ than water. [Read more…]

Who’s Shining? India.Arie is

India_Arie_-620x521It has certainly been a great few weeks for the beautiful Grammy award winning singer and song writer India.Arie. She recently released her newest album “Songversation,” performed at the 2013 BET Awards, and sat with Oprah for “Super Soul Sunday” two weeks in a row on OWN. Her authentic style, poise, and message of self-worth has garnered her a spot on the “Shining” wall of fame here at The Worth Campaign.

From her 2002 hit ” Video” to her 2006 release of “I am Not My Hair,” Arie has made music to uplift and adulate the phenotype of women of color. And while her music has been her foremost example of this endeavor, Arie’s presence in the spotlight has done much more to represent these women on a grand stage. Her powerful vocals coupled with her embodiment of confidence in one’s natural form are what truly make her a gem in a community typically marred by stereotypes and misrecognition.

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