This past Sunday, the ladies of Curly Girl Collective hosted hundreds of natural hair wearers and enthusiasts for the high energy event Mane Attraction.
On a balmy Autumn day, a line stretched down the sidewalk of Atlantic Avenue in Clinton Hill Brooklyn for the festivities to start. The bevy of beauties and handsome fellows were captured by various paparazzi as they entered the raw space of Free Candy. Signature libations by Courvoisier allowed for intimate conversations between the female and male attendees on a touchy subject: How women wear their hair. The anticipation for the panel discussion on the same topic was offset by an amazing pop up vendors suite (featuring Eden BodyWorks and Purple Pill Babies), curl confessional room and an energetic dj set by the beautiful DJ C. DeVone.
As the time grew near, Ebony Magazine’s Jamilah Lemeiux acted as the moderator for a panel of Urban Bush Babes’ Cipriana Quann, Jozen Cummings of Until I Get Married, Single Black Male’s Slim Jackson, YouTube sensation Franchesca Ramsey and comedian Dorien Brown. The male counterparts were placed in the hot seat when asked about their preference for a mate’s hairstyle, philosophies on said preferences and their opinions on the natural hair phenomenon. Jozen and Slim slated to be the crowd favourites however Dorien quickly became the pariah when he expressed that he would not be welcoming to his mate changing her hair without asking him first. Franchesca fired back with a joke that Dorien was obviously trying to sell CDs with his remarks; The crowd loved the banter between the two comics. Cipriana gave a great insight into how her legendary tresses once caught on fire and her mate’s support helped her to continue to love her hair despite the tragedy. The five panelists continued to be questioned surrounding why the females chose to revert back to their nature hair to if being natural was simply a trend. This conversation proved to be something the audience members just could not get enough of.
Once the panel was over, a little more partying happened and gift baskets were distributed to lucky attendees from the ladies of Curly Girl Collective. The dialogue buzzed throughout the venue in various clusters and will sure to continue at the homes of the attendees. Let’s hope a united front happens sooner than later.
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- niki zoë vickers