Classy Black Women


Dorcas Meyers is the proud owner of Roc-A-Natural, LLC, a company committed to encouraging young black girls to embrace natural products and prioritize their health and wellness.



It may not be much of a coincidence that when I decided to go natural about three years ago I also started to learn more about natural health and wellness. I've learned a lot of what I know now by watching documentaries and videos that you won't find advertised or promoted on mainstream media. I'm now using this blogging platform to spread information about healthy products and eating habits. 

For this reason and more I'm happy to feature Ms. Dorcas Meyers. She is a proud naturalista who has worked as a hair model at the world renowned Bronner Brothers International Hair Show and is the founder of Roc-A-Natural, LLC. According to Meyers, Roc-A-Natural aims to "inspire young girls to utilize natural hair products that are free from harsh chemicals causing damage to the scalp, toxins in their bodies and breakout of the skin."


Issues involving black hair sometimes directly relate to health. For instance, there is research that long term use of relaxers and perms may be part of the reason why so many sisters are afflicted with specific types of health conditions like fibroids. These chemicals enter your blood stream when you leave them sitting on your scalp -- especially when it burns into the skin. 


The media and advertisers won't tell you these things (they make too much money off of these potentially harmful products) -- we have to get our information from people who care about the health and wellness of black women.

Dorcas Meyers will be hosting The Roc-A-Natural Hair, Health and Beauty “Transform Your Life” Expo, Sunday, April 6, 2014 at City College, New York, NY for all who are interested in these issues. She is also accepting donations for the Roc-A-Natural Cosmetology and Nutrition/Physical Fitness Scholarship, which will be  presented to a deserving student at the expo.


For more information about Roc-A-Natural LLC and Dorcas Meyers visit http://www.rocanatural.com


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I occasionally receive emails from sisters who are starting businesses, producing shows or in need of support for various projects. This will be the first "Classy Black Ladies on the Move" post updating you on a few things going on in black lady land that you might be interested in!



Locs of Love. Dr. Yaba Blay of Philadelphia put this eBook together to encourage little Tiana, the young black girl who was kicked out of school for wearing her hair in a natural style. The response from hundreds of black ladies was overwhelming and moving to no end. Tiana's story reached across the country and caused that biased school policy to be abolished. WE ARE POWERFUL. Click here to read it.


Ladies Night Late Nite Talk Show. A group of 4 black ladies sit down to talk about various issues in the news, from entertainment to politics. Recent guests include Dr. Robin Boylorn of the Crunk Feminist Collective and singer Algebra Blesset. Click here to watch.



Ester Nicholson Releases New Book. She is a domestic violence survivor, author, teacher, speaker, musician, and entrepreneur. Her new book Soul Recovery - 12 Keys to Healing Addiction is now available at Amazon.



Google Hangout with Lisa Nichols. One of classy black lady role models Lisa Nichols recently hosted a Google Hangout talk with a few other sisters including Brandy, Ledisi and Niecy Nash. They discussed loving yourself and achieving true freedom in life. Click here to watch.



Tackle Girls Documentary. I caught a glimpse of a very beautiful and articulate black lady named Adrienne Smith doing an interview on a morning talk show, discussing her love of tackle football. She is a part of a new documentary on women in football called Tackle Girls. Click here to learn more.



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We're talked about so much that there must be something really awesome about us! Here's a list of just 10 of the many reasons why I believe black women are amazing.

1. Black women are resilient. Even in the face of constant negativity coming in from just about every angle, still we rise. We were raised to pick ourselves up and keep it moving. That probably has something to do with why black women are the most likely to want to preserve their lives. It's also why the military wants to study us to find out just how we cope despite all of our challenges.


2. Black women support each other. We have a powerful full fledged B.W.E. movement going on now, full of black women who support and believe in one another. There are countless blogs and websites dedicated to uplifting fellow black women, including these. There are also a number of large meetup groups across the country where black ladies get together to support and build each other up regularly (visit Meetup.com to look for one in your area).

3. Black women validate THEMSELVES. Many black women understand that you can't rely on anyone but yourself to validate who you are. Constantly looking to others for validation only leads to disappointment. No matter what anyone else thinks, black women believe that they're great, and that's that. That's powerful.

4. Black women are witty and humorous. A black woman's wit and humor is singular and can't be matched. That's why adding a black woman to a television show or party always seems to make it more enjoyable. The black comedians who we find so funny most likely got most of that wit from their black mamas. And don't try to engage in a battle of words with a witty black woman -- you'll lose every time!

5. Black women are ambitious. From Oprah to Gabby Douglas to the single mom who got up at 5am every morning to get her nursing degree, black women tend to be extremely ambitious and determined. We want more... the MOST from life. We fight through a number of adversities to achieve our goals.

6. Black women are not afraid to speak out. Black women get a bad rap for having "attitudes" and talking too much, but in truth if more people, both men and women, spoke up for what was right we might have a better world. Black women are not afraid to address an injustice, whether it's against us or another person.

7. Black women age like fine wine. How ironic is it that many black women are teased or put down for having darker skin as young children, but LAUGH LAST at the other end of life! The extra melanin in dark black skin is a benefit that anyone should wish they had more of when they start hitting 40, 50 and 60. (Ask Tina Turner.)

8. Black women are versatile and fashionable. When a black woman steps out, watch out. Whether doing the whole bohemian thing, stepping out in stiletto heels and a hot dress that fits every curve, or just chilling out in a pair of boyfriend jeans, black women make looking beautiful seem easy. The fashion world secretly takes cues from black women, and is obsessed with black beauty to the point where they have started putting their white models in black face.

9. Black women's hair naturally grows up toward God and the heavens. How cool is that? A black woman's natural curly hair resembles a crown on her head -- a daily reminder of how queenly black women are!

10. Black women tend to have a winner's mentality. When someone is miserable they sit around all day complaining and laying blame wherever they can (other than on themselves of course) -- that is a losing mentality. Black women on the other hand tend to seek solutions instead of just complaining. We look for ways to overcome personal challenges and keep moving forward. Now that's a winning mentality.


Have anything to add? Post it in the comments below.

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Spotlight on a Black Woman Owned Business: 
Bee Mine Products



Bee Mine Hair Serum
Tracey Wilder was rattled by a number of health issues, including stroke, lupus and fibromyalgia. Soon after she experienced hair loss and shedding. So like many ambitious black women, Mrs. Wilder refused to give into her situation -- instead she made lemonade out of lemons by starting her own hair care company. She created a hair growth serum, used it regularly and documented the progress in an online ha ir album.

Bee Mine Products now sells a variety of hair products, including growth serums, hair butters, shampoos and conditioners. Bee Mine Products are natural & organic and have been since Tracey started whipping them up in her kitchen. The main goal of the company is to give hope to women who are experiencing issues with Alopecia, breakage and general shedding. The motto is "Bee Healthy, Bee You, Bee Mine!"

As a lady who years ago experienced the distress of watching my healthy hair shed from my scalp day after day (my issue was due to a dental medication I was prescribed), I know how Mrs. Wilder must have felt. Getting your hair to grow back or at the very least stop shedding is the top thought on your mind each morning. Back then I scrambled for products to fix the issue and mostly came up empty.

I'm happy that today more options are available for women dealing with this issue. So if you're still looking for a natural product to fix your hair issues, you might want to check out Bee Mine Products at http://www.beemineproducts.com .


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I was very excited to get a tweet recently about an amazing Kickstarter project entitled:

The Miss Zee Coloring Book Project

This is a project by a lady that goes by the name of Miss Gee from Louisville, KY. She has come out with an idea for a coloring book series featuring a cute little black girl with puffy hair.

Your beautiful black daughter can grab her crayons and be as artistic as she would like to be while coloring in images that look like her. As Miss Gee explains (and I can confirm as a black girl growing up in the 80s and 90s) the images that she grew up seeing were mostly of white princesses and other characters.
"Although I still love those classic characters to this very day, there was a phase that I went through as a child where I felt ashamed of my appearance, due to the various media that was always presented to me. I do not want my daughter to end up with the same identity issues that I did as a child," she explains.

Miss Gee is requesting just $5,000 on Kickstarter to get her project started. As of this posting (7.23.2012) the current total pledged is $3,125 so just a bit more to go.

You can donate as little as $1 but a pledge of at least $30 gets you a copy of the coloring book fresh off the presses as well as a thank you in the book for participating in the project.

Come on classy black ladies, we can help get this coloring book designed for black girls in the works! The project ends on August 4, 2012, so please hurry and make your pledge!

UPDATE: The project was fully funded! Yay!





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ImagesofCulture.com is a black woman owned business that sells school supplies for children of color.

As a young black woman who can relate to growing up in a mostly white atmosphere from age 0 to 22, I can’t remember seeing many images of black girls like me at school, on television or in magazines.

When I was a kid, my best girlfriends were white — when we played together we played with their white dolls and toys. Is it any wonder that at that young age I started to see myself through the eyes of a white girl?

It wasn’t until a white boy in my second grade class made an insensitive joke about my dark skin tone that I finally got that unfriendly “wake up call” — I was not like the other little white girls in my class. I was black.

Pam Richardson, 10-year marketing veteran, African-American entrepreneur and the founder of ImagesofCulture.com, can also relate to stories like this and cares about the images and messages that young black girls and boys see each day.

A notebook from the Images of Culture website
Pam explains her own personal experiences, which are not too much unlike other black people coming of age: 

"When I was a child, there was nothing black - no black dolls (except the black Cabbage Patch Kid, but I was too old for dolls when this came out!).  I was ‘ashamed’ of my hair, always wanting it to be long and to be able to withstand water (like my Caucasian friends).  Now, as an adult, I’m extremely comfortable with my natural hair and just ‘being black!’  But, it took many, many years for me to gain this level of self-appreciation.”

Young black kids simply don’t see enough positive images of themselves in the media and in the products they use. As an answer to this important need, Pam recently launched a site to sell school supply products for children of color. ImagesofCulture.com offers a selection of school notebooks and other supplies depicting young black children in a variety of colorful custom illustrations. They also have positive messages.

Pam explains her objective for the site:

My goal for my company is to deliver quality school supply products with uplifting, positive graphics and messages for African-American school-aged youth.  When children see my products, I hope they will say, ‘That looks like me!’ or ‘I want to do that!’”

Message from one of the products at Images of Culture
And she is right on point — sometimes all that a young black girl or boy needs is to see JUST ONE positive image of a black person who looks like them to start on the road to self-love.

So if you have a child of color, before you run down to Wal-Mart or Target to buy new school supplies for your kids this August, check out Pam’s site first. Fill up on supplies that will allow your child to see colorful images that reflect his or her beautiful unique culture each day while at school.



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Beautiful Black Ballerina from Africa pirouettes her way to stardom.


I had the great fortune to catch an ABC New special tonight profiling Michaela DePrince. She is a ballerina from Africa who has been grabbing attention in many different arenas.

For example, Michaela was recently featured on ABC’s popular Dancing with the Stars show. She is also one of the stars of a brand new documentary entitled “First Position,” which charts her journey to stardom in the world of ballet via the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City.

















Despite being a very talented black ballerina, Michaela has had to suffer through many challenges on her way to this ABC special, documentary and Dancing with the Stars.

Her parents were shot in war-torn Sierra Leone. She was called a “Devil Child” by her peers when living at an orphanage in Africa. Her vitiligo (a condition that makes dark skin appear to have white blotches) caused her to stand out from the rest of the children.

By chance, a family from Cherry Hill, PA adopted her along with another African girl and brought her over to a better life in America where she decided to pursue her career as a ballerina. Her adoptive mother, Elaine DePrince, witnessed first-hand the prejudices that her daughter had to endure as a black ballet star —attendees at ballet events made comments in her presence, saying that a black girl wouldn’t be able to get on her tippy toes and command a show like the other girls.

And of course Michaela has proven the naysayers wrong. In addition to her television and movie appearances, she is now a student at the Jacqueline Onassis School at the American Ballet Theater was offered a position at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. 

She is thankful for her opportunities, new found fame and the ability to escape a troubled past.

The documentary “First Position” opens in theaters on May 11, 2012.




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