‘Luke Cage’ second season on its way from Netflix — Mashable

I’ve been watching a lot of Netflix lately. This is one of the shows that I love! I got my mom and sister hooked on it too. Netflix is winning at the moment.

Christmas just got a little sweeter. Netflix revealed Sunday via Twitter that Marvel’s Luke Cage is definitely coming back for a second season…we just don’t know when. SEE ALSO: Everything you need to know about Netflix downloads The 13-episode first season of Luke Cage follows the bulletproof hero of the Harlem streets as he learns…

via ‘Luke Cage’ second season on its way from Netflix — Mashable

Hair update and 2016

Happy New Year! Okay, so it’s very strange to have my first post of 2016 be about hair, but there’s too much stuff going on (or not enough? stuff going on) in my professional life to post. And I don’t want to devolve into complaining. So let’s talk about what I am excited about, and that’s hair.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I’ve been struggling with scalp issues (dry, itchy scalp) for about two years. Before this, I never had scalp problems. I think being a product junkie triggered an imbalance (I particularly noticed a problem after using a bentonite clay based hair wash.) It’s taken me two years to find a shampoo that doesn’t dry out my hair, and at the same time doesn’t leave my scalp dry and itchy (this could also be due to product being left on my scalp.)

I want to note here that this scalp problem has caused slow growth, and some hair loss and thinning.

Initially, I used Aveda Scalp Benefits, which worked enough. That is, it reduced the itchiness, but didn’t get rid of the small flakes I had due to dryness. After this, I tried Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap shampoo formula. It’s for people with dandruff and various forms of scalp dermatitis. Yes, it got to a point where I thought I had a form of dermatitis. This formula worked for a few washes, but then stopped working, and actually made the itch and dryness worse.

I had some Aveda Rosemary Mint lying around (an Aveda consultant/stylist recommended that I use it once a month while using the Scalp Benefits), and I decided to use it, as the first time I used it, it didn’t dry my hair out and I don’t remember being super itchy a few days out from wash day. Welp! I’ve decided that I am going to use this formula as my regular shampoo.

I haven’t had any flakes, and my scalp is better than it’s been in the past two years.

Now onto new products! Shea Moisture has just released a line of low porosity and high porosity hair lines. I’ve linked resources that define these two types of porosity, but they are not that great. So do your own research.

Working with my hair, I do not use or purchase products according to my curl pattern, which is 4a. I work with porosity, ph, and hair strand density. In other words, I have fine hair strands that are highly porous. The key to maintaining hair growth is to use products and processes that reduce tangling and dryness, which cause breakage. I pre-treat with coconut oil and conditioner. This allows me to do a small amount of dry detangling before I wash. My HG conditioner is Aussie Moist.  I use it to pre-treat and then detangle after washing.

Okay, all of that to get back to the new Shea Moisture lines. I have highly porous hair, and selected the High Porosity Moisture-Seal masque. I found both High and Low porosity lines at Target. I first saw the High Porosity line at a Target in Pennsylvania (I think it was the Cheltenham/Wyncote location). I didn’t purchase because it was the holiday, and I was low on funds. Anyway, after I left Pennsylvania, I was kicking myself because I was sure that I wouldn’t be able to find it once I got back home. But, as you can see below, I found it at my local Target!

This line has a shampoo, co-wash, styler, and a deep conditioning masque. I decided to try the masque only because Shea Moisture products haven’t worked for me. I don’t co-wash anymore because I think this is one of the things that set off my scalp problem. I will not try the shampoo, but might try the styler, though, I do have an HG styler.

I had low expectations for this product. I’ve tried three different Shea Moisture masques: Coconut Hibiscus, Raw Shea Butter, and the African Black Soap Plantain. They did absolutely nothing for my hair. I didn’t feel like they moisturized or protected in any way.

So I was pleasantly surprised when I sank my fingers into the High Porosity Moisture-Seal Masque. Amazing! Seriously. It is rich, creamy and moist. I think it is because the first few ingredients are moisturizing alcohols. It supposedly contains Mongongo and Hemp seed oils…I don’t trust Shea Moisture, but it very well could contain micro amounts of these oils. It also contains apple cider vinegar (ACV), which, with its low ph (around 3) helps close the hair cuticle (locks in the moisture); though, I don’t know how ACV reacts when combined with other ingredients.

I’ve heard other curlies describe a conditioner that melted their tangles, but I had never experienced it until now. Upon first use, I used way too much because a lot of it stayed on my hands (this is how rich it is, and not rich in that thick way, but in a creamy way.) The scent is like a cheap, men’s cologne, but not offensive.

This contains mild proteins, which is good for fine natural hair. I can’t use heavy proteins because they dry my hair out.

I have nothing left to say about this except that I will continue to use it unless it does something weird to my hair.

4/5 curls from me! I gave it 4/5 because the price ($12.99) was higher than what I’ve paid for other Shea Moisture masques.

Check out the High/Low Shea Moisture lines at your local Target. I think they may be slowly rolling these out, so if you don’t see it there, check back! The Low Porosity line comes with a bright orange label and is protein-free.

BTW, it looks like they are introducing Detox and Refresh, and Frizz Defense lines, too. I’m not messing with those tho, :).

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Shea Moisture High Porosity Moisture Masque 2016

The unbearable whiteness of librarianship

Some good reading for you while I am away. It’s a year old, but a year in librarianship? What’s that?

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Yep, I’m still harping on that theme of the stark lack of diversity in librarianship. For a profession that claims Diversity as a core value and declares that “We value our nation’s diversity and strive to reflect that diversity by providing a full spectrum of resources and services to the communities we serve” to be so lacking in diversity is embarrassing.

How far from reflecting our nation’s diversity are we in terms of credentialed librarians? Using the ALA Diversity Counts data and comparing it to US Census data for 2013, and US Census projections for 2060, it is clear to me that we are nowhere close.

There are a few different ways to illustrate the disparities between the racial make-up of credentialed librarians and the current and future US population.

For the visual crowd, a simple bar chart comparing percentage of librarians by race (2010, based on ALA Diversity Counts…

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I will return in the next 4 to 6 weeks

Whew! I haven’t been on here in a minute! I finished library school this year ( my first master’s degree.) I’m not sure what is next in the way of school, but I am now on the job hunt. I was turned down for my first professional position this past week. It sucked, but a couple of other positions popped up to soften the blow.

I am a huge critic of the library and archives professions particularly in the way that they pursue diversity–a word I now hate. Let’s see, what terms come to mind? Deliberate exclusion and abolitionist mentality (academic libraries specifically.)

Needless to say, there will be plenty to discuss. And for those of you that are interested in hair updates, I have a few of those, as well. It is definitely called a natural hair journey for a reason.

I hope all is well with all of you out there!

Graduate School and Thoughts on Academia

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Sorry, I haven’t posted in quite a while. I am in the midst of the spring semester and freaking out about employment. Anyway, I thought that I would knock out a short post while I am working on a library cataloging assignment. Library cataloging is so interesting, and I wish I wasn’t learning with the instructor I have. I don’t want to get into the details and it’s only an intro class, so I will leave it at that.

I have grown a lot over the last few semesters (the summer semester was truncated because that’s how the program is set-up). I have done research in archival science, and have learned much about library and information science. And, contrary to popular belief, you do have to be smart to go into the profession.

I initially thought that I wanted to go into academic librarianship–I still do–but it’s difficult. It seems that I have a knack for choosing the difficult path. So my priority today is that if I can’t get into an entry level or internship position, I will just get into a position that is associated with the field. School loans are coming up, and the priority will be paying on those.

I am kind of disheartened about the state of academia and librarianship. I’ve been doing a lot of reading, and it has basically discouraged me from pursuing a Ph.D. It would be a waste of money and time unless it was paid for. Academia is following the business model, which is a two-tiered system where they keep a lower-class pool of workers (adjuncts) while others prosper at the top. This weakens higher education, and makes it a target for for-profit business people. The corporations and politicians have already found their way into education on all levels–this makes things bad for future generations.

This is a long conversation, but those are my initial thoughts about what is going on, and why I am going to be done with school after I receive my M.S. Also, I am ready to work and travel. I am tired of being land locked.

What is, or has been your experience with higher education? Your experience with libraries, library and info. science, or archives?

Graduate School: Yes, another post

Hello All,

I am drained, burnt, exhausted, and whatever other term you can think of that describes my deflated state. I will create a full post soon, but for now, I am going to enjoy the rest of the Thanksgiving holiday. I will probably post some time in the second week of December. When the semester is ovah!! Ugh!

How I keep my hair situation moisturized and product updates

Heyyy! It has been a while. I’ve been meaning to post, but I just started grad school in late July, and it’s been crazy ever since.

At any rate,  it took me a very long time to figure out how to keep my hair moisturized. I’d wash my hair, have one good hair day, and then have to figure out what I was going to do to keep it going. My hair does not like water after the initial dry, particularly with a wash n’ go. I mean, water is fine when I put my hair up in a ponytail, but if I get any water on my hair during a wash n’ go, I know that I  am gonna have to wash it soon. I get frizz and shrinkage. It’s just not pretty.

So this is what I do: after the initial wash, at night I stretch my hair into two ponytails (I do this every night–unless I am around my S.O.– until the next wash-day. ) That is, I take six Sephora snag-free hair elastics , my hair is parted down the middle, and then I stretch each side using the hair elastics (three per side.)  And then I put on a satin sleeping scarf and sleep on a satin pillowcase (I would like to get a silk pillowcase, but I am a procrastinator and satin is fine.) In the morning, I remove the satin scarf and shower with the two ponytails in my hair. Water and steam work their way into the ponytails, and after I get done preparing for the day, with a little bit of coconut oil on my hands, I remove the elastics and fluff my hair.

A note on stretching: I got this advice from YouTube-r Charz Boss–you have to stretch your hair. I don’t know how much it aids in hair growth, but I know that it keeps the hair from tangling. I have different size, curls and waves on my head, and my hair is fine, so it is imperative that i keep my hair from balling up onto itself.

Coconut oil has locking and moisturizing properties, so I frequently use this oil–this is my go-to oil. There is a trivial amount of water involved, and my wash ‘n go’s last for four-five days, and then I put it up into a ponytail for two-three days.

I have also made my own moisturizer. If you like this idea, keep it in the refrigerator because there is no amount of preservative that will keep it fresh. I mix aloe juice, water, Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil (you can use any oil blend–this one kinda smells like baby power, which I hate, but sometimes I’m just cheap, and I’m not gonna throw it out), and jojoba oil. I put this mixture into a dark brown, glass spray bottle (I picked it up at  the local health food store.)

Okay, I said that I wasn’t keen on Shea Moisture products, BUT I found one, I found one!!! I love-eee it! It is under the Nubian Heritage label (SAME COMPANY), and it’s called Indian Hemp & Tamanu, Grow & Strengthen Edge Taming Taffy. This stuff rocks for ponytails!!! OMG! I love it. I love the texture, then scent, and it works really well for ponytails (high-low or in between.)

I am probably late to the game on this one, but better late than never. I haven’t done a twist-out in a long time, but I am sure this would work well with a twist-out as well. This product is definitely a keeper.

Secondly, the As I Am cleansing pudding is still working fine. I still deep condition after I use it because it is a little drying.  And, another thing, if you do get this product, follow the directions and allow it to sit on your scalp after you scrub it with your fingertips.

Until next time…and it probably won’t be another hair post.

Love letter to Blackberry/RIM

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Blackberry! Yup.

Dear Blackberry/RIM,

I think I got my first Blackberry phone in the early to mid 2000’s. Yes, not that long ago, but in technology it’s like aeons ago. In any case, all I can remember about the phone is that it was really big n’ bulky, and had a track wheel on the side. I then moved on to the Blackberry Pearl 8100, I think that’s the model number. I only bring the Pearl up because I would eventually have to go back to my reliable little Pearl, which brings me to the purpose of my letter.

I am on my second android. I love my carrier, T-Mobile, but I hate android. The first android phone sent me running back to my little outdated Blackberry Pearl. It was terrible because I couldn’t keep up with my friends who were downloading the latest apps on their iPhones. For example, my good friend lived in Geneva, Switzerland, and she was able to download WhatsApp–an application that allows free text messaging. Do you think I was able to download that app to ye old Blackberry Pearl? Nope. So, back to my laptop, and Facebook.

T-Mobile does not carry the iPhone, and I would prefer not to be that person who has a seamless relationship with Apple–I am a Mac person, and have been one since my Dad bought us an Apple II e in the early 80s. However, I work cross platform, which means that I work on Mac or PC, no problem. I just want something that works, and at this point android doesn’t.

My first android phone would crash, re-start on its own, and overheat. There is nothing like talking on your phone with the thought that your phone may blow-up at your ear. Also, I just found out from an android rep. that you have to take care of an android system like a computer.

I love Blackberry because it has so much space on the thing that I don’t have to think about cleaning it up, or deleting texts, or e-mails. And my Blackberry was always cool to the touch. My Blackberry phones, and customer service were just so reliable.

RIM you guys have to get it together over there!! Find some university students, get out there and get some fresh tech talent and ideas so you can stay in business, PLEASE!!

By the way, I am all over that 10…whenever you guys get ready!?

love,

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What would the world be without Black?

This blog is going to put a spin on what it means to be black, or African-American. That means that this space is managed by an African-American woman. Though not specifically for African-American readers, this blog is for people who are interested in reading, hearing and seeing what it’s really like to be a black woman in America. Granted, I can’t help but to be me when I create an entry, so it will definitely be colored (heh-heh) by my experience. That said, being black is not the entirety of who I am. When I look out into the world I look out as me. Do you get what I am saying?

This space will attempt to discuss myriad of topics: music, popular culture, food, fashion, architecture, education–just about anything that interests me that may end up being of interests to others. Opinions? Yes! Rude? I will do my best to watch my manners, and you can do me a solid by doing the same. Funny? Perhaps. That will depend on what kind of mood I am in. I can be pretty funny.

First, I listen to a lot of music because I love it. In fact, I sing and write songs. But, get this, I don’t know if this is a part of the black stereotype, but I don’t listen to a ton of hip-hop. I like hip-hop, but hip-hop and I have a love-hate relationship. I don’t want to explain why, I mean, certain things are pretty obvious, but I just got finished typing a paper about this very thing, so I don’t feel like regurgitating what I wrote here. Over time, if you decide that this blog is interesting, you will definitely get an idea of my thoughts on the subject.

In any case, I listen to soul, rock, funk, electronic/dance, jazz, world music, and some music that can’t be categorized. When I was younger, I used to listen to a lot of Broadway, movie soundtracks, and classical.

Aaaah! sweet music. What are you listening to right now?