Early Black Business Woman:Annie Minerva Turnbo Malone

Annie Malone was one of the first African American businesswoman, inventor and philanthropist. In the first three decades of the 20th century, she founded and developed cosmetics for African-American women.5453debc138dd-image

Annie was born in 1869 on a farm near Metropolis in Massac County, Illinois. Her parents were slaves. Annie attended public school in Metropolis,Illinois. She took particular interest in chemistry. However, due to frequent illness, Annie was forced to withdraw from classes.While out of school, Annie grew so fascinated with hair and hair care that she often practiced hairdressing on her sister.

51090577_127127197747 With expertise in both chemistry and hair care, Turnbo began to develop her own hair care products. At the time, many women used goose fat, heavy oils, soap, or bacon grease to straighten their curls, which damaged both scalp and hair. By the beginning of the 1900s, Turnbo moved with her older siblings to Lovejoy, now known as Brooklyn, Illinois.While experimenting with hair and different hair care products, she developed and manufactured her own line of non-damaging hair straighteners, special oils, and hair-stimulant products for African-American women. She named her new product “Wonderful Hair Grower” To promote her new product, Turnbo sold the Wonderful Hair Grower in bottles from door-to-door.Her products and sales began to revolutionize hair care methods for all African Americans. One of her selling agents, Sarah Breedlove Davis (who became known as Madam C. J. Walker. 1004 When she set up her own business), operated in Denver, Colorado until a disagreement led Walker to leave the company.


This development was one of the reasons which led the then Mrs. Pope to copyright her products under the name “Poro” because of what she called fraudulent imitations and to discourage counterfeit versions.

annie-malone-mar_1_15c-page-001 Poro was a combination of the married names of Annie Pope and her sister Laura Rober. Due to the growth in her business, in 1910 Turnbo moved to a larger facility on 3100 Pine Street. In addition to a manufacturing plant, it contained facilities for a beauty college, which she named Poro College.The building included a manufacturing plant, a retail store where Poro products were sold, business offices, a 500-seat auditorium, dining and meeting rooms, a roof garden, dormitory, gymnasium, bakery, and chapel. It served the African-American community as a center for religious and social functions. By the 1920s, Annie Turnbo Malone had become a multi-millionaire. Annie funded many programs and ensured that her employees, all African American, were paid well and given opportunities for advancement. Annie’s business thrived until 1927. She died in 1957,at the age of 87 in Chicago,Illinois.anniemalone-smallimage

Big Forehead Beauties

Do you have a big forehead?

Does it make you feel insecure?

A high  or big forehead is actually considered attractive in some cultures. Some of the most popular supermodels have a big forehead. Having a high forehead definitely does not certify you as unattractive!

Great Hairstyles To Try:

  • Layered hairstyles
  • Side-Parted Up dos
  • Side Swept /bangs

Getting Right For The Summer

You can tell when summer time is coming lol.

That is when everyone on facebook wants to workout & eat healthy. When I read some of the “healthy” things people are eating & doing I holler in laughter! You just worked out for an hour on the treadmill. Then ate all that fat back when you rewarded yourself with a whopper ?!

But who am I to judge?! Lol ! I am not a size two, but I’m definitely not obese either! Here are some healthy habits I follow:

Drink plenty of water! People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger.

Jennifer Hudson's weight loss journey has inspired a lot of people. Including me!

Have what you want. Don’t deprive yourself. Just make fast food & sodas a very rare occurrence.

Stop being lazy! Park your car far from the entrance. Try to walk about 15 min a day.

When I have a sweet tooth,I eat yogurt with a lil granola in it. McDonald’s parfaits are also pretty good & cheap too!


You Can Do It

Mostly I blog about superficial things like, make up & hair lol ………..

Every now and then I’m in self help mode. I like to be encouraged and encourage others.

If you can think it or dream it. It can be done. It just may not be easy. There’s a difference between being busy and being productive. Here are some tips that help me to stay more productive.

Clear your head. Write down everything that you need to do, all your tasks and projects and ideas. Dump your thoughts on paper.

Eliminate distractions.  Clear your desk of all papers, clear your walls and surrounding areas, and allow yourself to truly focus.

Focus on one task at a time.

Give yourself one project a day.

Stop chatting all day. Anybody can get on facebook and twitter and talk about what they are going to do. You’ve seen the statuses. Usually in all capital letters lol. Just because ” Boss” is in your fb name that don’t make you one. Action does.

Wasting Pretty

 Ever notice how some of the prettiest woman are low key & overly humble? And some of the LOUDEST most EXTRA and “colorful” people are not as attractive? No? Well,maybe its just me lol! Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder!

Everyone feels inadequate at one time or another.Some are just better at covering it up than others. Having confidence affects how people perceive you physically. People  seem to be intrigued, not necessarily by physical attributes, but instead by  self-assurance. Display the characteristics you love about yourself as often as you can. If you’re funny, use it to your advantage.

The only thing that comes to someone who stays in their comfort zone is what they already have. A confident woman wants the most out of life and pushes herself to be the best she can be. The only way to do this is to step out of your comfort zone and have confidence.

How To Rock Natural Hair With Confidence

Ever wonder how some people can pull things off & others can’t?

Wearing natural hair as a Black woman defines true “versatility” and “creativity”!

I also think it’s all about your confidence level & just being true to who YOU are.Don’t try to hard to mimic someone else’s look.Be inspired but make it your own! Everyone’s natural hair texture is not the same.So how you choose to embrace your natural texture will depend on that.

Being natural forces you to be an individual and to be creative.You don’t have the false confidence of leaning on “enhancements”. Anyone can hide behind a wig or weave & feel pretty.

Yous a bad chick though,if you can feel that great with a fro!

Look at the people you respect who seem confident.Don’t copy them, but identify what do they do differently that conveys confidence and what you can learn from it.



Having Fibroids is Not The End Of The World !

Fibroids are NON CANCEROUS tumors that are very common and affect over 50% of women.Most causes of fibroids are from high levels of estrogen combined with low levels of progesterone.Some women don’t even know that they have them.They affect every women in different ways.Some women have tumors that grow very slowly, are small and cause no problems.Some women have 1 very large tumor,as big as a grapefruit, that causes a lot of pain.

I found out I had fibroids the summer of 2009.The common symptoms had started long before but I just didn’t realize it.Mine weren’t very large but I had a lot of them.I had a myomectomy a few months later and have felt a lot better ever since.Myomectomy is the surgical removal of fibroids from the uterus. It allows the uterus to be left in place.If you have not had kids yet and want some this is an option for you.

Many women (like myself) are waiting later to have kids these days.Usually these are career driven woman who have taken extra precaution with their birth control methods for years.They want to be secure financially & romantically before starting a family.HOWEVER, having fibroids  complicates things for us because we have not had kids yet. I was lucky that having a myomectomy was an option for me. Depending on the size and location of the tumors, some women are faced with different options from mine.Some have to have a partial or full hysterectomy. As long as you have a uterus you can develop fibroids.Which means that even with the surgery that I had done,they can grow back.I have had to do lots of research on my own about fibroids.Doctors and nurses can answer a lot of your questions but online research helped me the most!

Some familiar symptoms of fibroids are:

Abnormally heavy periods

Pelvic pressure

Protruding stomach

Feeling Tired/anemia

Here are some great health habits to develop NOW to decrease or maybe prevent fibroid symptoms.

Avoid red meat and dairy products; they contain high levels of dioxin, known to act like environmental estrogens.

Sugar, caffeine, and alcohol should also be avoided; they can cause more pain due to their inflammatory effects.

Herbal remedies provide many benefits including the balancing of hormonal levels, reducing inflammation, and restricting the tumor growth.Vitex fruit herbal supplements are a great option ! I take 2 everyday.

Eating a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables,fish and beans is also beneficial.

Exercise is also very important!

Take an iron supplement.

Keep yearly check ups & monitor your uterus (via ultrasound xrays do not detct fibroids well)

Above all things please consult a doctor who may offer additional options.I can’t speak for anyone’s health but my own and I am doing well.