During my Sophomore year of college, I made the decision to stop relaxing my hair. Before this time, I'd never seen my natural hair (except for the 'new growth' that is the enemy to relaxed hair.) Of course, I'd seen natural hair on other women, but considered it a really 'radical' thing to do. (chuckles and shakes head at my thoughts from back in the day)
So, Sophomore year was a serious time for me because it was the very first time that I saw my actual hair-- without straightening chemicals. I was in awe and I literally looked in the mirror for about 10 minutes straight, pulling little strands here and there, viewing it from different angles and simple admiring what God gave me.
Since that time, I've always wanted to rock a really big and super twisted out afro. And, I love collecting Afro images on flyers, bags, t-shirts, etc. I love afros. Not only are they cool, to me it just feels good to see and admire black hair.
These days, I wear my hair in braids. Why? Well, let's just say that a sista's hair was not adjusting well to the water in Japan (falling out!). The water here is chemically treated with intensity-- you even smell the chlorine from the tap, it just wasn't working for me. So, after constantly sweeping up the 'little curlies' off of my apartment floor, I made a few calls around and made an appointment to have my hair braided.
Since that time my afro has become enormous! Every time I unbraid my hair I am in awe all over again. I love my afro and I really miss it wearing it, especially when I see another sista in Tokyo looking really cute and rocking the hell out it. But, I have to be in a black hair central type of city to take care of it properly. Here I don't have the time and Japan doesn't have the resources for me to wear my
Anyway, I've said all of that let you guys know about AFRO COFFEE, a South African coffee cafe that serves African-grown coffee and has a Pan-African branding mission. Here's a little more info.:
"It started out as a cafe in downtown Cape Town. Our concept was to harness a Pan African view of contemporary urban Africa. The pop art nature of African design inspired us to create our own brand of coffee instead of the usual Italian coffee that most cafes use. Our goal was to refocus people to the origins of coffee - that it in fact originated in Africa before being discovered by the Arabs and from Yemen, exported around the world. Many people don’t know this, so we attempt to capture and celebrate this African spirit in our packaging and all we do."
On a completely different note, today's temperature and weather was sooooooooo wonderful!!!!! It made me thank GOD for blessing me with life to see such a great day! It's a beautiful day!