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Weave Heads

Good morning.  I am a long time resident of Houston for those of you who don’t know. As I was driving I noticed that on nearly every corner in Houston there seems to be  a HAIR STORE. When I say HAIR store, I the  simply mean a beauty supply store which mostly caters to the black population.  Yes, to woman  and girls and men, especially if they are sporting ‘locks’ or ‘twist’  or any other NATURAL afro centric hair style.

The reason I bring this up is because black women and men collectively spend BILLIONS of dollars into the U.S commerce businesses yearly. Yet, the majority of us are broke…

So if we have all of this money to  put into the economy, who’s getting it?

Well, for one  Asians…. Asians nearly had a monopoly on the supplying of black hair care to black consumers. In short, we  have and are continuing to make Asians rich off of our expense.

I’m sure some of you WEAVE wearers could care less where the weave is coming from as long as you can have access to it for purposes of beautification. But do you realize these same Asian providers of hair care could give less than two-f*%ks about  black people and there plight. All they really care about is the almighty dollar. And we beauty supply patrons are making them richer and richer.

When I first moved to Houston there were a couple of things which were very prevalent across the state. One was the grand expansion of beauty supply stores own by majority Asians. Another was nail salons overtaken by the same people, and of course Asian food establishments that catered to black folks also, adding fried chicken to their Asian menus because we know if its a few things black folks love is fake nails, fake hair, and artery clogging fried chicken.

Yes, it seems as though the Asians have BAMBOOZLED us into  believing they understand our needs and wants by catering to those needs and wants. And getting RICH off of us at the same time. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for free enterprise, but when the business of sales is not reciprocated, there lies the problem.

As an insurance agent at one time, I proceeded to offer my products to those same Asian monopolizers, and to no avail, they continuously refuse to bite. So why is it so easy for us to be subjected to buying their products when it is evident that they REFUSE to  do the same for us?

Because they believe in keeping the money in their own communities, something black folks have yet to learn. There was even a point in time when Asian manufactures of the Indian, Horse and Silk weaves( forgive me for not knowing the different styles and textures of WEAVE) who  had refused to sell to black suppliers.

So what does that say? To me it said Asians didn’t want to share the WEALTH they were gaining from back people, with black people. Well thank God some black folks have woke up and started their own businesses of weave selling.

Have you every known of an Asian  buying an American made car? Rarely… I  see the majority driving Toyota’s or foreign made vehicles.They shop in their own community markets, yet, they study other cultures and swoop down like vultures to monopolize off of them. The newest example of this I am noticing in Houston is the  stealing and claiming of CAJUN food preparers. Chile please…. first of all cooking  Cajun food is a culture, not just anything can be labeled as Cajun…

Ever since the influx of Louisiana natives  after Katrina into Houston, I see the Asians have done it again. They have opened up many restaurants claiming to have CAJUN listed as the enticing title to lure all of these La., natives, as well s others into their so-called CAJUN restaurants.

Asians don’t know a got damn thing about Cajun culture or Cajun cuisine. What they do know is how to cater to  us greedy ass black folks….

So please people before you buy that next $200 piece of weave,  pay for those fake nails and buy that non Cajun food think about where your money is going and who you are making RICH….It sure as hell isn’t  our black community. Yes, there are black establishments that sell these products, and offer these services. If we could just stop being “crabs in a bucket” we too can have a prosperous society, so think about patronizing your own kind, before deciding to make Asians even more rich than they already are.

 

Sincerely, Patty

 

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Generational Cycles: Recognizing, Acknowledging & Resolving

We all know and understand that life itself is made up of cycles. Cycles of the weather. Cycles of nature, and cycles of life.  Most of these cycles are natural and  understood to be the natural ways and forms of, replenishing and rebirth.  Weather changing from cold to hot; changes in seasons, which in essence is rebirth of nature And new  lively, and healthy children replacing the old, frail and elderly.

The only time these cycles become dysfunctional  is when humans start disrupting or causing dysfunction.  Air pollution causing weather changes, per scientist (and anybody with good sense,) nature disruptions. and sickly children i.e., asthma, but this is all another blog post…

Getting back to my original thoughts regarding  GENERATIONAL CYCLES. These  cycles too can be disruptive to the family unit. Unfortunately,  many times cycles within many families are intentionally and purposefully ignored for many reasons, such as shame. Therefore, it is up to us to start  RECOGNIZING, ACKNOWLEDGING, AND RESOLVING  dysfunctional generational CYCLES within  our families.

Since this is my blog which consist of my thoughts and life experiences I will share a list of generational cycles in which I feel has had a hindrance on me and many of my family members, in some aspect or another. Without my doing my own soul searching and becoming spiritually in tuned with my own needs and wants I would have never  been able to RECOGNIZE the family cycles which are continuing from one generation to the next generation.

I was very inquisitive and self aware ever since I was a young child, which prompted my thoughts, regarding this matter. I started noticing things that did not seem to appear appropriate very  early on as a child.

I was a ‘fight the power’ type child; just as I am now a fight the power adult!

So let’s get to know each other , and if I can help open your eyes  in efforts to, recognizing,  acknowledging, and resolving dysfunction I will have fulfilled my mission. Thank you and stay tuned for our  serious on GENERATIONAL CYCLES , which will cover family issues such as: anger, bitterness, lack of love and emotions. Promiscuity, baby daddies and mamas, etc. We will also delve into the dysfunctions of  other subjects such as government policies effecting the minority communities and so on.

So please realize  I am very opinionated, yet passionate about my beliefs, so if you can’t take the heat please stay out of my kitchen.

 

Sincerely, Patty

 

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Stereotype

I am so appalled at the uproar over Seattle Seahawks, Richard Sherman regarding his passionate, yet competitive outbursts. During an after game  interview with sports commentator Erin Andrews, the passionate and adrenalin filled young man expressed himself in a way many a white folks and others couldn’t understand.. I’m simply going to say this, “people calm the f#@$ down.’  Richard Sherman is a college educated man, who happens to be working on his master’s degree; who happens to be loud and passionate. Believe it or not, but black woman like me are proud to see one of our black sons reach such high success. Therefore, proud of his accomplishments. Personally, his after game shrills moved me to tears, because I could understand his passion and was proud of him feeling the way he felt at that moment.

Then again black woman like me understand the passion that is expressed by most  black men, also. My whole life has been involved in the black male experiences; having a black father, having black brothers, cousins and friends. Dating and procreating with black men and raising black boys, so  women such as myself have a better understanding of how to perceive  our black men. I guess one really have to be black and thoroughly understanding of the plight of black boys and men to truly understand them. One of these aspects would entails knowing and understanding the difference between passion and anger. And  in lieu of all this ruckus he is easily compared to other great and passionate athletes, such as Muhammad Ali when it comes to expressing passion while representing one’s sport.

What many people fail to realize, whether it be consciously, or subconsciously black people have passion and black people have heart; not saying other nationalities don’t, but most black people are simply better at expressing emotion, in my opinion. We express ourselves many times with great intensity in everyday life. We love with passion, we compete with passion,  we argue with passion, we cook with passion; and we dance with passion, we even debate with passion,  just to name a few.

There is no other race or group of people, in my opinion who possess the masculinity of a physically powerful  black  American man better than himself.  Please save your inherited stereotyping antics for your own. Just because one is not accustomed to being around passion filled black folks doesn’t give one the right to put our, boys and men in a box or in many cases a jail cell; all because you misunderstood them.

 

Sincerely, Patty

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New Adventures

Hello, my name is Patrice, but a few of my friends call me  Patty. Although, Patrice is always welcomed because Patrice is who I have been for over 43 years.  Well, I would like to introduce myself to the world, as well as thank you for welcoming me into your world. I am  a 43, soon to be 44 year old mother of three beautiful children; two boys and one girl. I am a Louisiana native who has a lot of opinion, or what I would like to call spice.

I believe in God, family, and good food. I fight for and believe in helping the ones who can’t help themselves. In short, I am  an independent, yet opinionated Cajun girl from La., who has been residing in Houston, TX for the past 13 years.

I will be offering my unsolicited opinion on everything from recipes to relationships to politics. Please be advised I am only here to make lives better, and more informed on the daily grinds of life. Once again, thank you in advance for welcoming me into your world. I hope we can have a longstanding courtship.

Sincerely, Patty