#INHMD DM(V) edition hosted by @KoilsbyNature

On May 18th, the DMV Natural hair community came together and received a dose of fabulous, at the 2nd Annual [INHMD] International Natural Hair Meet-up day. Curlies from all over the area made their way to fellowship and enjoy a day full of networking, shopping, giveaways and workshops.

As I entered the venue I was greeted by lovely members of the Koils by Nature team. There was a detailed agenda provided outlining a variety of workshops hosted by Felicia Leatherwood. Just beyond the lobby was a room full of vibrant entrepreneurs. Many of the vendors were African-American which made my heart jump. I was able to survey the room and check out vendors ranging from spa and skincare services, apparel, jewelry and body essentials. All were eager and willing to support the budding community of women rocking their hair naturally. The event consisted of sessions and workshop setup to inspire and inform all the attendees on better skin and hair care practices.

I sat in on the panel discussion and Q&A. The Event host Pamela Jenkins of Koils by Nature was a fire cracker; keeping the crowd engaged and in laughter. She was clever and witty in addressing audience questions on important topics. The panel was stock full of amazing and distinguished women like Veola Jolly of Do You Naturally, Erin Martin of Bag Ladies Radio, Andrea of Zuriworks, and Diane Ramsey of Sisters with Beauty; just to name a few.

Check out a brief street team video clip below of Koils by Natures’ Founder, Pamela Jenkins as she responds to audience questions and comments.

There were also some local bloggers/vloggers and community natural hair personalities in attendance. My experience was great! I can not wait for next years event! It’s refreshing to see so many women come together to help each other learn and grow. We need more events like this, I met remarkable individuals and received invaluable information.

blogger 1
Founder of The Naturalista Hair Show, Angela Walker
blogger 3 Kandid Koilz blogger, Kisha Mason

Check out some of the amazing vendors that were on site:

Koils by Nature
http://www.koilsbynature.com
Instagram/Twitter: @KoilsbyNature

Shea Butter Like Whoa
http://www.sheabutterlikewhoa.com/
Instagram: SheaButterLikeWhoa

Pampered Pits
http://www.sydellecosmetics.com

Sisters With Beauty
http://www.sisterswithbeauty.com
Instagram: SisterswithBeauty

Chi-Chi Sophistication
http://www.chi-chi-sophistication.com
Facebook: Chi Chi Sophisication

PrettyLittleWire
http://www.facebook.com/prettylittlewire
Instagram: @PrettyLittleWire

Todd Parsons
http://www.parsonstodd.com
Instagram:@theearringguy
http://www.facebook.com/parsonstodd

Glow Wellness Spa
http://www.ConstanceGlow.com

Lamik Beauty Products
Available in Macy’s
http://www.lamik-beauty.com

Henna Sooq
http://www.hennasooq.com
Instagram:HennaSooq

JAH2! Cultural Accessories and Clothing
Kim and Ziah Ayubu
Kimnziah@gmail.com

Santasha Styles
http://www.santashastyles.com
Twitter: SantashaStyles

Naturally Exquisite
http://www.meetup.com/NaturallyExquisite

Photography by: Carleta Fearon

Beyond Bias Youth Poetry Contest & Slam

The Dunbar Senior High School youth showed up and showed out sharing their poetic expressions in relation to social justice and discrimination. Check it out below:

 

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Broccoli City Fest Event Recap

If you were sleeping a few Sunday’s ago you missed out on one of the freshest Earth day celebrations to hit the District: Broccoli City Fest. The festival is the first of its kind and I don’t recall really ever seeing such a huge urban earth day celebration like this. Broccoli City fest created a great atmosphere centered around sustainability, healthy lifestyles and informing communities in DC. It was like the second coming of Captain planet minus the mullet (for all you 90s babies that’s a cartoon, Google it)! LOL Although a bit cold we had a tremendous amount of fun all while being informed. If you were being a couch potato not only did you miss out on some great ways to help our planet, you missed live spray painting, yoga, and incredible acts like JMSN, Tittsworth, Phil Ade and Mississippi rapper Big Krit! The Street team also interviewed a few festival goers on their street style so if you missed out don’t worry we’ve got the Street Intell. Check it out below:

Photography/Videography by: Third I Images

It’s almost time to celebrate!!!

Leave your office woes behind & make your way down to Tabaq Bistro on Friday, May 3rd. Come unwind, mingle & help kick off Street Intell Apparel at our Summer Launch Party event!!!

Indulge in special cotton candy cocktails, food & fabulous giveaways.

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Strēt.Intell Apparel Spring Pre-Sale

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Starting March the 23rd, select items will be released on an exclusive spring pre-sale. Ladies be the first to get a taste of the Street Intell SS’13 collection before it launches this summer. Not only do you get a chance to view items before the launch, you get the added advantage of participating in this amazing networking event. Bring a friend, your business cards and prepare for a good time. We’ll see you there!