I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and I've heard a lot of misconceptions about my city. This isn't like HONY (which I love, btw), because this isn't about the people of New York. This is a blog about the interactions and the places that we've made. This is a blog about my city.
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From Sierra Leone to the Streets of New York: The Story of Shea Moisture

There’s no one like your grandma—she’s the bearer of secret recipes, teller of stories, and for Richelieu Dennis, she’s the inspiration behind organic bath, body and hair care line Shea Moisture.
“My grandmother made and sold shea butter products in our village market in Sierra Leone,” says Richelieu, the founder and CEO of the company.
Helping his grandmother during the summers, Richelieu learned the tricks of the trade at an early age. But when a civil war broke out in Liberia and Sierra Leone, Richelieu, along with his mother and sister, came to the U.S. to escape. “In 1991, we started making and selling my grandmother’s products on the streets of New York to support ourselves,” he says. “That’s how this all started.”
The certified organic and sustainable line has expanded to include soaps, shampoos, and lotions galore, all which still boast the same indigenous raw ingredients, production processes and recipes that Richelieu’s grandmother first used.
So with fall on the horizon, and its own skin and hair care problems to follow suit, we thought it was only appropriate we give you the scoop on this line at Target. Below, Richelieu fills us in on the details of the collection.
How are Shea Moisture products made today?Richelieu Dennis: We import most of our ingredients from villages in different parts of Africa. We’re still using the same production processes and raw materials as we’ve always used. As we’ve grown, we’ve extended the therapy to include ingredients indigenous to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.
Who comes up with the recipes for products?RD: My sister creates the newer recipes, but everything is based on and rooted in my grandmother’s original recipes and formulations.
How is Shea Moisture unique from other skin and hair care brands?RD: We study how different cultures use ingredients native to their area to resolve their issues. We’re not just about using the bar of soap to wash your body. It’s learning what ingredient various cultures are using and in what forms they are putting those ingredients to get the maximum benefit. We take the guest on a cultural journey.
What are some of the most popular products sold at Target?RD: Our hair care products based in shea butter and coconut oil, and our moisturizing soaps. The retention shampoo helps to soften, moisturize and repair damaged hair. With raw she butter, argan oil, and sea kelp, the shampoo is cruelty-free and doesn’t contain any chemicals like sulfates, parabens or synthetic fragrance or artificial flavor. Also, the coconut and hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie, which is an all-natural styling cream that hydrates hair while adding a shine and bounce to curls. Made with organic shea butter, coconut and neem oils and hibiscus extract, it is also cruelty-free and made without chemicals, artificial color or fragrance. Our baby products are also great, because they’re safe for baby and free of any chemicals.
Your products are certified organic and sustainable. What does that mean?RD: That means the ingredients that go into our products are grown without any chemicals that are used in producing a crop. There are no chemicals used throughout the supply chain.
Why do you think a healthy skincare regimen is so important?RD: Your skin is the largest organ on your body. It’s the one that shows and filters in all of the elements that we encounter. Taking care of that helps not only protect the skin, but also to protect the rest of the body from toxins and various ailments that are airborne. For us, that’s the first line of defense.



Hell yes! Finally something I can find and be glad to use that isn’t axe, old spice, or anything else with tons of chemicals that I probably shouldn’t use on my skin. I wonder how well it will work for mixed kids.

tonywillis:

dynamicafrica:

From Sierra Leone to the Streets of New York: The Story of Shea Moisture

There’s no one like your grandma—she’s the bearer of secret recipes, teller of stories, and for Richelieu Dennis, she’s the inspiration behind organic bath, body and hair care line Shea Moisture.

“My grandmother made and sold shea butter products in our village market in Sierra Leone,” says Richelieu, the founder and CEO of the company.

Helping his grandmother during the summers, Richelieu learned the tricks of the trade at an early age. But when a civil war broke out in Liberia and Sierra Leone, Richelieu, along with his mother and sister, came to the U.S. to escape. “In 1991, we started making and selling my grandmother’s products on the streets of New York to support ourselves,” he says. “That’s how this all started.”

The certified organic and sustainable line has expanded to include soaps, shampoos, and lotions galore, all which still boast the same indigenous raw ingredients, production processes and recipes that Richelieu’s grandmother first used.

So with fall on the horizon, and its own skin and hair care problems to follow suit, we thought it was only appropriate we give you the scoop on this line at Target. Below, Richelieu fills us in on the details of the collection.

How are Shea Moisture products made today?
Richelieu Dennis: We import most of our ingredients from villages in different parts of Africa. We’re still using the same production processes and raw materials as we’ve always used. As we’ve grown, we’ve extended the therapy to include ingredients indigenous to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Caribbean.

Who comes up with the recipes for products?
RD: My sister creates the newer recipes, but everything is based on and rooted in my grandmother’s original recipes and formulations.

How is Shea Moisture unique from other skin and hair care brands?
RD: We study how different cultures use ingredients native to their area to resolve their issues. We’re not just about using the bar of soap to wash your body. It’s learning what ingredient various cultures are using and in what forms they are putting those ingredients to get the maximum benefit. We take the guest on a cultural journey.

What are some of the most popular products sold at Target?
RD: Our hair care products based in shea butter and coconut oil, and our moisturizing soaps. The retention shampoo helps to soften, moisturize and repair damaged hair. With raw she butter, argan oil, and sea kelp, the shampoo is cruelty-free and doesn’t contain any chemicals like sulfates, parabens or synthetic fragrance or artificial flavor. Also, the coconut and hibiscus curl enhancing smoothie, which is an all-natural styling cream that hydrates hair while adding a shine and bounce to curls. Made with organic shea butter, coconut and neem oils and hibiscus extract, it is also cruelty-free and made without chemicals, artificial color or fragrance. Our baby products are also great, because they’re safe for baby and free of any chemicals.

Your products are certified organic and sustainable. What does that mean?
RD: That means the ingredients that go into our products are grown without any chemicals that are used in producing a crop. There are no chemicals used throughout the supply chain.

Why do you think a healthy skincare regimen is so important?
RD: Your skin is the largest organ on your body. It’s the one that shows and filters in all of the elements that we encounter. Taking care of that helps not only protect the skin, but also to protect the rest of the body from toxins and various ailments that are airborne. For us, that’s the first line of defense.

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Hell yes! Finally something I can find and be glad to use that isn’t axe, old spice, or anything else with tons of chemicals that I probably shouldn’t use on my skin. I wonder how well it will work for mixed kids.

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Let’s stop HIV in New York City

  • If you are HIV-negative, PEP and PrEP can help you stay that way.
  • If you are HIV-positive, PEP and PrEP can help protect your partners.

 

Daily PrEP

PrEP is a daily pill that can help keep you HIV-negative as long as you take it every day.

  • Ask your doctor if PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) may be right for you.
  • Condoms give you additional protection against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy.

 

Emergency PEP

If you are HIV-negative and think you were exposed to HIV, immediately go to a clinic or emergency room and ask for PEP (Post-exposure  Prophylaxis).

  • PEP can stop HIV if started within 36 hours of exposure.
  • You continue taking PEP for 28 days.

Many insurance plans including Medicaid cover PEP and PrEP. Assistance may be available if you are uninsured. Visit NYC Health’s website to find out where to get PrEP or PEP in New York City.

#STAYSAFEOK

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Amazing, Hyperrealistic Paintings Of New York City’s Subway System

Created by Japanese artist Hisaya Taira

Paintings….

what..

how?

y’all fucking with me

Actually this makes sense, because I couldn’t figure out how they took so many photos with no people in them. They’re “hyperrealistic” in one sense, but not in the sense of looking the way these places actually look, because there are people in them at every hour of the day or night.

Here’s a thing you guys may not know about Deno’s Wonder Wheel: Some of the baskets are stationary, and some swing freely with the motion of the wheel. You’re allowed to choose what you want to go up in, and the view from the stationary ones is lovely, but there’s something really special about the swinging of the inner baskets. Its like riding the (wooden) cyclone. Its safe, except when it isn’t, and that’s the fun. Its the magic of Brooklyn and the real magic of Coney Island. Oh, they can take away Shoot The Freak (a game where you shoot paint balls at a man for money) and replace it with snazzy new rides, but they will never scrape the dirt out of our hearts.