Diving into the Arts!

As we switch into December, the new theme for The Free Your Mind Project is ARTISTIC EXPRESSION!!!

For many, art in any capacity is a form of release, a stress reliever. Whether its dance, writing, photography, sketching, painting, acting, singing, videography, etc. art is not only a hobby but a way to express emotions and escape reality when needed. In 2010, the American Journal of Public Health published an article talking about the positive effects art can have. After reviewing several studies, they found that “creative engagement can decrease anxiety, stress, and mood disturbances…through creativity and imagination, we find our identity and reservoir of healing.” Simply put, art is good for you and it makes you feel better. And I can personally attest to that fact.

Reflecting on what makes me happy, the obvious comes to mind: family and friends, but

when I was little the first thing I would say was drawing. Give me a pen and paper and I could be occupied for hours. In fact, I not only sketched often but played the piano and wrote short poems. However, as I’ve gotten older, those things have taken a backseat to the “priorities” I’ve acquired over the years…

But for many who stuck with it, art has become a vital part of their identity and personal expression. And this month on the blog, I’ll be celebrating those women who’ve made art an integral part of their lives. I’ll be featuring a dancer, a singer, a graphic artist, a photographer and a director.

Stay tuned 🙂

” A Woman’s Crown”

This month on The Free Your Mind Project, we will be discussing HAIR!

For many women, their hair is their pride and joy. And our hair is arguably the most versatile: between braids, weaves, afros, pixie cuts, bobs, and locs black women make up the largest clientele in the hair industry.

But as much as we love our hair and all that it can do, everyone has a preference for which hair types and styles they think are the best. How many of us have heard that you can’t go natural unless you have that “good hair?” Or heard that myth that having locs meant your hair was “dirty?” Or that relaxing your hair meant you were playing into the “beauty standards of our oppressors?” Trust me, as someone who’s tried almost every style, I’ve heard it all!

The most important thing I’ve learned is that, your hair is for your own personal expression. If that means you want to dye it blue, so be it. It’s not rare to receive commentary on your hair. If you decide to go natural, someone will say “Oh? I like you better with straight hair…” If you decide to perm your hair, “Really? How can you put all those chemicals into your hair…” You decide to cut it, “But, I always preferred girls with long hair, its just more feminine to me…” Just like in anything else, someone’s going to have an opinion about what you should be doing and you have to decide how important that opinion is to you.

Think about it this way: when that person who has an opinion spends the time and

money for the upkeep of your hair, THEN they can have a say. But until then, don’t worry about it. Your hair is your crown! However you decide to wear it, you should feel confident and beautiful.

So, for this month, I’ll be having interviews with several hair enthusiasts. We’ll be discussing the different ways black women wear their hair, what products we can use and how to maintain healthy hair in all our different styles 🙂