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Naturally Isis presents The Natural Hair Parade & Festival sponsored by Erykah Badu

31 Aug

This Labor Day Weekend don’t call Tyrone, but instead hit up his bare-all boo Erykah Badu and her good friend Isis Brantly owner of Naturally Isis who are presenting the 2011 Natural Hair Parade and Festival! On September 3rd Dallas native Erykah Badu won’t be strolling down Dealey Plaza naked this time but Illinois to Beckley in her “normal” natural state rather. Badu (as well as the Institute of Ancestal Braiding) is sponsoring this Free event which is a celebration of both natural hair and African economic power. Isis Brantley is the first entrepreneur to own a natural braiding salon in the DFW area and she continue advocating economic empowerment and pride within the African American community of North Texas. Isis is the brains behind The Natural Hair Parade and Festival set to take place on September 3rd at the Wynnewood Shopping Center located at 655 W. Illinois Ave. The parade will continue on down to the Naturally Isis Beckley location found at 2642 S. Beckley.

The parade and festival will include: Happy Hair Village, vendors, Grooming and natural hair demonstration, a hair show and other fun activities for the community!

Natural Hair & Parade Festival Schedule

8:30am – Parade Assembles at Wynnewood Shopping Center
10:30am – Parade Commences
12:00pm – Festival Begins (Naturally Isis and Beckley Saner Park)
5:00pm – Festival Ends

Isis’ Window-Seat supporter has put her frequent flyer miles on hold for a couple days and challenged her friend to get 400 people to march and participate in the parade. She will be speaking at the event as well. Let’s hope they’ll ALL be fully clothed, but we can certainly expect some eccentric natural hair styles to compliment the streets of Oak Cliff/Dallas. Isis says they chose September 3rd as the date of The Natural Hair Parade and Festival because “it is a labor of love”. Tell your friends and loved ones about this unique Labor Day Weekend event and when Tweeting about it mention the hashtags: #NaturalHair and #LaborofLove. If you’d like more information on sponsorship and exhibitors click here, as The Natural Parade and Festival is still open to more. Late registration is $150, and you can also donate or make payment here.To volunteer contact or call 214-329-3820.

About $38 million is spent monthly on natural hair care & hair care products

<This past June we had the NBA Championship parade through downtown, but now Dallas is Pleased to host the Nation’s First World Natural Hair Parade and Festival September 3rd starting at 10am!

How Sweet the Sound Dallas 2011

31 Aug

Verizon’s annual How Sweet The Sound experience will be at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on September 15th at 7:30pm. Area choirs and gospel celebrities come together under one roof but the same stage for an amazing evening of praise. It’s like Sunday’s Best but on a choir level as they search for the best choirs in America. The performances made by these Texas gospel choirs are ones that you won’t want to miss (especially if you’re a big Gospel/choir fan) as they compete to win the yearly choir competition. Verizon’s “How Sweet the Sound” is hosted by Donald Lawrence and Dorinda Clark-Cole, with one of my own favorite Gospel artists, Marvin Sapp who will be performing as well as judging. Here are some of the choirs participating in Dallas’ How Sweet the Sound 2011:

For the Large choir category:

United Voices of Concord (Concord Church- Dallas)
St. John Music Ministry (St. John Baptist Church- Grand Prairie)
God’s Tabernacle of Deliverance Bishop’s Choir (God’s Tabernacle of Deliverance- DeSoto)
Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir (Greater Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church- Forest Hill)

In the Small/Medium Choir category:

Bethel Tabernacle Choir (Bethel Tabernacle – Houston)
Christ Church Concert Chorale (Christ Church Apostolic- Houston)
Inspiring Voices (Inspiring Temple of Praise Church – Fort Worth)
The Levites (Greater Emmanuel Family Worship Center- Houston)

The program begins at 7:30pm but doors will open at 6pm! Tickets to How Sweet The Sound Dallas can be purchased here. They’re also available for only $10 and/or $15 (not including fees) at the AAC Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets and Some of the other stops How Sweet The Sound will be making this month include: Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington D.C., Detroit, St. Louis, Chicago, LA & Oakland!

Hosted by Donald Lawrence

Even if you can’t attend How Sweet the Sound live you can still vote for the choir of your choice here! Just follow the instructions and stay tuned for the V Cast People’s Choice Award winner at each regional show! I may be slightly biased but DFW has some of the best gospel choirs in the nation. If you’d like to be a part of this event get your ticket, take some friends or even your own church choir as Marvin Sapp and other gospel choirs rock the house and turn the American Airlines Center into a supersized sanctuary on Thursday, September 15th! Remember online voting is only from August 17th to August 31st! Support your local choirs and see How Sweet the Sound really is 🙂

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