Day: May 16, 2012

‘The Game’ is Over for Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall

Clutch your remote. The time clock has run out for Tia Mowry and Pooch Hall and they will not be returning for the next season of “The Game.” Hiphollywood.comfirst reported that an exclusive source informed them Tia and Pooch were given walking papers and would not be back as their characters, Melanie and Derwin, for the next season of the series which has already been renewed. At the time, the news was just a rumor, but then radio host Dede McGuire tweeted that Tia told her she was fired from the show and then Tia sent her own tweet confirming the news:

“Just wanted to let all my fans know that I will not be returning to The Game for season 6. It was an incredible run and I had lots of fun.”


Designer to Watch: Aminah Muse of Yanghi

As the head of the Fashion Society at her high school, Aminah discovered her love for fashion design. Aminah wasn’t afraid to be innovative. She even made skirts out of old curtains.Within five years, Aminah’s design aesthetic has evolved into garments filled with symmetry and with worldly inspirations. Inspired by her father’s Sudanese and Ethiopian background, she decided to create her own clothing line in 2010 called Yanghi. The first garment Aminah composed for her line was “The Clash of Cultures” top. The garment featured an African wax print, dipped in red dye, with a diamond cut in the front, outlined by a Native-American quilted trim. Her designs showcase an inventive take on reconstruction and evoke cultural messages. Yanghi means “superior one.” Aminah loves to clash colors and textures in order to produce effortless handcrafted pieces. Her line has even grabbed the attention of Baltimore native and musician, Rye Rye, who has worn a few of her pieces on stage. Her client base includes bloggers, musicians, and everyday fashionistas. Her 2011 collection featured mid-western and Native-American influences with tie-dye designs to feathered crafty looks.


Live By the Lye, Die By the Lye: Major Hair Companies Eclipsed By Black-Owned Natural Hair Care Lines

This year popular cosmetics and hair care line Carol’s Daughter launched the site Transitioning Movement. Meant to help guide women giving up chemical relaxers into the oft-confusing and conflicting world that is “going natural,” the multi-million dollar corporation seeks to both inform — and expand their base.

Can you blame them? There’s money in those curls. But for once, it seems women and minority-owned product lines got to the market first.

Carol’s DaughterMiss Jessie’sKaren’s Body BeautifulQhemet Biologics. Oyin Handmade.Kinky-Curly. All leaders in providing products to those moving from chemical processes to natural. All still independently-owned. All started by women of color – like African American Karen Tappin of her namesake company and biracial black and Japanese sisters Miko and Titi Branch of Miss Jessie’s.

But that’s not how it typically goes down. While several natural hair care alternatives run by women of color dominated the conversation, L’Oreal and other major retailers saw their overall sales in the black hair care market fall in 2009. READ MORE: