FIVE TIPS & TRICKS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR NATURAL HAIR IN THE SAN ANTONIO SUN

SUMMER IS HERE LADIES! Time to have fun in the sun with friends and family. We all know that this heat can be detrimental to our skin as well as hair if not cared for during this season. Here are a few tips to maintain your crown and keep you looking like the queen you are.

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1. MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE

Moisturize your hair on a daily basis. Because this time of year is hot, the heat from the sun will draw the moisture out of our hair. So you want replenish at night using the L.O.C method, moisturizer, or a DIY moisturizing spray which aids in moisture retention for growth. Also, don't forget to maintain the moisture in your hair by using satin bonnets, headwraps, and/or pillowcases when you are going to bed or just lounging around the house. Check out SLAPS , also know as satin lined caps by Grace Eleyae for satin lined hats for stylish protection on the go. 

2. ANTI-FRIZZ & HEAT PROTECTANTS

Summertime is frizz season. The humidity will have an adverse effect on our hair because the heat will cause it to frizz up or poof out. So use products that are anti-frizz or have silicone which will reduce the impact. 

3. CONDITION YOUR HAIR BEFORE YOU TAKE THE PLUNG

Before you hit the beach or pool you want to moisturize your hair before going into the water with conditioner so that it will protect your hair from being damaged by the chlorine or salt water. In addition, after you want to cleanse and condition like a normal wash day.

4. KEEP IT CUTE WITH PROTECTIVE STYLES

You want styles that combat the heat and humidity by keeping your hair out of your face while still looking good. We suggest updos with scarves, headwraps, goddess braids, or faux buns. In addition, you may want to install a protective style such as box braids or Senegalese twists. Please note that this is the wrong time of year to so consider flat ironing because of the heat, but if you must use a heat protectant.

5. IT'S ESSENTIAL...OILS.

Peppermint, Tea Tree, and Lemongrass oil are great to incorporate into your hair regimen this summer.  Check out NYRAJU for more information and recipes using these oils. 

BONUS

Or you can just stay indoors binge watching Naptural85's Youtube videos

Okay, that last one is a joke (kinda), but hopefully these tips help you. 

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#GOODPEOPLESA PRESENTS SOUL SATURDAY

This past Saturday we went to GoodPeopleSA Presents Soul Saturday hosted by BethanyEastPR & Councilman for District 2, Alan Warwick II, on the Hays Street Bridge. The summertime vibes were definitely present. It was almost out of a scene from Crooklyn. The only thing missing was a bunch of neighborhood children cooling off in the spray of a gushing fire hydrant and some girls playing double dutch. Food trucks and vendors lined the streets and up the bridge, selling everything from sexy pantyhose to healing crystals. Everyone was out and having a good time, but of course that was the whole point. A general synopsis of GoodPeopleSA's mission is to bring San Antonio together, so this event definitely hit the mark. People of all different backgrounds came out of there air conditioned comfort zones to mingle and enjoy one another. 

The Hays Street Bridge is one of the most picturesque places I've seen  in San Antonio. Since this venue was in such an open environment it seemed that people who happened to stumble upon it where pleasantly surprised and that only added to the festiveness. I ran into quite a few people I knew and enjoyed chatting with them all, but what was really great were those little moments in the conversations with people I had just met when we connected. There were plenty of new people to meet and plenty of good people everywhere. Pun intended. Plus, there was a totally unrelated boxing event happening right under the bridge. All in all, there was a nice sense of community in the air. 

Grammy Award winner, Bilal performed, and maybe I'm romanticizing this a bit or maybe it was the complimentary chardonnay in my Trinity Market mason jar shaped tumbler but the combination of Bilal's melodic crooning on stage with Highway 281 above us, and the warm summers night air had me reminiscing about the old days when summers were meant for fun. 

If you missed it..what were you doing? Anyway here's a snippet of what you missed.

LET US KNOW IF YOU WENT, WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SOUL SATURDAY BELOW.

SA WOKE SERIES: WHY WE SHOULD SUPPORT BLACK RADIO?

You hop in the car, the radio volume is turned up way too high from your jam session from yesterday's after work rush hour traffic. You turn down the knob just enough to save your hearing but loud enough get hype for the new day ahead. You go to pull out the aux cord, and that's when you hear it, "We're number one for hip- hop and r&b."(Insert eye roll.)

I'm sure some of us chuckle when we hear that on the dials. The fact of the matter is that there are only a few stations in the city that are really for us and by us.

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BACKSTORY

Growing up in San Antonio, the only radio station, I cared to acknowledge was KSJL. I clearly wasn't the only one either apparently.

"This was a really important station for the black community..."                                                                                                                        James Sumner

KSJL hit every urban demographic you could think of and was the reason I know of the Tom Joyner Morning Show. On Saturday mornings they played nothing but the blues and I mean the down home blues. While Sunday, was nothing but gospel. I'm talking about Shirley Caesar and Bobby Jones gospel music. I know I have some of you San Antonians thinking now. They didn't just pretend to play hip-hop and r&b music. They we're our blueprint for what was hot. 

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Fast forward to now, corporations are in place to push the button on what we listen to. Slowly but surely black faces have disappeared from those popular formats. So now, "What should we do?"

WHAT'S NEXT?

Radio makes it's money largely from advertising. Companies pay for advertising space/time on the radio based on listenership (who and how many are listening, how often, and where) and companies will pay for the right audience, you and me. Essentially that means no listeners, no moolah baby.  I'm a girl who doesn't hate watch or listen.  My listens or coins will not go to the folks who don't support our community and play what we want to hear. No tea, no shade, no pink lemonade, but nobody is going to force me to listen to Desiigner 20 times a day and call it hip hop and say it's for the culture. So I'm going to roll with the folks who look like me and sound like me. Furthermore, I will not promote the same concert year after year with the same artist that are not even from our city. It's not okay and I'm fed up. We are in trying times as a community and we are angry as hell. The last thing I want to do is turn on a radio station that pretends to understand.

THA 1 RADIO & KROV FM

So with that being said I'm going to recommend Tha 1 Radio and KROV FM. Both are community driven and play hip hop/r&b you WANT to hear. They also support local artists, which is awesome. They both keep listener updated on what's going on in the community. You can't go wrong with either station.  These stations are internet based which means you can stream them on to your electronic devices and if you have HD radio built in to your car, you can pick up KROV FM with no problem. 

Here's the bottom line. If you can pay for streaming system such as Tidal, surly you can stream these stations with no problem and for free I might add. I know what your thinking, "Tralisa, We're the minority!! How is changing the dial going to change anything"? Proven fact we are the number one consumers in a lot of markets. If we have buying power, you know you we have listening power.

The benefit of these radio stations are that they care about what's happening locally as well,  and that's more than we can say for some. Below is a video of Tha 1 Radio conducting interview with local residents about racial confrontation that went viral from Facebook video here in a San Antonio Chester's location. For original visit our FACEBOOK PAGE

 

Share your thoughts with me about the radio station situation in San Antonio. What should change? How are ways we can change it? All comments are welcome!

As Always Stay Up Urbanites!!

Tralisa 

 

 

 

 

RAG & BONE PUSHES DIVERSITY TO THE FOREFRONT OF MEN'S FASHION

When we think of fashion in general, forward thinking designs and trends come to mind.  But concerning diversity, the industry is rarely on the front lines. Over the last couple seasons, the presence of black models has surely increased from token placement to more robust ethnic diversity.  We’ve even seen countless models stomping the runway in their natural hair.  But when we look at fashion ads, magazines, and online content, it’s clear that a consumer of color is not the primary target for men’s fashion.  Rag & Bone hopes to change that.

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The contemporary brand made headlines this week for its upcoming ad campaign titled “The Men’s Project”.  Marcus Wainwright and David Neville’s edgy label reached out to 9 of the biggest creators in Hollywood but made sure these men reflected a wide range of race, creative background, and appeal.

The series of images will be released over the course of the year and feature stars such as rapper Wiz Khalifa and actor/writer/director John Turturro.  Each star involved in the campaign had full control over the shoot location and selected outfit.

 Video:Rag & Bone Films: Men's Project featuring actor, writer, and director, John Turturro

With its new campaign, Rag & Bone aims to show the full range of its core customer.  In an interview with WWD, Wainwright was quoted as saying he feels the celebrities in the advertisements truly reflect the diversity of the Rag & Bone man.  

So far, only the images and video for Turturro’s ad have been released.  But there’s hope that the onslaught of new campaign materials from the brand will help lead a much bigger conversation that needs to happen in the world of men’s fashion.  This move is most likely part of even bigger strategy shift as the brand brought on Lydia Forstmann for the newly created Chief Commercial Officer position in early May.

Perhaps the biggest display of diversity thus far happened back in February during New York Fashion Week: Men’s.  Rising designer David Hart, who was recently chosen as one of GQ Magazine’s Best New Menswear Designers 2015, cast his entire show with black models.  The show recreated the feel of the 1960s and was a striking, powerful example of what can be achieved when fashion ventures out of its comfort zone.

Calvin Klein’s recent campaign also comes to mind.  With prominently featured images of popular black artists like Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap, and FKA Twigs, the provocative images were some of the most diverse fashion shots in recent memory.

I make money in #mycalvins. Introducing the Spring 2016 @calvinklein global ad campaign, shot by Tyrone Lebon. What do you do in yours?

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However, for every small step forward, it’s clear that there’s still a significant amount of work to be done.  In March of this year, Refinery29 cast a painfully honest spotlight on Fashion Week by highlighting 10 designers who failed to cast models of color in their shows.  It was a reminder that, despite the industry’s dependence on black customers, their vision still didn’t include us.  

In just a few short weeks, New York Fashion Week: Men’s will commence for the third time.  All eyes will be on the runways to see if the designers choose to reflect the world of their customers or continue whitewashing their presentations.

Is there enough representation in San Antonio men's fashion? Sound off below, Let us know how you feel.

Big Thanks to @jeffereyspivey for this article.

 

INTRODUCING: SA URBANITY FAIR

Welcome to SA URBANITY FAIR, the social guide to the rising city of San Antonio, Texas. Are you a current resident, suffering  from FOMO, Fear Of Missing Out? Maybe your new to the area? Or just simply tired of hearing about all the opportunities you missed? SA URBANITY FAIR is your go to guide for what's going on the city and surrounding areas. From concerts to comedy shows to the livest club nights. Also SA URBANITY FAIR is a great source to find out about all the best in local restaurants, gyms and even museums. To find out more about SA URBANITY FAIR and its creators, check out the ABOUT link. To stay up on current events and get the tea, connect with us on social media.

The faces behind SA URBANITY FAIR, Tralisa & Candace. Read more about us here. PC : Good Visualz Productions

The faces behind SA URBANITY FAIR, Tralisa & Candace. Read more about us here. PC : Good Visualz Productions

WHAT TO EXPECT:

I know what your thinking? "How is SA URBANITY FAIR going to help me"? Well my friend, SA URBANITY FAIR is and will always give you the real on whats going. You can expect an insightful and up-to-date calendar. Reviews on growing businesses in our neighborhoods. Will we  have a frequent posting schedule, specials offers, and even some giveaways. You know we have to hook ya'll up

Stay up Urbanites,

Tralisa & Candace