March 1, 2013
Oh, Lawd, not another conversation about black hair. On the one hand, I can't take any more comments about first lady Michelle Obama's bangs. Bangs are trendy; she likes them. Get over it, America! But on the other hand, I can't ignore the desperate need for continued, open-minded and intelligent discussions about the politics of black hair, especially in such cities as Philadelphia, where "boutiques" selling straight-from-India weaves mostly to black women are popping up as fast as Starbucks.
March 1, 2013
YOU'VE HEARD of the mommy wars? Well, how about the hair wars? In this case, though, the battle lines aren't drawn between stay-at-home moms vs. career moms, but between black women who straighten their naturally curly hair and those who don't. Get folks going on this subject, and it can be shades of Spike Lee's "School Daze" all over again, which is why I find it interesting that the University of Pennsylvania will host a daylong symposium on Friday called "The Politics of Black Women's Hair.
August 26, 2014
WHITE GUYS who can cornrow black women's hair? In all the hundreds of hours I've spent in beauty salons all around the country, I've never seen anyone but a black stylist perform this traditional braiding technique. But at Panache Hair Design, the white, male stylists have been doing it for years. Co-owner Frank Altomare pretty much taught himself back in the 1980s by practicing on his own hair. These days, not only can he cornrow black hair, but he also does relaxers and sew-in weaved styles that would make even Beyonce do a double take.
December 27, 2011 |
Police are seeking help in finding a 64-year-old South Philadelphia woman who has been missing since Christmas Eve. Police said Deloris Jones suffers from dementia. She was last seen about 7:40 p.m. Saturday leaving her home on the 1900 block of South Hemberger Street en route to the 7-Eleven store at 23rd Street and Passyunk Avenue and the Walgreens at 22nd Street & Oregon Avenue, police said. Jones is 5-feet, seven inches tall, weighs 145 pounds, has brown eyes and wears her black hair in a ponytail, police said.
August 1, 2012 |
The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted in the rape of a 78-year-old woman in her Germantown home. Police said the victim was sleeping in her home on the 5300 block of Wayne Avenue Thursday when she was awakened by a man in her bedroom. The intruder sexually assaulted the woman and took $200 in cash and a money order before fleeing, police said. Wanted is Ronald Gregory, 24, who is described as black, 5-feet, 9-inches tall, 185 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.
October 10, 2014 |
Her black hair tie was missing, and Sophia Tornetta panicked. Before a game earlier this fall, the Agnes Irwin senior forward couldn't find her signature accessory and good-luck charm that has become a constant throughout her field hockey career. Her teammates noticed the problem. So did coach Alison Brant, who improvised by pulling out her own tie and coaching the Owls with her hair down for the rest of the game. Tornetta can't explain how or why the practice began, but ever since her arrival at the school in 2011, she has continued it. "I don't know if it's a superstition, but it kind of is," Tornetta said.
October 6, 2011 |
An Amber Alert has been issued for a 19-month-old Philadelphia boy who was abducted by his mother, state police said, Kanief Dandy is black with black hair and brown eyes, 32 inches in height, and weighing 30 pounds, He was wearing black jeans and a red thermal shirt with gray sleeves when he was last seem 4 p.m. Police said he was abducted by his mother Natia Dandy, 34, during a supervised visit at the Department of Human Services offices...
March 8, 1994 |
Police suspect foul play in the disappearance of a Lawrenceville High School teacher who was last seen early Saturday morning leaving a Trenton bar. His car is also missing. James J. Semptimphelter, 43, who was an Italian language instructor at the township's high school and middle school, was reported missing by his landlord at 2:45 p.m. Saturday after he failed to return to his home on Farnsworth Avenue, police said. Detective Jeff Pippin said friends and relatives became concerned about Semptimphelter's whereabouts when he didn't show up at his mother's house at noon on Saturday to drive her to the airport.
August 26, 1993 |
Police announced yesterday that they have issued arrest warrants charging a man and woman with beating, stabbing and robbing the woman's estranged husband last week in his apartment. Sgt. Glenn Gamber said police were looking for Christine Tablazon, 36, and her 37-year-old boyfriend, known only as Crazy Frankie. Police believe they might be living in the Ridley Township area, Gamber said. Gamber said they entered Edwin Tablazon's residence in the Bishop Hill Apartment complex at 4:25 a.m. Aug. 18. "He was awakened by the sound of someone kicking in his front door, the door opened and two people entered, including his estranged wife, Christine, and her boyfriend whom the victim knows only as Crazy Frankie," Gamber said.
January 29, 2013 |
AFTER TWO WEEKS of investigation and sparse leads, police on Monday announced a reward increase and two developments in the kidnapping case of a 5-year-old girl snatched from a West Philadelphia classroom earlier this month. In connection with the Jan. 14 abduction of the kindergartner from Bryant Elementary School, at 60th Street and Cedar Avenue, police said they're now looking for a teenage girl with whom the young victim came into contact at the house where she was held for several hours before her captors abandoned her, half-clothed, at an Upper Darby playground early the next morning.