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                BOBSA Newsletter                 January, 2017              Volume IV, Issue 5   
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Enterprise of Black Hair Alliance    
We need to ask ourselves as African Americans a very important question. We need to tell the true story to make us think about what we call “Remy” hair? How did this term come about?  Brazilians have nappy hair just like African Americans, but why is “Brazilian NATURAL” so straight? We need to inform African Americans that they have been lied to by the Koreans, that their so-called “Remy” hair even has animal hair in it.
We can tell the story in a timeline that explains the history of this market for the past 50 years including:  why the Koreans dominate, after they dominated the market, and then what followed.  What information are they hiding? “Brazilian” hair and “Jamaican” hair, where do they really come from? Because of the one- sided brainwashing the Koreans are doing to African Americans, what lies have they given us to believe in as “facts”? And finally, the EBHA will set new standards to tell African Americans what materials we are using, where the materials come from, where they are manufactured, how much they weight, how they are made, and etc.  Basically, the EBHA will re-educate us about everything we have been so misinformed about imported hair.

Look for more details and the timeline in upcoming newsletters.
Michelle Carter

Editor

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Tulsa’s Black-Owned Beauty Supply Store
Mrs. Amanda Woody has an inspiring story of how her faith in God resulted in her opening the first full-scale black owned beauty supply store in the Tulsa area named Mandy’s Beauty Supply, located at 811 N. Wood Dr., Okmulgee, OK 74447.  Read below to see what inspired Mrs. Woody to open Mandy’s Beauty Supply.

Well, words can’t express how good God has been to us. He has showed up and showed out in my life in this past year!! I’m so excited and proud to say that we are officially the new owners of Mandy’s Beauty Supply . We are beyond thankful because in man’s eyes we definitely could not have done this,  yet it was possible with God’s help. No one will probably believe me when I tell them how this all happened.

It was two years ago when I asked God to deliver me from a gambling habit that I developed a much closer relationship with Him. I began to run after God with everything. My desire was to get closer to Him, even though many things were so rough around me. He ministered to my heart and said for me to tithe 10% of EVERYTHING that I earned and said that He would pour me out a blessing I wouldn’t have room to receive. I want to thank all of those who prayed with us and had encouraging words. We love you all and remember. “Seek FIRST the kingdom of heaven and His righteousness and all these things will be added good measure pressed down and shaken together”.

Michelle Carter

Editor

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Are Black Models Contributing to Ko rean
Dominance o Black Hair Industry?
  By Jamie Sevier 
(Chicago, USA) – After watching Aron Ranen’s 2006 “Black Hair” documentary I noticed how excited one of the Korean store owners was to show local consumers autographed pictures of black celebrities who have patronized their business. I immediately understood the sub-conscience value of creating a false image that blacks and Koreans have a trustworthy and respectful relationship despite the fact that in 2008 the Washington Post found South Korea to be one of the least racially tolerant countries in the world.  It found that “more than 1 in 3 South Koreans said they do not want a neighbor of a different race.” In 2009, The New York Times reported that “42 percent of (Korean) respondents in a 2008 survey said they had never once spoken with a foreigner.”
This led me to the conclusion that blacks would never be able to sell products in a Korean community. So why is it so easy for African Americans to purchase from them? And the answer was right in front of my face. It was all the beautiful black women on the boxes of all these products owned by non-blacks. Most young women easily identify with the woman on the box as well as the style she’s wearing. Also none of the brand names have an Asian influence except when it comes to distribution. Most of the Korean distributor publications are written in Korean but filled with images of black women.

Now do black models have a choice in what they promote? The answer is unequivocally yes. In a 2015 article by the Huffington Post titled “How the Fashion Industry Is Failing Black Models” it was reported that getting cast in runway shows isn’t the only challenge black models deal with during Fashion Week. If they do become one of the few brown faces booked, they may encounter hairstylists and makeup artists who aren’t trained to work with kinkier hair textures or darker skin tones. This lack of expertise isn’t unusual in an industry rife with racial ignorance, yet there are individuals who won’t let it be overlooked. Unfortunately, same way underprivileged young black youth are ridiculed for promoting violence and drugs in rap music is the same as models promoting foreign products by people who do not have our financial or health interests in mind.

Most models can earn anywhere from $100 per hour or $1,500 per day for catalogues and for advertising agencies. But for this small fee Koreans can sell products to blacks in their communities with no problem.

Michelle Carter

Editor

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Support From Black Brothers and    
Sisters Who Operate in China
Mr. William D. Frazier, Chairman and President of Shanghai-America Direct Import & Export Co., Ltd. wrote the below letter to BOBSA.

It was a pleasure to have spoken with you about what you doing with BOBSA in China, as well as the establishment of Enterprise of Black Hair Alliance. As I had previously mentioned, we are Black owned import/export company located in Shanghai, China. We collaborate with Black owned businesses such as yours on a global scale to strengthen our position within the Chinese marketplace.

We have attached our Power Point for your review and pictures of our organization. We have a very successful educated and professional multilingual black business community in Shanghai.  Not only do our members come from USA, but also from various African countries, South America and the Caribbean’s. You can visit our newly formed Shanghai Black Chamber of Commerce http://www.shanghaiblackcham.com website for additional information about this community.

After your review, let us know how we can further collaborate to expand your business collaboration in China. Until then, if you have any additional questions please let us know.

William D. Frazier , Chairman and President
Shanghai-America Direct Import & Export Co., Ltd.
1500 South Lianhua Road
Max Mall Building 8-9, Suite 406
Shanghai China 201108
Phones: +86(21) 6480.8770
Fax: +86(21) 5480.8340
Cell: 15921104881
Skype: Shanghai-Que
www.xmftrade.com

Michelle Carter

Editor

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Maggie Anderson Explains Supporting Black
Businesses on Sun of the South Productions, LLC

Listen here as this Black woman, Maggie Anderson, explains how black owned companies were wiped out during the Civil Rights era.
Michelle Carter

Editor

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News Article on BOBSA and EBHA
In December, Atlanta Black Star writer, Tanasia Kenney, wrote an informative article entitled “Black Hair Organization Partners with Chinese Manufacturers to Help Beauty Supply Owners Gain More Control In Hair Care Market”.  Click here to read the full article.
 
Michelle Carter

Editor

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La Foi’s Luxe Hair Imports

La Foi Luxe Hair Imports is a salon dedicated to healthy hair, hair extensions and the latest styling techniques, for all hair types in Downtown/Soulard, St Louis, MO. Our goal is to achieve your desired style, keeping healthy hair care a main focus, also to bring out your individual/natural beauty. The experienced and talented hair care professionals at La Foi Luxe Hair Imports are among the most qualified in the industry. Whether you need a basic styling service or natural looking hair extensions, you’ll find it here. Check out available services, and call to make an appointment today! Click here to see the services and products offered at La Foi Luxe Hair Imports.

La Foi’s has also introduced a beauty supply store on wheels.  She started her beauty supply and virgin hair delivery to salons the first week of January 2017.

Contact information:
La Foi Luxe Hair Imports
1712 S. Tucker Blvd. 1st floor
Downtown/ Soulard
St. Louis, MO 63104
( 314) 899-9216
Michelle Carter

Editor

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Featured Article

 BOBSA’s Successful Trip to China   

PRESS RELEASE: “African American Hair Association Strikes Deal with Chinese Manufacturers”

Mission Statement:

Enterprise of Black Hair Alliance (EBHA) is dedicated to a shared effort to create and develop a beauty industry that bridges with the black community. Our vision embraces the belief that our alliance will provide meaningful opportunities for all parties to generate revenues and manifest premium products and brands. Our joint venture will enable the black community to fully realize the potential opportunities in committing to the creation of industry brands that will bring pride and recognition to everyone involved in this joint venture.

Vision Statement:
Collectively, where there is no vision, a people will perish. The time is now to boldly go “outside the box” to realize and embrace a set of principles that will insure a strong business future for the black community. Yes, we can do it!

BOBSA/China Trip
During the 10-day stay, we got to visit Beijing, Taihe (the hair factory hub), and Shanghai.  We experienced the greatest welcome and hospitality on behalf of BOBSA; however, it is not the nice hotels and fancy meal everyday that impressed me.  It was their determination that really moved me. The Beijing and Shanghai part of the trip was mostly the factories. They wanted us to see that China is not all like the small town where the factories are, but my main focus today is about our stay in Taihe where the hair factories are located.

On Oct 25th, after a 3 days’ stay in Beijing, I was really excited to finally go to the factories and see how everything is done.  We left at 7:30 a.m. in the morning to catch a bullet train, which runs at the speed between 180 – 200 m/h, I knew that the ride would be more than 3 hours, but when we arrived at the train station, and my interpreter told me that there will be another 2 hours’ drive.  Here is what I have learned in China, the distance might have only been 60 miles, but the crazy traffic and the speed limit itself made the ride so much longer.  By the time we got to the town, it was already 3:30 p.m.

Now imagine someone who does not speak any Chinese, who has to ride on public transportation to get to wherever the factories are, and then try to communicate with a major factory to take his/her order in English. I have been told many times by African American store owners that they buy directly from the factories. After being there myself, I realize the logistics are not possible, which is also why our black beauty supply stores are not competitive in this market.

Click here to be directed to BOBSA’s website and read more about the trip to Beijing, China.

Michelle Carter

Editor

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