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December 1 2017 By: NiaZamar for 21Ninety
Many of us have come to believe that rituals are an age-old approach to life. They sound like something our elders did that no longer seem useful. We're all familiar with rituals like waking up with the roosters, saying morning prayers, walking outside barefoot in the early morning and eating dinner together as a family every Sunday. These activities became rituals because they weren’t questioned, they just were. There was an unspoken understanding that slow, meditative, instinctual actions were important. Many of us have rituals we are not aware of and others lack rituals that are needed to truly make an impact in their lives. We know that it takes 21 days to develop a habit and 90 days for a habit change to become a lifestyle; it's time to get super clear about what we want our lifestyle to be like. In this article, the word “ritual” is any action that is done habitually, intentionally, with meditation and recurring.....
1. INTENTIONALITY 2. GRATITUDE 3. MORNING ROUTINE 4. CONSISTENCY VS INTENSITY 5. TRANSFORMATIONAL VS TRANSACTIONAL 6. WELLNESS ROUTINES 7. BEAUTY ROUTINE
Box Braids – Trends, Styles, Advice & More!
OCTOBER 9, 2017
1. How would you describe this look and what is your favorite thing about it?
I would describe this look as a twist on the A-line bob. My favourite thing about it is how well it frames the clients face.
2. What tips or products do you recommend to recreate this look?
This client desired short braids to keep her hair off her neck and have an easy low maintenance look. Her hair was longer then the look desired. My tip is to use crochet braids in the back to allow.....
October 3rd, 2017 by NiaZamar for Shamless Magazine
Recently in the media Black women’s bodies in particular have been under high scrutiny. If you Google Beyoncé or Rihanna right now much of what shows up is focused on their bodies and the changes they are going through. It is clear that Fat is still deemed as a bad word. The internet memes implying that Quantasia Sharpton is too fat to have possibly slept with Usher reveal how much our society literally steals away desirability and humanity from fat women. All the memes implying Rihanna must be pregnant as a way of explaining her recent weight gain are a sad reminder that while the body positivity movement is in full effect we still need a more comprehensive conversation around Fat positivity, one that includes sexual health, desirability and awareness around consent.
By: Winnie/ April 19 2016
"I think it is especially important that we have this conversation among not only young girls, but young girls of colour as we are constantly told as girls that our voices and spaces we take up don’t matter. Tanya talked about trusting our own intuition and the power we as girls hold. We are also constantly reminded that we should not love ourselves because the media constantly perpetuates these unachievable beauty standards. Not only are these beauty standards harmful, they are also euro-centric, which push girls of colours further away from what is seen as “beautiful.”
This workshop was empowering. Tanya spoke of the importance of redefining beauty and taking up our own space. Not only should we care for ourselves, but we need what Tanya called “community care” to uplift and empower other girls.
“Community care” was a new term I learned, but it seemed familiar. It reminded me of Mentorgurls as it is a safe space to uplift and empower girls using our discussions in program, the art we make and the blogging that we do. Each session, we make sure to find out how each other is doing and we provide a space to confide in each other."
WRITTEN BY: Kuwala Co/ April 18 2016
"The head wrap is a tool for self-expression and self-definition. On the days I choose to wrap my hair it is often an expression of how I'm feeling that day, it is powerful art that takes up space as it adorns my head. For me it is intentional. I know that any styles connected to African roots and culture run the risk of being stigmatized and discriminated against, so when I choose to move through the world in this way I am choosing my ancestors and roots. I am choosing to honour all those who came before me and carved out a space for myself expression of beauty." - Tanya
26 FEB 2016 / Tanya Turton is a local artist, activist and entrepreneur. When she’s not at SKETCH facilitating the popular Weave program on Tuesdays, she’s connecting people to a stronger sense of self-love through her beauty workshops and services. We talked to her about her work, activism and the power of storytelling.
"Activism informs the creation of art and art informs the activist, the impact is circular. A lot of my clients at NiaZamar are artists and activists, and the healing that happens in my chair rejuvenates and empowers the work they do." - Tanya Turton
17 JUN 2014 /The Weave Project (“We are a part of the fabric!”) is a collaborative fibre-arts project between The FibreWebs Collective (members of the Toronto Guild of Spinners and Weavers, and guest artists), SOY (Supporting Our Youth) and SKETCH.
“Weaving has a generational and community element, which I think makes it important. It connects us in a way where we can have shared experiences…create community. We also have opportunities to tell stories and have moments of being able to support each other through life’s experiences.” “It feeds my soul and grounds me. It makes me feel at home.”
- Tanya Turton supported the project as a guest Facilitator
DEMONSTRATORS DECLARE: BLACK HAIR IS BEAUTIFUL
Published on Fri Dec 04 2015 By Thestar.com
"One of them, Tanya Turton, went to Amesbury Middle School — where the student was allegedly sent home for her crochet braids — and said she wasn’t surprised by the incident. It was, she said, “reflective of my experience there.” Turton, a hairstylist, told the crowd that a client once tried to “fix” her hair herself after a co-worker commented on it before a big meeting. “If professional means that being black is not professional, by your very existence, then that’s something we need to reconsider,” she told the Star after her speech."
Klozet Freak: Spring/Summer Collection Behind the Scenes
March 19, 2015
"WE HAD TO LEARN THAT WE'RE BEAUTIFUL. WE HAD TO RELEARN SOMETHING FORCEFULLY TAKEN FROM US."
- ASSATA SHAKUR