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On Run’s House – Jojo gets busted ep

It was out in the media a minute ago that Reverend Run’s son Jojo got arrested for marijuana possession. Many folks wondered if they would go there on air. Surprise, they did. I always thought Run’s House was a cool ass show because the family seemed pretty real as far as celebrities go. This just adds to it all, handling mistakes in the media right on the show. Thumbs up yall.

One thing that stood out was that when Run was expressing his disappointment in Jojo to his brother Russell, Russ was on that, “you can’t tell Jojo shit because you used to smoke MAD weed when you was his age” bullshit. To quote Russell, Run used to “smoke like a chimney.” Okay, okay nigga. You’ve got to be kidding me. Is this Mr. Hip Hop Accountability? Mr. Rush Philanthropic? Mr. Community Empowerment? Mr. Yoga? Fuck outta here. I’m telling you all, I’ve done (and am sure to do) some dumb shit in my life. As a teenager I did wonderfully in school and I was involved in stuff like student government, sports and community service. However, I did a LOT of dirt. A LOT. There is no way I want my kids to do what I did, nor will I let that behavior slide just because I did it once upon a time. Aren’t we supposed to want more for our children? They say that hindsight is 20/20 and that wisdom comes with age. If that’s true, why would we look to our youth for parenting strategies? Yeah, that “do as I say, not as I do” line sounds like a bunch of garbage when you’re on the receiving end but it sounds kind of good to someone who learned from their mistakes. While looking to his past drug use might help him understand what’s going on with his son better, I don’t think it should give Jojo a get out of jail free card (really, no pun intended). Continue reading

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Dominican Salons

I’m updating this post (originally published on 8/8/08) because I’ve noticed that it gets a lot of hits. Folks are searching for Dominican salons in Philadelphia and if I can use my experiences at a few shops to help, that’s pretty cool right?
For more info, check out RoundBrushHair for info on salons, products and techniques.

Some background info: Dominican Salons are a good, cheap option if you’re looking to get your hair done. Whether you’re Black, Latina, Bi-Racial, whatever, relaxed or natural, long or short, you can probably get your wig twisted at a Dominican joint.

They employ a method that’s practically the same no matter which one you go to. For example, I go for a basic wash and blowout: Wash & condition, set on large barrel rollers and place you under a dryer. This is one level of straightening your hair. Then you get the hair blown out with a super efficient hand-held blow dryer w/concentrator attachment. The hair is round-brushed to another level of straightness. Finally, the hair is straightened and styled with a flat iron. Voila! Or whatever the Spanish equivalent is of “voila”. In addition to the blowout, they usually do color and relaxers as well as trims and cuts.

Three things to be cautious of: 1). High levels of heat are used. Although they use products that are designed to protect the hair, high heat is not good no matter what. If your hair is natural and you like to wear it curly, please note that you could begin to lose your curl pattern after only a few consecutive straightenings. I suggest opting for the deep conditioning that most salons offer for a small additional fee. 2). Most stylists at the Dominican salons know only two general styles: curly or straight. Know that you may have to restyle when you get home to suit your particular taste. 3). There may only be one or two stylists in the salon who speak English. If this intimidates you, you might feel out of place in the beginning. Hold tight, though, after a while, you get used to it and learn the routine well enough that you’ll be fine.

I’ve visited three salons so far in Philly. See info/reviews after the jump. Check out the comments for other suggestions.  Continue reading

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