This is an excellent time to give a shout out to Patricia Gains, aka DeeCoily, the founder of Nappturality.com. What I really like about this lady is her steadfast, unwaivering conviction and take-no-prisoners attitude when it comes to her no-nonsence approach to educating black women on how to appreciate and care for their natural hair. Wouldn’t have ever learned how to care for and maintain my natural hair on this level without this site and all the wonderful members who share their knowledge, wisdom, trials, tribulations, humor, convictions and straight up drama about nappy hair.
Ya know, I’ve often said that NP is much bigger than just hair. There’s no denying it. It’s an international ministry which empowers black women to be who they are. There are over 50,000 members with as many personalities. We may not all agree on every point on the nappturality spectrum but in the end, we ALL just want to be accepted for who we are, no more, no less. And NP provides a safe haven for us. It’s here to nurture our mind, body and spirit, share our common experiences, support and nurture one another, provide an occasional kick in the butt, and enable us to go back out into the world to be a strong, shining light and example for others to see and follow if they so choose. Wish I had know about NP since the first day it went online cause it’s a great place to be, no doubt about it.
Listen to Deecoily’s Blaqboard Podcast which aired on the Internet January 24, 2005.