Tuesday, January 4, 2011
|A billion dollar industry|
Black women spend countless hours and billions of dollars a year because their own hair is unacceptable to them. Korean entrepreneurs reap the benefits of this mane-madness, owning a virtual monopoly on the industry from distributorship to the shops that Black women frequent (entrepreneurship and the depressing ratio of Korean-to-Black new business starts will be discussed later this month):
Today, there are over 9,000 Korean-owned beauty supply stores serving a billion dollar market for Black hair. Between manufacturing, distributing and selling these hair care products, Korean entrepreneurs appear to control all major components. Ranen was inspired to make his documentary because of what he saw as the injustice of unfair business practices.
“It’s really about allowing black manufacturers to get inside the distribution channel,” he said. “‘I mean, if you ask me, ‘what is your vision for the future?’” Well, right away, it’s a 100 black-owned stores opening up right next to Korean stores – a boycott until the Korean stores accept at least 20% black-owned manufactured products. Then we are talking about money in the community.”
It should be stated that this predilection for grooming ones hair utilizing aberrant methods has enriched many of the Black women working in the salon industry, those who have yet to sell their shops to immigrant entrepreneurs.
Multiple trips a month to the beauty salon help Black women perfect a hair style that is completely unnatural, but the desire to part with large amounts of money for the straightest locks has a match in the affections market for Black style.
No Black woman is complete without fake nails – preferably acrylic – and the desire to have the longest, most pretentious, colorful and ostentatious talons in the neighborhood drives them to endure torturous and expensive visits to the manicurists.
With Korean entrepreneurs providing the bulk of the services to these Black women delirious with notion of affixing Wolverine-like claws upon the end of their phalanges, a veritable cottage industry has arisen that has helped one segment of the population build-up savings while preying upon a narcissistic segment with an average net worth of $5 dollars.
Income inequality exists for a reason and the vainglorious obsession with fastening mini-knives upon ones fingers is a clear indicator of a luxury purchase as opposed to a need for Black people. Such Hate Facts are of trivial concern to a community that spends billions each year making their hair straight and white-looking and gluing protruding weapons of mini destruction upon their fingers.
68 percent of Black women say they buy because it makes them feel good and yet the finished product of using women’s hair from India and the procuring of acrylic nails as a fashion statement should raise serious questions about their fashion sense.
Attempts to scale back the dependence that Black women have on Korean-owned manicure shops have been greeted with an increased desire to have their nails done regardless of the implications of failing to buy Black.
In fact, the self-esteem boost Black women get from a trip to the manicurist is only equaled by their animosity at receiving a bad manicure:
A Volusia County woman was arrested after several 911 calls were made complaining about a bad manicure.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says on Sunday Cynthia Colston, 44, from Deltona, was fighting with her nail technician at Central Nails on Elkcam Boulevard in Deltona because she apparently didn’t like the length of her nails.
During the fight the nail technician was slightly injured but it was Colston who called Volusia County Sherriffs deputies to the salon.
It’s normal practice for nail salons to charge for extra designs and services, but what about extra weight? According to WSB TV, that was exactly the case for Michelle Fonville. The Georgia woman received a startling surprise after receiving a manicure, pedicure and eyebrow arch from Natural Nails in Dekalb County, Georgia, when the owner tacked on an extra $5 dollars to her bill for being overweight.
Salon managerKim Tran explained to Fonville that the extra fee was meant to cover the cost of replacing the $2,500 salon chair, in the chance that it broke.
“I said, Ma’am, you can’t charge me $5 more. That’s discrimination because of my weight,” Fonville told WSB TV.According to the salon owner, the chairs are only meant to withstand 200 pounds and anything above that weight has the potential to damage the chairs.
“Do you think that’s fair when we take $24 [for manicure and pedicure] and we have to pay $2,500? Is that fair? No,” said Tran in her defense. Tran has since refunded Fonville her $5 and told her to take her business elsewhere.
Fonville, who was close to tears when given the news, would like more customers to learn about the salon’s unfair practices.
“The word has to get out there that these people are discriminating against us because of our weight,” she said. “I mean come on, we’re in America. You can’t do that.”
Worse, that $5 dollars could have represented her entire net worth.
With the amount of time, energy and money invested into their nails, Black women can scarcely tolerate a bad manicure. Lining the bank accounts of Korean immigrants with yet another visit to their shop is simply out of question as it should be obvious what is the next entry into the Stuff Black People Don’t Like.
The so-called jezebel or diva look is believed to be universally applicable to Black women, and a bad manicure threatens to sabotage en entire industry.
Monday, January 3, 2011
|“Youth” riot… Black youth riot|
Police closed Mayfair Mall a half hour early Sunday evening after reports of gunfire somewhere near the mall. The gunfire reports have not been verified.The disturbance started when several teenagers started looting inside Boston Store, witnesses said.
A picture posted on JSOnline.com shows several clothing racks strewn across the floor.Two hours after the mall closed, there were still crowds of teens in the area.“Just trying to have fun,” a teenage boy told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Lauren Leamanczyk. Witnesses said teenagers continued causing problems after leaving Mayfair.“They were at the bus stop and then they were running across the street toward BW’3’s,” one woman recounted. “And then at that time, they were jumping on cars and then almost playing like ditch it in the middle of the street with the cars.”Wauwatosa police said they do not have anyone custody and that Chief Barry Weber would release more information Monday.
“A crowd of like 50 to 60 kids just came barreling through the upstairs door at Boston Store, knocking down everything they could touch. They went running down the stairs. All that we heard was glass breaking. There was security yelling to every manager to lockdown the doors, lockdown the mall, lockdown the store,” the customer said.
That customer sent a few photos to 12 News that show mannequins and items knocked down inside Boston Store.An employee at a different retailer inside the mall told 12 News that mall security was able to get shoppers out of the building within about 10 minutes, as retailers began to shut their storefront gates.“With all the noise and bustle it definitely seemed like something was wrong. It felt like people were starting to panic. My employee said she heard glass breaking and so it did seem like it was getting out of control,” the employee said.Mayfair Mall management released a statement late Sunday night:“What occurred this afternoon appears to be a group of youth intent on disrupting the shopping experience at Mayfair. The safety and security of our visitors are always our top priority. This behavior is isolated and we will not condone it. To assist police earlier in identifying and apprehending suspects, we made the decision to close the mall shortly before our regular closing time. We anticipate there will be consequences as a result of what happened today.
We are thankful for the support of our public safety team and the Wauwatosa Police Department. We are even more thankful there were no injuries as a result of the youth’s careless actions.”