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Greetings Curlfriends! My name is Merical Joy (pronounced like Miracle) or just plain ol’ MJ. I currently live in Atlanta, Georgia! I am a mother, daughter, sister, auntie, and amateur photographer. I love r&b music, writing and all things creative.

How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural a little over 2 years. I did my big chop in April of 2011 and another big chop/style cut in April of 2013. I started my natural hair transition in Nov 2010. It wasn’t a big stretch to do the big chop because my hair was already in a short hair cut. I was impatient and couldn’t wait to start my hair journey.



What motivated you to go natural? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
Doing the big chop was one of the most liberating things ever! There is nothing about my hair that I don’t love. It’s easy to manage and maintain. My routines are simple and easy. Don’t mean to brag 🙂

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What has been the most memorable part of your journey?
Most memorable moments for me include participating in other women’s natural hair journeys. I’ve been there for big chops, doing two of them myself, shopping for products and meeting some amazing women in the natural hair community.

It’s an incredible journey. I have enjoyed every bit of it and I wouldn’t change or go back to a relaxer for anything in the world. I don’t see the “natural hair movement” as a fad or trend. To me it’s simply being the woman God intended for me to be.

What are some of your favorite hairstyles? 
Since I’m currently rockin a tapered twa, I LOVE wash and gos. When my hair was longer, my go to style was twist outs. I also wore puffs, bantu knots, and finger coils. I believe in having fun with my hair. I am not afraid of color and trying different hair styles.

Any memorable reactions from family or others? 
My son and significant other love my natural hair! My support system is awesome and even my sisters are natural haired beauties! Before returning to natural the running joke was that I was apart of the “Hair Witness Protection” program! Not much has changed because I’ll still switch it up in a heart beat 🙂 You never know what to expect with me and my hair!

What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I wore a blow out last summer to a family function and I was surprised by the reaction of my family. They are used to me constantly changing my hair so “returning to natural” wasn’t a surprise to them. The surprise came from them seeing how big my hair was and how much it had grown.

My stash includes Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo and conditioner. Shea moisture curl defining smoothie, and deep conditioner. As I Am Twist Defining Cream, Ecco Styler Gel, Argan and EVOO Oils.

What are some of your favorite natural hair websites, YouTuber’s, or blogs?
CurlyNikki.com is my favorite website for all things natural hair related. On YouTube you can catch me watching Natural Chica, Ariel Sansaricq (hair cut inspired by her), My Natural Sistas, and many, many more!

Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
My hair journey coincides with my journey of life after death. I lost my mom April 7, 2012 and she was the epitome of what being a strong woman was all about. After her passing I learned about an inner strength I didn’t know I had. Returning to natural allowed me to not only fall in love with myself all over again but to also not be afraid to step out on faith and walk the path that God has laid for me. Family, friends and my faith are important and are a vital part of who I am and what keeps me grounded. I believe in sharing my journeys because so many have shared theres. At the end of the day “If you’ve been blessed then it’s your responsibility to be a blessing to others.”

Where can people find you for more information?
Kinki_Gyrl@yahoo.com
KinkiGyrl on Instagram
KinkiGyrl on Twitter
http://blog.elledanielle.com/2013/05/07/merical-atlanta-portrait-session/
www.trulyblessedmom.wordpress.com

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Are you naturally fierce? Email us to share your hair journey at globalcouture@aol.com.

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VOICES Share New Doc & Soundtrack ‘Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom’

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VOICES is a community that discusses, develops, and distributes resources by Black Christian content creators for communities of color. Today — in support of the brand’s new historic documentary — the brand shares the original motion picture soundtrack, titled Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom. A 13-song collection that echoes the truth and revelation of how the recently recognized federal holiday Juneteenth came to be. The project features previously released singles “Where Do We Go,” and “Black As Heaven,” and a-list features from hip hop’s biggest names such as Lecrae and Propaganda, who appear on a new posse cut “Black Reconstruction.”

The documentary’s synopsis is as followed:

Uncover the deep spiritual significance of America’s newest federal holiday with pastor Rasool Berry in “Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom,” a new documentary film presented by the Our Daily Bread Voices Collection and Our Daily Bread Media.

Learn how Scripture inspired the faith of enslaved people, travel to the church where America’s first Juneteenth celebration took place, and uncover why newly liberated men and women credited God for their freedom.

With special guests Ms. Opal Lee, Lecrae, and more, you’ll journey to Galveston, Texas to discover a faith stronger than suffering.

Take a look at the documentary below.

The doc paired up with popular music outlet Rapzilla to spread the film’s awareness, with curator Rasool Berry stating:

“The first celebration of what has become known as Juneteenth took place at a church in Galveston, and I discovered that people who were closest to it understood their emancipation on spiritual terms. To really understand that story, we need to grasp their perspective on their own emancipation. The church is where the story starts, but that’s not where the faith component ends. The role of the Black church in establishing communities was really vital, I discovered.”

Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom: A Documentary from @Our Daily Bread Voices Collection is directed by Ya’Ke Smith.

After the listen, feel free to check out more of VOICES via social media.
Check out the full project below.

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East Coast Rapper Helly Way Has “One Eye Open” In New Single

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VA native by way of Smyrna, Delaware, Helly Way is one of the hottest rising rappers on the east coast. Coming from a long list of musicians, songwriters and singers, he is the grandson of legendary music copyist Samuel Herman who came up in a group with Quincy Jones. Determined to rebuild his family’s legacy that was lost, he began creating music at the tender age of 16 and never looked back.

Heavily influenced by Pharrell, Timbaland, DJ Premier, The Lox, Mobb Deep, Meek Mill Lil Wayne and Andre 3000, he began creating an original sound that cannot be duplicated. As he returns to the music scene with a hot new single titled “One Eye Open”, he is setting the streets ablaze with this release.

Wanting to give his fans something special to vibe out to all summer, “One Eye Open” serves as the first single off of his highly anticipated Scriptures EP. On this single you will hear Helly Way speaking his truth like never before, allowing listeners to get a more intimate look at the obstacles he has to overcome in order to achieve stardom. With grungy, original vocals, mixed with his raw truth telling, he is carving out his own lane in the music industry.

He is putting on for Virginia and Delaware in a way that the world will tap into very soon. Press play below to stream Helly Way’s “One Eye Open” single and give this rising rap star a chance.

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Corey Hales Shares New Visual “Cool It Down”

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Massachusetts Corey Hales serenades guests at a backyard boogie by the pool in the new visual for his latest single “Cool It Down.” In the Caleb Edens-directed visual, Hales blends various genres with his soulful R&B vocals over classical instrumental and pop-folk vibe. As the days turn to night in the latest visual, Hales’ performance certifies him as an artist-to-watch as we wined down 2022.

Hales on the making of “Cool It Down”: “I bought a mustang and was living on my own for the first time in Charleston, but on a cruise home from my Monday gig I was left thinking about this girl I had just met at the show. I think we all have those moments in our head where we map out everything we wish we said to someone and that’s exactly when the record was born. It’s also the first song I had written as a newly single person after a 5 year relationship, so it’s my personal favorite because all of my memories associated with the song are still super fun and positive.”

“Cool It Down” prepares for the release fo the artist’s highly-anticipated upcoming album, coming soon. “Cool It Down” is available on all DSPs via CAH Music/Foundation Media. Stream it here. Want more Corey Hales? Follow the rising star on social media for up-to-the-minute news.

You may watch Corey Hales’ new video for “Cool It Down” below.

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