Black Entrepreneur Spotlight: Tammy Williams, MSW Founder & Owner of Imena Salon

Imena38Tammy Williams, MSW is the Founder & Owner of Imena Salon in East Harlem. Trained in Social Work & Cosmetology Tammy and her staff  provide holistic haircare to their clients. Imena Salon specializes in natural hair but the staff can do a variety of styles for all textures of hair. Other Imena services include eyebrow shaping, make-up, workshops and events.

While studying at Hunter School of Social Work Tammy researched hair, mental health and Black women, the result of this research is the documentary Beautiful which she produced and directed.

Listen to the interview below for Tammy’s words of wisdom on building a business, natural hair, beauty and mental health. For more information visit: http://www.imenainc.com.

“As a business owner you have to have faith.”-Tammy Williams

 

 

 

My A to Z Wholeness Blogging Challenge!

AtoZBloggingChallengeSmallThis month I will be doing a A to Z Wholeness Blogging Challenge! I really enjoyed doing the Poem A Day Challenge this summer and I think doing another challenge would be a great way to get back to posting on a regular basis. The title of this blog is Wholeness4Love because I wanted to focus on all aspects of wholeness: physical health, spiritual well-being, emotional healing, social justice and creative expression. For my blogging challenge my main focus will be wholeness in the area of health. Personally I am on my journey to holistic health and though I am no expert as I learn I want to pass the information on. As we end the year I believe in cleansing, cleaning and purifying so you can enter the New Year cleared, revved- up and ready to go! I invite you to join me on this journey by reading the post and doing an A to Z Challenge of your own!

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I Was Nominated for the “Sunshine Award”

Today I got a sweet surprise when Mahogany over @ Crazy, Fun, Sexy Guide for Women nominated me for the, “Sunshine Award”! Her site provides free words of inspiration, bliss tips and video blogs that help women live a life of joy. Follow her on twitter: @CrazyFunSexy. I really appreciate Mahogany for thinking of me!

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Health Alert: Flax Seeds Just as Harmful as Soy?

I just read a wonderful blog post about a study that shows that Flax is just as harmful as soy, because like soy it can be an estrogen blocker. I really like flax seeds and have been using flax seeds and flax seed oils for years but as a preventative measure  I am going to cut flax out. Even when eating healthy we have to use wisdom. To read the article by Sister Aiya Abrihet visit Black Vegan Love: Flax Seeds Just as Harmful as Soy.

RAW: Days 1-3

So on Wednesday I started a cleanse for Candida (Yeast) because in February I was diagnosed with allergies to yeast, mold, mold producing foods, dried and fermented foods (yes this includes wine and beer):

I found a great ebook called Yeast No Morewhich outlines a plan for healing from Candida but this includes eating raw foods, which I have been considering since I have heard so many positive things about eating this way. On Saturday I stumbled upon Vegan Hood TV which features brothers from East NY who eat healthy and teach others in the community to do the same. See their YouTube episode which features Raw Star a raw soul food restaurant that was originally in Brooklyn but is now in NJ (damn you gentrification!).

So far so good as far as the candida cleanse goes. I have had some cravings and miss meat but I am really trying to heal myself of these allergies, gain more energy and try something new!

Vintage Post:America’s Pervasive Pattern of Race-Based Medical Disparities

this post is an updated version written for The Union Call & God’s Politics, originally published in The Black Commentator this article incorporated the recent healthcare reform developments.

Our country has a long history of underserving and mistreating African-Americans and other marginalized groups. We are seeing this history come to a head in cases such as the 2007 death of a twelve-year-old African-American child, Deamonte Driver of Prince George’s County. Driver died because his mother could not find a Medicaid dentist who would see him for an infected tooth.

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Sadly, Driver’s death is one example of many in which, from its inception, America’s health-care system has treated African-Americans unjustly. Although I am specifically addressing disparities in the health-care system for African-Americans, the issue of health care affects Americans of all races and economic backgrounds. It is my hope that by examining health-care injustice in the African-American community, we can see the need for universal health care for all.

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Vintage Post: Donald Miller Story Contest Entry

As I was updating my blog I saw this post and am reminded to keep pushing on. I have fulfilled some of the goals such as: serving on the College Museum at the MET, graduating from my program, working with a book coach to write my story and I went through 6 months of health coaching,but I still need to run that 5k! I hope this post will encourage you to turn the page and finish writing your story.

“We are changed; we are marked by challenge. Adversity is not an obstacle we need to get around to live our life, its apart of our life. The question is not when you’re going to meet adversity but how you are going to meet it. The human ability to adapt is our greatest asset.” Aimee Mullins ground breaking runner born without shinbones

“Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. Habakkuk 2:2

As I thought about this contest I could not think of ways in which I would drastically change my story. Though my life has been full of challenges, hurts and disappointments early on I learned the lessons of perseverance, faith, tenacity and service. I don’t necessarily want to write a new story but I do feel like I am coming to the end of chapter one and need to start the second chapter. As I enter the last year of my theology and social work program I stand at a crossroads. I have been pursuing healing so that I am healthy, whole, connected to God and empowered to fulfill my vocational calling. I want to fulfill my calling out of an abundance of love not out of bitterness.

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