Last night I attended the Afro’s Official Book Release Party thrown by Renae Bluitt of Crush Media/ the dope blogger of In Her Shoes Blog. Overall, it was a great event. I am always amazed when I come out and am surrounded by so many like-minded, beautiful, fashionable, natural, regal, brown people. I swear, if you have never gone to one of these events you are missing out. As soon as I walked in I was overjoyed. Being in a room filled with folks celebrating beauty that is specifically a reflection you is on of the best feeling in world. Anyway, if you don’t know about Afro’s the book here’s the scoop:
This is a coffee table book my Michael July that captures the spirit and essence of the Afro today as well as paying homage to the historic significance of natural hair iconic voyagers like Angela Davis, Jimi Hendrix and others. Over the course of a five year period photographer Michael July approached a wide variety of beautiful, creative and intelligent individuals from all walks of life and asked them would they be willing to participate as subject models for a coffee table book he was putting together entitled “Afros – A Celebration Of Natural Hair”. Traveling all across the United States from New York to California he was able to capture the créme de la créme of Afros. People of virtually every shade, ethnicity, country and age group. “AFROS – A Celebration Of Natural Hair” intent is to show pictorially the power, beauty and glorious nature of the ‘Fro and also to document in words the deeper and at times whimsical “hairstory” of each of its models. The author shot the majority of these individuals at his photo studio in Brooklyn using colorful & vibrant backdrops personally tailored to each model’s own sense of style and fashion. As a result he succeeded, along with the assistance of two remarkably talented book designers, Darhil Crooks & Monica Whittick in creating a coffee table book that will have massive international appeal for many years to come.
The event also included music by DJ Spinna.An open bar sponsored by Smart Water, Palm Breweries and Bed-Vyne. And gift bags sponsored by Eden BodyWorks, OUIDAD, Anu Essentials and Karen’s Body Beautiful gifted to the first 150 people who purchased the book at the event. AND a portion of the exhibition sales will benefit the Lil Raggamuffin Summer Camp. Very Dope.
Great Times. Cool People. Dope Vibes.