Madam CJ Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, is considered one of the first female self-made millionaires in US History. She acquired her fortune by manufacturing and selling pomades for Afro-textured hair, which were sold door to door in the 20th Century American South. Part of her inspiration stems from her own hair loss early in life, and prior experience washing hair at her brother's barbershop. "CJ" comes from Charles J, her second husband who helped promote her budding business. Much of her earnings were donated to support civil rights organizations and a multifunctional headquarters in Indianapolis that served employees and community members alike.
I watched the movie Malcom X last night. Denzel's protrayal was incredible, and it's a shame he ended up in a crooked scheme and had to fight for his life when he tried to leave. My favorite part was when he looked up the words "black" and "white" in the dictionary. I also had to think twice about "get your hand out of my pocket!". All in all, I enjoyed this film, and will try to watch The Color Purple tonight.
My mother had been using relaxers for over 40 years, probably closer to 50 before she decided to "go natural". Where I live most people use the term perm to refer to the "permanent wave" treatment, but I don't have experience with either.
I finally saw The Color Purple. I was pleasantly surprised by Oprah's character Sophia. Although the tone of the tale starts out very abysmal, there were some lightheated moments, particularly the one with Miss Millie and her deplorable driving. People literally jump out of the way when they see her in her jalopy. Danny Glover also made me loathe his character, unlike his lethal weapon counterpart, so he's clearly a talented actor. I wish they had explored Shug and Celie's relationship more; I heard it was a substantial part of the book.