Unpacking the Politics of Black Hair: January 27th

Black Hair

Candid discussion on the acceptance of Black Hair and its diversity in style and beauty as an individual choice

The Betsy Hotel kicks off 2019 with their Cultural Conversation series curated by Yvette N. Harris (Founder/Harris Public Relations) and Ed Ponder (Director of Food and Beverage at the Betsy Hotel) on Sunday, January 27, 2019, at 2pm.

The Betsy Hotel is located at 1440 Ocean Drive Miami Beach, Fl, 33139.

The platform is intended to create a space to have a candid discussion on the politics that take place related to having relaxed, braided, nappy, loc’d hair for black men and women. The hope is that attendees will leave feeling empowered and enlightened.

The panel will be moderated by Calibe Thompson, Publisher Island Origins Magazine and Creative Director for Island Syndicate projects. Some of the topics that will be discussed include; The Connection Between Hair and Identity; Don’t  Touch My Hair, and Black Hair at Work.

The distinguished panel includes; Petra Brennan-Tourism Business Enhancement Director, Simone Hylton-Owner of Natural Trendsetters Hair Salon, Marilyn Holifield-Co-Founder Miami MOCAAD, Carl Juste-Miami-Herald Staff Photojournalist/Co-Owner -Iris Photo Collective, Tanika Matthews-Healthy Hair Specialist and Founder of Cut, Tease,Grow, Sandy Dorsainvil-Co-Owner -NOIRE Boutique Gallery and Lounge, Parker Gammond-Founder /CEO-The GammondPlatinum Group, LLC, LaKesha Wilson-Rochelle—Principal-Miami-Dade Public School, Art Pique – Art Barbering, LLC/OBJ’s Official Barber, and Asriele Stubbs—Access Innovation Manager-Venture Café Miami. The Betsy Hotel will also screen Nappily Ever After (Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour-Released in 2018 on Netflix). 

 ‘The Betsy is proud to inaugurate a new series in partnership with Harris PR, as part of our ongoing commitment to global arts, culture, and community – and to invite guests to break bread with us after a conversation about ‘things that matter,’ noted Jonathan Plutzik, Owner of The Betsy Hotel.  

“I am excited to partner with the Betsy Hotel for our Cultural Conversation series,” said curator Yvette Harris, who sports a cropped natural hairstyle. “This month’s discussion is one I hope will encourage understanding, celebration and acceptance of all types of Black hair and beauty.”

The Cultural Conversation series is open to the public and is free of charge.  RSVP is required- rsvp@thebetsyhotel.com.  Guests are invited to continue the conversation at LT Steak and Seafood, at an a la carte dinner, hosted by Ed Ponder, Director of Food and Beverage –RSVP to eponder@thebetsyhotel.com for details. 

About the Betsy Hotel 

The Betsy-South Beach (www.thebetsyhotel.com), well regarded for its promotion of culture and art, recently expanded into a 130 room boutique resort hotel, debuting two new public art pieces in 2017: The Betsy Orb and Poetry Rail. Recent awards for luxury hotel excellence include Travel and Leisure’s Top Boutique Hotel on Miami Beach, and Conde Nast Gold List, among many others. The Betsy – South Beach is on a mission to redefine hospitality with music, art exhibitions, readings, book signings, guest room libraries, poems placed on pillows at turn down each night, and charitable collaboration (since 2009) with hundreds of charitable organizations in South Beach, and beyond. The Betsy-South Beach is family owned and operated. The Betsy-South Beach – 1440 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, 33139 – 305-760-6900 – press inquiries –Betsy@jpublicrelations.com


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