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Florida offers almost everything you can imagine from shopping to fine dining. Couple that with warm weather and you have the perfect vacation getaway. The Sunshine State represents variety, and focusing on other indulgences—like year-round adventure with a generous portion of relaxation on the side —can lead to a treasure trove of less-explored recreational opportunities.
Tubman African American Museum, Macon Georgia
Nestled in the heart of Georgia in historic downtown Macon is the largest museum in the Southeast devoted to African American art, history, and culture. Founded 30 years ago, the Tubman African American Museum (named in honor of Harriet Tubman) features rich collections of local and regional history, West African, contemporary African American, and folk and visionary art, and both permanent and changing exhibits, including “Harriet Tubman: The Moses of her People,” “Unbound Spirit: Folk Art from the Tubman Museum Collection,” “From the Minds of African Americans: Black Inventors,” “Georgia Artists,” and “From Africa to America”—the Museum’s signature mural that traces the history of African Americans in the United States from slavery to the election of the nation’s first black president.
Georgia's African-American journey
FROM THE EARLY coastal slave settlements to the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia is home to many landmark sites and places that honor our African-American history, culture and heritage. You can spend an afternoon, or an entire vacation, tracing the footsteps of the heroes and everyday people whose stories have been preserved for current and future generations.
As we celebrate Black History Month, our family business, Bronner Bros., celebrates 65 years of making history. Our Atlanta hair show has become the largest and most famous show in the world. Our BB brand of hair products has become one of the most loved brands with number one in its category—products like Pump It Up Spritz, Super Gro and Smooth Sheen. Our African Royale brand has produced several number one products like Hot 6 oil and Braid Spray. Our new natural brands, Tropical Roots and 4 Naturals, are now the fastest-growing natural products.
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Get a behind-the-scenes look at our sexy cover shoot with Reed Between The Lines stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. For more on the dynamic duo, pick up our December/January issue on newsstands now!
The 12th Annual Star-Studded Black Heritage Festival, Inc is back and filled with Florida's most cultural and historical venues. This 10-day festival resides in the Tampa Bay community and serves as the largest cultural arts event in this region, January 12-21, 2012. The theme for this year's event will be "Keeping the Dream Alive, Something for Everyone" as civil rights activist Dr. Benjamin Chavis kicks off the festival with the premiere of the biopic "Blood Done Signed My Name" and a Q&A to follow. Legendary featured groups such as the R&B group Rose Royce, Jazz Saxophonist Paul Taylor and Hip Hop violinists Black Violin will entertain crowds as this festival draws in thousands of patrons. The Black Heritage Festival coincides with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday which will help promote this year's Children's Village initiative and help celebrate Tampa's history, cultural beauty and promote proactive health and wellness in the African American community.
For more information and a complete list of the Heritage Festival events visit www.tampablackheritage.org.
Nowadays, professionals say it’s common to maximize your style by transforming one look to three or four more. “I come from an era where girls were getting their hair done on a weekly basis with no problem,” says celebrity stylist Antonio Wright Thigpen. “Now that the economy has changed so much, you kind of want to give clients something that they can deal with a little bit longer.”
Here, Thigpen takes R&B songstress Teairra Mari, who released Sincerely Yours, a digital EP via iTunes this summer, from glam to funky to playful to classic, each style starting with a ponytail he created with extensions.