WE RISE BY LIFTING OTHERS
Both Tony and I were raised on the premise that to whom much is given, much is required. We are very blessed and are living a life that we both truly enjoy. During the course of building this amazing business, we have been supported and encouraged by our wonderful clients, family, and friends. We feel that it is incumbent upon us to pay that support and encouragement forward. We do that in many ways and we have many causes that we are passionate about and that are near and dear to our hearts.
BOLD & BREASTLESS, Inc.
Given my history of two different forms of cancer, we are passionate about supporting others with the same passion. That’s why we are happy to contribute a portion of our proceeds to Bold and Breastless, Inc. Bold and Breastless is a non-profit education organization founded and managed by breast cancer survivor Shondia McFadden Sabari;. She founded this non-profit to educate women, men, and children who have been affected by cancer. They travel and conduct workshops to educate the general public on the importance of early detection and to visit cancer patients to uplift them and to give them hope. They also assist cancer patients with utility bills, groceries, and transportation expenses to and from their medical appointments. Further, they purchase scarves, hats, and wigs to give to cancer patients and they buy meals, blankets, pillows, and toiletries for caregivers who stay overnight at hospitals with their family member. They also collaborate with cancer organizations and health institutions to increase cancer awareness. This wonderful organization does a lot to assist others through what is a very frightening journey.
ROCKING MY GLORY
Kim started Rocking My Glory to inspire women to embrace their inner beauty and rock their confidence no matter how cancer or dealing with hair loss may affect their appearance. As she grew into her own Glory during her fight against breast cancer, the idea for Rocking My Glory was birthed. After weeks of hair pieces, wigs, and wraps, one day she greeted a close friend (Africa Brown), and smugly told her “I’m rocking my bald head today”, quickly the friend corrected her and said, “Don’t say bald, that’s your Glory.” From that day forward, she’s been “Rocking her Glory!” In July of 2017, she organized a photo shoot to reveal her new confidence to the world. Her goal was to showcase her Glory and hopefully inspire other women to confidently do the same (I must say, we had a great time at the photo shoot!) Losing your hair through this journey (or dealing with hair loss because of any other medical condition) is a very emotional process and as she triumphed over the loss of her hair she wanted other women to have the same confidence and success!
We support Rocking My Glory by donating products and a portion of our proceeds to their great cause.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIeTY
Cancer is a terrible disease that has significantly impacted both Tony and myself. Again, I am a two-time cancer survivor (follicular carcinoma-1997 and multiple myeloma-2013). Tony lost his first wife of 29 years due to sinus and lung cancer. Additionally, we have both lost a number of close relatives (parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and first cousins) from various forms of cancer and we have relatives who are also cancer survivors.
We support the ACS through both monetary and product donations.
Alzheimer’s is another devastating disease that has hit both Tony and me close to home. Tony lost his mother, Irene Dixon, in 2012 and I lost my mother, Rosenia Bailey, in 2016; both passed away from the affects of Alzheimer’s. I also lost my paternal grandmother, Rosina Bailey, due to Alzheimer’s and currently have an uncle who’s suffering from this disease. We both cared for our mothers during their journey and witnessed first-hand the terrible impact this disease had on our mothers and our extended family members.
We support ALZ through both monetary donations and volunteering.
We believe in purchasing our ingredients from companies that support and follow fair trade practices. For this reason, we only purchase our certified organic and certified fair trade shea butter from a supplier who purchases the shea butter from a women’s cooperative in Ghana. This supplier demands that all of their suppliers practice fair trade and our supplier also contributes to the women’s cooperative’s pension fund.
We also purchase our organic and certified fair trade black soap from a supplier who purchases the black soap from a women’s cooperative in Ghana. This cooperative’s fair trade practices ensure that every woman is paid a steady, living wage and they empower the women by inviting them to be a part of organizational decisions and product development. The women also receive training to refine their skills, strengthen their capacity to produce better products, manage their growing businesses and personal incomes, and improve their health and the health of their children.
LOCAL BUSINESSES WE LOVE
We strongly believe in shopping locally; keeping our dollars in our community; and supporting small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses to the greatest extent possible. We also believe in spreading the word when we find a great business; so we have listed a few below. We receive absolutely nothing in return from these companies other than the joy of knowing we are lifting others!
As an Edward Jones Financial Advisor, Carolyn believes it’s important to invest her time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money.
Stacy, aka Lady Lovely Locs, is the talent behind Lady Lovely Locs and has over 14 years of experience in the expert care, maintenance, and styling of natural hair.
Dr. Leona Allen is the owner and CEO of Freedom Health Systems. She’s a chiropractor with over ten years of experience. Her practice has evolved to embracing more of a whole body, natural health care approach.
Letisha Royster is the owner and CEO. She brings a caring atmosphere in an eco-friendly, relaxing , healthy, environment. Her products are non-toxic and vegan.
A boutique knitting company owned by Rosenia D. Bailey, who has 25+ years in the fiber craft. She teaches knitting and specializes in natural fibers that are American milled and spun, avoiding all man-made yarns and supporting independent yarn dyers.
Myya Gordon established Wiinks Lash Studies in 2014, out of a desire to offer luxury eyelash services to her clients at affordable prices in a beautiful environment.