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How to remove paper labels from fabric

Sometimes there is a company label on the fabric that needs to be removed. This paper normally comes off fairly easily when it is heated lightly with an iron. Other times, the paper needs to be lightly wetted before it comes off easily. If this still does not work, the next step is to apply a product like Googone to loosen the glue. The paper normally comes off without this last step; but it always comes off somehow.

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Cutting oils

Normally our customers sell the oils  uncut. This is what most customers want most of the time. Cutting or watering down the oils can also hurt your reputation, and lose the trust of your customers.There are times when oils need to be cut however. You can make your oils last longer or work better in different ways when you do. Most colognes and perfumes are only 10-15% oil because the uncut oils can be too strong for a lot of people. When oils are used in an oil burner, the uncut oils can make a fragrance that is too powerful.

A common question that people ask is what to use as a cutting oil to properly dilute oils. There are a lot of different cutting oils: DPG, Grapeseed oil, Jojoba oil,  and more. There are a lot of factors that some people think about for this; and different people have different opinions on what is best. Here is a basic bit of information to help you decide what to do if you want to lighten the scent of an oil. DPG  is a petroleum based product (kind of like gasoline) is normally the least expensive option. DPG is normally mixed with oils when they are being used in an oil burner or in making incense.

If a person is wanting to wear the oils on their skin, you would want to use one of the more natural products. Grapeseed oil is probably the most popular for this because of the price. There are a lot of other options.

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Black History Month and the Mardi Gras Indians

Purple Orange and Green Kente Cloth

Purple Orange and Green Kente Cloth

February marks the annual Black History Month celebrations around the country, and it is also a great time of celebration during Mardi Gras.

What does Black History Month Have to do with Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. It has rich cultural significance to many different cultures; while its origins are nearly ancient, it is an important holiday for nearly all cultures. In 1882 the famous Mardi Gras symbol Krewe of Proteus debuted with a glittering parade that saluted Egyptian mythology. Symbols of Egypt, Rome, and Greece are prevalent throughout Mardi Gras.

Who are the Mardi Gras Indians?

An important group of people to remember during Mardi Gras are the Mardi Gras Indians. The Mardi Gras Indians are comprised, in large part, of the African-American communities of New Orleans’s inner city. While these Indians have paraded for well over a century, their parade is perhaps the least recognized Mardi Gras tradition.
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The Cultural Significance of the African Headwrap

Skirt Sets with Head Wraps

Skirt Sets with Head Wraps

The African headwrap has become a symbol of exoticity and a cultural fashion statement for decades here in the U.S. Beautiful and versatile, each headwrap gives someone a chance to express their heritage and their love of African fashion. However, there is much more to the headwrap than the beautiful colors and fascinating style; there is a rich cultural history.

The Origin of the Headwrap:

The headwrap originated in sub-Saharan Africa, and was often used to convey modesty, spirituality and prosperity. Even men in Africa wear head wraps to symbolize wealth and social status. Head wrapping is literally a way that African’s for centuries have been able to non-verbally communicate their place in life. The headwrap of a woman walking down the street will tell you if she’s a widow, a grandmother, or if she’s a married young woman. It’s an element in the daily living of an African woman. Headwraps also serve a practical function in protecting the head from the rays of the sun. In West Africa, head wraps are referred to as ‘gele’ in Yoruba or ‘ichafu’ in Ibo. Continue reading

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Dudu Osun Shea Moisturizers

New from makers of the #1 selling Dudu Osun Black Soap:
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There are so many ways that you can benefit from shea butter. Shea butter can be used as a body lotion; its rich, thick texture instantly softens skin and is great for people with sensitive skin, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema. It is also great for babies, and can even be used as a diaper rash cream. You can also use it to soften your feet and get rid of toe fungus.
Give it a try, along with their best selling soap, and your skin will definitely thank you!

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12 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Black History Month is an amazing way to connect with your community, your family, and your heritage. Find some new ways to celebrate and commemorate African American history with these 12 ideas.

#1 – Try your hand at an African recipe! There are over thirty delicious recipes here.

#2 – Discover how Black History Month began by researching its history and origins here.

#3 – Learn the songs of the civil rights movement, like “This Little Light of Mine” and “Oh, Freedom”. Discuss with your kids or family members the lyrics reflect the hopeful spirit of the time they were written.

#4 – Gather up the kids and play the African awale game. Instructions can be found here. Continue reading

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Tuskegee Airman John Mulzac

Retired FDNY Lt. John Mulzac, a Tuskegee Airman who took to the skies in three wars, died this week. He was 91.
Mulzac, a Brooklyn resident, was an original member of the elite Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces. During World War II, Black Americans in many U.S. states were still subject to the Jim Crow laws and the American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subjected to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. The heroism shown by the Tuskegee Airmen is said to have influenced President Harry S. Truman’s decision to desegregate the military in 1948. The airmen were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2006, the highest honor bestowed by Congress.

The pioneering pilot moved from manning flight controls to manning fire hoses in 1947. He retired from the Fire Department in 1967 as a lieutenant, then worked as a sky marshal and as a U.S. Customs inspector before retiring for good to concentrate on his role as the patriarch of eight children, 22 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
For Black History Month and for their bravery and heroism, we honor Lt. John Mulzac’s life and all of the Tuskegee Airmen.

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The Hidden Meanings of African Clothing

This Black History Month, you or others you know may be celebrating by wearing traditional African garments to church or other events. Wearing African clothing is a wonderful way for many to celebrate their culture and their heritage and to commemorate the beauty of the motherland. Wearing African clothing means so much more to many people than simply being a fashion statement. Tailors don’t make clothes simply for appearance sake; each symbol, color, and even the shape of the clothing can have a very specific purpose or meaning. African clothing can be a symbol of status, creativity and allegiance to tribal roots. Let’s take a look…

Kente Cloth

Kente Cloth Skirt Sets

Kente Cloth Skirt Sets

Kente cloth is the quintessential African look. It is a vibrant fabric, woven into long 3- to 4-inch-wide panels. Several panels can be sewn together to make clothing for both men and women. The patterns created by the brightly colored threads often represent common motifs, religious beliefs, and political commentary. Continue reading

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Harriet Tubman – A True Hero from Black History

Black History Month is here and we want to commemorate it with a tribute to one of Black history’s greatest trailblazers: Harriet Tubman.

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become one of the leading abolitionists of all-time. She led hundreds to freedom in the North as the most famous “conductor” on the Underground Railroad; an elaborate secret network of safe houses organized to help slaves find freedom. Not only this, Harriet Tubman was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the Civil War; guiding the Combahee River Raid, which liberated more than 700 slames in South Carolina. She also worked as a Union Army cook and nurse. Her life was a well-spent, well-used life which made a huge impact on so many hundreds of lives. Was she born with all the opportunities we have today? Definitely not. Let’s take a look at her beginnings.

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