And we bring to you, Jasmine Powers, our host for the next hour….OMG, yes, I hosted a wee bit of the African Pride Pop Up Beauty Suite in New Orleans, but you know they wasn’t gon let ya girl speak for no whole hour cause that would be just enough time to lose my mind!

The African Pride My Pride My Way beauty suite was great. It was lavish, well-planned, decked out and swagalicious. I went two of the three days because I wanted to see what great stuff they had in store.

There were stylists doing hair along the wall, a FINE DJ (Lordthamercy!!!), drinks, small bites, giveaways, celebrities and fun. My noon block was graced with the lovely Tasha Smith of For Better or For Worse and sexy-behind Q from 112. I was trying to act some kinda sensible by not screaming outwardly, but I was semi-starstruck. Lol

Charlene Bastien of Stength of Nature, African Pride’s parent company, started the afternoon programming and Curly Cam interviewed Smith who proved to be as empowering as she was beautiful.

I got a chance to mingle with guests–the best part–and interview Guinness world record holder Aevin Dugas (who wore the afro two-strand twisted for practicality) and Patrice Nickelson, a local New Orleans stylist and educator. We gave away a years supply of African Pride’s new natural-centric line, Shea Butter Miracle (yes, a YEARS supply) to a lovely guest whose hair is liable to be down to the floor by the time we check in again.

A meeting in the ladies room, uh hem, hallway of Wyndam where the My Pride My Way event was held. L to R: Jasmine Powers (me, duh), Aevin Dugas, Afrobella, Cassidy Blackwell. Photo Credit: Texture Media, Inc.

Here’s African Pride’s recap of the day:

New Orleans (July 2012) –  African Pride hair care launched the all new Shea Butter Miracle collection this year at the second annual African Pride “My Pride. My Way” Beauty Pop – Up Suite in New Orleans during the Essence Music Festival. Over 1200 women convened over the weekend to experience African Pride’s entire family of hair care brands to include; Dream Kids, Olive Miracle Collection and to celebrate the official launch of the all new Shea Butter Miracle Collection at the luxurious Wyndham Riverfront Hotel on Friday, July 6th- Sunday, July 8th. Guests received an exclusive hospitality experience with complimentary hair and make-up services by Salon Miquelle and The Look by Joi Cosmetics, live hair demonstrations by Dr. Kari Williams of Mahogany Hair Revolution, signature “My Pride Cocktails” and a chance to win a 1 year supply of African Pride hair care products. The African Pride Beauty Suite featured special celebrity appearances by Shaunie O’Neal (Vh1’s Basketball Wives), actress Tasha Smith (TBS’ For Better of Worse), Cynthia Bailey (BRAVO’s Real Housewives of Atlanta), recording artist VaShawn Mitchell (EMI Gospel), Goo Goo (WE TV’s Mary Mary), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (CBS’ Without a Trace), Q Parker (R&B Artist/112) and gospel comedian Akintunde. National beauty bloggers from Rolling Out/Talking Pretty,, Me, My Hair & The City, Strawberri Curls,, Natural Hair Parade, Gospel Flava and Strength of Nature national marketing director ,Charlene Bastien, hosted the suite continuing the conversation surrounding African Pride’s nationally charged “My Pride. My Way” campaign. The African Pride Beauty Suite and “My Pride promoting healthy hair care choices,  celebrating individual style, innovation and writing ones own rules when it comes to their hair.

For more information on The all new African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Collection visit :
Notable attendees included: 
Shaunie O’Neal (Vh1’s Basketball Wives)
Tasha Smith (TBS’ For Better or Worse)
Cynthia Bailey (BRAVO’s Real Housewives of Atlanta)
VaShawn Mitchell (EMI Gospel)
Goo Goo (WE TV’s Mary Mary)
Q Parker (R&B Artist/112)
Marianne Jean-Baptiste (CBS’ Without a Trace)
Gospel Comedian, Akintunde 

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Special Thanks to:
Salon Miquelle
The Look by Joi Cosmetics
OMG Booth
Mahogany Hair Revolution
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I thoroughly enjoyed my time at My Pride My Way, live tweeting, mingling, snapping pix, dancing, drinking (free Mimosa’s everybody!) and learning more about African Pride’s family of products.