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HAIRitage Jubilee: “A R/Evolution of our African Roots”

The vision for this event – which will benefit Sah’Rah Stylz and Journey to Freedom Project Foundation – is to provide our Portland community with an opportunity for creative expression; cultural self-awareness; fashion and beauty and personal empowerment. We intend to make this an annual event and we invite you to be a part of this inspiring cultural experience.

The event is Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at the Ambridge Event Center, 1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd. The family portion of the event is from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; the adult activities will be from 6-10 p.m. All day passes are $10 and we are asking people to bring 3 non-perishable food items that will be donated to the needy in our community.

Some of the exciting activities being planned include hair battles between local barbers and stylists to see who will hold bragging rights – and a trophy – until the competition next year. We will also offer children free or low-cost hair cuts and the opportunity to participate in our fashion shows. We are organizing a panel of experts to answer hair questions from parents. And we will have numerous activities for children, a marketplace of local vendors and demonstrations that showcase the talents of our area youth.

The HAIRitage Jubilee will also have several special guest appearances at the event, including. award-winning writer and poet, S. Renee Mitchell, who will lead an empowering arts-and-crafts project for children and participate in a reading and signing of her new book The Awakening of Sharyn: A Shy & Brown SUPER GYRL. For pre-orders, check out her website:

We hope to see you there!! For more information or to sponsor, call 503-268-2064.

I don’t normally go south of Broadway on this blog, but this event seems too important, and it’s difficult for any event to get some awareness in our crowded world, so I thought I’d give it a little push from here.