Documentary Exposes Deceptive Practices Of Hair Weave Manufacturing Industry

- By Bossip Staff

…[As] in any industry, there are many hair companies who misrepresent their products only for the customer to learn weeks or months down the line that what they believed was virgin hair was actually a blend of synthetic and “fallen” or “dead” hair. Many of us have been there at one point or another—including Riqua Hailes, owner of the Just Extensions hair salon chain. A client purchased extensions from Hailes’ shop in Los Angeles and returned one month later with matted and tangled tresses. The entrepreneur ordered the hair from a supplier in China… under the impression that she was stocking her salon with top-notch extensions and paid the supplier as such…. That experience inspired Hailes’ Just Extensions documentary, which documents her six-week journey through China, Cambodia, India, Brazil, and Peru to learn how hair extensions are sourced and processed. Her findings were intriguing and disturbing.

Study: Blacks Should Rent Homes, Not Buy

In a study published in Real Estate Economics titled, “Is Timing Everything? Race, Homeownership and Net Worth in the Tumultuous 2000s,” researchers at Johns Hopkins University found there was pretty much never a good time to be a Black first-time home buyer between 2000 and 2010. According to a news release:… They focused on first-time buyers, long-time targets of campaigns to increase wealth through homeownership. About 40 percent of all homebuyers are first-time buyers and more than 60 percent of those buyers are low-to moderate income… During the boom, between 2005 and 2007, white first-time buyers enjoyed net worth gains of 50 percent while new Black homebuyers lost 47 percent. In dollar terms, while whites were gaining about $24,000, Blacks were losing $16,911.

NBC Releases 1st Cast Photo Of The Wiz Live!

The star-studded cast of NBC’s highly anticipated The Wiz Live! has been revealed and the costume rehearsals have immediately commenced. The network released a teaser photo of the classic tale’s four amigos for audiences to prep themselves ahead of The Wiz Live! air date on December 3. With the Emerald City shining bright in the background and the Yellow Brick Road gleaming all the same, the first-look artwork includes David Alan Grier as the Cowardly Lion, newcomer Shanice Williams as Dorothy, Ne-Yo as the Tin Man and Elijah Kelley as the Scarecrow. Common, Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah and recent Emmy Award winner Uzo Aduba, will also star in The Wiz Live! production.

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