Natural Hair: Ascribing Value to The Economy of Our Existence

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How much would it take to for someone with a biochemistry background, as an example, to develop a new hair care product based on new genetic research? Well, such an effort could certainly get off the ground with $200-300k of seed capital. In a crowd of 50,000 people that were keen to empower  such creative entrepreneurs , $200-300k would boil down to about six dollars ($6.00) per person. Even if, as we know, the whole 50k pool didn’t want to take advantage of this particular venture, we get the point.

[photo from Un-Ruly.com]
What goes around comes around. Just in my lifetime, I have witnessed Black people, Black women more specifically, turn back to their natural hair repeatedly. Think about it: 60-70′s Black is Beautiful, late 80′s-90′s the Lock phenom sprung from Fort Greene and Harlem, and now, the second decade of the 21st century, we are back. And while women reserve their right to change for change sake, there always seem to be a few that go from hair-style to life-style.
          Once the transition to life-style occurs, it quickly becomes apparent that there are many component parts of this social transformation that will be economic, and from the fragmented economic activity of individuals will emerge an industry. This is what I like to refer to as “ascribing value to the economy of our existence”. Our natural hair leads to individual expertise in its care, maintenance and styling,  which leads to specialization by professional teachers, technicians and makers of tools that then have to be packaged by industrial engineers and designers, marketed by advertising copywriters and graphic artists, distributed and sold by the logistics people, accountants and sales professionals.

          Phewww! on a pedestrian level, that’s a lot of jobs and careers; on an economic-political level, that’s a lot of power, so long as we choose to take advantage of the opportunity to build and dominate strategic aspects of this infrastructure (it wouldn’t be wise to try to replicate Federal Express, but it would be a colossal mistake not to dominate the care and maintenance research and development, as well as the distribution, marketing and sales. So just by waking up one day and saying to ourselves, “I think I’ll celebrate the natural texture and look of my God-given hair”, we’ve ascribed value to something that gives us a competitive advantage in the marketplace, thereby helping us to build an infrastructure of self-sufficiency.

          How much would it take to for someone with a biochemistry background, as an example, to develop a new hair care product based on new genetic research? Well, such an effort could certainly get off the ground with $200-300k of seed capital. In a crowd of 50,000 people that were keen to empower  such creative entrepreneurs , $200-300k would boil down to about six dollars ($6.00) per person. Even if, as we know, the whole 50k pool didn’t want to take advantage of this particular venture, we get the point. That kind of seed money would be chump change to thousands of like-minded individuals. We are not talking about mortgaging your house!

          When CulturalGrassroots.com reaches it’s goal of registering 50,000 Black folks that want to be in a position to green-light entrepreneurial projects coming from our best and brightest, that will be a powerful statement to our creative community. Think about it, 50k people spending, let’s say, the incredibly reasonable amount of $10 per month over a 12 month period of time,  generates $6 million dollars per year. That’s a lot of seed capital to have available to our best and brightest entrepreneurs with the best and most viable ideas.

          So, folks, as we celebrate Black History this month by remembering people like Harriet Tubman, the chief conductor of the Underground Railroad she used to crowd source freedom for the fearless, fast forward to the 21st Century and Cultural Grassroots.com –  All Aboard! the Underground Space Shuttle, is taking off!