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Two thousand ten brought about a change for so many lives, one life in particular was to be changed forever on a fateful day in Mississippi, a miracle would take place. A miracle that would set forth motion for a renewed beginning.
The rebirth of Morisha Danee, The New Voice of Feel Good Music.
Morisha Danee is a risk taker. The first time I spoke with her, I could feel it. Anyone who offers natural hair care advice to a complete stranger, is a risk taker. Morisha herself has been au natural for about a year and half now. Although growing up she longed for straight, pressed hair, she is thankful for the texture of her crown.
My mom was pretty old school, she’d say, straight hair for a young girl made her too grown. She laughs.
We began to make conversation and she reveals that why school is never out of the plans, she chose not to go in that direction initially after graduating high school.
Right after graduating school, got married. I mean right after, and then had my son. I just kinda went in a different direction once moving from Chicago. But I had options. There was Julliard School of Performing Arts, and Columbia University in Chicago…I just didn’t go, but I can always go to school. If I decided that I have done what I can with pursuing a music career, I would like to be a music teacher.
Morisha grew up in a household of older parents, so for her to have such a mature spirit at 27, is to be expected. She is the youngest of four. One older brother and two older sisters. The age gap is quite substantial to say the least.
My brother and oldest sister are a pretty good deal older than me. My second sister is kinda closer in age to me. She’s in her thirties. My dad is 69. I have old school parents.
But I am also family oriented and my family are my favorite people.
When Morisha was around fourteen or fifteen, she signed to a major record label. Although signed for a year, she didn’t put out any music, because she was having a hard time getting out of the gate. The record company’s mission and Morisha’s vision were not aligning.
It was a horrible experience.
Says the singer of her time signed to Epic/Sony Records.
I was signed there for a little over a year.
What I thought: was great! These people are giving me the opportunity to put my music out and reach people. What it was: Selling sex. They wanted me in belly shirts and short shorts. They wanted me to sing about experiences and situations, I was not comfortable singing about and I was too young to sing about.
I was young. Fourteen, fifteen. I wanted music for my age group. Sing about stuff that mattered to me that I felt other people my age would relate to.
When asked on how she feels about people who go along with the image of the record company, Morisha responds,
Sellout. A real artist should want to give the fans who they really are. Instead, you are left to sing songs which have no personal connection to, because you aren’t able to contribute to the writing process or the composing of the song. And then they say, I want you to show me more booty. I want you to show your breasts more. You don’t need to know how to sing, we can make you sound good. You just stand there and be sexy.
I never want my fans to question my authenticity. I write music with people in mind who enjoy all the pieces of the song. The track, the production, who mixed it, who mastered it. I like to work with the same circle on my projects. That’s what I want people to connect, when you hear a song like “Keeper” you know that’s Big Cee.
Big Cee is Morisha’s band drummer. One of the songs off her upcoming album [the follow-up to her EP This Is Me Part 1] entitled Billy Joe, is a song the two collaborated on.
Any woman could relate this song to their specific man. I draw my inspirations for my songs through observations of life around me. And however I feel will produce the music I create; different feelings equal different music. The idea of genre placement does not fit me. I draw from the 50s with a lil’ jazzy, hip hop and R&B sound. I want what I create to sound like me.
When asked how she begins to create the framework of her songs, Morisha replies,
For Billy Joel, I wrote the song with a melody in mind and I sent it over to Big Cee and he created around what I initially laid down. I enjoy the effect of using live instruments. It produces the kind of music that will last a lifetime. Live music helps to create originality.
And Morisha’s story is quite original. The songstress almost never sung another note; she was involved in a serious car accident, which left her voiceless.
I stopped singing some years before the accident. I was 18 when I moved from Chicago, and I didn’t begin to sing again until I was 23, the same year my neck was broken in a car accident…. I was scared to death. I couldn’t sing. I could barely talk!
Looking in the mirror, I would sit back and just cry, thinking to myself, my voice cannot be gone. How could I not have the choice to sing again? I thought, because I did not use my gift, God took my voice away. I just did not know what to do.
My voice was weak once I started using it again, but I was happy that it was not gone. Grateful that it wasn’t over for me as a singer. I worked hard. I sung every single day. And from that first day out of the neck brace, I vowed to never stop singing, and I haven’t since.
Morisha wants her fans to know just how much their support means to her, that the music she puts out, how they receive it and relate the lyrics to their experiences, has her filled with gratitude.
Love my fans! If I could spend personal time with each fan, I would. The fans think I give them what they want, but the fans give me what I need. I appreciate the support they give me to do what I love. It has been journey that has taught me that; time, prayer and effort, will take me far, I have to keep motivating myself.
And we, the fans, will be ready to cheer you on.
Stay tuned for: Morisha Danee Part 2! Q &A This Friday as part of the Flyy Girl Friday Feature
This Special Edition Feature is truly a magical moment!
This Feature is made for the lovers,
the lovers of Feel Good Music
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Ladies and Gentlemen
Morisha Danee Interview
NOVEMBER 4, 2014
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Last night I stepped out in the town of Atlanta, to partake in some lively conversation about Natural hair care and the secret codes as to what is deemed as a real naturalist.
The atmosphere was real chill, cute and polite.
The bright lights and excellent marketing material were well thought out and placed, I must say,
I kept thinking how well the Garner Circle PR team executed the event. I applaud anyone able to successfully pull together anything which involves people rsvp’ing…it can be the blues.
DJ Princess Cutz kept the atmosphere high and full of fun energy as Beautiful Textures gave out nice goody bags. Each guest attendant received one product from the new Beautiful Textures’ line.
After reading the product ingredients and what each product seeks to achieve, I found that Beautiful Textures goes a step further to educate the consumer on how to properly use the product with other products to achieve maximum protection for healthy natural hair.
Sure the products stem from the Beautiful Textures line, but you could always take that advice and apply it to your budget for hair care at home.
Starting at $7 for maintaining your curl pattern and the price varies by store for the anti-reversion products, naturally straight hair products.
The guest panelists were Lexi( blogger and digital marketer) Myliek (Founder and Creator of curlbox.com) Lindsay Thompson (co-owner of Loop Salon) and Taniqua Russ (Social Media Manager 4chairchicks.com)
All in all, it was a fun, fabulous night! Special thank you to Beautiful Textures for putting on a great FREE event. it goes to show you can be fabulous on any budget in anywhere. You just have to keep your eyes open and follow through.
And as far as what is deemed a real and true naturalista?
It is all in the mind.
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Spring Queens is back for another week of spotlighting talent and entrepreneurial ambition.
This week’s Spring Queen is all about expression and empowerment. I truly hope each of you get a “take away” from this feature. Be it an actual item of clothing you choose to purchase, or encouragement/inspiration to go after your dreams and goals.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce
Respect The Queen.
Who is the woman behind Respect The Queen? Introduce yourself to the readers.
The woman behind “Respect the Queen” is Terra J. I’m a 35-year-old single mother originally from Saginaw, Michigan. However, I currently reside in Dallas, Texas. I’m currently in the process of finishing up my MBA in Public Administration. By day I am a litigation clerk for a local law firm. By birth I am a Queen! I am a mom! I am human! I am transparent! I am authentic! I am a work in progress.
What is the motivation behind the Respect The Queen brand? How did the concept become a successful business?
I was born in to chaos and I struggled all of my life to maintain my Queen stature. I lacked the fatherly role model every “Queen in Training” deserves as a child. I became very rigid and cold. Against all odds I continued to move forward in my life! About a year ago I began to look deep within myself and through this journey I realized I deserved so much better in life. I realized I had lost the Queen within! I began to tap into a power beyond my understanding. I started to talk to other Queens who also experienced trials and tribulations. I’m a business major so I began to ponder on how I could use my experience, strength and hope to help every women tap into her inner Queen. I ran across a beautiful Queen by the name of Kellie Brew and the magic began. In the meanwhile I have met a variety of African Queens who just happen to be artist and they have helped my vision come to life. My vision is for African Queens to see themselves on all sorts of apparel because I feel as though we are underrepresented and/or exploited in the industry. Success means many things to many people but for mean success is when a Queen is empowered and uplifted after a “Respect the Queen” experience.
How does it feel to be a Boss? What does that term mean to you?
I really don’t see myself as a “Boss” but as an advocate for Queens all over the world. A “Boss” leads people to help him or her live their dreams. I personally want to uplift and empower Queens to live their own dreams.
How long has Respect The Queen been in operation? Tell us about your first year compared to where you are now.
Respect the Queen was established in November of 2013. I haven’t been in business for a full year . The difference today is I have evolved into a better woman. I’ve been able to dig deeper into my soul and identify with my customer’s on a deeper level. I’ve been able to establish actual relationships with my customer’s. My customer’s have full access to me outside of a business relationship. We chit-chat about life and I make an attempt to impact their lives. The difference between “Respect the Queen” and other ‘s is I truly want to establish life, long relationships with my Queens.
With creativity, comes the drama of one’s own mind. How do you manage the highs and lows which comes with being a creative individual?
Yes, there are a lot of highs and lows when running a business. Some days I receive very negative attention and it hurts my soul because I know my hearts true intention. Prayer and meditation keep me grounded. I read a lot and I stay involved in my community. The Queens that I’ve been able to establish relationships with truly uplift and inspire me more than I do for them. At the end of the day if I just help one Queen tap into her inner Queen then I know I’ve done what My Creator intended for me to do and that for me is enough.
Tell us about the moment you sold your first piece of Respect The Queen clothing?
I was so scared no one would feel the concept behind my vision. A friend from my hometown bought my first piece. I was so scared she wasn’t going to like it once she received it. I remember the first notification I received with pictures of her rocking my shirt it was the most amazing feeling I’ve felt other than giving birth to my son. For the first time in my life I knew that I could do anything I set my mind to. It wasn’t about the money by far! I didn’t’ care if I sold another shirt! The inspiration, motivation and empowerment that came with that first sale has inspired me to continue to live my dreams.
Fill in the blank. The most important thing I did not know when I first started that I know now is, ______.
I did not know my family as a whole would not support me but that mere strangers would be my biggest supporters!
I follow your brand on Instagram. One of the many things I enjoy about your page, is that you are socially awake in an era where a lot of people of influence choose to “go along to get along.” Why are you choosing to join the trenches of causes such as the Leon Ford case?
I met Leon via Instagram and his spirit spoke to mine. I joined Leon because we are supposed to support one another. We cannot afford to continue to turn the other cheek on issues we all have faced at one point or another in our lives and/or we know someone who has encountered these issues. I know what it feels like to be black in America. That alone inspires me to help anyone I can.
What do you say to those who believe there is nothing they can do to create change in their community?
I say they are the reason we continue to face these issues in our community. We cannot expect to drastically change overnight. We did not get into this situation overnight! It will take a joint effort to build back our communities. We must uplift and empower each other. No one else is going to do it! One small act of change every day is far greater than no change at all. We must unify or die!
What is the legacy you would like to leave both personally and professionally?
My personal and professional life is always intertwined. I tend to try to separate the two but they go hand in hand. If I only had one thing to leave behind in this world, I would want to leave my people with the ability to uplift and empower each other without exploiting one another. This is the legacy I will leave for my son and his family. That for me is something money cannot buy!
***About the Spring Queen: I am not an artist! I am not even a designer! I’m just a Queen who had an idea of how to mesh art and apparel! Fortunately it worked! Take a risk on yourself or no one else will!
Hold up, wait a minute Spring Queen Features ain’t finished!
I know it has been a good little week since the last feature, but have no fear and shed no more tears, it is back and in full effect!
This week’s feature goes out to one of my favorite Pisces in all the land, Rayna Nash, salon owner and incredible natural hair stylist.
Before we get into the fabulous styles she creates, let’s get to know the woman behind the locs…..
Why this profession as a natural hairstylist?
RN: I chose natural hair as my area of expertise because I’m a proud Black woman and thankful and grateful for every aspect of the creation of us being from the Divine Creator! I think as a race [Blacks] we’re created with so much character and our natural hair is a distinct reflection of that unique beauty. I’ve actually never had a desire to work with relaxed or straight hair. I remember in hair school trying to get away without giving our “live models” a relaxer, which was a requirement for passing. But that’s how much I despise the “creamy crack!”
How long have you been a natural? Why are you still natural?
RN: I have been natural since 2000. Truth be told, I’ve been wanting locs since I was in seventh grade (1994) but my mom felt like I needed to be “established” first….locs and naturals were not as acceptable during that time. However, as soon as I went off to college, I jumped aboard the Natural Chick Train with a one way ticket! I will absolutely forever be natural for the rest of my days solely off principle and respect of believing the Creator did not make a mistake in my creation process. Plus, I love mu endless artsy options in finding new character in my “love tresses” to accent and emphasize. I could not do half the styles I do with straight hair.
Now tell us about the atmosphere of the salon. I know, but I want readers to know how you would describe it. 🙂
RN: My salon has an ultimate welcoming vibration. you come once and instantly become family. We welcome every client with open arms (literally lol). We strive to make everyone feel comfortable and at ease. Any day at Its A Natural Than Salon, is bound to be a treat for each client. We just enjoy vibin’ with whatever a client has to offer and in that process continue producing healthy wholesome hair! I have been told by so many clients that we have “growing hands” that I am very close to making that our claim to fame! [laughing] Truth be told, I’m truly just great-filled that the Creator chose me to be the conductor of this hair movement. I wouldn’t want things to be any other way!
What are the products you have to help your clients maintain their fresh styles?
RN: I’m a pretty simple type of stylist when it comes to products for the hair. Although I know that there are all kinds of products out there for every type of texture, I also am very old school with what I feel is necessary in maintaining great natural hair. For the most part, I don’t think there is nothing a little shea butter blend or natural oils ( including jojoba, coconut or castor…to name a few) cannot fix or make better. The finer the hair, the lighter the product (water/oil blend). However, the thicker and more resilient the hair, the more concentrated the product (shea/oil blends). A typical night routine while maintaining a protective style consists of spritzing the hair with a water/oil blend and then rubbing the hair with a shea blend. Cover the head with a satin or silk scarf to allow hair to marinate over night to rise the next morning with well moisturized hair. Products are available at Its A Natural Thang Salon $5-$15 depending upon size.
A lot of women hate shrinkage, what is one way to prolong shrinkage without an insane amount of heat?
RN: A common way to avoid shrinkage is to avoid using products that have a dampening agent in them like water or cream, but instead using something with oil or butter base. In addition, medium to large plaiting or twisting sections on the head nightly and pulling apart (combing out) in the morning help to prolong length.
What is the biggest misconception you believe women have about transitioning to becoming a naturalista?
RN: The biggest misconception I feel women have when transitioning from relaxed to natural hair is thinking their natural texture is too “nappy” or kinky to complete the process. This misconception has kept so many women from going 6-9 months of the transitioning to deciding too just throw in the towel and put the creamy crack back in their heads. [But] what they don’t know is that their natural texture is softer than it may seem. It’s the “transband” which is the area on the hair shaft where the relaxed hair stops and the au-natural new growth begins, that creates a very intense hair battle of the strong versus the weak. This area typically tangles up badly because of the two different textures, which gives an illusion that the woman’s hair is extra kinky and unmanageable. When in reality, if the relaxed part could just be cut off, the strong new growth would have a chance to be free and flow accordingly.
To not be biased…is it possible to have relaxed and healthy hair?
RN: Technically it is possible to maintain healthy hair and still have a relaxer, however, the truth of the matter is, once the creamy crack is applied to the love tresses, it instantly wipes out all the curly and wavy natural texture of the hair. I am an avid believer that our hair in its natural texture (given proper TLC) is simply the healthiest state it can be in!
What about coloring? Is putting color chemicals into your hair healthy? What products do you recommend for hydration?
RN: The thing about color is that it’s not the coloring process that is unhealthy for the hair, it’s the lack of aftercare that creates a situation. The hair ultimately needs even more TLC once colored. The client cannot allow the hair to dry out or it will get brittle and break off. Here is where the spritzing and rubbing routine discussed earlier comes into play. It is crucial to try to create an ideal moisturized atmosphere for color treated hair at all times because it is now in a semi-sensitive state.
What is the next level for Its A Natural Thang Salon?
RN: What’s our next step??? To take this show on the road….we are trying to be an International Thang baby! Stay tuned!
Rayna resides in the South Atlanta, GA area. Its A Natural Thang Salon (itsanaturalthang.com)
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