My First Wig | Culture Fuzz Conversations

The many adventures of Culture Fuzz has brought us to the streets of Los Angeles, 54th and Los Angeles to be more specific and what brought us there was something that has been nagging at me for the past couple of years now... my first wig. Yep, my vanity. And I decided to take you guys with me.

I really don't know what I was expecting for my first wig shopping experience, I guess my mind washed mind was thinking I would walk into some wig shop owned by a Korean lady who would not let me try anything on. I would have to use my imagination really really hard and determine just by guessing which wig would look best. Well let me tell you my experience was the complete opposite. We ventured over to Beautiful Wig and Hair over on Crenshaw and it was a phenomenal experience. I didn't get the name of the woman who helped my make my wig selection, according to Yelp I believe her name is Erma, but she was so nice and helpful. Most importantly she gave HONEST answers and I felt good about my wig selection. I ended getting a really nice synthetic wig that can take low heat.

Did I mention the selection over there was HUGE?

I'm not sure what everyone's opinions are on wigs but I always thought they were great and so much fun. It's an excellent way to protect your natural hair if you're like me and don't like to take heat to your hair anymore and believe it or not, there are ways to get long thick hair under a wig easily. It's going to take me some practice but I have witnessed that it's absolutely possible.

Kylie Jenner | Concealor Release

On December 13 Kylie Cosmetics will be releasing 30 shades of concealer for her fancier silver line juuuuuust in time for the holidays. It's really great to see all of the well know makeup lines take a page out of Rihanna's book with her Fenty Beauty line and expanding the selection of color for all skin colors. The biggest missing niche in my opinion were color selections for women with much darker skin complexions. Bravo Kylie! I can't wait to see what the bloggers and reviewers will think of the product. Hell, who knows, I might even partake in the review.

Bitcoin | Coinbase

New investment alert! Living in this generation where knowledge is the future I have never before in my life hear such emphasis of making sure to invest your money. Create a portfolio, educate yourself on what your investing and watch it grow. That brings me to the new investment bandwagon, BitCoin. I'm sure all of you know all about it by now but may not know exactly how to invest. That's okay, I'm in the same boat as you, I don't know shit about investing. But again, living in this amazing time of knowledge and information it's easier than ever before to do research and educate yourselves.

The number one piece of advice I'm getting is to purchase "Bitcoin for Dummies" which yah, sure is an excellent series of books that puts into lamen terms how to understanding that originally may have been complicated, but ultimately I say find a reliable and accurate source that resonates with you. There is no wrong way to learn just be careful on where your information comes from.

I also found this online article that super breaks down what BitCoin actually is:

Still Don't Get BitCoin? An Explanation Even A Five Year Old Can Understand

So! That brings me to CoinBase, which is a secure online platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency. It's very user friendly and pretty easy to understand given that you are already introduced to BitCoin.

Acorns | Investment App

Again, this is an app made specifically for people like me who don't know the first thing about investing. Another user friendly interface and they have fantastic step by step instructions. You answer a few questions to build your profile, link your bank and credit cards and you're all set. What's really great about this app is that it keeps track of all your transactions and then takes the left over change to invest and spread out into different stock. It's a pretty amazing concept. I just downloaded it like a week a go so I'm still getting used to it but I'm excited to get my feet wet into the investment world.

With the work force changing more and more job benefits like 401k's and retirement plans are no longer being offered to employees, and at the rate things are going with social security it would be foolish to believe that's going a reliable source to depend on once retirement time is reached. Invest. Teach yourself how to invest because the school system isn't going to show you how to do that.

 

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Curly Crown vs. The Corporate Coif

curly hairMy natural hair journey isn’t anything for the books, I’m just like every other girl who used to struggle with accepting her curls and develop a relationship with them. It’s not as simple as getting up one day and deciding, “Yes! Today is the day I wear my curly crown and put my middle fingers up!” It’s so much deeper than that, it’s psychological actually. I’m a mixed girl with very kinky curls and I wasn’t around my African side of the family while I was growing up to educate me about my hair. I went to a private school and only had my peers to reference and everyone had waspy, stick-straight hair, or hair that was nowhere near as kinky as mine. So, I would just gather up my curls and slick it back into the tightest of the tightest of ponytails which was my desperate attempt to conform my coif to fit in with the rest of the plain Janes at school. What a yawn right? My edges are still paying for all that lack of blood flow and toxic hairspray, I’m so sorry babies.

Long story short, I was not raised to love my hair which was absolutely not my parents fault, my mother did her absolute best to care for my curls and did a fantastic job while my dad, well come on, he’s a dad, he was just happy my hair was tamed, let alone did he care what it looked like. Natural curly hair was not celebrated back in the day the way it’s beginning too now, and there’s still a long ass way to go. If I wore my hair curly and out while in grade school or high school, I would get the most unwanted attention. I became a specimen or some kind of anomaly that the kids couldn’t wrap their minds around. I felt like a fucking sting ray in the petting section of the aquarium and experiences like that made me loathe my curly hair.

Fast forward about 10 years and that’s when my journey began. My journey of self-love I like to call it. By that point I have met enough people who showed me how to care for my curls in the proper way and once I reached my “fuck it” point and got sick of straightening my hair all of the time, I got a HUGE chop, cut off all the dead hair and began my expedition of loving myself the exact way God made me. It was great, having that type of attitude and acceptance towards myself actually motivated a lot of my curlfriends to join me on the natural hair quest and I became addicted to helping women find the beauty in their “curly crown”. I became addicted to helping women love themselves.

I’ve never been apologetic about my curls once I went natural, when I embraced them, I embraced them hard and wore my big hair loud and proud. It wasn’t until I was joking around with my fellow entrepreneur best friend and we were going back and forth about clients and meetings and I jokingly said, “Girl, bring me with you and I can complement the deal!” She then, without skipping a beat, said “You would have to straighten your hair first.” She meant nothing malicious by that comment, we have a friendship that is 14 years old and she knows my hair journey from the beginning. But her statement made me realize how much of a stigma having curly hair still was in corporate society, and to be frank, I just ain’t having it. I am determined to dominate the corporate world, or just dominate as a business woman period and not feel ashamed for letting my curls be free. Currently, I work for a doctor’s office in Beverly Hills where image is EVERYTHING hunnty and from time to time I will still get interesting looks, or comments from my boss letting me know, ‘wow, you’re making a statement with that hair’. Why does it have to be a statement? Why can’t I wear my normal natural hair without being stereotyped into being a rebel, or a feminist or a proud black queen? Why can’t I just be, and be good at my job?

I’m not allowing my curly hair set the standard for my work, my actual work ethic and demonstration of working hard and well is what I want to be known for and I’m going to take control of my image. Yes, they may be a little taken aback at first because you didn’t conform to corporate standards, but babygirl, I promise you, if you stand your ground and demand, through your work ethic, to be judged by how you work and not how your hair works, they will have no choice but to  accept you as…well… you. Do not care what other people think, we need more warriors in the fields to continue to blaze the trail for the younger ones preparing to step into this world. Unfortunately, it is up to us to set the standard on curly crowns in the corporate world. There is such a stigma and negative connotation with curls, and I know it has a lot to do with the repercussions of slavery but just like there hasn’t been any rehabilitation provided for that psychological shift, there isn’t one for ethnic girls to accept themselves as they are and understand that they are beautiful too. Let’s face it, when America talks about a beautiful girl, they’re not talking about cute ethnic girls with kinky hair, we know exactly what they are referring too and I’m not that. I will never be that. And I love that.

Yah, sure, I could conform, straighten my hair and be a good little worker but everyone takes that road and no one is any better of a person. I have always been one to stand up for myself and make waves so this is definitely a lifelong battle I choose to fight. Yes, I love to play around with different looks but my curls are my crown and they have become a strong part of who I am. I cannot compromise who I am because of the standards society has set. I want to go against the grain, I want to give little girls hope, and I want to be a vision of inspiration to other.

I want to help change the world, one curly head at a time.

dating is dead

Dating is Dead

dating is deadRIP to chivalry and goodnight kisses. Hello tumbler and good night tussles! I swear I’m such a sucker for a good pun.

It truly saddens me that this is a topic at all but I have come across this conversation way too often lately and as a true discernible blogger I had to perform my due diligence and stand in line to rant on this. Duh. Dating isn’t really an issue for me as of right now for I have been in a successfully healthy relationship the past 4 years so I guess you can say I’m one of the lucky ones? Depends on how you look at it. 😉 Remembering some pretty dark times from my dating days and listening to what my currently single friends are going through I very much believe that dating is dead. Murdered. Ran Over. Throat Slashed. Bye Felicia. I guess you can blame it on technology, social media, the internet blah blah blah… but I feel that just puts down invention and innovation, it’s really easy to blame the spoon for making someone fat instead of just telling that very same person to put the damn thing down!

We are an ever evolving species us humans, so development and taking giant strides is part of who we are. I LOVE social media and the internet as it has changed so many aspects of our lives, the way we purchase and listen to music, the way we network and do business, the way we stay in touch with family, and the simple act of being able to instantly obtain content and information at the push of a button, seriously this a goose shitting a golden egg good! So of course it makes sense that it’s infiltrating other facets of our lives such as dating. But just like anything else, if you don’t educate people on how to properly filter information improper use might occur. If you do a certain action beyond its means it then turns into an unhealthy act. With all of these dating apps, and literally, sex apps we are going straight to the “good part” without making a connection with people. But is the “good part” really that good without that connection? Do a lot of folks even realize what the best part even is? Studies have shown that millennial's are the most unmotivated, unfulfilled and disconnected generation. Can you take a couple guesses as to why?

If you are being really honest about our culture today, and I mean REALLY honest, it’s obvious to see that porn has now become our sex education. Seriously! EVERYONE watches it, and if you’re reading this and getting defensive, hun you watch it too. It’s no longer taboo, porn is heading to mainstream, if it’s not there already, if you need some convincing on that, I suggest you watch the documentaries “Hot Girls Wanted” and “Hot Girls Wanted:Turned on” produced by Rashida Jones (yes THAT Rashida Jones) on Netflix. The game has changed and a lot of us refuse to see it, which is another issue in our society but that’s a whole other monster.

Since parents and adults fall into a tissy about sex education being taught in schools, kids find their information elsewhere. With this tiny invention called the internet it’s very easy to get lost in a sea of information and become confused on what’s socially acceptable and what’s to stay behind closed doors or what's just not healthy behavior.

I’m going to tangent for a second, can we talk about the content of porn? Don’t get me wrong, I have my share of visual participation but some of the things I scroll by is fucking disturbing, and a vast majority of the content is aggression towards women, rape, throwing up, tied up, crying, man domination and now I’m seeing grown women looking like little under-aged girls,…dude, who is demanding this type of content?

Without proper guidance and education on what being a human is all about, kids draw their own conclusions and figure this type of behavior is okay. I mean, why wouldn’t they? It’s the image that’s being pushed. Why would society push an agenda that incorrect and unhealthy? Hmm.
Don’t believe me? There’s a story about rape every single day in the news. An especially disturbing one is the incident about the Stanford student who was attacked while unconscious. It’s pretty bad, read about it here.  Not only that but we’re also being raised by the media, sitting in front of advertisements and television shows that gives such a radical illusion of what real life is and as a result we have created a culture that is distorted, under educated and deprived on how to process all this information. You’ve heard it before and I’m going to say it again, the media is dangerous and is portraying relationships and women in such a negative light. Yes, there have been very minute changes and even smaller victories for women in the industry but like I said before, if you’ve been keeping up with the news, it’s just not enough. The broken family and multiple children with multiple fathers is being praised, while communication and “trying to work it out” is being scoffed at. I mean we are the generation that got pats on the back for just trying and showing up so who do these people think they are suggesting that we deal with issues when they get hard, let alone with someone I’m in a relationship with? Pffftt, I laugh at your suggestion.

But that’s exactly what the problem is. We don’t want to work hard. We didn’t come from that. Mom and Dad did all of the hard work for us. And now with these instant gratification apps like Tumblr and Coffee Meets Bagel, if one person doesn’t want to have sex right off the bat and God forbid they try to get to know you first, you can easily, with the flick of a finger, find the next person who is DTF. We don’t get going when the going gets tough, we just cry, stomp our feet and pout because we didn’t get our way. Jesus help us all. Still wondering how Trump became president?

Thank God for Netflix, another progressive man made invention that I abuse the fuck out of, for it has allowed me to discover shows like “A Different World”, “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, “Martin” and “Girlfriends”. These type of shows empowered women, and empowered the monogamous relationship. Everyone in these shows were young, beautiful, hip and fun but they were also smart, well-educated and well accomplished. They acted out real issues like differences in a relationship and even better they acted out how to make it work and to talk it out. They demonstrated compromise while showing respect and love to your partner. I cannot name one show existing today that even exhibits one ounce of what those shows I just mentioned established. Now it’s all yelling, screaming, table flipping, weave pulling, grammatically incorrect women dominating our airwaves. I couldn’t take it anymore. Me and cable broke up ages ago and I’ve been a happier woman ever since.

There are songs on the radio, playing right now, that I even blast myself, that celebrate cheating and taking pride that she’s a side girl or that he’s got multiple women to choose from. These songs get stuck in our heads and further shape our character and feed the growing illusion that if they don't do what we want, we move on to the next. Fuck their feelings. Reality television, you know what, I’m not even going to go there, if you are basing your dating lifestyle off of reality television you need Jesus. I’m not even exaggerating, you need to find an alignment with your spirit because reality television is mind poison. Don’t do it.

We live in such a “gimme gimme gimme” society. We don’t understand how to serve and even worse we don’t understand that in order to find happiness you have to help others become happy. Some of you reading this, first congrats on making it this far, are probably shaking your head and already tossing out this idea. But has what you’ve been doing up until this point been working? Is it really that crazy to start being more empathetic and being a source to others without expecting anything in return? If it does sound crazy to you, shit it might just be crazy enough to work. I used to be there. I used to not believe and live selfishly for myself, so I know.

Until we understand how to educate the navigation and access of all this information, we are going to continue to live in a society where it’s “every man for themselves”. It’s not just about dating, it’s about being a decent human being and knowing to just not fuck with people’s feelings and vulnerabilities.

 

 

Fliptendo: Robin Hood of Tech

Fliptendo X Jeremiah: The Robin Hood of Technology

Fiptendo: Robin Hood of Technology

"Don't give up on the first time it looks bad - keep going - I would not be sitting here if I gave up after the first time"

 

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"The Kids are the future, they are the most important people who need to experience and experiment with these emerging technologies.

So Fliptendo plans to do our part by continuing to try and get kids introduced to new technology and its applications.

Social media is such a powerful tool if used correctly. It is can be an amazing vehicle when it comes to seeking out and connecting with people, places and experience that are that can help introduce you to a better version of yourself.

That's how we came across FLIPTENDO created by Jeremiah, literally from a simple like on Instagram.

FLIPTENDO is a an affordable virtual reality headset and remote control that allows necessary access to a wider variety of people to such an innovative product.

That lead to our amazing interview with him about the journey of working a 9-5 job as an engineer but always knowing he wanted to make a contribution to his community. But how was he to do it? How did he cross his bridge?

[Culture Fuzz] First question I have to ask is, why the name Fliptendo? I'm always curious about the naming process because it doesn't always come that easy during a brainstorm.

[Jeremiah]  I was just sitting in my grandmothers kitchen one afternoon with my nephews and we were going back and forth on names then one of them actually came up with FLIPTENDO.

[Culture Fuzz] That's so amazing you included them in on the brainstorming session, how did that go?

[Jeremiah] It was great! I'm so glad I was able to challenge them to think, and I knew that if they saw I used the name they came up with and they saw how they helped to build the company, they would always remember that.

[Culture Fuzz] Why do you call yourself the Robin Hood of Technology? Taking your own play on "Take from the rich and give to the poor"?

[Jeremiah] Virtual reality goggles are only being sold by Samsung and Google currently at a price that not everyone can afford, especially people in my community. I believe a community left destitute in any way is a community left behind, and mine didn't have access to this growing invention. So I created my own take on the VR goggles and made it financially accessible to EVERYONE.

[Culture Fuzz] What is your motivation for pursuing this venture?

[Jeremiah] I have a lot of little cousins who  had no clue what virtual reality was, and that surprised me. So I would show my family and play the games with them and they loved it so much I couldn't get it back! So that got me thinking about the certain obstacles they were facing to owning a popular product like VR. I understand how powerful VR is and the kids NEED to experience this but the price points of the current models out on the market, like Google and Samsung were way to high and they couldn't afford them. Not only that, Google and Samsung products could only be used with programs made by them, so there wasn't a lot of freedom to an invention with so much potential to help people and change the way we do things forever.

I began to investigate different headsets and how they were built, then began collaborating with a manufacturer overseas.

[Culture Fuzz] How long was this an idea before it became a tangible product?

[Jeremiah] 4 months to take my final idea and have it developed but I've always had a love fore gadgets and electronics and I always knew that I was going to have a business, I just didn't know what it was going to be yet. I  had a lot of ideas in motion and was doing a lot of different things. Then one day the "perfect idea" came along and I was able to use the resources from all of the other ideas I was working on to create Fliptendo.

[Culture Fuzz] Are there any books, magazine or blogs you read? Videos or speakers that you like to watch?

[Jeremiah] My father was always a hard worker and knew how to hustle. He could always make his own money and at the end of the day he was 100% an entrepreneur' That is what initially showed me that I was able to make my own money outside of a regular job.

I listen to Dame Dash and Gary Vee

I played the game CASH FLOW by Robert Kiyosaki a long time ago and that also changed my view on finances forever.

[Culture Fuzz] What advice can you give to anyone that might be going through the same struggles and hurdles you went through while developing Fliptendo?

[Jeremiah] Don't give up on the first try just because it might look bad, keep going, I might not be sitting here today with you if I had given up after the very first time it didn't work. I remember the very first time I collaborated with the developer and she gave me my first invoice and it hit me really hard. That was my first introduction to the investment world. I rolled up a blunt, went outside and just kept thinking - I was all in my head - I didn't even tell anyone else what the real number on that invoice was.

At that very moment, I shifted my thinking and realized how much I had invested up until that point. All of my time I had put into everything but most importantly how many people were waiting on the delivery of my product. At that very moment, I took the option of quitting off of the table and chose to keep thinking about the kids and families that were expecting me to follow through. People were depending on me.

There were a lot of little bumps throughout the whole process, but I sold out insanely fast on my first batch of Fliptendo's and made more money in that one month with my business than I did at my 9-5  job.

Culture Fuzz Conclusion

We want to formerly thank Jeremiah for sitting down with Rissa Marie from Culture Fuzz to talk about his journey during the making of his amazing product Fliptendo. We appreciate your openness and small walk inside of that genius brain of yours.

We encourage our readers to please reach out to Fliptendo and Jeremiah to learn more about the product or if you just want to give him some motivating words I know he would greatly appreciate that.

As you know, Culture Fuzz is a "safe space" where you can come to read real stories like Jeremiah's and possibly take something away yourself, no matter how small. Share, like and find a way to support brands like Fliptendo that have created quality products and services that bring quality and value to people's lives.

 

 

 

 

BossMom X Victoria: A Culture Fuzz Collaboration


Victoria Garcia

The beginning of motherhood does not mean the end of pursuing your dreams. “

We are so excited to announce our newest collaboration with mother, wife, author and entrepreneur Victoria Garcia who is the founder and creator of BossMom. A brand that stands for family first, continuous self development and a mission to let other moms know that just because you have kids doesn’t mean you can’t balance  your life to include your own happiness. The beginning of motherhood does not mean the end of pursuing your dreams. We reached out to Victoria because we strongly believed that her journey of self discovery and self development as a young mother who had to take on unfamiliar roles like being a mom and a wife while not losing sight of her dream job to help other mothers realize that just because they have children does not mean that self development has to come to a complete stop. We admire her raw vulnerability when she writes about her self reflections on being a devoted mother, a loving wife and a kick ass entrepreneur.

“When you go through traumatic life events something pretty awesome happens to you. You start to quickly realize what matters to you and what doesn’t. And then, the wonderful pruning process begins. You eliminate everything that doesn’t serve you or add value to your life anymore, and you begin to invest time into the things that do matter and do add value.
And that’s exactly how and why #bossmom was born.”
– Victoria Garcia

So make sure you keep on checking back for more of her amazing journey and look into how by taking on one thing at at time, the life of you and your families’ dream is but at your finger tips.

#BossMom77