Update 04/14

I have come to the realization that I am not good at editing and customizing the website. So I have decided to focus most of my energy in creating content. I am almost done with the Legal Documents tab and have finished writing out my biographical profiles. Really excited to see the end result of the website as the deadline is drawing near.

Senioritis or Mental Fatigue . . . Or Both?

I’ll cut to the chase, I am very tired, mentally and physically. Thankfully I’m still invested in this research and project but I feel like I’m moving too slow.. I straight up feel like I’m on my last leg of a marathon and I see the finish, I know I’m gonna finish, but literally everyone is passing me lol. As time progresses, I realize how slow I synthesize my research and I have also come to the realization that have anxiety surrounding constructing a compelling narrative of conflict resolution in our project. The conflict is clear as day, but weaving in instances of resolutions has proven difficult. That being said, I have focused a lot on the building blocks, i.e., important people, legislation, etc. whereas Ben has been a God send and has been able to construct a cohesive narrative of the 20th century, where our story ends. I’m pushing through and I am really appreciative of the support they I have received so far from my partner, fellow classmates, and professors.

Janice Johnson Course Blog 2019-04-05 07:00:06

I still need to decide what format to display the number of Sisterlock Consultants actively throughout the United States and International. Oh yeah, …I think I will just post the link to the sisterlock.com website page that lists Certified and Qualified Trainees, then add narrative to the page to introduce the information.

Janice Johnson Course Blog 2019-04-05 06:54:32

Almost there, I figured out how to view my page in Google Chrome, this way I was able to see all of the images I attached to the Press n’ Curl and African American Hair Images. Now I need to remove one of the images from the Press n’curl page because it is a woman with Corn Roll Braids.

Almost Complete? Here’s what still needs to be done.

After an incredibly long night on Monday night and Tuesday night, I’m hoping to get the narrative of the non-discrimination ordinance finished, edited, and well polished (and cited!) by about 8-9 p.m. tonight.

I will say, this has been a challenge. I haven’t ever done a project like this before, and I feel like it has taught me the value of research organization (I will know better next time, I guess!).

While we did not accomplish everything we had first wanted to accomplish, I still feel like I am putting out my best work and will be proud of the final product. Things I still need to complete are the final page of the narrative, citations (so many citations!), scanning and sending in interview consent forms, editing for clarity, and making sure the website runs how I planned (it is so far, which is such a joy).

There are two interviews (transcripts only) which need to be uploaded, and while I am disappointed that we were unable to interview some of the important community members involved in this process, I still feel like the individuals who I was able to interview are diverse in their roles in the community.

Finishing touches are the thing I am most nervous about, I just want it to look as professional/well-done as possible. So, I will be reading, reading, and re-reading! I’m excited to see everyone’s work tomorrow.

Best of luck to everyone and hope your projects are going well! – Lillian

Getting Ready for the Website Draft

Lillian and I are very hard at work trying to make our website look neat and interesting! This project reminded me how much I love (and sometimes hate) Photoshop and the Internet in its entirety.

However, since we are quickly approaching the deadline to submit our websites, we have found that we have to discard some of our ideas that we originally came up with.

The biggest obstacle in this project was getting interviews. So far we only have two completed. This is due to the fact that only these two people got back to us on wanting to share the information they had. Dr. Eckelman was easy to get because Lillian and I are both very close with her, and the other interviewee is a person who reached out through the Montevallo Acceptance Project.

We tried emailing people who were in opposition of the NDO, but we only got one response from the city councilman who did not want to participate. Everyone else just kind of ignored us. Instead of being persistent and checking in on them, we decided that their nonresponse was enough to tell us that they were not interested in speaking with us. We also felt that this was for the best due to some of the information we gathered from Dr. Eckelman about an information panel being set up that had spread some shameful comments and misinformation.

Another idea we had to was to include lots and lots of pictures. This is not going to happen because pictures are very limited with this particular issue. The only pictures we did gather are for the history of the town and the university, but that is because most of the pictures are public domain. We only found two photos of the actual formation of the NDO occurring, and I am still awaiting a response from the online editor of The Alabamian. This is also the most stressful part of the semester for everyone here at Montevallo, so I have a feeling that the response I am waiting may or may not come.

Since we are facing these two big obstacles, I hope that we can converse with you guys tomorrow and see what we should do in order to still have a successful project.

Janice Johnson – Sonoma State University March 25, 2019 Rocking My Roots! Revised Research Contract It is my objective to explore a level of institutional discrimination in America concerning a legal obstacle involving how the State of California Barbering and Cosmetology Act violated the Due Process and Equal Protection rights of African American Natural Hair Stylists in California. I will highlight the 1999 Sisterlock Court Victory that allows for Sisterlock Hairstylists and/or Braiders of African textured hair to no longer be required to spend (1,600 hours) and at least $5,000, at a government-approved cosmetology school in order to legally practice historical and contemporary natural African textured hair styling techniques and designs. I plan use the California court case championed by Dr. Joanne Cornwell, founder of Sisterlocks(™) who challenged the State of California Barbering and Cosmetology Act in reference to how it’s regulations violate Due Process and Equal Protection rights. Dr. Cornwell fought legally for the right to allow Hair Braiders and Sisterlock Consultants not to be required to obtain a cosmetology license to perform African textured natural hair care service in California. Additionally, I will also present information and images on the history of African American “Natural African Textured Hair” style images and styling practices that date back to Africa, and its progression throughout slavery until current times. My project mission is to bring awareness to the fact that institutional discrimination concerning the cultural practice of braiding and/or providing African Textured Natural Hair services (particularly Sisterlocks & Braids) existed in California until 1999. I will reference articles about wearing Braided Natural African Textured Hair and Sisterlock hairstyles positively influence the lives of African American Women, i.e., financial, political, social, and personal. I will also present written commentary, video clips, interviews, and picture images related to how wearing Natural Hair Styles including Sisterlocks can positively impact the self-image African American Women in the workplace, i.e., corporate/military. As well as, provide information on the number of States that have also won African Textured Hair Braids/Sisterlock Court Victories in the United States. My intended audience is anyone interested in gaining insight into the California Sisterlocks court case, styling options and consultant locations. In addition, African American Women who want to own and manage a hair business, or wear their hair in a style that improves the condition of African textured hair instead of damaging it with chemical relaxer products and artificial hair extensions. As well as those people who want to learn more of the history of African and African American old/new hair braiding techniques. Overall, the goal of project is to identify that discrimination existed in California when it came to African American Natural hair practices. As well as, acknowledge that it was indeed an a conflict in America when it came to Hair Braiders and Sisterlock™ practitioners being required to obtain a cosmetology license to provide cultural hair services, and create hairstyles that have operated within homes of African American people for years was a form of institutional discrimination. These services have beneficial to African American hair textures. It is important to me that others understand that African Style Braiding and/or Sisterlocking of African textured hair is I plan to organize and present the information in a digital format including various mediums, i.e., posting court documents, videos, audio image to establish frames of reference I will research issues (challenges/discrimination) that African American slaves experienced with their hair. I will also compare African American slave natural hairstyles with the hair styling techniques prevalent in today’s society. I will explore the irony of African American Natural Hair struggles that exist in America today in compare them to similar struggles experienced by African American women since slavery. I will use MyGoogle maps to reflect the number of Sisterlock practitioners in California, and if I get time create another layer to show the number of states that have Sisterlock Consultants and Trainees. I may also create a timeline to show the history of African American hairstyling techniques since slavery, but will definitely present images. The Word Press theme I have selected is Hyperbole, but I might change it before April 4. The layout will consist of a menu of options to view on the left margin that will allow the visitors to review other related news articles and media, i.e., YouTube videos. I plan to post images/ photographs of Sisterlocks and braided styles. In addition, I want to check library archives Sacramento to check of related newspaper articles and or video clips that have circulated prior to 1999. Bibliography – I plan to include a reference section on the website w/brief annotations Milestones: Feb 19 – Select Theme for Website/Create Block Headers -Done Feb 28 – Confirm images and videos to be included on project site Feb 26 – Complete all research for website, images, and articles March 18 – Post some images to site /rearrange text blocks on site March 21 – Work on website text/content March 25 – 28 – Work on website text/content March 29 – Complete all website text and narratives March 30 – 31 I want to check library archives Sacramento/San Diego to check of related newspaper articles and or video clips that have circulated prior to 1999. March 23 – April 1- Review website text/content April 3 – Ensure at least 70% of content is posted to my project site April 4 – Complete Draft of entire site due April 5 – revise content after feedback April 6 – 20 – update project site as needed April 25 – Present Final Version of site to class Distribution of Labor: I am working alone