The ANC (African National Congress) celebrated Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday yesterday (August 2nd) in Pretoria, South Africa.
Nelson Mandela (Centre), President Thabo Mbeki (Right) and ANC President Jacob Zuma (Left) arrive at the ANC Madiba 90th birthday celebration.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela flanked by his former wife Winnie Mandela (Right) and current wife Graca Machel (Left)
Nelson Mandela, former wife Winnie Mandela (2nd Left), current wife Graca Machel (Left) and President Thabo Mbeki.
Nelson Mandela is presented with birthday cake
Today while walking past one of the many black hair and beauty stores scattered around the South East London area, a particular brand of hair oil displayed in the store’s front window caught my attention.
Several weeks ago I visited the hair salon and my hairdresser/owner of the salon suggested that I use the same brand, and as luck would have it, she had some in stock.
I was all set to purchase a small tub of it, but upon hearing her price promptly changed my mind.
As far as I am concerned, charging £8.00 for a small tub of hair oil is extortion! So I flung my purse back in to my bag, bid her farewell and headed straight for the door.
Any way when I spotted the same brand staring back at me in the store front window today, I was curious to see how much they were charging for it.
However whilst in the midst of investigating something else caught my attention, and I promptly abandoned my price investigation.
Sitting on the shelves below were various brands of skin lightening products. (See pics of stock below from the store ‘All 2 One’, Lee High Road, Lewisham, South East London).
This product promises to achieve lighter skin within 15 days…….
It saddens me to think that in 2008 having a dark skin complexion in some quarters ( particularly within the Black and Asian Communities) still isn’t seen as a thing of beauty, but seen as a hindrance and something to be ashamed of.
It saddens me to think that there are still self hating women of colour out there, who put their health at risk on a daily basis because they insist on using these products (Substances used in products have been linked to cancer).
It saddens me when I see the freak shows (particularly in Brixton), waddling around with bleached out, blotchy, destroyed skin, desperate to achieve Beyonce’s complexion, or better yet Paris Hilton’s.
And it saddens me to see that store owners are still selling this poison and bringing in record profits, all thanks to the gullible and self loathing.