|Isis Brantley, arrested for illegal twists and locs.|
It took nine years until Naturally Isis' case was overturned. She used the time to define and change the course curriculum for future stylists within her field. Now, rather than 1,500 hours of coursework, only 35 are required and they focus directly on braiding and other fundamentals of natural hair. Isis was even grandfathered in as a licensed educator.
On September 1, she's organizing a foot parade and celebration, and she's wrangled in celebrity client Erykah Badu to be Grand Marshal.
The event kicks off with a foot parade from the Wynwood Shopping Center at 10:30 a.m. and ends at the Beckley-Saner Park with a community celebration. Last year's inaugural event drew in more than 1500 attendees, and this year's is expected to be even larger with comedian/actress Kim Coles (who went natural last year), and political activists Angela Davis and Sister Souljah on the invite list, although their participation hasn't yet been confirmed.
The festival will raise scholarship money for heads of single parent households in Dallas who want to attend the Institute of Ancestral Braiding. But it's also a celebration of the black journey, meant to break down European stereotypes on what constitutes beauty in hair and reinforce that what already exists is damn glamorous. There will be onsite braiding, a hair show, food and music.