My big sister had unknowingly gifted me everything I needed to begin my journey to healing."
Can I tell you my story?
We were three months into the pandemic and I hadn't found the strength to leave my bed for several days. My partner had been trying his best to keep my spirits lifted but was also dealing with his own emotional trauma. We had recently been informed that the baby we were expecting had stopped developing at nine weeks, and that a miscarriage was inevitable...
We were absolutely devastated, and having a difficult time finding solace. Not only were we on complete lockdown, we were unable to see our children and relatives due to the quarantine. On this particular day I was heavily questioning my existence and my ability to overcome this experience.
....That's when it happened! The courier knocked on my door and handed me a package that shifted my perspective. The box was beautifully wrapped and filled with trinkets that immediately gave me purpose and inspiration. My big sister had unknowingly gifted me everything I needed to begin my journey to healing. I was so moved by what this package did for me; From the mini succulent plant, to the aromatherapy candle, every single item was packed with meaning, and I knew in that moment there was power in this concept!
It didn't take long for me to merge the packaging experience with the skin care movement we were already creating at SheaButtaShawty. It is a huge goal of mine to develop high-quality, multi-purpose products that are accessible to the communities reflected in our brand. I am doing the work daily to make sure I live out this goal, and fulfill our mission of revitalizing your skin and restoring good vibes.
At SheaButtaShawty we shine light on
Black Excellence year round.
During the month of February we will continue to celebrate
a legacy of resilience, entrepreneurship,
and overall dopeness!
Ms. Washington studied hairdressing in York, Pennsylvania and by 1913 had started her own hairdressing business. In 1919, she founded the Apex News and Hair Company. The Atlantic City plant manufactured over 75 products from raw materials and provided employment for over 215 men and women. Employees worked as chemists, lab technicians, teachers, and sales representatives. Ms. Washington also employed around 45,000 active Apex agents across the country to speak on behalf of her company and its many products. She is praised as one of the most important business executives in the black community. She is recognized as a pioneer in promotional techniques and worked to establish a communications department. This encouraged African-American organizations to support black businesses. Widely known as Madame Washington, she also spent several years as an Atlantic County committeewoman. She served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention, president of Northside Business and Professional Women’s Club, and chair of the Industrial Department of the New Jersey State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. During World War II, Washington filled the positions of secretary and treasurer of the New Jersey Welfare Commission on the Conditions of Urban Colored Population.