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What Inspired Me to Create Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair

Inspired by events such as the Vanessa Vandkye story, a young girl told by her school that she had to cut off her hair to avoid being teased by kids, I thought why not teach kids from the beginning that who they are is just fine. 

Vanessa has such a strong sense of self, but there are many young girls that are her age that do not. Even more troubling, this is not the only incident where young girls of color are told by their schools that their hair is unacceptable. So I decided to create a character that would empower young girls and young boys of color to have that same esteem that I saw in Vanessa.

About the Book

(This book will be great to share with children who are Pre-K to 2nd grade)

Jamie Loves her Natural Hair is the story of a young girl that realizes that her hair is different, but loves and accepts who she is. She knows that her hair isn't what is considered popular or mainstream but she embraces and loves her hair regardless. She also maintains a positive attitude towards her curls rather than viewing her hair as unkempt or unruly. Even pool hair isn't a big deal or fret to Jamie as she simply sees this as the nature of her hair. 

From our younger years all the way into adulthood we are taught by the media, by society, and even our own people that how we were born is wrong. However, it doesn't have to be that way, if we surround our children with examples of self-love and acceptance future generations will see how silly it really is to label a hair texture or skin tone as unattractive or not worthy if it does not look like the majority.

How will funds be used?

  • Printing costs 
  • Obtaining ISBN numbers and registration fees 
  • Editing for spelling and grammar 
  • Book layout design services 
  • Shipping

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Jamie Pillow Case
Jamie Pillow Case

A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS SUPPORTED THIS PROJECT THUS FAR! YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA SHARES, KIND WORDS, DONATIONS, AND SUPPORT IS AMAZING.

Sites that have shown support through blog posts and social media shares:

YESHA CALLAHAN: http://www.yeshacallahan.com/something-to-kickstart-jamie-loves-her-natural-hair/

Clutch Article: http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2014/01/help-jaime-loves-natural-hair-become-book-little-black-girls/

Natural Hair Rules Post: http://www.naturalhairrules.com/jamie-loves-her-natural-hair-childrens-book-project/

Brown Mommy's Post: http://brownmamas.com/2014/01/28/natural-hair-bullying-inspires-childrens-book/

Hair of Heritage: http://hairofheritage.blogspot.com/2014/02/jamie-loves-her-natural-hair.html

Elixher Article: http://elixher.com/in-the-spirit-of-community-building-5-projects-you-should-fund-in-february/

Natural Hair High: http://www.thenaturalhighblog.com/2014/kickstarter-project-jamie-loves-her-natural-hair/ 

Supporter Sites:

NaturalHairRules.com 

NaturallyCurly.com 

YeshaCallahan.com 

BrownMamas.com 

ColouredBeautiful.com 

ClutchMagOnline.com 

NappyHeadedBlackGirl.com 

TheGoodHairBlog.com 

TheNinaNetwork.com/NaturalNina

NaturalBeautees.com 

Meetup.com/CT-Natural-Divas 

I have joined http://www.kickingitforward.org, a community where successful Kickstarters can help other projects succeed by giving back.

Risks and challenges

The Right Printing Service
Finding a quality printing service could be a potential challenge. This book will be illustration heavy so I want to make sure that the designs in the book really stand out and pop out to the reader. I will be doing a sample purchase first to test the quality of the product and if it is not up to par, I will move onto another printing service until I find one that is of a good quality. This is just a possibility of what could happen as most likely I am going to have a great product right from the start.

Shipping the books
If there is a high demand of people (thousands or more) interested in Jamie Loves Her Natural Hair that would be awesome! But I am going to have to assemble a solution for keeping up with shipping out the orders. I may have to enlist the help of family and friends to help with shipping, and if the project is a major success a fulfillment center would have to be used.

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    3 copies of Jamie Loves Her Natural, a personal thank you, a Jamie themed coloring book, 2 pillow cases with Jamie artwork, a Jamie tee shirt, acknowledgement in the book as a funder.

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    4 copies of Jamie Loves Her Natural, a personal thank you, a Jamie themed coloring book, 2 pillow cases with Jamie artwork, a Jamie tee shirt, acknowledgement in the book as a funder, advertising on my Natural Hair site BlackNaps.org for 2 months

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