This and That This Week: Highlights From the 2012 Hair Revival

Leilani Yizar, Guest Contributor

Please welcome Guest Contributor, Leilani Yizar, who agreed to share her thoughts on the 2012 Hair Revival, sponsored by Doris New York Hair Care Products and SistahGirlfriends, Inc.

Is Natural Hair a Movement or a Trend?  Can the way you wear your hair affect your getting a job?  How does a man like his woman to wear her hair?  Am I doing right by my hair?  All these questions and many more were discussed at the Hair Revival, held at the South Oxford Space in Brooklyn,New York on January 21, 2012. This exciting, intensifying, informational forum was hosted by Doris New York Hair Care Products and SistahGirlfriends, Inc. Women and men of all hair types were welcomed to hear a dynamic panel discuss what you can do with your hair, how far you can go with it, and what is the next move. The panelists were:

Winsome Sinclair – Chief Managing Partner, Winsome Sinclair and Associates

Michelle Joyce – President and CEO, Digital Chick Consulting

Brian Luvar – Director/Producer/Photographer. President and CEO Grandma’s Watching Productions

Marlene Duperley – Hair Care Expert/Stylist. Co-Owner and SVP Doris New York Hair Care Products

Edward M. Johnson – Managing Director, Rebel Visions Corporation

Andrea Wilson – Celebrity Hairstylist.

To some, hair is a statement, a simple look, a lifestyle, your heritage. It means so many things; but one known fact is that hair needs love too. Our panel of experts educated us on how much one has to condition their hair to keep it healthy; and what products are good for different types of hair! No judgment was passed, which made it more comfortable for the audience to feel free to express themselves and ask important questions. We heard a man’s perspective when Brian was asked how he likes his woman to wear her hair. He responded that as long as her hair looked nice and she kept herself looking nice, he was fine with that. His answer was well received.

When passion is mixed into conversation, things can tend to become intense. With the next subject, that’s exactly how it went down.  The moderator (Calandra Branch) asked the question which sparked the most controversy, “How does your appearance (hair) affect your professional status?”  There seemed to be a consensus on the panel that in order to work in the business world, one should have a more polished professional look.  Some people in the audience were appalled by this statement and the debate on what is considered professional and what should be accepted to all started a immense conversation about race, discrimination, and what we should do to change the dynamics of what is going on in this world. The forum ended on that note, which will be a great opening for the next Hair Revival. Although things were heated in the end, people left with smiles on their faces, swag bags filled with candles and hair care products, some raffled gifts in hand, and inspiration in their hearts. What a way to start anew.  Feeling Inspired, Feeling Hopeful, Feeling Revived.

Click HERE to see a photo slideshow of the event!

(Photography by Rowena Husbands of Blink Of An Eye Photography)


Thank you Leilani for a great post! On behalf of Doris New York Hair Care Products and SistahGirlfriends, Inc., we are thankful to all who attended our inaugural event! Thanks to Sofistafunk – The Original Skirt Company (, Doris New York Hair Care Products (www.dorisnewyork), and Bubble Babez Bath Company ( for donating our three raffle prizes – a custom-fitted skirt, a set of the full line of Doris New York products, and a sampler basket of homemade scented soap slices, max welts, sugar bath cubes and lotion bars! We support our entrepreneurs! If you are interested in supplying samples, services or products for future events, please contact us at



This and That This Week: Doris New York

Doris New York is an amazing hair care company I mentioned after my visit to the Circle of Sisters Expo in New York. Check out my video review of their Leave In Conditioner ($15) and Olive Oil Hair Cream ($17).

These are two great products from a beautiful and professional hair care company. The care they take in promoting and representing their brand is amazing.

Click here to see the entire product review.

A New Look for This and That With Calandra!

Have you noticed anything different about This and That? Yes, we’ve redesigned our blog! We said goodbye to the dark background and HELLO to a bright, fresh page, complete with a banner and new slogan – “Be Beautiful…Be Healthy…Be You!” Feel free to let us know how you like the new look!

NEW FEATURES!Jasmine Ratliff of “Here and There With Jasmine,” will now be writing Adventures in Food and Family. I asked how she would describe her approach to the posts:

I am a fan of food…particularly home made good food. I’m not a ‘foodie’–I have no idea what an artisanal cheese is and have never used truffle oil. I just want to be able to prepare good, healthy food for my family and enjoy sharing cooking time with my daughter. So my posts are now going to be centered more around healthy food facts and my quest to find good meals, snacks, desserts to share with my family. Hopefully between me and Calandra you’ll be beautiful both inside & out!

We are excited about our newest addition to This and That With Calandra!

As you know, I finally met Marlene Duperley, Owner and Sr. Vice President of Doris New York, at New York’s Circle of Sisters Expo (read all about it here). Doris New York has an amazing line of hair products, and I will soon be doing a full review of their Olive Oil Hair Creme and Leave In Conditioner.

Well…the other day I received some exciting news!! Doris New York has added a new section to their website ( called DNY’s BFFs. It’s a page for all of those who have blogged about DNY, so This and That With Calandra has a spot there for our blog ( AND YouTube Channel ( Please stop by DNY and check out their beautiful website!

Exciting things are happening at This and That With Calandra! Be sure to check back frequently for new content, or better yet…Sign up for an email subscription so you will always be in the know!

My Adventure at Circle of Sisters in NYC

I’m pretty sure today is the most motivated I have ever been to write a post so quickly…EVER! This weekend is the Annual Circle of Sisters Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. My best friend Stephanie invited me to go and I am SO glad I was able to make it. We have decided to make this an annual pilgrimage.

What is Circle of Sisters? According to their website, “Circle of Sisters is New York’s largest expo for women of color and hosts a variety of speakers, authors, seminars, inspirational services, R&B and gospels concert in addition to the more than 200 vendors and companies selling unique items and services.” What made it special for me today? I met three incredible women for the first time today and each one of them left an indelible impression on me!

Afrobella – As you all already know, Miss Patrice is my favorite beauty blogger, and she is the creator of my FAVORITE MAC lipglass, All of My Purple Life.

I found out she was going to be moderating a Fall Fashion Show for Bali Shapewear and I knew I had to find her at COS and meet her in person. During the day, I saw actor Anthony Anderson, local newswoman Brenda Blackmon and Pastor/Gospel Singer Donnie McClurkin. But it was my meeting with Miss Patrice that absolutely made my day. I was meeting ROYALTY! She is just as amazing and charming in person as she is in social media!

Calandra and Miss Afrobella!

While at Bali, I met Denise A. Johnson, Editor In Chief of Rainy Day Diva. Such a down-to-earth Sistagirlfriend! She and Stephanie and I found ourselves engaged in a very serious conversation about shapewear! Now you know only sistagirlfriends can talk frankly about shapewear! We had such a great time with her – my new Twitter friend!

Calandra with Denise - Rainy Day Diva

The first booth we visited was #200 – Doris New York ( – our dear friend and sister Marlene Duperley is Owner and Senior VP of this wonderful hair care product company. You must try the Olive Oil Hair Cream, and Leave In Conditioner. AMAZING products. Stephanie and I met Marlene on Facebook, where she moderates 3 awesome pages – Married to Me, MTM for Men, and MTM for Teens. We became great online friends and FINALLY got a chance to meet in person and hang out with our sister.

Calandra, Marlene, Stephanie - Natural Hair Rules!

We also had the chance to meet and hang out with her colleagues and models – what an awesome time we had with them!

The Doris New York Models

These three Divas have been so inspirational! I am so glad to have been able to spend time with them today. Thank  you Patrice, Denise and Marlene for a wonderful day. And special shout-out to my best friend of 25+ years, Stephanie, for suggesting we go.

Calandra and Stephanie - Best Friends Forever! LOL

(Oh yeah, and the rest of the Expo was pretty cool too! LOL)