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Are Koreans Intentionally Keeping Blacks Out of the Hair Weave Industry?

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Are Koreans blocking out African-Americans from the hair weave industry?

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Hair weave is one of the most profitable businesses in the world. According to Devin Robinson, owner of Atlanta’s Beauty Supply Institute, approximately 9,800 beauty supply business existed nationwide; but only a little more than 300 were black-owned. Robinson attributes the lack of African-American business owners in the industry to the cost mark-ups enforced by Koreans.

The Koreans strategically make it harder for us to get into the business. They have the supplies the customers want,” Robinson said. “They sell it to us at higher prices or they deliver the products late to the black-owned stores. Sometimes they don’t allow orders from us at all.”

According to CascadePatch, the Korean-American community has dominated the black beauty supply market for almost 50 years by opening large stores, buying out smaller black-owned ones and using the faces of black celebrities on their products and black employees in their stores to grow their businesses in the black community. Lucien Poko, general manager for Beauty Masters, one of the larger Korean-owned beauty supply stores with seven locations in Atlanta, said 90 to 95 percent of the stores’ customers are black; and so are the store’s employees. Poko doesn’t believe there is an intentional effort on behalf of the Korean community to keep Blacks out of the industry. “It’s just business,” Poko, who is from Senegal, said. “Everybody is free to open what they want to open. It’s the way you handle your business. Koreans dominating the business, this doesn’t make sense. You can open up your business. You are free to do what you want.”

Do you believe African-Americans should only seek to shop at African-American owned beauty supply stores? Why or why not?

615 Comments

  1. Sandra Dee

    April 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Don’t buy from Asians, buy from the actual source. Why buy hair to look like something you are not?

    • jewel

      April 19, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      The Asians are the source of the hair. What black business owners need to do is organize and through this organization threaten a boycot of the suppliers products by the black community if they do not charge fair and equal prices to black. It is also against the law for them to discriminate against black business based on race. Unite and use the laws on the books against the suppliers who discriminate.

    • TRUTH

      September 13, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      BLACKS TRIED,THEY WONT SELL OUTSIDE THE INDIAN AND KOREAN RACE.

  2. deloris

    April 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Why not wear your own hair and look good for your family and yourself. Your child look at you and do not see the real person that we should be. Show them that they can look good with their God given hair. Plus I get tired of looking at seams of a bad hair day. All of the hair need to go. It just shows that there is a real head problem and it is with the brain that you want all of that hair hanging on you and it is not natural. Get real or is that a problem.

    • Kim

      April 19, 2013 at 12:34 am

      Deloris some people feel uncomfortable wearing their own hair.I have had a nervous condition where I constantly have always pulled out my own hair.If someone feels good about wearing their god given hair I say GO FOR IT but for those of us who adore hair weaves and wigs and feel beautiful doing so there should be no problem.There is nothing wrong with a woman feeling good about herself and if a wig or weave enhances that beauty it is win win!

  3. Jacolby Green

    April 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Im actually shocked that this is a question…..of course the are attempting to keep black people from being major players in this industry. Black people are the one who purchase the majority of their products so of course they are going to have a tight grip on that industry. it sucks but it is business.

  4. t_99

    April 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I wear my own hair natural, but blown out straight. I speak about this with my hair stylist pretty regularly. He told me that Koreans only buy wholesale from other Koreans, and sell retail to other Koreans first. I suggest using the internet to locate Black owned products (i.e., Shea Radiance, Bluffa Jo and Zuresh – all of which are products that I used) and buy from them, or at least buy products directly from your stylist. You can even ask your stylist where the Black owner supply store are located. I’ve asked mine. He told me about the 2 Black-owned supply stores that he uses. As a last resort, patronize those supply stores that employ Black people. As others have said, it sucks but it is business, but also, we need to buy Black as much as possible. IJS.

    • Elizabeth

      April 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm

      You are correct, every town has a store owned by “US” so patronize them. Also, African-American hair salons should sell the hair at THEIR salon, it would be more convenient, just saying.

      I buy my hair products from African-American owned stores, but it would be great if the salon had more products and hair available.

      Also, what happened to the manicurist at the African-American salons? We get our nails done more than most so hire somebody even if for just one day a week. I’ll patronize the sisters first. My late mom was a hairdresser. Their salon did hair and nails, no artificials back then but they gave manicures and color, the ladies got their nails and hair done at the same time…Oh Well!

    • Alice Quinn

      July 10, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      I enjoy your ideas that we Buy from Black Owners that sell Hair products. But we need to know who they are. So if you can supply us with the Names, Location and telephone numbers of Black Own business we will contact them to do Business.

      Thank you Alice Quinn

  5. sunnie soulshine

    April 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I were my hair natural, in twist, I use suave shampoo, condition, and leave in condition along with murray’s bees wax and murray’s lock in gel.

    But nonetheless some sistas want to wear weave, to that i say too each its own, but if there is something that I may need from a beauty supply store, I WILL SUPPORT STORES RUN BY BROTHAS AND SISTA! BECAUSE FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THE KOREAN STORE OWNERS ARE RUDE ANDTHEY THINK THAT JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE BLACK WORKERS I SHOULD FEEL COMFORTABLE! I DONT?

    I Think that there should be a boycott just to see how things change, evertghing is not always about business, if yall know what I mean.

    • Phillip Battle

      April 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      Sunnie Soulshine— to Boycott would be the answer to solving a many of problems in our neighborhoods. The INABILITY FOR US TO COME TOGETHER AS ONE– FOR A CAUSE THAT’S GREATER THEN SELF APPEARS TO BE A PROBLEM IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

  6. Erica

    April 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    The Korean have the hair and vegetable markets on lock. They do hire blacks from the neighborhood but you never see them at the registers. Just to fetch. Who’s fooling whom????

  7. Kam

    April 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say that they are intentionally keeping Blacks out as much as they are focused on keeping Koreans in. There is an insider vs. outsider dynamic going on rather than a Korean vs. Black dynamic. A Korean supplier feels like his primary obligation is to the Korean business owners because they are Korean, rather than every owner of a beauty supply store. They see themselves as part of the larger Korean community and will help out their own community. They will usually work out a deal with the Korean business owner which gives them a discount or priority on merchandise. It’s kind of like when Americans go abroad as tourists they will get charged the tourist prices on things, rather than the locals who will pay cheaper prices for things. You’re essentially getting the tourist treatment with the Korean suppliers because there is no relationship between you and them. There are rules for Koreans and then there are different rules for Non-Koreans. They will treat a Chinese person the same way they will treat a Black person.

    I think people are being a bit too harsh on Blacks though. It isn’t easy for Blacks to open up their hair supply businesses. A lot of the information about distributors is in Korean only and many of the links are spread through word of mouth, among Korean speakers. If you really want to get to be successful with this you are probably going to have to learn Korean and cultivate long-lasting and meaningful partnerships with Korean suppliers. Perhaps you might want to hire someone who is Korean to be a broker for you. And lastly, you might have to be a bit sneaky and cutthroat about things too.

    • Elem

      April 18, 2013 at 5:36 pm

      Hmm… So a Black/non Korean person should learn Korean just to provide a product/service to Black/non Korean people?

      Hahahahahahahhahahahahaha!

      • Kam

        April 20, 2013 at 1:07 am

        If Koreans are the ones that have the product then yes. I buy products for a side business from China. If I knew Chinese I would probably get better deals and be better able to negotiate with suppliers. As it is right now my business is very small, but if I ever do expand then I’m seriously going to need a Chinese speaker.

      • Natasha

        April 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm

        I don’t know what’s so funny about her suggestion.

        You laughing at it just makes you look ignorant as hell. I know at least why you wouldn’t be successful in this business regardless.

        As Kam said. Thinking that Korean businesses are purposely trying to take blacks out of the market is just preposterous.

        • DLC53

          July 11, 2013 at 7:47 am

          Okay, so she laughed but she NEVER call anyone a name, you did just because she dismissed it in the manner she did??

          Using Ad Hominems towards someone from the safety of your laptop makes you look far worse than she did here.

          SMH with long 18yo dreadlocks:)

    • Jah Larry Dread

      April 19, 2013 at 8:42 am

      “I wouldn’t go so far as to say that they are intentionally keeping Blacks out as much as they are focused on keeping Koreans in”…So true Kam. I love and respect the Koreans for this!

    • satchseven

      September 14, 2013 at 5:17 am

      you black folks talking stupid again you sit around let these folks dog you out and still give them your money put them out of business.but you also supported the ignorant rappers too who made black men look like fools

  8. Apres Ski

    April 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Here’s where you can lobby your rich black friends to get into the business. There is a way to upend their dominance, but it’s all about money. If you don’t have or know someone who has, you’re out of luck!! Blacks will have to become smarter and sharper about money and how they conduct business against everyone. The hair business is more cutthroat than drugs or Hollywood!

  9. Bill

    April 18, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Don’t buy, you were Queens way before the weave! We have got to
    Learn to control our destiny.

    • Lovett

      April 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      I agree. Don’t buy. Wear your own hair.

  10. Max

    April 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Only black folks could be so damn stupid and dumb to allow this type of crap to go on in the community. Koreans are laughing all the way to the bank cashing in on black ignorance.

    • Jacqueline Rogers

      April 18, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you Max and those of similar opinions. Question after 394 years what industry do we dominate?

  11. JC

    April 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    The answer is yes. The solution is they’re now doing business with India. I little research would’ve done you some good.

  12. Diana

    April 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    They are not locked out, maybe locked in because we don’t like who we are naturally. Try living without that Asian hair for two years and see what happens. Who will they sell it to? Caucasians and Asians grow hair easily. To tell the truth, that Asian hair doesn’t really fit your negroid face. Why do you go to Korean salons to have your nails done. Do they patronize your businesses? Blacks pour money into the hands of other groups and complain about how others hold them back. Others don’t seem to think blacks deserve large sums of money or deserve to hold onto it once they get it. And we prove it to them by messing up money when we get it. Ever since they took done the “whites only” signs, Blacks have been giving every penny they can beg, steal or borrow to white or other businesses. Just happy to not HAVE to be black anymore.Nothing’s changed. They still don’t want you, but they’ll accept your money because you don’t deserve to have it
    A poor foreigner (maybe not a black person) from any part of the world can open a business in a black neighbourhood and become wealthy within 3 or 5 years. While the black competition will struggle or go out of business.
    This is the 21 century, every advantage other groups have over us,
    we have given it to them.

    • JembeQueen

      April 20, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      yep. Couldn’t have said it better. Black people all over the world give their money to the Koreans for hair and then keep the merchandise used in their businesses for other Koreans and your problem is????

      Black folks, self preservation is a human right that only WE don’t respect.

    • Jah Larry Dread

      May 2, 2013 at 9:33 am

      “This is the 21 century, every advantage other groups have over us,
      we have given it to them”…So true!

  13. keith

    April 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    if we knew our history how we tried to start our own economies, but destroyed by whites then maybe we as a people would have some form of unity and not buy hair at least. and if we stopped guess what they would go out of business. but that wont happen we just don’t have unity a single cause like the Asians have a unified cause regardless of if they like each other or not. just like all whites probably didn’t hate blacks nor wanted slaves but they went along with it. catch my drift. i have met blacks who don’t accept women who don’t wear weaves, they keep insisting that their friends get weaves. this monkey see monkey do mentality has got to stop. what will it take for black people to simply wake up and do unto other economically as they are doing to us. don’t we know that half the mexicans, koreans, indians etc help each other financially obtain business thus not even needing bank money. how hard is it for us to simply wake the ***** up

  14. R. James Ferguson

    April 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Just wear your own hair. Nothing wrong with Natural Black Hair. In my dating days, did not make it a habits of dating girls with wigs and hair pieces.

  15. NYSDIVA

    April 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    (1) The truth is alot of the suppliers are Asian and don’t like to sell to African Americans beauty supply owners. (2) The few black beauty supply owners I found sold their products to high. (3) Black people should go natural or boycott businesses that are not respectul of the African American community.

  16. Christopher

    April 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    This is the dumbest question that is asked about this issue. Of course their locked out because we have perpetuated the ignorance that Black business is somehow inferior to other businesses and therefore we (as a community, not specifically trying to include me) spend money with just about anyone but ourselves and wonder why we are still at the bottom rung of society.
    What gets me is that there are “journalists” who are going to ask this question bluntly as such and expect them to bluntly state the answer that is already known.
    Personally, I couldn’t care less… if there are some Black businesses that are providing the same service then we can still gain a foothold as long as we have some unity.

  17. The truth the truth

    April 18, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I can truly testify to this. back in the early 80’s I actually help set up a black beauty beauty hair care products owned strictly by Koreans they said they would hire more blacks once the store is open butafter me teaching them about the products they fired me and hired nothing but family.

    • satchseven

      September 14, 2013 at 5:19 am

      why you help them open up a business they will not help you

  18. marcus davis

    April 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Would’nt the solution be to stop buying from the asians period and support the black business?

  19. Ann G.

    April 18, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I wear a natural and love it! I would not be caught with fake hair. I have found that it looks horrible on some people. Most don’t know how or they are just too lazy to keep the fake stuff up. Sorry to say you do not look any better with the fake hair. Go back to wearing your own hair, you know the hair the good lord gave you. Most are trying to be what they see on TV but they must realize these women have money therefore someone is making sure it looks good at all times. I go to the beauty shop for a wash, condition & cut I see ladies with glued hair, hair being sown in, it looks terrible.

  20. Hiroader2

    April 18, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve could care less who the customers are., As long as my inventory is moving.. Most communities out there we see consumer consumption…
    . Buyers and sellers. , owners and renters., recipients and earners.. The capitalist of our country today are major importers via China was American brand tags… to cry over the hair industry is like scrapping the bottom of the barrel when the almost everything the AA community consumes is supplied from outside suppliers.. American Gangster movie is an example of how they move the local guy out so other suppliers can profit from the AA community.. This man got a passport when to the wholesalers himself and did his own import & retail.. We see how he got pushed out.. But the industry blew up nationally…

    ,

  21. Hiroader2

    April 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Typing by phone has sensitive spelling …

  22. waymon Lefall

    April 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    You have to put the blame where it belong, with youfake hair wearing ladies, and your fake nails and your fake looking self.eye lashes 2 in long you have put the black hair business out of business, like i said you think their sugar is sweeter, come from the same sugar cane, Hair , Nails, Salons, Liquor, Chicken, The Barber shop is next, then the Church, then back to the fields,50 years in business my T-shirts $5 theirs $7 & 8 same shirt my people pass me buy, my shirts are not as white as theirs, I am out.

  23. Haile

    April 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    If you cannot live any place or other people do not treat you right, go to the African community they will always treat you right. But who treats them right? to solve all this hair domination problem ” Wear you own natural hair.” Everybody else wear their own natural hair and are not a bit ashamed or make denial excuses about it is easier to manage.When will we ever wake up and be so proud of being AFRICAN who were the first upon the earth from whom everyone learned.Europeans even had African men conking their beautiful hair to be like the European male with dead hair. Wear you own very most beautiful god given African hair and the foreigners will have to close up.They cannot open up in the European communities.That is the solution to run them out with your mouth shut.They don’t like you. They don’t even treat you decent.They wouldn’t even give your children a fruit that is rotting in their store.Think about it, buy black. Support black everybody else is supporting thier own.

    • satchseven

      September 14, 2013 at 5:23 am

      this is some stupid stuff but it also shows how brain dead a lot of black women are cut that BS out of your heads and stop spending money with the koreans

  24. Haile

    April 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    If you went into another community other than the African community to sell European or Asian hair products you will have to dig into your savings from the money you asved picking cotton in the hot sun to pay you rent until you will be forced to close up. If you don’t believe me go open up your hair store there.

  25. Maryam Muhammad

    April 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I believe they dominate market and they are very strategic and how they dominateif we as blacks would boycott for a day we would show them the buying we have they have studied us enough to know we love our appearance,hair and nails,We as a community should study cooperative economics amongst ourselves and take these trades of business and serve our own people and build our community with, If they come in our neighborhood fearless but fearful and set up shop they ate showing you your value you cant go in their neighborhood and suck up their money they will run you out.Look the affect of the Million Man March,we are a powerful people and people come in and us powdrless, Support black business at whatever cost do for self, they do.

    • Maryam Muhammad

      April 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Sorry typos

    • satchseven

      September 14, 2013 at 5:24 am

      boycott them foreever not a damn day

  26. Carl

    April 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    The Koreans has learned from the Jews. I remember growing up this brother wanted to open a store, but the Jewish store on the corner conspired with vendors to keep products away from him.. It is obvious that Blacks need more business sense. Also, it smells like a monopoly, but it take money to investigate. Lastly, blacks could go on a hair strike, and where their natural hair, but that would take a rise in self-worth and I don’t see that happening.

  27. SYLVIA

    April 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Black women likes hair and a lot of it! So we have to pay the price because we don’t grow that kind of hair!
    If the white man was allowed in this industry he would have found a way to make our hair straight so we would not need the Koreans wigs or extra hair.
    Back in the sixties we ostracized white men from developing products would help the black hair customer manage her hair, no we would not allow it! this took place in 50’s and 60’s.
    So the Koreans took over. Can you blame them?

    • satchseven

      September 14, 2013 at 5:26 am

      no i blame the dumb sisters for keep doing business those racist mofos.

  28. J. D. Hill

    April 18, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Any group or person would seek to put a lock on his profits. Asians have a choke hold on Black beauty supplies, and Blacks voluntarily allow it. We have no plan and no agenda, except to indiscriminately spend, spend, spend, spend, and spend our Black dollars to make everybody else rich!

    The beauty supply industry in the Black community is a shameful example of just how economically stupid a people can be! As Dr. Claud Anderson says, Black people should dominate in every industry wherein we are known to be the prime consumers. Thus, if we buy a lot of a certain product or service, we should dominate in the manufacture and sale of that product and service as well.

    Wealth building and near full employment will never exist for Black America until we begin to help ourselves and cease doing business with those who won’t do business with us. Business with us is not our money constantly flowing in one direction from the Black community to the communities of others.

    Boycotting Asian beauty supply stores is not the answer. Opening beauty supply stores of our own for our own is!

  29. Jah Larry Dread

    April 19, 2013 at 12:00 am

    “Poko doesn’t believe there is an intentional effort on behalf of the Korean community to keep Blacks out of the industry. “It’s just business,”

    Well black people (women) its just business. Ask yourself, business for whom? The desire for many black women to look other than what GOD has blessed them with is so great. True many black women (some men) have made a successful business doing hair. However, when you look at this business on a whole, black people in this trade are making peanuts!

    Koreans and any other nationality are for keeping theirs in…and we black folks many of us want to show world how fair we can be. I see black people in America as Wildebeest and Gazelle on the Serengeti; prey for everyone else.

    I have often stated if there was a national take your weave (hair piece/extensions) or die day there will be many dead black women on the road. It really saddens me when I see an advertisement for a gospel show and almost all the women are weaved up and a good numbers are blonde. Changing the plight of black people should start with our churches. I am sure if the major black churches throughout the nation promote a national “No Weave/Go Natural Month” followed by an aggressive campaign to seek out African- American owned beauty supply stores.

  30. blacjk jones

    April 19, 2013 at 12:14 am

    What a sad situation–we buy hair like we have none-the AFRO is the most beautiful look on BLACK FOLK –I HAVE A DREAM that one day we will learn to love our beautiful hair and bring back that pride we once had. I went in a korean hair store stood and looked around—- it reminded me of a what a SLAVE SHIP might have looked like–(HAIR CRAMMED AND PACKED IN EVERY CORNER) it was a weird experience–Black folk was so busy buying fake hair they did’nt even make the connection—-To each his/her own– but let’s AFRO ourselves outta this mess—-can you imagine how much money we would save?!…… peace!!!

  31. PoetDannyQueen

    April 19, 2013 at 1:47 am

    Black-Nation

    Black-Nation,Black-Nation
    We are at War
    Say what you want
    Say what you will
    But sleep no more!

    By:Daniel R.Queen
    Copyright 1994
    All rights reserved

  32. Tiffany

    April 19, 2013 at 7:50 am

    The joke is on us. We hebrew are the only group of ppl that dont know who we are where we really come from and what is actually going on. God told us we are captives. Deut 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Deut 28: 41 Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.42 All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.43 The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.44 He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail. So the chinese or koreans know who we are they know we are captives so thats how they treat us. We must learn our true roots and return back to our God if we want to be back on top again but who among us will hear this. Further more us hebrew women need to wear our own hair not someone elses.

  33. bryan

    April 19, 2013 at 8:22 am

    wish it was that simple but our arent gonna stop buyin beauty products every down to even a comb is not black owned and millions of young and even older black women will continue spending an average of 50 to 100 dollar s weekly or bi weekly comin from a man who has provided support of a women for a while in this area to even get your foot in this industry u need a half million dollars sure blacks could and should pull together we know the answer to this question frustrated irritated and angered but anyway later yall.

  34. D Glymph

    April 19, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Not the Koreans but we are keeping ourselves out of this market. When we decide that we will spend our money within our own community and join together to support one another in business, the Koreans will be out of business overnight. They know how to take advantage of our weaknesses and our buying power. We make it easy for them. Let us remember our past – the Alabama bus boycott that changed our nation forever. It took courage and determination to win that struggle and it will take the same kind of courage and determination to overcome this obstacle.

    Deloris

  35. rosemary davis

    April 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I agree with so many of you about not wearing our own hair.We are so accustomed to wearing weaves,wigs and extentions so if we didn’t wear these things we wouldn’t be having this conversation.I have not seen any black owned beauty supply stores in my neighborhood they are all owned by Asians and so they do set up shop and cator to the black community and use black images to sell their products Vivica Fox is one face they use among others but if she cared about the buy from blacks slogan then she wouldn’t allow her face to be used on these business it’s all about the money so until we love ourselves first and our heritage this conversation is pointless.

  36. Hiroader2

    April 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Just eliminate the retail middle man and ask a long haired woman if she would sale her long beautiful hair to a follicle challenged black woman., then no one would cry about the industry.. Setup hair follicle donation banks for women with kinky hair… Black women could be informercialed like the starving kids.. We could see their self-esteem rise when their charity hair donations arrive…. piece -um I mean peace..

  37. rosemary davis

    April 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    Speaking about supporting black owned business where are they??Very few blacks owned their own business and those that do may not specialized or carry these products so untill they do black people will continue to buy from business who carry the products that they need be it from Asians, Hispanics, whites or whom ever so why are we even having this conversation??

  38. Andrea

    April 19, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Do for self they do not want us to exercise idependance. When we have rappers like Lil Wayne who do not have respect for our ancesters. Why are there people who just got off the boat and who barely speak English come to our neighborhood to get rich beause we allow this.

    • Jah Larry Dread

      April 20, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      “Why are there people who just got off the boat and who barely speak English come to our neighborhood to get rich beause we allow this.”

      Why not. You go where the food is…black people in America are Wildebeest and Gazelle on the Serengeti; prey for everyone else.

  39. Mark B

    April 20, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Here is an idea….let’s form a corporation comprised of African American beauty store owners and start purchasing hair to have for our own black owned beauty stores….We can workout a deal with Native Americans to purchase their hair here in this country instead of purchasing from Asia as it is often done now. Either that or we can wake up and love our African selves and African hair as many of us are doing. Just an idea.

  40. JembeQueen

    April 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Great idea Mark but you know that ain’t happening. If it would work Beyoncé, Chaka Kahn, Diana Ross and all those other hair weave and wig wearing women would have put some money together and started a chain.

    We don’t work together.

    BUT notice the article says he’s from Senegal. That’s very important. I live in Senegal and this is very true. There are 4 factories that produce hair weave here. Darling, Linda, Unibella and another, I 4got. I don’t wear weave, I have dreads but anyway, I have approached many black shops thru email telling them I can supply weave, African black soap and Aloe Vera (grows hair quickly and black soap gets rid of acne, eczema and heals skin problems, along with shea butter. Very good prices for the herbals ($150 for 16 lbs of product, including shipping) and I have photos of all the weaves from Unibella.

    Not one place wanted to order from me.

    Not even a woman I went to school with, we both had businesses and I had to shame her to come to mine and I shopped in her store for years. She complains about the Koreans but won’t spend any money to get away from them.

    This is our main problem – black business owners always want black people to shop with them, then they take YOUR black dollars and run to everyone else. All I can talk about is me – I’m a wholesaler with an impeccable reputation easily verified online. I went to my home town with church hats, 8 for $135.50, beautiful hats, alerted 3 stores I had them. I was home for a funeral so I wasn’t really trying to do a lot of business, but I wanted to give them the opportunity. They are selling hats for $400 so of course, paying $16 a hat with a 3000% mark up, that sounds like a good profit so I assumed I would take a few orders home.

    All three made follow up appointments to come look, again, these are folks I know or knew I had a very successful shop in the mall, before I moved to Africa so I’m not a rudipoot business person with crappy products. I know what I’m doing.

    Anyway, none of them showed up nor followed up by email. They could have bought hair, products for natural hair and skin, church hats, African beaded necklaces and other jewelry, I had nice purses, 8 for $85, practically giving stuff away and they couldn’t be bothered. They would rather buy from Asians.

    I seen the enemy and the enemy IS US.

    • Joseph L. Bass, EdD

      April 21, 2013 at 7:55 am

      JembeQueen
      Don’t you be telling the truth on these “Your Black World” websites. Everyone writing on them knows that black Americans are poor, uneducated, unmotivated, criminal, angry with each other, etc. because of whites, Asians, Hispanics, and everyone else not black. The ancestors of all these black people were African royalty before the Europeans captured them and sold them into slavery. And don’t ask why Africans royals didn’t conquer European nations and sell all those whites into slavery. Don’t you be telling any truths that challenge the black myths these people love so much. Joseph L. Bass, Ed.D. http://www.abettersociety.info

  41. Delores

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    AMERICAN BLACKS,ALWAYS HAVE SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT HOW MANY BLACK BUSINESS DO YOU SUPPORT. OR SHOP AT. WE LOOSE OUR BUSINESS BECAUSE YOU DONT SUPPORT US.YES THE WHOLESALER OVER CHARGE US.YOU COME INTO OUR STORE QUOTING YOUR OWN PRICE,BUT YOU DONT DO THAT IN OTHER RACE STORE. WHAT’S WITH THAT?IS THE WHITE MEN’S ICE STILL COLDER THEN THE BLACK MEN’S ICE. WHEN IT IS PUT IN THE SAME REFRIGATOR.

    • Satchel

      April 22, 2013 at 1:36 am

      I was once a Farmers Insurance agent, the first one ever in a small town in California. This colored family came to me and ask for an insurance quote I gave them the quote and they said they would talk it over and call me when they were ready. I thought I had a deal. Several days went by, and I called to see if I could answer any more questions. They told me their Pastor suggested they get a second opinion. They got it from another Farmers Agent in town (a old friend to them) and they said he gave them a better deal, for the same coverage. I know the deceptive move that was played on them, I was taught that same move. I thanked them for considering me and they said they would recommend me to others. This man was the Vice President of the local NAACP, and a Deacon in the largest church in town. You are so right, THE WHITE MAN’S ICE IS COLDER ALWAYS COLDER THEN THE BLACK MAN’S

  42. Weeks Martin

    April 21, 2013 at 10:19 am

    For years as I traveled around the United States I noticed that in every community I went into Asians and others owned the hair stores while many of the customers were people of color. This could be said for other businesses in the black community where we buy and yet not fairly get any real financial gain from the market.This will never change until we are willing to change. I would like to suggest that the many readers of this site take a look at what I believe will be a true answer to a change in this problem. Go to http://www.myhairglobal.com and learn how you can first of all own your own business and how you can get paid to buy your own hair care products from the actual manufacturers.

  43. KG

    April 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I don’t think black people have a business mindset, probably the result of marginalization. If you want to keep money in your pocket, forget about fake hair! It’s ridiculous that women are wanting something as superficial as hair and will pay mortgage-level amounts of money for it!

  44. Olivette

    April 25, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I was created in the image and after the likeness of Gods therefore Gods are black and have black skin and broad nose, and black hair. not kinky, kingly hair; therefore I have no other logical choice but to wear my natural hair because it is just like God’s. I am a Goddess, since I am descended from Gods. Didn’t Jesus say “don’t you know that ye are Gods”

    We are the chosen people of God. I am chosen by Gods a A BLACK GOD which is a male GOD and A female GOD. My salvation rest with me and only me. Everything about me is black, When I think about the creator I see only a black image, my mother and father for they are the representation of God here on earth. God male and female reside in me. To see anyone outside of my genetic, Ancestry or racial grouping as my God or creator is an unforgivable sin. That is going against all those who are responsible for you being here. your true Gods.

    The Korean players don’t want our hair care industry and claim to fame. The Korean players only want the money generated by our industry. They clearly demonstrate their intent by duplicating and processing all of our original hair products. They in turn market and sell to us their cloned and duplicated version at a lower cost thereby undermining and lowering the perceived demand for the original product. The killer application to the Korean players strategy siphons out the economic portion of our industry. We are left with the original product minus the products unique killer application.

    The killer application to the Korean players strategy siphons out the soul portion out of the body of black people, they are left with the original body minus the soul; unique killer application.

    I can’t believe that in this day and age we are still making excuses for why we cannot wear our natural hair. I am not talking to those who have a medical condition or hair loss through the taking of meds. I am talking to those who say their hair is unmanageable, really, so the creator gave you unmanageable hair.

    My question to that which god is responsible for such a horrid act? be honest with yourselves, you all don’t like your hair, you all don’t like the fact that you cannot have the hairstyles that you see on tv. you don’t like that part of being black. You are saying that the creator made a mistake in giving you that type of hair.

    Black hair is alive. Our hair stands up when it is lose out and when it is wet and dries up. Yes, our hair is alive people; like the trees and plants that is always moving towards the sun, so is our hair. Our hair is that way for a reason, we are sun people. It protects us. this is not racism, others hair falls towards the ground, because it is dead; like the plants and flowers fall towards the ground when it is dead. Why can’t our people see that there is a reason why we so much effort was put into getting us to hate ourselves and everything about us. there is a science to why we are the only people with real hair and not fur. This is not racism it is a science.

    We have been studied and dissected by the white scientist, and biologist. Every year there is a melanin conference and guess who has the most melanin on the planet black people; guess who is holding and attending the conference every year white people.

    The useless piece of crap called the black church, which is and has perpetuate the self hatred on blacks is very responsible for the lack of any type of black empowerment.

    please tell me why they will get involved in the constant marching for and demanding that whites and other ethnicities take their money. They keep doing the same thing and expecting a different result. that is insanity.

    Why instead of preaching that same old time religion which is responsible for the enslavement of blacks and the constant racism that exist in the world today. Why not preach to the people that they are chosen by the creator that is why he put the black man in the richest part of the planet.

    They the preachers are educated in white owned and operated seminary schools and therefore is given a white interpretation of the Bible, which foster and keep white supremacy alive. I just cannot comprehend why they can’t see this.

    The black church can do a lot in changing the perception of our people from self hatred to knowledge of self, which will lead to a love of self; as long as a people is going to look towards other people as the chosen people of god and their salvation can only come through those so called chosen people of god that is self hatred.
    John 4:22 “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.”

    It makes no sense though matter how you look at it. It defies logic, it defies one’s genetic and ancestral line, for a so called loving and merciful God to chose a people over everyone then god has lost all credibility. HE is not loving, not fair, not merciful to put everyone else salvation on the shoulders on a particular people.

    The Bible can be used to change our condition, by using it to change our perception. Making it about us, Interpreting it to suit us. The white people is using it to their advantage, so can we.

  45. Olivette

    April 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

    correction, melanin conference white scientist and geneticist.

  46. Onesilverbac

    April 25, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Well you can’t fault them for taking advantage of an opportunity!

    If you want them gone just stop purchasing from them. Everyone stop!

    They won’t even buy lunch in our community.

    I don’t know what we don’t understand about buying from our own business, we can all prosper, everyone does it except us!

  47. Rebe Hair

    April 26, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Everyone could open up his/her own business,but since Koreans have been controling the market so long a time,its hard to start now.

    • satchseven

      September 14, 2013 at 5:35 am

      oh please those black hair dressers need to get out of those lexus and open their own.

  48. Olivette

    April 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I would like to correct something I said about the black church. It WAS NOT NECESSARY FOR ME TO MAKE SUCH A BLANKET STATEMENT AND LUMP ALL THE BLACK CHURCHES TOGETHER.

    I WALK PASS A BLACK CHURCH YESTERDAY AND SAW A SIGN LETTING THE COMMUNITY KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A SOUP KITCHEN AND WILL BE SERVING THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED OF FOOD. THERE ARE MANY CHURCHES THAT ARE HELPING AND TRYING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THOSE IN NEED.

    I DO BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE SOME PREACHERS, MINISTERS AND PASTORS WHO ARE SINCERE AND HONEST ABOUT THEIR BELIEF AND ARE TRYING TO LIVE UP TO WHAT THEY BELIEVE IS TRUE AND RIGHT. TO THOSE WHO FALL INTO THIS CATEGORY I ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR EFFORTS.

    I DON’T WANT TO DISRESPECT PEOPLES BELIEFS IN WHAT EVER THEY DEEMED AS TRUTH TO THEM, EVEN THOUGH I DON’T ACCEPT THOSE SYSTEMS AS TRUTH. TO THOSE WHO BELONG TO A CHURCH THAT IS HELPING THE MEMBERS AND THE COMMUNITY I SAY BLESSINGS AND MAY THE MOST HIGH CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SO THAT YOU AND YOUR CHURCH CAN KEEP ON HELPING THOSE IN NEED

    I WAS REFERRING TO THOSE THAT ARE JUST TAKING FROM THE MEMBERS AND GIVE NOTHING BACK IN RETURN.

    I AM NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT CHURCHES, ANY ORGANIZATION THAT IS CONSTANTLY TAKING FROM ITS MEMBERS AND IS GIVING NOTHING BACK WHETHER IT IS TO THE MEMBERS OR HELPING THOSE IN NEED IS A PARASITE.
    THOSE ORGANIZATION THAT ONLY KNOW THAT ITS MEMBERS ARE FAMILY WHEN THEY NEED MONEY, BUT DON’T CARE ABOUT ITS MEMBERS.

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  50. Te

    July 8, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I don’t know if they are intentionally keeping AA out, but I know the hair business is creating a society of bald headed, weave and wig wearing AA women in America. Children are being taught by their mothers that their hair is not good enough to be worn when they put weave/ wigs into the child’s hair. They are probably not doing it intentionally, but its the subliminal message that is being sent. Then that message is moving through middle and high school. We all know the excessive pulling and gluing with braids and weave are good for the scalp and it often starts the balding process around the edges of the child’s hair. That thinning and balding of hair will be hard to fix, so the child’s hair will continue to be damaged and hard to grow which will result in a cycle of weave, braids and wigs from childhood to adulthood.

  51. Kay

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    There is nothing wrong with a woman wearing weave. As long as she is happy with what she sees in the mirror. Natural hair is not for every woman. I personally do not want to walk around sporting an afro because it’s not a good look for me.

    • satchseven

      September 14, 2013 at 5:37 am

      sad you in favor of this mess as long as you got your weave

  52. Joyce

    September 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This discussion goes back in mind to C.J. Walker for the reason Black/African Americans should first and foremost seek to support our own businesses. As we know history repeats itself, this appears to be that time for changes of self supporting and partnering to promote financial gain.

    Koreans came into Black/African American neighborhood and ‘jacked-up’ prices 150% and no one complained they kept shopping.

    Black/African Americans make it hard for their own businesses by looking for price breaks. With that being said, Black/African Americans NEVER ASK KOREANS FOR A BREAK AND DA** SURE WOULD NEVER ASK A CAUCASIAN FOR A DISCOUNT USING THE TERM ‘MY BROTHER, MY SISTER’.

    We were ENSLAVED and NEVER SLAVES, so get busy to making it where Blacks can hire Blacks, Koreans block you out of being employed I do not hear any complaints about this issue.

    Many ethnic groups see us as unable to conduct business, try getting a business loan, shall I say more.

  53. Carolyn M.

    September 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    If you believe AAs are being locked out of the weave hair business and disrespected don’t spend your money with Asians. I wear my naturally tightly coiled hair in locs. My loctician is an AA. He owns his shop.

  54. Joeanne

    September 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    As a black business owner for the past 10 1/2 years, I’ve learned that blacks will not keep us in business. I own and operate a small upscale boutique in a small town. my clientele is 95% others. I offer only quality garments, custom sewing and alterations, with free alterations as a bonus to get us to the shop. We buy more clothes than any other race. however we don’t look for quality. (99% want quantity) will pay $200.00 for a hair do and sport a $19.00 dress. Not bashing, however, until we take our communities back including the hair business & everything else we will always be complaining about the ones who have and the ones who have not. We need to wake up.

    I approve this note.

  55. latoya graham

    September 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    There is always going to be a black woman somewhere that swears by weave. A lot of black women couldn’t make it without it. I find the fact that we are the only race with someone’s else hair in our head. Whites that weave or wig have the same texture as the product used. Blacks don’t have wetnwavy or silky. Black women have the least amount of confidence when it comes to hair. Not all because I’m natural and so are other sisters. I don’t have a problem with black women that perm( although its’ not 4 me). Its the fake texture and I’m tired of looking at fake hair

  56. beth

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    Perhaps the following facts will enlighten and assist Black America in resolveing the economic problem in these united States. Fact, in 2010 less than 1% of all venure capital money went to African America startups while 87% went to white entrepeneurs. The soloution;while we individually might not have the sufficient funds to start and operate a strong financially sound business, collectively WE DO. Can you imagine if all of the entertainers, Ballers, buiness men and those making over 7 figures would form a Venture Capital fund how powerful it would be. WE do not harness our own power collectively. Dr. King left you a great MBA model by boycotting and working together to break the back of segregation. This same business model is just as relevant without spending $250,000 or more at an IVY League busines school which only a few of us can afford, and then you will ultimately hit a Glass ceiling of instutionlized racism and will not become a CEO. The second solution to the dominance in the haircare business is WE DO NOT OWN OUR OWN MANUFACTURING PLANTS. The Venture Capital money could build and finance several plants at once. Again we as Black people do not collectively work together, We do not upgrade our studying to include financial literacy which should be discussed at the dinner table, Our Black HBCU’s do not offer enough Entrepneurship classes and most of all our students are not being channeled into STEM classes and AP classes at school. Do not ever expect the Enemy to give you the tools to overthrow HIM… an even sadder fact is their are only Two Black NBA players with a MBA and athletes/entertainers lead the way in filing Bankruptcy and mismanagement of money. Remember Religion is the tool that is being used and has been used for the last 400 years to control your mind. I am a christian but I am not nieve to the fact that they read the same bible and continue to live Heaven on earth and we have been brainwashd to beleive that Heaven is waiting on us if we just live a just and clean life and OBEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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