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Celebrating the 23rd Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health, and Beauty Expo

Much is said about the convenience of the digital age which is full of advanced, ever evolving technology, yet with all the computers, digital gadgets, and electronic means of communication, the quality and quantity of human interaction is suffering. With all the turmoil in the world, it sometimes gets difficult to see good things, to know what is real and what is propaganda, to remain strong in the face of nonsensical debates and confusion. To help reduce the tendency to heavily rely on high tech resulting in low touch, the Kuumba Family Institute (formerly the Kuumba Family Organizing Committee) suggests taking a moment to break away from the digital, high tech habit and focus on healthier more positive vibrations. Each of us needs a moment to recharge, to reevaluate our relationships, and to safely release stress and feelings of isolation and loneliness. Even the fiercest advocate of social change needs a momentary break from the front lines. 


As a way of providing that momentary break from madness while celebrating and preparing for the 23rd Annual International Locks Conference(AILC) Natural Hair, Wholistic Health, and Beauty Expo, the Kuumba Family Institute chose “Spiral Freedom” as its theme this year. One might ask how does spiral freedom solve the dilemma of high tech resulting in low touch? How is spiral freedom connected to natural hair, wellness, or beauty?


If one takes a moment, he or she would notice the spiral design in flowers, trees, plants, leaves, sea shells, waves, lightening, peacock feathers, waterfalls, even in the pattern of aboriginal indigenous hair, in DNA, and often reproduced in architectural structures. Simply put, one can find the free-flowing spiral design in nature, and much like cries for freedom globally or even the need to promote harmony, the uniqueness of the spiral is often overlooked or ignored.  The spiral freedom is symbolic of the continuous moving away and then toward a center point/a higher level.


Awareness of the need for centering/balance and to connect or reconnect to positive human interaction and life affirming energy has for decades been a motivating factor in the Kuumba Family Institute planning and presenting the original Annual International Locks Conference: Natural Hair, Wholistic Health, and Beauty Expo. In addition to informative and provocative panel discussions, workshops, a marketplace for fantastic shopping, alluring fashion, natural hair and skin care products and notable stylists, and a host of authors, guest presenters from around the country, this year the focus will be also be on independent education and healthy relationships. Talking face-to face, experiencing warm greetings and receiving sage advice all in a safe, comfortable and welcoming atmosphere will go a long way toward solving the dilemma of high tech and low touch.  

The AILC, affectionately called the Philly Locks Conference, is more than a fall event; it is an exhilarating experience one that helps to create fond and healing memories, promote cultural and spiritual renewal, and productive business and networking opportunities. It will be held Saturday and Sunday, October 7 & 8, 2017, at the Universal Audenried Charter High School. For more information and/or tickets visit Eventbrite: and/or or call 800-890-5159 /215-438-8189.


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