Crowning Glory: The Art of Hair

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Celebrate the necessary and overdue passage of the Connecticut CROWN Act -- which prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of traits historically associated with race, including hair -- with this joyous panel discussion. Malakhi Eason, the Festival's Director of Programming and Community Impact, will moderate a panel of community advocates, beauty experts, and multi-dimensional artists on topics ranging from the politics and art of hair to styling trends.

Malakhi Eason

Host, Director of Programming and Community Impact for the International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Malakhi RL Eason II brings more than 15 years of arts administration experience to the Festival. Originally from Boston, Eason was most recently Programming Manager at Omaha Performing Arts, where he curated the expansive Jazz on the Green Series, ranging from intimate cabaret performances to outdoor concerts featuring artists like Ladama, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Kim Waters, Sammy Miller and the Congregation, and Marcos y Sabor. Eason was formerly a background singer for touring artists while living in Los Angeles, CA.

A graduate of University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, CT, Eason earned a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Grace University and is working on a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University, Eason has also served in many positions that convey his passion for service and youth mentorship; he encourages young people to find their passions.

Eason is an active member of numerous organizations, including the Lincoln, NE, Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc; Lambda Pi Eta (National Honors Society); and the NAACP.

In his free time, Eason loves to travel, write songs, eat at great restaurants, and spend time with family and friends.

WithLove Felicia

Felicia Webster, artistically known as WithloveFelicia, is an award winning spoken word performance poet, TedX Speaker, arts-educator, self-love activist and the CEO of WithloveFelicia Enterprises, LLC. As a multi- disciplinary creative, Felicia manifests connection through the power of the spoken word and artistic expression.

Corey & Tammy Parker

Introducing "The Parkers", one of the strongest haircare duos in the beauty industry. Native to Connecticut, Tammy & Corey Parker are mother and son with over 30 years of combined hair experience. The Parkers specialize in various beauty areas ranging from haircare to skin care. Let's delve into these two creatives a bit more! Tammy Parker is a well-versed hair artist with over 30+ years of experience in the beauty industry. With strong roots in education (10+ years), Tammy has used her knowledge gained through both hands-on experience and educating the future hair artists of today to deliver exceptional cosmetology standards to each and every one of her appreciated clients. Tammy specializes in hair coloring, haircutting and overall haircare/maintenance. Tammy Parker is the Owner of Beautiful You Hair Salon in Wilton, CT. Tammy believes education partnered with passion is the key to success in this steady evolving industry. These same core values that Tammy holds dear she has instilled in her protege son, Corey Parker. Corey Parker is a renowned stylist with over 14+ years of experience in the beauty industry. Corey has been able to take his mother's extensive background in the beauty industry and partner it with his unmatched creativity; delivering unique/timeless styles to all of his appreciated clients. Corey specializes in both natural and chemical hair care, hair coloring, haircutting, extensions, locs and braiding. Corey works as an independent stylist/Owner of a private hair studio located in Derby, CT. With strong emphasis on hair care. Corey believes that healthy hair is the most important aspiration to have, and should be each of his client's hair goals. Corey Parker is also the Founder, CEO of CP Hair Care Solutions. A transformative hair care company that delivers high quality products at an affordable price for all clients of varying textures. With the help of his mother Tammy Parker they crafted an Organic group of products that would prove beneficial to all people with varying hair/scalp concerns. Note of Thanks: We are glad you chose to join us in discussing this field we hold so dear to our hearts. Remember anything you do, do it with passion! We invite you to start your healthy hair journey with our hair care tips at the forefront of your success!

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