Photo credits: Ian Curico/Kiplinger Magazine
One of the biggest obstacles facing urban communities all over America is poverty among black children. When metaphorically speaking of poverty as a disease, one could classify an element, such as crime, as a symptom.
However, first and foremost, black parents hold the keys to the cure by protecting their children from poverty and the toxic mindset that plagues those who suffer from it. Rozalynn Goodwin (pictured right) is a black mother who has shielded her young daughter Gabrielle (pictured left) from experiencing the vulnerabilities of economic dependency.
Goodwin and her daughter (affectionally called GaBBY) are the creators of a product and brand called GaBBY Bows. These double-faced, double-snapped hair accessories are the first of their kind. Goodwin and her daughter Gabrielle’s hair barrettes can be used for women and girls with all hair types.
The GaBBY Bows are sold in around 50 Once Upon a Child retail stores in locations across the country. Chassidy Goggins, a program coordinator at Tyler New Media and writer had an article of hers about the Goodwins published by BlackandMarriedWithKids.com. A portion of her report for the popular website reads as follows:
According to Rozalynn, this all began with a simple Twitter rant, her pastor’s gentle nudging and a “broken record in pig tails” that kept losing her bows during recess. “I literally prayed, Ok, God. If there is something here, you are going to have to show it to me,” said Rozalynn. “Inventing the Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette was not what I had in mind when I logged on to Twitter that day to blow off some steam,” she said. At the time, Gabby was only five years old and as parents can easily relate to, was persistent in asking, over and over again, when she’d be able to get her new bows. Bows that stayed in her hair and ones she didn’t lose.
Goodwin and her daughter Gabrielle have received a lot of national exposure and fanfare for their innovative and successful business. They’ve been featured as guests on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” the “TODAY Show,” and “The Real.” They have also been covered by a ton of notable magazines and newspapers.
You can get free shipping for orders of the GaBBY Bows that are $35.00 or more. In addition to a variety of hair accessories, t-shirts and wristbands can also be bought at Gabrielle’s online store. Place yourself an order today by visiting here.