Update: Julian R. Addo founder of Bella Kinks™ and Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo Event organizer has released statement: [Taren Guy] misleading her audience on the narrative for her cancellation.
Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo rescinded an offer for vlogger, Taren Guy to host and speak at the 2016 Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo at the event’s Bloggers Lounge and Panel of Women Empowerment Radiating event due to her growing freeform locs.
You can see the organizer’s cancellation email below. In response, Taren Guy took to her Instagram share why she was canceled from the Panel of Women Empowerment Radiating event. The following Instagram posts have since been deleted. In following this story, we have concluded with Julian R. Addo founder of Bella Kinks™ and Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo Event organizer response to Guy’s cancellation.
Julian R. Addo founder of Bella Kinks™ and Bella Kinks DFW Natural Hair Expo Event organizer has released statement: [Taren Guy] “misleading her audience on the narrative for her cancellation.”
Addo did offer to book Guy for the panel only. Email below.
The email canceling Guy’s appearance states
“when I booked you for this portion I had no idea you were growing your in locs, which would have caused me to take a different decision. The locs does not work with our audience base, sponsors, or the entitlements that needs to be completed as part of the booking. Not using products (and stating so) doesn’t necessarily coincide when we are trying to promote our sponsors and will not be an organic partnership for our audience base.”
My appearance has been cancelled from the @dallastexturedhairmarketplace and I will not be in attendance. I’m not sure if my Afro was booked or if “I”was booked. Women can show up or be featured at some of these events with some of the best Afro weaves/wigs, the smoothest flat iron, and the biggest chop, (rightfully so) but… I guess locs are excluded from the exclusive club that has now been bought.. I remember it used to be a space for empowerment, real life transition and fun discovery. I am so grateful to have been able to help create and experience that part of the wave and hope some of that essence still remains. This post is not intended to blast anyone, I just feel that it is my right to state the fact, especially if some of you purchased tickets to this very public NATURAL HAIR event through some of my promotions.
To make things clear, I was booked to speak on the POWER Panel and had no obligation to review product on my hair or be to used as a model for demonstration. I was blatantly told that my appearance was canceled due to my transition into locs — And I quote: “The locs does not work with our audience base, sponsors or the entitlements that needs to be completed as part of the booking.” — My job was to speak, mingle and share some sponsored gifts via social from the bloggers lounge. I’m not entirely sure sure how having locs hinder those obligations. CONTRACT POSTED IN THE NEXT POST! (They took it there)
Anyway, remember LOCS are a beautiful and relevant part of the Natural Hair experience. Don’t let anyone make you feel different or tell you otherwise.
I am not afraid to have the real conversations. A new level has been created and I intend to participate. #LoveAndLight #NewChapters #IcantMakeThisUp
To all the @tarenguy supporters, I appreciate your passion for this industry, it’s quite admirable. I hope you go hard like that across the board. I’m not sure why Taren chose to ignore THIS email and post to social media that she was canceled. By the way this email was never replied to (and she neglected to post). We do not discriminate and never have. That’s not my nature or business. I have a fiducial responsibility to my clients first and as you can see, attempted to work with her in a limited fashion. She took the road less professional. But Taren has a lot of supporters and I am certain will create or book another event to speak about locs. My statements earlier were inappropriate abc I am a human being. I apologize to my supporters for that. Thank you for your comments. God bless! -Julian Addo
In response, released another statement on Instagram [Taren Guy] misleading her audience on the narrative for her cancellation.
This isn’t about locs, this is about her not using products and publicly stating so.
Taren was booked for 2 events, only posted about one that had nothing to do with the issue, while misleading her audience on the narrative for her cancellation. The ultimate bloggers lounge which is a separate part of the expo where the review was for, is a private event for bloggers only that they do not pay for. This is all about the expo’s recap and promoting our sponsors in a true and organic fashion, 100%. Its not about expos soley pushing product or a certain type of natural hair, this is about agreeing to promote product and sponsorship and due to you no longer using products, your inability to do so. It saddens me that we have to be intentionally divisive and play on the weakness of our community. This is why the narrative of division perpetuates. Individuals creating insecurities out of sheer selfishness. Thank you to everyone who was able to see this for what it was and your support of my expo. The devil was busy here and his attack did not win. Instead I have made relationships and have additional people that have bought tickets from all over the country in solidarity. So just know that what the devil means for your harm, God will use for your good.
See you all next month. Julian