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East Orange Teen Designer Kyemah McEntyre Launches Summer Line at Curlpalooza™ A Natural Hair Block Party

Kyemah McEntyre

Kim Coles & Marina Franklin Headline Powerhouse Comedy Show & Day of Female Empowerment

RAHWAY, NJ - East Orange native Kyemah McEntyre recently designed an African-Inspired prom dress that set the stage for her amazing career; and now this New Jersey based phenom is launching her summer capsule at Curlpalooza™. 

The event takes place at Union County Performing Arts Center- Hamilton Stage, on Saturday July 15, 2017. The day includes natural hair workshops, a comedy show, greek steppers, an Artisan’s Markeplace, zumba, a live DJ, natural hair books, spoken word artists and more.  

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The 19 year old McEntyre has designed pieces for Tyra Banks, Naturi Naughton and other celebrities have lined up to put in their orders. When she takes the stage at Curlpalooza™, she says the collection emphasizes natural fabrics and dyes that have worldwide appeal. “Whether someone sees it in Senegal or Chile I am making sure to take up different perspectives. The creations are also a mixture of me staying true to myself.” Her artwork will also be on display.

This star studded day also brings some top comedians to the stage. “Female comedians are often overlooked, just look at the late night line-up. We are bringing these powerhouses to people who are thirsty to see them,” says the show’s co-producer Gilda Rogers.  

Comedian Kim Coles (Living Single, Frasier) is headlining.  Kim, who wears her hair naturally curly in Hollywood, has connected with women around the world through her appearances, videos and other social networking platforms. Comedian Marina Franklin (Trainwreck, Chapelle's Show, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore) is also taking the stage. 

Dawn Fitch, the award winning CEO of Pooka, Pure & Simple, has graced the cover of Black Enterprise and has garnered attention with her appearances on The Today Show, CBS Evening News, Essence Magazine, and Michael Baisden Radio. She is headlining and co-producing the event. The mixologist is getting to her roots with  a dynamic mixing demo and will lead The “S” Factor (Social Media) workshop. “I'm so proud and excited to be a part of this day and to bring so much positivity,  education and fun to curlies everywhere!, said Fitch. 

Internationally known celebrity natural hair artist Tameeka McNeil-Johnson and event co-producer, aka The Curl Whisperer, will also lead a masterclass focusing on styling and product use. “It’s an honor to be working with such powerful women in the industry. I look forward to touching women, men and children's hair and hearts with my hands and humor.”

Curlpalooza™Co-producer Gilda Rogers says the name Curlpalooza™: A Block Party, elicits an exciting day of fun for everyone and it’s also a time where attendees can learn. “We have pros that will show you how to brand your business and natural hair workshops that will keep your crown rockin’.” 

Exhibitors, workshops and entertainment will take place between Noon and 5pm. Tickets are $10 ($15 at the door) and be purchased at  Tickets for the comedy show can be purchased separately through the Union County Performing Arts Center.

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