Press/Reviews

                       

Royal Gazette

Royal Gazette Bermuda

Trish Croke was overwhelmed when she first let her hair go natural.The pharmacy was packed with natural hair care products, but none of them worked for her.

“I was becoming a product junkie,” said the 50-year-old. “My bathroom closet was quickly filling with products I couldn’t use.”

So after some online research, she began experimenting with making her own hair care products.

“At first I was giving away what I was making,” she said. “Then my cousin suggested I sell it. I was hesitant at first, but then I thought I’d give it a try.”

She launched her own natural hair care line, Island Potions, last year.

Her line consisted of flaxseed gel, flaxseed custard, tropical ice gel, aloe vera gel treatment and many others, all ranging in price from $5 to $20.

They help with everything from eczema and itchiness to dry hair and hair freshness. She even has something for men with itchy beards. She also sells home-made soaps and candles.

At first, she imagined her market would be small, but there was an outpouring of interest.

“I entered the natural hair movement midstream,” she said.

Knowing that everyone’s hair is different, she decided to give consultations before selling her products.

“I am not a hair stylist or certified in any way,” she said. “I tell my clients not to take what I say as the gospel.

“I am just telling them what I know from experience and what I have found through research. That is what I work from.”

She has found that a lot of her clients are experiencing the same confusion she first felt.

“They are embracing their natural hair for the first time, but don’t know how to care for it,” she said.

Some of her clients have thinning hair after years of using chemicals to straighten it.

“Stress and medication can also affect your hair,” she said. “If you have a weave or dreads, that pulls on the hair and can lead to thinning hair.”

Unfortunately, she said, it is difficult to turn back thinning hair once it has started.

Her own hair journey has not been an easy one. She had her first perm when she was 12 years old.

“As I was growing up my hair had gotten a lot thicker and longer making it unmanageable for my mom,” said Ms Croke. “My mom being black Bermudian and father being Portuguese made my hair a different texture from my mom.

“With the struggle my mom had with my unique hair type she took me to the hairdresser and I got a perm.”

Ms Croke continued to get it permed until she was 45.

The final straw came when her long hair got caught in a car door in 2014.

“I knew it was time to do something different with my hair, but I didn’t know what,” she said.

Years of perms had left her hair dry and damaged. A hairdresser suggested she go natural.

At first Ms Croke balked at the idea. “I said I have to go to work, I can’t have my hair looking like that,” said Ms Croke.

But her hairdresser urged her to try it. “I tried it for three months, then panicked and said I can’t do this, I have to go back to a perm,” said Ms Croke.

But her hairdresser urged her to stick with it. What was left of her old perm was holding back her curls from coming in.

“She said, ‘Just keep doing it and your beautiful curls will come in’,” said Ms Croke. “So I transitioned for a year, and then decided to do what we call the Big Chop.

“It was scary to get my hair all cut off, but I knew it was time.”

She had to go quite short. Her friends and family were shocked but supportive. “Everyone was very positive,” she said.

Three years later, her hair falls to below her waist when it is straightened. When she started Island Potions she was working at Colonial as a full-time legal executive assistant.

“They made me redundant at the end of May,” she said. “That hit me hard because I wasn’t expecting it. Thank God that Island Potions was kicking off. I didn’t think it would be as successful as it is.”

And she loves the work. “At the end of the day I like being natural and I want to help other naturals,” she said. “I get satisfaction from it.”

But she is also hoping to find another full-time job as a personal assistant. “I just love helping people,” she said.

Her soy candles and soaps are available at Nubian Nook on Court Street. Her hair care products are sold from her home in Spanish Point.

For more information see Island Potions on Facebook or e-mail her on islandpotions@gmail.com.

Designing Sistas Magazine

An excerpt from the story...

African American Litrature Book Club

Nubian Nook being advertised on an international website by AALBC.  An entity that celebrates reading, authors and books, by highlighting the best of the best, from around the world.

 

Heart & Soul Online Magazine

Facebook

Rosheena Beek....K.I.M's List congratulates you on your future progress and success!

Bernews

 

Mommy_Says_Press_Conference_2015.mov 

A children’s book by local author Rosheena Beek, is gaining traction as a piece of educational literature, with a number of copies to make their way into Bermuda’s schools.

Copies of the book ‘Mommy Says!’ will be donated to the island’s public primary schools as well as pre-schools.

Ms. Beek said, “It is a distinct honor, in light of a firm contribution by the Department of Education to Moja Co. Productions, publishing house of the vest selling children’s book ‘Mommy Says!,’ to have been given the opportunity to donate seven, “Mommy Says!” books, per the eighteen Public Primary Schools and 2 Mommy Says! Books, per the ten Public Pre-schools of Bermuda, as part of the Dept. of Educations Literacy Initiative.

“Currently, Mommy Says! is being considered by the Children’s Defense Fund, out of Washington D.C., to become a part of their “Freedom School Program”, curriculum listing 2016.” “It’s also being considered for the Atlanta-Fulton Library to become a listing of their 34 branches throughout Atlanta Georgia in 2016. It has become a current listing into the Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta Georgia, a library dedicated to the Research of African Studies.

“A lesson plan based upon my book has been created by Janiece Montoya, Mental Health Counselor of Third Way Center in Denver, Colorado. The lesson plan is created for all teachers, counselors and parents of the world, as an aid to help all children in the P1 – P5 classes learn more about themselves and their feelings.

“This lesson plan will be introduced to the world in 2016 also.”

“I couldn’t be more happy than I am today, to be able to give such a donation to the Department of Education being that I was taught by this school system. Also, as an author, it is a great example for all of the children coming through this system, to show them that with hard work and dedication, anything that they put their mind to is possible.”

‘Mommy Says!’ is currently on sale at The Bookmart, Bermuda Bookstore, Caesars Pharmacy, Robertson’s Drug Store, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Uptown Sisters Bookstore and Grandma’s Place in Harlem, New York City, Nubian Bookstore in Atlanta, Georgia, A Different Booklist, and Knowledge Bookstore of Toronto, Canada.

PinkSand Entertainment

Yahoo.com

Dear Rosheena,

I write to express my sincere appreciation for you having served as one of our Readers at the 16th Annual Children's Reading Festival. 

This year we had 2,600 people attend the event; 1,000 of which were children!

The purpose of the event continues to celebrate the love of reading in the hopes of inspiring life-long readers.  

We sincerely thank you for sharing your very own book and love of reading with the children last week. You are an inspiration to many for authoring such a special story!

Regards,
Lisa Reed
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Bermuda Alumnae Chapter

First Read Expo 2015

12283832_446283675562666_357070139_n.mp4

I am a featured author at the First Read Expo 2015.  I will also be presenting on the "My Own Master Piece" stage on Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 5:15pm.

Royal Gazette

Grandmas Place in Harlem Blog

FACEBOOK

AskManagement2251

This is a heartwarming critique about my books made by Bermuda College students. 

Bernews

Facebook

Hey former school counseling classmates and teachers, Rosheena's books are amazing on every level. I created a bibliotherapy school counseling lesson plan for "I Find it So Hard" and will gladly pass it along. Just inbox me your email if I don't have it and I will send it ASAP. Rosheena is truly an amazing writer and your students will grow and learn from the experience.

Royal Gazette

 

 

Bernews

CaribDaily

Bermuda National Gallery

Royal Gazette

Bernews

Bermynet

Bermuda Sun

Royal Gazette Bermuda

A new production company that encompasses film, theatre, photography, and image building for potential stars has opened its doors.

Playwright Patricia Nesbitt, videographer Rosheena Beek and choreographer Michelle Laylor are the key players behind The Four Women Production House – they cite God as the fourth member.

Their focus is talented women. The group believes that a society with mentally, physically, and spiritually balanced females works well.

  • Balanced approach: Rosheena Beak (left), Patricia Nesbitt (centre) and Michelle Laylor (right) are the key players behind The Four Women Production House and they cite God as the fourth member. Their focus is on talented women." />

    Balanced approach: Rosheena Beak (left), Patricia Nesbitt (centre) and Michelle Laylor (right) are the key players behind The Four Women Production House and they cite God as the fourth member. Their focus is on talented women.

 

A new production company that encompasses film, theatre, photography, and image building for potential stars has opened its doors.

Playwright Patricia Nesbitt, videographer Rosheena Beek and choreographer Michelle Laylor are the key players behind The Four Women Production House – they cite God as the fourth member.

Their focus is talented women. The group believes that a society with mentally, physically, and spiritually balanced females works well.

"This is not to negate or leave out men," said Miss Laylor, "but we find that a lot of women are hurting and they need something positive to help lift up their spirits.

"I believe that spirit wants to express itself, be it one way or the other. In this society, we used to celebrate the culture of Bermuda. We used to express ourselves through song, dance, art – be it visual or fine art – and right now the focus seems to be business. So it is out of balance, we definitely need the arts."

One of the organisation's first ventures was grooming local singer Twanée Butterfield for her album launch.

"We had seen Twanée at an event and we were talking about how she needed to create an image so that when she went overseas there was something about her that was an attention getter," explained Mrs. Nesbitt.

"Michelle had the opportunity to work on her choreography and Rosheena filmed the process – when she talks to a producer she can just slip the DVD in."

The idea is to develop into an international company with a focus on training and developing performing artists for a professional market.

Upcoming events include the DVD release of 'The Wedding' – the final play in Mrs. Nesbitt's 'Pastor Will You Marry Me' trilogy – and a summer programme based in Atlanta, for teens interested in the performing arts.

Royal Gazette