The hair care company Shea Moisture apologized Monday after social media backlash over an ad it released last week. It shows white women, and just one woman of color, talking about "hair hate" and how Shea is their go-to product--prompting cries of whitewashing. The product, founded in Harlem in 1991, has a strong African-American customer base. Please know that our intent was not, & would never be, to disrespect our community," a candid statement posted to Shea Moisture's Facebook page read. "You guys know that we have always stood for inclusion in beauty and have always fought for our community and given them credit for not just building our business but for shifting the beauty landscape," the post continued.
"Two by four is a colloquialism," says Mark Stephens, the vice president of Woodworkers Source, an Arizona-based company. The phrase 2-by-4 "rolls off your tongue a helluva lot easier" than the truth, he says. But the origins of the 2-by-4 are more complicated than an old-timey lumberjack deciding to round up. To create a beam or plank of wood, one must start by chopping down a tree. "And then you cut that tree up into chunks" called cants, according to Stephens.
"With almonds being the first flowering crop and extremely susceptible to frost, we are deeply concerned for our grower-owners and all California farmers who are affected by these freeze conditions," Mark Jansen, president and CEO of Blue Diamond Growers, said in a statement this week. The cooperative represents more than 3,000 of California's almond growers.