Tuesday, October 29, 2013

'Houston Beauty' Preview

Houston Beauty logo
Franklin Beauty Schools have been an iconic part of Houston's African American community for almost a century.  It is the oldest beauty school in the country, having opened its doors in 1915 and been run by the Jemison family that founded it for the 98 years it has been in business in H-town.

If you are getting your hair done, cut or styled in H-town or this area, chances are that it's a Franklin Beauty School student or alum that has done so

As a matter of fact I live down the street from one of the two locations and pass it on a regular basis on my way into downtown or home.   I frequently see its purple clad students either getting on or off the bus enroute to their classes to get their Texas cosmetology or barber's licenses.  

I'm not usually a fan of reality TV shows, but in this case because it's featuring a historic Houston business, I may have to break down and watch the sneak peek episode tomorrow of Houston Beauty on OWN at 9 PM CDT.   

And yes, one of the reasons I'm watching in addition to getting a peek inside this iconic part of Houston and checking out the legendary Glenda 'Ms. J' Jemison is to see the story of Mia, one of the trans students attending the school and how it plays out.

I'm hoping Mia's has a positive ending and looking forward to checking out Houston Beauty when the show starts its season on November 2.

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