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Author discusses the emotional side of having Afro-texture hair

Her book is about more than just hair types and styling techniques. Michele Tapp Roseman, Author of “HAIRLOOMS: The Untangled Truth About Loving Your Natural Hair and Beauty,” delves into the emotional side of having Afro-textured hair. To be released in February during Black History Month, Hairlooms by Michele Tapp Roseman, asks: Why are Black women so passionate about their natural hair and beauty?

Written after spending years trying to figure out how to love her natural hair and beauty, the author helps other Black women – and those that interact with them – to better understand the multi-layered challenge of self-love from the inside out. With 32 amazing stories from many prominent women, it’s sure to resonate with African-Americans while offering those of different ethnic backgrounds deeper insights on a sensitive topic.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.