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Thousands of Family Guy fans have
signed a petition demanding US TV
network Fox and the show s creator
bring back Brian Griffin.
Viewers were left stunned when the
talking dog died in the latest episode.
The character, voiced by Family Guy
creator Seth MacFarlane, was killed off
in an episode called Life of Brian after
Around 25,000 fans of the show have
signed a petition on Change.org to res-
urrect the character.
Brian, a family dog that talks, drinks,
goes out with women and is an aspiring
novelist, has been a major character
since the pilot of Family Guy in 1999.
He has appeared in more than 200
episodes of the animated cartoon com-
The show, which is set around bum-
bling father Peter Griffin, his wife Lois,
teenage children Chris and Meg and
baby Stewie, is known for its raunchy
humour. Representatives for Fox have
so far declined to comment on Brian s
Family Guy fans petition against Brian's death
"Know where it s coming from. Know
your source." This is Adele Beckles
motto. It is a motto she puts into
full practice with the Moisture Research Project
(MRP)---a line of hair care products for black women
with natural hair which Beckles recently launched.
The line features many ingredients found in Beckles
backyard, including aloe vera and rosemary.
The concoctions that eventually become the MRP
Curly Hair Jelly and MRP Curly Hair Cream are also
made in Beckles Diego Martin home. Its a process
Beckles tries to make as "safe and sustainable" as pos-
sible. The only ingredients she uses that are not local
are shea butter and olive oil. Otherwise, everything
used for MRP---the labels, containers, labour for logo
design and essential oils---are locally produced and/or
Beckles, 40, has had natural hair for the past 13
years and has always struggled to find the perfect
product. "I never found one product to work in my
hair and the products I do use are also really expensive
so I wanted to find a balance between the two---price
and convenience," she said during an interview at her
Diego Martin home.
When Beckles became a pharmacy student at the
University of the West Indies three years ago, however,
she realised she could make the perfect product for
her hair. Creating the product took months of mixing
and re-mixing, testing and asking friends to serve as
virtual guinea pigs. Eventually, Beckles found the
texture, consistency and colour most suitable to the
product. Even though the products are home made,
they re not easy to make. During the interview Beckles
demonstrated the step-by-step process to making
Curly Hair Jelly.
First, she had to harvest aloe vera from her garden.
Beckles pointed out that when the aloe vera plant is
cut, there is a yellow sap which must be drained before
use. If this sap is not drained, then the plant can cause
itching. Next, Beckles peels the plant and extracts the
meaty interior. She adds water to this and blends.
Afterwards, she adds the aloe to a mixture of protein
and glycerin. Measurements are essential to getting
the desired consistency and texture, so Beckles is sure
to make everything ingredient precisely.
To mix the ingredients, Beckles uses a whisk---
blenders tend to liquify the product, she said. Slowly,
she adds ingredients such as almond and lavender oil
and Vitamin E. She also adds fragrance and her "secret"
dients. It takes
one hour to
batches of the
creams by hand.
Beckles will be
beauty shop, The
Pop Up Store, which she
opened in 2011. The line will also be sold at the beauty
supply store Hair It Is in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain.
Beckles will be marketing the product primarily through
social media, since her Pop Up Store already has a
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whips up natural
hair product at home
Founder of the Moisture Research Project line of
hair products, Adele Beckles, drains an aloe leaf in
her backyard. Beckles sources many of the
ingredients for her products in her home garden.
Beckles poses with the two products from her Moisture
Research Project line. PHOTOS: MARYANN AUGUSTE
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