Press & Publications


Aleka Thrash is a master multi-tasker. She has to be to keep all her projects, pursuits and passions running smoothly. Recently one of nine recipients of a LocalFirst LocalMotion award, Thrash keeps herself (very) busy with two flourishing businesses. One, ACTPhotoMedia, concentrates on photography and other media, while the other, NaturallyACT, focuses on hair, specifically for the African-American community. – Continue reading at

 Style Issue


Featured as of one of seven experts in the March 2017 REVUE Magazine Style Issue. Thrash opens up about style inspiration, passion and more.

“Style is an art, and like any art, you really don’t have to be an expert to appreciate it.” ~ Josh Veal, Managing Editor.

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REVUE Magazine is West Michigan’s most comprehensive free entertainment guide covering music, arts, film, beer, dining and family-centric entertainment. Each month, we distribute more than 15,000 copies at 500-plus locations throughout Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Holland, Grand Haven, Saugatuck, Battle Creek and other towns throughout the region.

 Change Ups

changeups_blurb_aleka-thrash_actphotomedia_naturallyactAleka C. Thrash of ACTPhotoMedia and Naturally ACT is one of nine recipients who recently received LocalFirst’s LocalMotion Awards for helping to build sustainable communities. Thrash’s photography is known for building confidence and self-care by capturing special moments in photographs and promoting natural hair care.

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Since 1983, the Grand Rapids Business Journal has been West Michigan’s primary and most-trusted source of local business news. The weekly print edition of the Business Journal, a must-read for the area’s top decision-makers, is known as the business newspaper of metro Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon and all of West Michigan.

 TAKE 5:STYLE INFLUENCER SPOTLIGHT spotlighting the local natural hair, beauty, and lifestyle blogger, Aleka C. Thrash! The confident content creator tells us the importance of finding a mentor and why she’s so supportive of the foster parent and adoption community. “Use your own voice don’t try to copy someone else, be confident in what you have to say.”

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GRNow: Find out what’s happening in Grand Rapids!  Learn more about events, restaurants, venues, museums and things happening in and around Grand Rapids.


Photo Cred: Women’s LifeStyle Magazine

“Glam meets heart, soul and purpose as breast cancer survivors walk the runway, along side seasoned fashion models.” –Women’s LifeStyle Magazine

Rock the Runway, founded by Veverly Austin the event is part of “Girl Get Your Fight Back,” an organization that challenges and equips women and teen girls to regain control of their lives, mind, body and spirit.  RTR raises breast cancer awareness and empower the urban Grand Rapids community.

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Seeds of Growth “Beauty Boss”  reception


WOTV 4 Women photo booth all about GIRL POWER!

Meet & greet hosted by Grand Rapids Opportunity for Women (GROW) with the beauty boss, Gwen Jimmere. Held at Varnum overlooking Grand Rapids. Seeds of Growth event empowers and inspires female entrepreneurs.

alfield reeves photography ART EXHIBIT

#MelaninatedNaturals Group II Art Exhibit Alfield Reeves expressing his admiration for natural hair black women, fashion and personal perspective to the natural hair movement. 

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global couture blog


Patricia the Owner and Designer of Global Couture decided to include me on her blog as a  “Naturally Fierce Feature” such an honor.

In the feature I’m talking about my hair journey and more. Be sure to go check it out and tell me what you think.

Photo Opp at naturally-flyy-Detroit

photo opp Beauty and the muse

I believe it’s super important to show support to fellow bloggers; so when I saw that Lea V from Beauty and The Muse not included our photo and tag me in her blog about Naturally “FLYY Detroit Presents: WE ROCK DOPE HAIR!! A Natural Hair Experience’  I was elated… Thanks, Lady !!!

Cheers to #BlackGirlMagic

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Natural Hair How To Interactive Workshop, March 19 @1:00pm

Grand Rapids, MI Natural Hair How To Interactive Workshop, March 19 @1:00pm

Tickets at just $20 you can test new natural hair products and get real hands-on experience to learn some of the hottest styles for natural hair. For more info, visit


essence_logoHair Street Style: Curly Hair Straight from the Windy City


Photo Cred: ACTPhotoMedia

I Am Team Natural brought its Living No Lye Tour to Chicago. The event featured interactive workshops providing personalized healthy hair care regimens, product education, hair growth tips and techniques, and live styling demos. Check out the best hairstyles from the windy city.” -Deena Campbell,

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