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Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Personal Care Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
If You Can't Do The Little Things, You Can't Do The Big Things.

Birthplace

Born:
12/23/1966
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
StyleMakers
Occupation(s):
Personal Care Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
If You Can't Do The Little Things, You Can't Do The Big Things.

Birthplace

Born:
12/23/1966
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Roger George Gore was born on December 23, 1966, in Washington, D.C.; his mother worked as a school bus driver and his father worked as a driver for Greyhound and later Miller Beer. As a child, Gore suffered from sickle cell disease.

In 1984 Gore earned his high school diploma from Crossland High School in Maryland; upon his graduation, he received a scholarship to Frostburg State University, but discovered during orientation that he felt that college was not for him. Gore decided to attend beauty school instead; he had previous experience because an uncle had taught him to barber, or cut hair, when he was sixteen. Gore graduated from Robert Lewis Beauty School in Washington, D.C., in 1987. From 1986 until 1993, Gore worked for famed Washington, D.C., hair stylist Barry Fletcher at his salon Avant Garde Hair Gallery.

By 1991, at age twenty-five, Gore had won more than five first place finishes in national hair competitions and major trade shows. In 1992, Gore organized a cosmetologist and barber association called UACE, which provided insurance, retirement plans, and health benefits to hair stylists. While still working for Fletcher, Gore helped co-found a group called The Hair Gangsters, which consisted of four male stylists who traveled around the country teaching classes and hair styling techniques. In 1994, Gore developed a product line called G'Natural Herbal Products; his product line began with two hair and scalp products and eventually grew to include nearly twenty skin and hair care products, sold in more than sixteen states.

In 1992, Gore published his first book, No More Weave Please, a guide on how to repair damaged hair. Gore's book was controversial among some professionals in the field, but a best seller with African American customers concerned about their personal hair care. In 2004, Gore wrote and published his second book, Hair Gangster, which was a step-by-step guide to succeeding in the beauty industry. During that same year, Gore launched a second hair care product, called HipHopz, geared toward teenagers and young adults.

Gore was the recipient of the 2000 The Measurement of a Man award from Budweiser. His products are used by a number of celebrities, including Eddie and Gerald Levert, The Dells, and Jamie Foster Brown, editor of Sister 2 Sister magazine.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Roger Gore lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Roger Gore describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Roger Gore talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Roger Gore describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Roger Gore describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Roger Gore talks about his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Roger Gore talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Roger Gore talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Roger Gore describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Roger Gore describes his memories of holidays as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Roger Gore talks about his childhood in Holly Park, Maryland
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Roger Gore describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Roger Gore talks about his childhood education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Roger Gore talks about his television debut on a cooking show
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Roger Gore remembers battling sickle cell disease as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Roger Gore describes sickle cell disease's effect on his body
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Roger Gore talks about his mother's vigilance over his health
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Roger Gore talks about his parents' focus on being a strong person
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Roger Gore talks about his experience in junior high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Roger Gore describes Mr. Banks, his vice principal at Benjamin Tasker Junior High in Bowie, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Roger Gore recalls an experience of racism at Benjamin Tasker Junior High in Bowie, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Roger Gore talks about his junior high school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Roger Gore remembers attending a Rick James concert in junior high
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Roger Gore talks about growing up in the Baptist church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Roger Gore talks about his experience at Crossland High School in Temple Hills, Maryland
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Roger Gore talks about bullies and fist fights in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Roger Gore remembers his favorite teacher at Crossland High School in Temple Hills, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Roger Gore describes working at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) during his senior year of high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Roger Gore talks about his developing personality in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Roger Gore describes learning to barber from his uncle at Seat Pleasant Barber Shop
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Roger Gore talks about his high school prom
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Roger Gore talks about his decision to enlist in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Roger Gore recalls tensions with his mother after he decided to go to Robert Lewis Beauty School in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Roger Gore remembers winning a hair competition at the Bronner Bros. International Beauty Show in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Roger Gore recalls the challenges of being a heterosexual man in beauty school during the 1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Roger Gore talks about working at the Avant Garde Hair Gallery and the formation of the Hair Gangsters
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Roger Gore describes the formation of the United Association of Cosmetological Entrepreneurs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Roger Gore describes how he started his company, G'Natural Herbal Products
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Roger Gore talks about why he developed products for African American hair
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Roger Gore talks about his first book, 'No More Weave Please'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Roger Gore talks about his second book, 'Hair Gangster'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Roger Gore reflects upon the decline of men in the hair industry
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Roger Gore describes changes in black hairstyles over the years
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Roger Gore talks about celebrities who have used his hair products
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Roger Gore talks about creating products for children
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Roger Gore reflects upon formative moments in his life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Roger Gore reflects upon his years as a hairdresser
  • Tape: 4 Story: 13 - Roger Gore talks about product testing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 14 - Roger Gore talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Roger Gore narrates his photographs