Two shows have been written on the heart of the Sistas which are inspiring and entertaining. There are no lead African American cast members, but these shows are winners. What is so white and very black.
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In 1786 the Governor of the French Colonies in North America signed a law that created a slave class of people. It determined how they could dress and wear their hair.
In the British Colonies there were slave codes that required their clothing be made from a cheap cloth. This cloth was usually blue which made it more of a slave uniform.
Slaves were forbidden from wearing hand me downs from their masters. If local law enforcement caught them in hand me downs, they could take the clothes for themselves.
The irony is that many of the slaves made the clothes they could not wear.
Zelda Wynn Valdes decided to be a fashion designer but discovered she could work in some great fashion houses, but they only allowed her to be a seamstress. They would steal her designs and put their names on the label.
Valdes opened her own fashion house on Broadway in New York City. She created designs for people like Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker and Mae West.
As a child I often wondered why my people made such a show out of their Sunday best. As I have learned, deciding how you cloth yourself is a big deal.
They worked very hard in those old boots just so they could purchase that big hat for Sunday service.
Yet whether they were in the boots or the hat, they came to a point where they could decide how they were clothed.
When you start learning about faith, it tends to look light and fluffy, like everyone else. It is an image that sits up high and tries to resemble those around you. For years I allowed other people to decide what faith looked like to me.
Just like this bud on the plant, folks have things in the works that starting to peak and show what is coming. Spring is a time when life comes back strong from the winter. It brings new life.
Art is a powerful way to tell a story. My artwork tells the story of a people who rise up from things that try to hold them down. They are made of great things.
This artwork is available on essential items. There are several patterns that have a deeper meaning. The purple circles remind us of God’s word that He knows the plans He has for us. We are different sizes ad different shades, but all with a purpose.
How To Raise God Wise Kids In A Satan Rich World
In a world that can seem hopeless, kids need a reason to hope. In addition to teaching our children how to get into college, play sports and chase the American Dream, there is something greater to be learned. He created the universe with stars and planets, yet the desire of His heart was to reconcile with people whom He loved. In this devotional, the author shares ideas of how to help your children have a personal relationship with God. Through scripture, art and stories, she shared the opportunities she had to teach her own child to get to know God.
Pick Your Village
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Society brags about self-made men who climb to the top. It leads you to believe that they did it by themselves. It reinforces the desire to be independent and not ask for help. People who need help are often thought of as weak.
As a single parent this was one of the easiest lessons. I knew I couldn’t raise a child on my own. I knew I was going to need help. God brought people into my life who would shape my daughter’s life. He does this for everyone because He believes in community. He understands the importance of this.
I can’t remember all of the names or all of the deeds, but I remember a kindergarten teacher who took my daughter home after school because I couldn’t get off work in time. I remember a group of friends who fixed up the house when we had no other means.
There have literally been hundreds people in our lives over the years. The beautiful thing was watching which people stick. Watching my daughter grow into a beautiful young woman with pieces of each person who poured into her life like a mosaic.
Not every person has been a good influence. However, I used those as teaching moments to say that not every person who comes into your life is there for your good. God will use it for good, but those people won’t.
Parents allow the person or persons God appoints to step in when you are just too tired. He knows we need an extra hand. He will send heroes to help guide their hearts because He has an interest in how the children turn out.
You will pick some, God will pick some. Don’t sweat it, just pray.
Pray that the Lord will give you people who will pray over your child, and always direct them towards God. He is a friend.
The Sistas invite Joshua, a smart 11 years old, to chat about tv shows that give us a glimpse into the African American family and how it has been portrayed in television and films. They discuss the impact of shows like Good Times, the Cosby Show and Black-ish.
Listen It is all in the BLACK Family