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What have I been watching during the quarantine? Queen Sono, Miss Virginia and Self Made, Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker. These are stories of women of African descent who overcame their adversities, but not because they were celebrities or born into the right family. It was a choice of everyone or no one doing better.

This is my salute to African American women during Women’s History Month. As much as I appreciate the Elizabeth Cady Stantons in women’s history, my heart is with Harriet Tubmans and Sojourner Truths. They not only had to deal with sexism, but racism also.

Stories like these remind me of the superpower of women of African descent and even more so of African American women. We save the world. Everyday. It is in our DNA because in this mix of Africa, Europe and Asia there is some fight in us that others do not possess. It is a strength that allows us to stand beside our men or even move on in front of him if he is too slow.

I say American because we have been put in a place and time that we really have the power to change the world. We are no longer limited to our communities but have a greater global community.  Struggles like this pandemic turn on our creative juices so that we do better than survive, we thrive. I know great stories will come out of this.

Throughout history the strength of these women have threaten the establishment causing them to create laws, like the Tignon Law and the South Carolina Negro Acts, which were designed to create a slave class of people.  You see they want our strength and work, but they do not want to give us the credit or profit from it.

When a woman of color ideas are stolen, the story of her work is not told. History is left thinking people of color cannot accomplish anything. Decedents of people of color are left thinking their people accomplished nothing. It tells African Americans that we are a useless people who can do nothing except what someone tells them to do.

 I tell the stories of my people to my people so they know they built this world that others enjoy. That they are an incredible power waiting to change the world around them. That they are strong and resilient and have so much to offer, that they are a gift of God.

Our mothers fought through these laws and passed that on to us. Those African women in French America were told to tie up their hair and look like slaves. They created wraps that we still continue to emulate today. Centuries later African American women have the kind of hair styles that set trends around the world. We create clothing designs that empty pocketbooks from Asia to Europe.

I draw images of women with dark skin to so that everyone can see the beauty in it. For centuries beauty was not associated with melanated skin or skill. African Americans had been limited to a few skills, like cooking, cleaning and sewing, but could not be chefs or fashion designers. We as a people have made some progress since those days, you can still walk into organizations today and see no one who look like us. I want to remind people that just because you don’t see us there, doesn’t mean we aren’t doing it.

I tell stories about these women to deepen the fractured confidence of African American women. Our strength does not come without challenge, adversity, and dire circumstances. I want them to know that they can do anything regardless of their age, status, or education. I want to uplift my people in a time when they need it most. You are a beautiful incredible people.

Book of the Month

Dancing During The Storm Vol 2

Dancing During The Storm is a collection of short stories that represent people dealing with the storms of life. There are times when we have to decide are we going to lay down or fight. All of these stories tell of people who are either coming out of, in the middle of or going into a storm. In this second volume, the stories deal with justice, women’s issues and deception.

Available on Amazon

or Books2Read.com

Art Postcard

Homage is my tribute to artist Aaron Douglass for his artwork during the Harlem Renaissance. You can get a 4×6 postcard for $10.

Homage is also featured in the literary journal, WORDPEACE.

If you would like to purchase a postcard of this work we accept PayPal, Venmo, and the Cash App.

On This Day During the Pandemic

I showed my hair some love with TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask. My sister introduced me to it. I just all it hair magic.

It is a cream that you put on your hair after you have washed it, although you can use it other ways.

The first time I put it in my hair I thought it was a perm because is stretched out my hair. I admit I was skeptical and was afraid it would make my hair fall out. It did the opposite.

I like the aroma of this product. While I was spreading this cream through my hair, I place the heated cap in the microwave.

Heat the cap for a minute in the microwave. Once it is done place it on your head for 15 minutes. I also put on a clear plastic bag underneath the heated cap. Sometimes I cheat and let it stay on longer.

The great thing about this spa stuff I have been doing is that you can’t do other things with it. You have to relax.

The number one reason I love this hair mask is because it greatly reduced the amount of hair I shed. It de-tangles your hair and it lasts a while. My hair was so much softer than with other products. It also adds oil and dony to my hair. This hair magic is amazing.

During this time that God has given us, I hope you take a moment and so some of the things you put off until a later time. Read that book. Learn that language. Now is the time to pull out all of that stuff you have been saving and do them now.

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Today in the pandemic

I focused on feet. It was a trying day with me spending all day on the phone.

Giving my feet some love was the thing to do. I like this foot mask because the shea and oats deal with your dry skin. It also leaves them soft.

It is a good moment to be still, take weight off your feet and chill.

What Are You Doing During the Pandemic?

So on this day of the pandemic I tried this Aveeno mask. I like this one. It tingles (I guess the tingling makes me think it is working) it was easy to get on.

You can feel it drying, like one of those mud mask. By the time this pandemic is over I will have amazing skin or need a dermatologist. I figured I would spend the extra time doing things I normally dont have time for. (I mean when God gives you time, use it wisely)

The one thing I hate about these type of mask is that they are messy to take off. I am gonna mess up some towels.