Apr 22

For Forgiveness

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I forgive everyone in my

past for all perceived wrongs.

I release them with love.

 

- Louis Hay

 


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Apr 20

Tribute to Beauty: Temp McCoy

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I discovered this gorgeous model through Instagram. I believe that someone I follow had posted the photo above as loc inspiration. For months, I wondered who this beautiful woman was… until it finally occurred to me to do a reverse Google image search. [Shout out to MTV's "Catfish" for the idea!]

Her name is Temp McCoy.  With dreadlocks, a few piercings, and visible tattoos, she would be considered an “alternative model.”

I love the fullness of her locs, her high cheek bones, and her upturned (almost cat-like) eyes.  I think she’s absolutely fierce… in  very feminine and regal way.

If you’re interested in seeing more of her work, check out her Instagram or Tumblr

I wish her a long and successful modelling career and hope to see more of her in the future.

 


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Apr 20

20 Powerful Tips For Black Women

Posted In Soul Work

An absolute MUST-WATCH!

All of her points are well-thought out and valid. I personally need to work on smiling more and preventing people from taking my kindness for weakness.

Are there things in this video that you can relate to or work on?

 


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Apr 11

Founder of For Brown Girls Commits Suicide

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For Brown Girls ( www.forbrowngirls.com) was developed as a community to “celebrate the beauty of dark skin while combatting colorism and promoting self love!” It features articles and interviews showcasing women of colour who are thriving in their chosen field as well as  discusses some of the unique issues that women of colour face.

Karyn Washington, For Brown Girls founder, was sadly suffering from her own issues, mainly depression, while helping others rise above theirs . Earlier this week, she lost her battle. She was just 22 years old.

A “wounded healer” is loosely defined as someone who helps to heal others in hopes of helping themselves in the process.  Many psychologists, psychotherapists, and self-help experts are admittedly wounded healers themselves.

Despite sharing my own experiences with anxiety and depression as well as natural treatment, it is important to seek professional help when you feel you can no longer handle things.  You are not alone.

Karyn no doubt reached and uplifted a great deal of women and will be sorely missed.


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Apr 11

Natural Hair Guru Loses Battle With Lupus

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Longhairdontcare2011, who was best known for her YouTube channel promoting black hair growth, passed away April 9th 2014 due to lupus complications. Her first name was Domineque Banks.  She was just 27 years old.

Domineque opened the eyes of many by squashing the stereotype that black women with afro-textured hair could not grow their hair past a certain length. She in turn inspired many black women to do so.

I subscribed to her more than 5 years ago. It was right before the natural hair “boom” had taken off, and she was right at the forefront. Domineque was clearly a beautiful and intelligent woman. Her presence will be greatly missed.

A fundraiser has been set up by a personal friend of hers for funeral and cremation costs. Please click the following link for more information. (https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/rmd4/in-memory-of-domineque-banks)

 


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Mar 20

Pass It On: The Obstacle in our Path

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In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. He hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove this large boulder.

Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many of them loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but not one of them did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then, a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

The peasant learned what many of us never understand… Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

 

Source:  Unknown (A parable)

 


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Mar 20

Lavender Spray for Dreads

Posted In Hair, Locs

 

Source: “Curly Girl – The Handbook” – Lorraine Massey w/ Michele Bender

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1. Fill a large pot with water.

2. Cover the pot, bring the water to a boil on high heat, then turn the heat down to low and simmer for 1 hour to get rid of impurities. (Check occasionally to make sure the water isn’t boiling away.)

3. Remove the water from the heat, add the lavender oil, stir to blend, and replace the lid.

4.Let the lavender water steep until cool then pour it into spray bottles.

5. Store extra lavender spray in a cool place.


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Mar 03

Lupita Nyong’o Epic Speech on Black Beauty

Posted In Soul Work

Lupita Nyong’o is the beautiful Mexican-born/Kenyan background actress who starred in Steve McQueen’s acclaimed movie, “12 Years a Stage.” She has been turning heads with her “unconventional” beauty as well as sheer grace. Here is her message to black women…


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Mar 03

Lupita Nyong’o on Dreams

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Feb 24

For Confidence

Posted In Affirmations

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I choose…

to live by choice, not by chance;

to make changes, not excuses;

to be motivated, not manipulated;

to be useful, not used;

to excel, not compete;

I choose self-esteem, not self-pity;

I choose to listen to my inner voice,

not the random opinion of others.

- Louise Hay

 


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