As you may know, Dr. Maya Angelou passed away this past Wednesday - May 28, 2014.
Words cannot express how great an influence Maya Angelou has had on my life.
I picked up her (autobiographical) book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” at the age of about 13. At the time, I was attending an almost all white school and lived in an almost all white area. I was battling my own demons on the homefront as well. Seeing how she managed to come to peace with who she was – as a young black woman — and the things that had happened to her gave me my first glimmer of hope. I cannot count how many times I have read the book from cover to cover over the years.
She was a woman of great wisdom, power, and strength. Never will she be forgotten.
Here her recite my all-time favourite poem here.
Celebrity chef, Chef Akhi, promotes natural medicine and a clean/vegan diet. She educates people on their food choices.
Not only is she stunning, she is also a great singer/songwriter.
Her official website is full of awesome recipes. Check her out at: http://www.gochefahki.com/
Guess who was featured on the “Black Women with Dreadlocks” Facebook page this past week?
I’ve been locked for almost 16 months now. No more than 6 months ago, I was still self-conscious about my locs. Many people didn’t know I had locs and some would ask me what was going on with my hair. A few others questioned my desire to lock my hair and pointed out that because of my texture I could easily comb the locs out (unravel them to remove them).
I’ve always admired locs and am just now realizing that they’re an expression of my personality. No longer am I learning to love my hair… I ♥ my hair!
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.
I wish her a long and successful modelling career and hope to see more of her in the future.
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?
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.