Dear Racism

Dear Racism, Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation from the position of 2nd class citizen. My last day of employment was yesterday. Unlike leaving other positions, this was an easy decision because I never asked for the job. I never agreed to be labeled, belittled, mistreated, abused, disrespected, disregarded as worthless…you get […]

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Laboring For What?

All over the country, many Americans are enjoying an extra day off in honor of Labor Day.  A national holiday that recognizes the contributions that working Americans have made to the prosperity and well-being of our country. However, unfortunately an overwhelming high percent of American employees do not feel like they are making a difference […]

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Rebirth

As life unfolded, I let this blog – I am Black and Beautiful sit quiet and lose its voice.  However, just like an itch that will not go away, I could not bury it in the graveyard of dead dreams. It called to my soul and the need to say what needs to be said […]

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RIP Donna Summer – “Toot Toot Hey Beep Beep”

Learning of Donna Summer’s death makes me think of my childhood because her songs were played regularly in my home.  I remember being a little girl, sitting in the living room on the floor next to the stereo studying the picture of above album cover.  Something about it intrigued me. I walked around the house […]

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Kehinde Wiley latest exhibit of Beautiful Black Women

Kehinde Wiley exhibit Economy of Grace is on display at the Sean Kelly Gallery in New York until June 16, 2012.  His subject matter is African-American women. In Wiley’s words, “The phrase ‘an economy of grace’ speaks directly to the ways in which we manufacture and value grace and honor, the people that we choose to bestow that honor […]

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Vintage Black Women

I love looking at old photos of black women, they had such style and grace!                                                                                    […]

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Phenomenal Woman by Dr. Maya Angelou

Poetry is a centuries old art form.  Dr. Maya Angelou is a poetry icon (among her many other titles) who happens to be black and beautiful.  Her list of contributions to the world is long and she is a shining light for African-Americans that follow in her footsteps. She wrote my all time favorite poem, Phenomenal Woman.  […]

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