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“In my life, they are derived from the economic soul of my own grandmother’s home and business management. She was Adelia Thompson Siggers of Minter City, Mississippi, a sharecropper’s wife. By understanding her operating system–the one in which my mother was raised and the one in which I was raised–I’ve been able to begin distinguishing whole-system solutions which once operated sustainably in our villages, but which have disappeared in the generations since my walkable village in St. Albans, Queens flourished by circulating its dollars vigorously. BIG™ is committed to reinventing that village here in the age of climate change.”
“That is why being a mentor is so important to me, to give them hope to dream.
I had so many things working against me.” Misty Copeland
Watch as ballerina Misty Copeland does not let rejection stand in her way:
Re-posted with permission from Yaminatoday.com:
The short answer of why I decided to make the female heroine of my fantasy/romance novel The Last King really dark and really feminine is because such a woman is a rarity to see in literature, film or television.
I mean, even if a heroine is Black, she’s likely brown-colored or light, and she is most certainly going to have straight hair and not her natural curls.
Not so with Emmy Hughes – I decided to make her everything this world insists should not be considered beautiful, lovely and worth perusing – dark-skinned with kinky hair (okay, it’s BIG kinky hair for sure, no teeny weeny afro’s I admit, but that’s because I like BIG hair).
The main reason I did this is because I’m tired of seeing the same images played out in the media of what’s attractive. I specifically wanted to contribute, no matter how small, to the idea of Black women being seen as attractive and feminine.
Why feminine? Because Black women have traditionally been denied the right to be seen this way, and personally, I think this has hurt us in numerous ways.
Sisterhood Agenda features a picture of actress, Viola Davis, in its Black Girls Guide: How to Transition to Naturally Beautiful Hair. Davis relishes the opportunity to portray a character who is “sexy… complicated… mysterious” in Shonda Rhimes’ new hit television show, How to Get Away With Murder. In a recent newspaper article, the New York Times calls Shonda Rhimes “angry” and Viola Davis “less classically beautiful.” Watch how we defy stereotypes and labels:
“It seems that other people, they don’t quite get it, which I find insanely amusing. The New York Times seem shocked, let me say it again, shocked, and called Shonda an angry Black woman and says you are ‘less classically beautiful’ than typical TV stars. Now isn’t beauty subjective?” Whoopi Goldberg, “The View” co-host.
“I think that beauty is subjective. I’ve heard that statement ‘less classically beautiful’ my entire life,” states Viola Davis. “Being a dark-skinned Black woman, you heard it from the womb. And classically not beautiful is a fancy term for saying ugly. And denouncing you. And erasing you. Now…it worked when I was younger. It no longer works for me now… It’s about teaching a culture how to treat you and how to see you… Because at the end of the day, you define you.”
In The Hollywood Reporter, Rhimes also addressed the issue:
“In this world in which we all feel we’re so full of gender equality and we’re a postracial [society] and Obama is president, it’s a very good reminder to see the casual racial bias and odd misogyny from a woman written in a paper that we all think of as being so liberal.”