My Testimony

 

 

 

I’m listening.

Listening to the sounds of my body

No longer muting what I believe is discouraging

But letting God tell me what I need.

 

As I spread my wings to the golden sun

No more tears, blood, pain, or silence.

I will shout to the world,

“I am me, and this is who I’ve become.”

 

Scars will become beauty marks

Inspiration of where I’ve been and

What it took to be me.

You will now understand that my perfect skin comes from within.

 

From my hair follicles down to my toes

He lifts me up above the highest mountain top

With the wind as my melody

I will listen, shout, and tell the world.

 

I’m listening.

Time won’t run out like the sand of an hour glass

My body will no longer go silent

and my journey will unveil.

 

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Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This past monday, January 18th, 2010, was not just any old day off that was granted by my school but more of a reflection of new beginnings.  Many students, communities, and countries around the world celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  I had the opportunity to walk with my fellow classmates at Hampton University as we marched from our landmark, the Emancipation Oak to Ogden Hall for a ceremony.

The ceremony was put together by the Office of Student Activities, where the Pan-Hellenic Council sponsored the event.  Through prayer, musical selections, poems, and speeches we were all able to embrace such a beautiful moment.  Here I have captured some footage and compiled it into a contempary video so that you can share and remember the experiences of Martin Luther King Day 🙂

(photo courtesy of Elise Brown)

The Red Lip.

I found this old picture I took of myself in my bathroom when I was scared to actually leave this house with lipstick on, but now its time to put my shiny lip gloss to rest and add some color to my lips.  I have recently purchased a MAC lipcolor called “Morracan”. It doesn’t look like this throwback pic above  but below its surely represents me well. I feel that as I grow into a woman I learn new things that I can do with my beauty that God has given me.

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. Or a thick-ass red lipstick”

Be Selfless and Help!!

I am not writing to give you full coverage because we should all know what is going on with Haiti as of now. My purpose is to make resouces available for American,s Haitian-Americans, and anyone who is seeking help or want to help with this Earthquake Emergency.  Every little bit counts and if you hear or know of any other way listed below that will help aid Haiti in cleaning up what was a 7.0 Magnititude Earthquake please contact me asap.

The Grassroots movement “Yele Hait Foundation” was founded by the musician Wycelf Jean and he has recently posted twitter announcements for his followers to send donations.  Just by texting “YELE” to 501501 you will be charged $5 to your billing statement that will be sent to help the foundation and American Red Cross during this catastrophe. Think of the many lives you are going to save and the many families that will be thanking you for your kindness.

There has been many scams about Haiti Relief Foundations but to find your legitimate sources check out CNN at http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/impact/ 

Also to any Haitian- Americans trying to re-connect with loved ones President Obama asked that you call the U.S. State Department at 1-888-407-4747.  Also, upload your photo of the person you are seeking with LAST NAME, FIRST NAME, age, and city. click here: http://www.ireport.com/ir-topic-stories.jspa?topicId=381628

Every little bit counts, lets be a people of God!

Jill Scott is back!

I have never been so excited to find out that Jill Scott is working on her new album this year entitled, “Light of Sun“.  The release is expected to be spring/summer of this year and will be packed with more vocals and emotions that many women can once again use for empowerment. Scott has described this album as a personal turn; flurry of emotional poetry both about her career, love, success, and the birth of her first child.

If that’s not enough news for you, she will be on tour with Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige and Sarah McLachlan, where Jill Scott will be the headliner of the 2010 Lilith Fair Tour! Look out for those tour dates at a city near you!  I’m so excited for Music in 2010!

New Products: Ion & Mango and Lime

So I’ve recently got my hair dyed a red/burgundy color and I decided to share with you guys the new shampoo and products I’ve switched over to.  With my hair type, it has always loved moisture, but even more so that I have now chemically treated my virgin tresses. So same routine, different products!

  Ion Color Defense Shampoo- It give great results especially for locking in a long lasting hair color.  Inexpensive, it can be found at Sally’s Beauty Supply.  If you use alot of other products in your hair it will complete wash it out as well as add a shine to your wet hair.

Jamaican Mango and Lime Locking Gel- Don’t be fooled by the rastafarian, cause I surely was when my hairdresser decided to apply this to my hair.  this Gel works as a hair moisturizer that also holds styles. It works great for a twist-out. Trust me! Section and two-strand your wet hair, sit under the dryer, then viola!  It’s always great for retwisting of locs as well!

Does Reggie Exemplify Black Love?

Essence Magazine has selected Reggie Bush to grace their cover of the love & relationships issue on february.  Of course sex sells, and from looking at this chocolate piece of work, who wouldnt want to pass him up on the magazine stand.  But just recently there has been alot of backlash about Reggie Bush being the perfect face of the cover of a “Black Love” issue.  With his girlfiend, Kim Kardasian being non-black it makes me wonder how he can be an example of “Black Love”?   It was his choice to not date a black woman, so it should not be fair out of all of the many successful black men for Reggie Bush to take the spotlight.  I feel that Bush doesn’t publicly show his love for his own race and black women at that so why should he be on the cover.  He looks good, but that’s about it.

What do You Think?

Afro Chics Read of the Month: Thank God I’m Natural

All I asked for was one book for Christmas.  “Thank God I’m Natural” by Chris-Tia E. Donaldson.

A couple of people have expressed to me their interest in my natural hair and their aspirations for caring and maintaing natural hair.  This is the perfect book to start off if you want to transition into Naturality.  You don’t have to be the black power, afro rocking sistah to learn how to care for the hair that has been naturally rooted from your scalp. 

In this book you will read many natural trials and tribulations as well as hands-on tips and pictures to get you started on your own haircare regimens.  It’s a must read for any black woman who has suffered hair loss and breakage caused by relaxers or also has grown tired and broke from spending thousands of dollars and their entire saturday frying their kinky tresses to the scalp.  It’s also packed with advice from Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, and even Erykah Badu. 

I would personally recommend this book to anyone who dares to love, conquer and take care of their own hair!