For She Writes
As Black History Month comes to a close in the ever-short four weeks of February, my spirit is fertile from researching and appreciating multiculturalism. Many of us aren’t concerned with gender, race, or nationality. But really, check out mainstream media and politics. The “it” topic is everywhere. As humans, we’re still struggling to transcend limits created by labels. Labels do count, as much as we’d like to assume otherwise.
I just finished reading The Secret Daughter, A Mixed-Race Daughter and The Mother Who Gave ...by June Cross. It’s a powerful memoir by a Harvard graduate and prize - winning TV producer. Trust me, if you like page - turning memoirs you’ll not be disappointed.
I’d like to honor the accomplishment side of the struggle of our sisters and brothers who pioneered in the past. Here’s a shout out to all those continuing to work in the field of humanitarian effort and education.
My old blog has been taken down-I am going to re-write the favorite posts to stay updates with history and current events.
“So much stunning work in literature, music, art, philosophy, academics and business has been, and still is being done by African Americans in the US. Where to begin? Add every other category - medicine, research, science, sports, philanthropy, women’s health, theatre, film, opera, aviation and politics- you name it-a person of color is a key contributor.
I took Black History in high school. Let me tell you times were jumpin'. I was enthralled, in love, smitten, and captivated by anything to do with history, culture, the arts, books, and music. Black history class my made my soul swim. In downtown Cleveland on playgrounds and in mixed neighborhoods, kids would dance/march in formation to James Brown’s song Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud. You had to see it. It was perfect choreography done by kids in schoolyards and on street corners-a precursor to break-dancing and hip-hop. They moved with such precision, dignity, and intensity that it's hard to describe in words, but I'll try. Impeccable.”
I often find inspiration for writing by looking at images. Soul collage(trademark) cards are a fun project to seduce your muse into visiting. Add collage to journaling, blogging, and self - expression. Just cut out magazine pictures assemble your own photos, or piece together shapes and colors-you are the artist.