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Yoga:What’s your mirror image saying? (Hot Bikram Yoga)

Thoughts from a Black Girl's Diary

mirror-983427_1280It’s hard to look at yourself; I mean REALLY look at yourself. However twice a week this is what I do when I pitch up to do some Hot Bikram Yoga.

Sometimes the mirror image I see under these circumstances is really difficult to face. I often scrutinise the big belly I have, or even in a yoga studio full of men and women, I’m always convinced I stand out as being the only one who isn’t flexible enough; or even if I match up to the other yogis and their brilliant yoga poses.

Last week was one of those moments. Everything I did in the class felt wrong. I was hard on myself and it hurt. No; it wasn’t so much a physical hurt, it was a mental hurt. I went into the class feeling really disjointed and emotional.

It was no big surprise as I couldn’t kick away…

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February: Affirming a Smart Legacy

BronxBeyondBorders

arturo_alfonso_schomburg Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, born and raised in Puerto Rico and grew to prove that African Americans and African Carribeans have a history, a relevance, and have unleashed countless contributions to their adoptive societies. A great collector of historical documents. Established the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.

tubman-on-slaves Soldiering, spying, and slave resistance in a time without technology. A wonder.

By:  E. R. Smith

In our early history there was no Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn;

Facebook was church.

Social media was all religions and therein movements grew; after decades became televised.

Tweets; kept everyone off the city bus one year.

Instant Message; was the Jim Crow signs in our neighborhoods.

Ping back by reminding everybody; “What preacher said Sunday?”

james-weldon-johnson-poet-quote-as-yet-the-negroes-themselves-do-notLinkedIn was a community barber; or hair salon.

eHarmony was socials, bible study, and family picnics.

What is now thought of as soft, old, corny; schooled the toughest and most tenacious fighters.

Call it dull…

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Are You A Confident Woman? (BLW Contributor)

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A confident and positive woman

Are You A Confident Woman?

I have never met a woman who is uncertain of herself. As a matter of fact, every woman will be quick to answer “yes, I am confident.” But why not? They have every right to say so, if they believe so.

However, I thought about some character traits that would make up a confident woman, and came up with 15.

Here they are:

15 character traits of a confident woman

  1. She emits positive energy and attracts people to her.
  2. She walks and speaks with authority.
  3. She believes in her abilities and does not allow others to determine her destiny.
  4. She knows when to walk away and when to stand up.
  5. She is fill with life and laughter.
  6. She speaks about love everywhere she goes.
  7. She cannot help but to be genuine and kindhearted to others.
  8. She is admired and respected.
  9. People look up to her as a source of inspiration.
  10. She is always satisfied with what she has and she uses what she has best as she can.

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On Turning 40, A Few Truths and an Awesome Birthday Vacation!!!!

Enjoying the Journey with Harper

SO… Um…. When I was a teenager, I think I thought 40 was like “OLD.” And though my husband crossed the burning sands of 40 about 4 years ago, I have prided myself on still being in my 30’s… at least until about a month ago… ???

So now I am 40. I’m 40. And things are indeed a bit different. Surely, I have the stubborn strands of grey that tend to crown (the most obvious) parts of my face, and the occasional chin hair… (Yikes!!) I have somehow become a natural fan of the skirt/shorts bathing suits, reading books opposed to TV, long walks, theatre, tea vs. coffee; occasional wearing of Spanx, kale smoothies for breakfast, old school music, flats over heels (and other logical beauty regimes vs. the more time consuming/expensive alternatives). It is amazing the insight and wisdom that comes over time.

But I think…

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Black Power, Black Manhood, and Black Womanhood: Voices from the Past and Present

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‘Wathint’ Abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo’

(you strike the women, you strike the rock)

I think this is my time now and I’m goin’ to take it. Anybody’d be crazy not to take it.… I just don’t care about anything else right now but takin’ what my mother and my grandmother oughtta have had and they didn’t get it. —Anonymous black woman interviewed by Josephine Carson, Silent Voices: The Southern Negro Woman Today (1969)

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Spokesmen argued that black men were more damaged by racism than black women, that men should be the leaders, head of the household, and dominant. Black women were empowered and thrilled by the Black Power movement, including the Black Panther Party, but many had critiques of its male chauvinism, common to many nationalist movements.

A central goal of the Black Power and black nationalist political movement was for the black man to recover the manhood that had been destroyed…

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She Looks Like Me: Reflections on Diversity (A Rewrite)

Tay LaRoi

meThe picture to the left is me (give or take a Snapchat filter). My father is a fair-skinned black man and my mother is a white woman, which is why I look the way I do. Due to my mixed heritage, I have a very complicated relationship with my unbelievably curly hair. When it grows, it doesn’t get long, it gets big.  And by big I mean huge. Like, routinely-loose-bobby-pins-in-it-I-am-not-kidding-that-actually-happens huge, which is why I wear it short.  It’s also why I get extremely excited when I meet other girls, primarily mixed and black girls, with hair like mine. I feel like it gives us an instant connection to build on and, if they wear their hair long, I can’t help but admire their patience. I’ve struck up long engaging conversation with total strangers just with complements about their hair, questions about products, and thoughts on styles.

I form a similar…

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