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The Black Woman Revolution has begun. 890 534 monity

The Black Woman Revolution has begun.

We sing at the top of our lungs the song from “Let it Go’ from the movie Frozen, but when a Black woman chooses herself, the music stops.

What a week for Black Women, from Olympic disappointments to show cancellations to ischemic life-changing decisions. We have been on full display. But the most profound announcement was the decisions Nikole Hannah-Jones made to join the facility of Howard University.

When I saw her perched in a seat across from Gayle King, I could feel what I was hoping to hear. Dr. Jones methodically unveiled her decision process to join Howard University.

When the story broke that she was the first person not to receive tenure, the internet blew up. She overqualified for the job and was pursued. She was to become the Knight Chair which has in the past since the 1980s included tenure. But because a donor did not like the breath of her work that won her a Nobel Peace Prize, The 1619 Project, he intervened by having her position excused from the tenure vote. After going through the entire process, she received glowing recommendations from peers and the university staff.

I can not fathom how she would have the fortitude to work under those circumstances. It seemed like the scrutiny would be the foundation of her career at UNC. Once a vote finally happened, Dr. Jones decided to end her process and move and provide an HBCU with her talents and resources. Bravo!

I heard years ago to go where you are loved. And while having the support of the students and staff, dealing with the administration would have been futile. Her work would have been under a microscope. Who in the hell wants to deal with that.

But from the perspective of a Black Woman, I am in complete awe of her. Signals a paradigm shift as Nikole puts herself first.

We historically rarely put need in the front of the line. We take a back seat to our dreams daily. The stories are heard daily about how we are sanctified to bring the dreams of others to life. Not only is it our conditioning, but in our DNA.

Servant Syndrome is a term use. The only way to explain how we take on the burdens of society even though it is killing us.

Our mask cracks every time a Black Woman chooses herself. The myth of strong black women dissipates when we speak our truth.

The truth of the matter is our obligation to this nation must shift. It is time to discover the part of ourselves seeking liberation. We owe everyone nothing but the opportunity to love us fully. As we break through centuries standing in the background, we begin to straighten our crown and create our worlds centering ourselves.

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FYI Eva Longoria

As Black Women, we come from a long historical relationship with the Democratic Party. We also have a long history with Joe Biden. When I heard the statements from Eva Longoria, I found them to be dismissive, reductive, and disrespectful. She expressed her kitchen table talk publicly. I found her response more of an explanation than an apology. One that we hear time and time again from the white community.

I get that there is an internal anti blackness challenge within the Latin community, but this ain’t that. She specifically named a black woman and the black community in Georgia. And specifically said that Latina women were the ‘real’ heroines of this election.

Say what now? Eva and her comrades started an organization 2 or so months ago called She Se Puede to get out the Latina vote in this election. I think it is wonderful. I was extremely excited to see Latin women join the cause of supporting the Democratic Party so boldly.

I would listen to their Instagram lives listening to their issues and deep desire to see the current occupant out is office. The issues are valid but seemed distinctly different from that of black Americans. I didn’t hear talk of police brutality or systemic oppression or racism.

I know that within the Latino community there is a deep presence of anti blackness and it’s a deep seeded issue. Colonization had done a number on folks for generations. But there comes a point when people have to take a look inside and dismantle the white supremacy within. People do not understand its impact of communities of color against each other. That is its grand design to separate us and keep us divided.

The division is incredibly amplified with the statements Eva made during her interview. It was really so unnecessary and hurtful. Several people have come to her defense after she issued an explanation of her statement. I get it, my girls would defend me too. But to ask black women to move on without a full understanding of why this occurred, it just isn’t possible.

Black Women are not here to make to others feel comfortable in the name of unity. We have the innate ability to occupy more that one space at a time. We are used to dealing with racist, reductive and racists statements while winning. There is nothing more evident than a big win for Joe Biden.

Joe said he would pick a women vice president and Black Women across the country demanded it be a black women specifically. Several great candidates were on the short list and ultimately Kamala Harris was the choice. Once the choice was made black women from every coalition across America got busy. Working hours upon hours in what every lane they were in. From posting information to showing up at everything possible to register people and get out the vote. We are not new to this. Organizing is what we do. Stacey Abrams is the icing on the cake but she is part of a mighty oak tree that ignited to push Joe across the finish line.

Everyone kicked in from celebrities to grass roots. It was a broad coalition but at the heart of it was black women. People are seemed to be primed and ready to belittle little what we do and how we do it. But at the heart of it, most do not understand it. You do not have to but one must respect it. Saying that Latina women are the ‘REAL’ heroines of this election was a kick in the gut of inclusion.

It is not enough to put out an explanation but on must do a deep dive into their own mind to understand why you even said it. I mean really? Ouch! We cannot move forward in unity until the remnants of white supremacy are up rooted and examined. And we cannot have people asking black women to move on from a conversion we did not start. And , Afro Latina women cannot accept apologies for Black Women. This is not about the internal division within the latin culture. This is about that chasm between Black American Women and Latin Women.

The only moving on we can do to bring true unity is moving on to an honest conversion about why this even occurred. Unity cannot happen with the wounds of colonization festering beneath the surface. And I understand because for years Black Women have said what about us and we are finally getting recognition for our work. This can be intimidating but it’s only coming after a long legacy of activism and action that has been in play long before this election. We didn’t just start singing We Shall Overcome a couple of months ago.

Even during the civil rights days the accomplishments of Black Women were pushed to the back of the bus. Now we drive the bus and own the company. This is something folks will have to get use to because we will no longer be the mules of society, as bell hooks describes us. We are the leaders we have always been, now you just have to get used to seeing it.

Put some respect on our name B L A C K W O M A N !

Monica Wisdom,
Founder, Black Women Amplified

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Black Women are the MVP’s! 1080 608 monity

Black Women are the MVP’s!

There is a disturbing phenomenon happening in this country.

Until it is eradicated within our community, we will never truly move forward. I am hearing over and over again that Joe Biden shouldn’t pick a Black woman for Vice President. Because it will ensure a loss.

Black women are known to be the backbone of the Democratic Party. Time and time again we gather the children and head to vote. Not only vote, but at the highest percentage of all who vote for the Democratic Party.

We show up and bring our tribe. We organize, contribute money and, fight for the win. Yet even with insurmountable evidence of our drive and conviction, our abilities are constantly doubted.

In a discussion, someone said that a black woman as VP was just a prop. I responded by saying that you don’t want a prop but it’s ok for us to be a mule. Bell Hooks famously states that Black women are the mules of society and Malcolm X stated that the black woman is the most disrespected in the world.

Both statements are sadly true. Time and time again our needs and ambitions are pushed to the back of the bus. We are told that we should step aside so the best person can get the job. Why isn’t it a possibility that a Black woman is indeed the best person for the job? If we are doing the work of said job then give us the title, position, salary, and power that goes along with the work we are already doing.

The excuse is that white women won’t accept us. Where is the evidence? The two most revered women in the world are Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. Let’s not forget Beyoncé, Janet, and Rhianna. Who at a moment’s notice could fill stadiums? That is not simply because of music but because of their power to connect with humanity.

Black Women have always understood the depths of this country. We know because we raised everyone in it. From birthing the workforce to being the wet nurse for the plantations owners children. We have spent generations in the shadows contributing to every corner of this nation.

And frankly, I’m fucking sick of it. Who better to address our needs of America than Black Women? Because of our innate disposition of nurturing those around us, we will automatically take care of the community.

The misogyny of it all is exhausting. Constantly being told next time. What about equal pay, next time. What about quality health care, next time. I’m mean how many next times have to pass by before it’s our time? Our time is now.

It’s getting close to the point where we sit this one out. One day you will all look around and wonder what happened, not to us, but this nation. Since y’all so concerned about how others will vote, how about we have a seat and, allow the unseasoned chicken to take over. Don’t worry about us, we will just head to the beaches of New Zealand or where ever The Rock is from and stop giving AF.

Continuing to take black women for granted is a huge mistake. We are the sages of a nation that is in much need of healing. With 98% of Black Women voting for democrats, it is clear that the next phase of the party must include leaders who reflect the base.

We are the heart of the party. If we are not taken care of in a reciprocal manner then this election will fail. Because the Democratic Party wins Black Women rock the fucking vote.

All of our future depends on how the democratic party takes care of us. We are no longer the Help. Treat us like the vital, important Queens we are by choosing a Black Women as Vice President.

Monica,
Founder, Black Women Amplified

Black is King, Black is You 700 467 monity

Black is King, Black is You

The African symbols and symbolism shown in ‘Black Is King’ is where we come from. The propaganda that we come from a savaged land is untrue. We come from the innovators and creators of language, mathematics, science, religion, medicine, and beyond. Slave traders did not kidnap groups of ignorant people, they kidnapped doctors, teachers, healers, religious leaders, Kings, and Queens.

How do you think this country was built? Remember the Colonizers did not teach the Africans and indigenous people how to build this county. They arrived with knowledge of how to build civilizations. For centuries, our ancestors accomplished building nations and civilizations all across the globe. From China to Brazil and everywhere in between you will find Africans within the origin stories of many great nations.

Black as King also hi-lights African Religions. Yoruba, Ifa, and Orishas. Before Christianity was taught, we had our religion. Yoruba is not only a tribe in Africa but a language and belief system. Its root is ancient and has many forms of it all over the world. I learned to speak Yoruba years ago because I wanted to speak the language of my ancestors. Although I have forgotten it I still remember the beauty of it.

Yoruba is beautiful and like any of the indigenous belief systems, it is misunderstood. It is important to learn about it properly and to fully understand it void the ignorant propaganda of others. It’s everywhere around us and it’s all through Beyoncé’s work. The Black Church is rooted in it. Where do you think the term, ‘catching the spirit,’ comes from, or ‘the term speaking in tongue,’ means? The enslaved Africans hid their belief within Christianity to practice without it being detected.

Yep, it’s always been there, the keys to life. You just have to decode it. That is what Beyoncé is doing. Not only in Black Is King and Lemonade, but through all of her work. Beyonce has been studying her roots and sharing what she learns and believes through her music. Just as many artists do.

When you look at her last three works as a trilogy you can experience the full scope and beauty of black culture throughout the diaspora. ‘Lemonade’, ‘Homecoming’, and ‘Black Is King,’ tells a complete story that excludes slavery. I believe the intention is to see ourselves without the elements of bondage. I especially loved the nod to our Native American roots in her final song, ‘Rise.’ Beyonce’ is a great curator of our culture and unapologetically reminds us of who we are in the arc of humanity.

MonicaWisdom,

Founder, Black Women Amplified

Who are those people? 500 333 monity

Who are those people?

Hey Queen,

Have you ever wonder what it meant when the elders told us to be careful of the company we keep? I never really thought much about it until recently. And when I say recently, I mean today.

The older we get our inner circles to get smaller and smaller. But the older we get so do our ideas and desires. We say we want a more simple life but is that what we really want or do we just want to streamline it. Less complicated so to speak.

It is entirely possible to have a grand expansive life without it being complicated. And by completed I mean giving a fuck what others think about your life.

We spend most of our time in conflict with overworking ourselves trying to figure out others will like what we are doing or saying. The acknowledgment of others seems to be our ruling planet. It is the energy that we revolve around.

It determines how we speak, what we say, how we dress, and even what food we eat. We have such a deep desire to belong that we will join any tribe that accepts us.

I get it, I was always a different kind of kid. I never liked doing normal girl things. And to this day I hate the mall. Online shopping was a gift from heaven. Kinda/!?!?! But as a kid, I went to the mall because that is where all the kids went and I wanted to belong. Honestly, I never really fit in. I was always too something. To big, to black, not black enough, too boring. It was painful and kids these days call it bullying but for me it just made me work harder to fit in.

It was exhausting and I never felt comfortable in my own skin. Overall it helped me build a tough skin and character. I learned to speak up for myself and find my own tribe.

My tribe turned out to be a group of artists who spoke my same artsy language and thought about weird shit all of the time. It was amazing. I could be myself and fully grow into the person I was born to be.

But along the way, I got lost again. I fell in love with a corporate dude and his world was so interesting to me. He was so interesting to me. Smart, fine, and powerful. I loved being on his arm at all of these fancy functions. But when I look back I also realized that in order to fit in, I dimmed my light. I went from a bright peacock to a suit-wearing bore. I became a complete bore.

I didn’t realize what it was full but I realize that when I was away from the chicken dinner, fancy people world, my heart soared. When I could go to the art museum and stare at paint for an hour or sit at a cafe riding a sexy novel about nothing, joy was everywhere.

It is amazing how the people we surround ourselves with can impact how we see the world. It is not a drastic change but bit by bit we become something or someone unrecognizable. That can be good or it can be bad. If we are doing it to live our authentic dreams then it can be a great decision but if we are doing it to fit in and be accepted, then not so much.

If you look around and you find that you are doing and saying things that don’t feel good, you will know what road you choose.

Every day is a new opportunity to make a new choice.

Love and light
Monica Wisdom
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Today I Pause 400 267 monity

Today I Pause

Hey Queen,

When the world stopped, for many, it was a welcomed break. We were told that the virus would be in and out of here quickly and life would return back to normal. Now some five weeks later the world is realizing that the life we had before will become a shadowed memory. It seems that life will no longer be new nor will it ever be normal. As divine souls, we are learning how to adapt and adjust.

I have been working since I was 9 years old. Working at my father’s pharmacy at the front register selling everything from penny candy to toilet paper. We were literally the corner store. Walgreen before anyone ever heard of a wal or a greens. My job happened on the weekends, holidays, and summers. I learned to count money in my head and could calculate change perfectly in my head. Life was not simple but, it certainly seemed easier than now.

Now, I can’t say that I have gone without money because there were times when all we had was peanut butter bread and a bag of potatoes due to my parent’s divorce or my father’s business having to close because Walgreens moved up the street. Yes, the irony does not escape me.

But who would ever think that a pandemic would be the culprit of how the world is now. I have been doing my best to stay positive, but as days pass and people die, it gets harder and harder to find a smile. My mood is just solemn as I do my best not to fall deep into sadness.

Yes, I know in my heart that this will pass. I also know that this is a great time of innovation. Some of the most powerful companies out now started during the last recession. I know the numbers and stats. But this day seems like the realization that life is again going to be different.

I have a choice. I get to choose how I want it to be different. I get to choose if I fall off the side of a mountain or I climb to the next plateau. It is kind of a powerful place to know that its all on me. Today it seems heavy. Today the world seems heavy.

The saving grace of it all is that I do not have to carry it alone. The load is lighter when we all do it together.

But today I am mourning my life as I knew it while moving forward rebuilding my new world.

For a moment I am going to pause, lay down my crown, and simply cry.

Love and Love,

Monica Wisdom

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New Year! Make it Happy! 1068 600 monity

New Year! Make it Happy!

As we finish up the first month of the year, some of us are feeling like we need to recalibrate. Between impeachment hearings and the death of icons, this years beginning is full of twists and unfortunate turns.

It is important that no matter what is going on around us that we keep our peace within us. Peace is powerful but fragile if we allow outside influences to permeate our sacred spaces. It is important to have a space in your home that reflect the peace in your mind that you push to maintain.

Distractions are everywhere and it is easy to get off track. But if you have a space where you can get centered and grounded after a long day, your evening will be full of inspiration.

A great way to center yourself is to end your day with your journal. There are several ways to approach it. You can do a gratitude journal, which is something Oprah highly recommends. Even in the mist of a horrible day, it is good to sit and reflect on the good parts of the day as well as what was good about the bad parts. It will  help one to understand the power of seeing a silver lining in all things. Whether it is a lesson or an understanding of how to handle something in a better way, you can often find at least three things to be grateful about your day.

Another way to journal is by having a conversation with yourself. It is a great way to document your life and see you life in a new way. It is also a way to document how you handled situations in the past. Sometimes you  are your best teacher. You can see patterns and habits that are working and not working. It will help you course correct your journey if you are feeling off balance or overwhelmed.

You can also have a celebration entry journal. Often times we make a to-do list and we forget to acknowledge or accomplishments. We move forward with out celebrating.  Why can’t we give ourselves golds stars. We all have a little girl inside of us that just wants someone to say, ‘ Hey girl, you did great.” Begin to log your wins and by the end of the year you will see how much you actually did. Instead of trusting your memory and Instagram page you will have a detailed list of what your year looked like month to month. Then New Years Eve will be that much sweeter. List what you have overcome as well as what you have achieved on any given day.

Crafting your sacred space is personal. The only right way is your way. And there are plenty of places to look for inspiration.  Google will have you going down a rabbit hole so give yourself a limit.

Mine includes my family, candles, sage and other important item that I have collected in my life. It is up to you to make it your own and something that honors the peace that you desire in and for your life.

Have fun creating and mostly have a peaceful day,

Monica Wisdom, Founder Black Women Amplified

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Get you some good friends. 150 150 monity

Get you some good friends.

There is nothing better than having great friends. Offline of course.

Today was a snow day for me and I got a chance to spend almost 3 hours talking to one of my best friends. Talking on the phone has become this mystical occurrence in my life and for more than just lack of time. We know that at 50 we have deep commitments and time crunches. But today my clients cancelled which meant I have the day off from my main gig.

My friend sent me a youtube and I replied in my usual sarcasm and instead of our usual text banter her called. I answered the phone , he said 2 world and I busted out laughing as he proceeded to chin check me for my sarcasm. Almost 3 hours later of deep conversations and ridiculous banter our phones hung up on us. The nerve of Iphone.

But I tell you what, it was the best medicine ever. I am blessed to have 20 and 30 year friendships and no matter how far we move apart from each other, the connection still remains.

These are the kind of friendships that lift up your soul and open your heart. They challenge your thinking, hold up the mirror to your faults and love you with few conditions. It’s so amazing to have just joy through friendships even when the honesty is so brutal that you sometimes want to cry. But that is what real friends are for.

Real friends hold you accountable and pull the best out of you. Get you some real friends.

Peace and love,

Monica Wisdom

Founder, Black Women Amplified

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Dear T.I. 620 394 monity

Dear T.I.

Dear T.I.,

First, let me say that I have much respect for your work in the community. It is beautiful to see you be an example of how to protect the community. But with every yin, there is a yang.

When I first heard what was said about your daughter I thought it was a rumor then I heard the audio. I was mortified. And I understand where you came from and you deeply wanting to protect your daughter. But it is also important that you deeply trust your daughter and help to build her confidence and self-esteem.

As women, we learn to love through our relationships with our fathers. We unknowingly and subconsciously seek out the example of how we were loved by our daddy’s. What you are teaching your daughter is what love looks like control and love looks like distrust. It is a form of oppression that happens all over the world. And to make this information public has set your daughter up for harassment and humiliation. Situations like these shape how we see the world and how we see ourselves in it. You have caused trauma to your daughter and triggered many women around the globe, subsequently reinforcing this egregious behavior. (I know you like big words)

Now I am not going to say much more because social media is full of more than appropriate dragging. But I will take from your leadership in the Gucci debacle and use that as an example of an appropriate response.

I am going to put you on probation for 3 months. I will disconnect from all of your channels and suggest all that read this do the same. I will suggest that you take that time to learn about how black women and women around the world have been oppressed and ‘protected’ by their fathers, brothers, and uncles. I will suggest that you take a proper sex education class and anatomy class so that you can understand how a women’s body works. We are not only designed for the pleasure of men.

There is an organization in Atlanta called Men Stopping Violence, I suggest that for the next 3 months that you signed up and take full advantaged of their programs. They will also help you understand better how to communicate with your daughters and sons. (www.menstoppingviolence.com)

Once your 3-month probation I will expect a full report of what you have learned, how you will communicate with your daughter about her body, how you well support equality for women and how you will help to end sexism and misogyny in the black community.

I get that you want to protect your daughter from all that you have seen but there is a more productive, loving and empathic way to approach it. I am happy to see any man engaged in their children’s life but I know that a smart man such as yourself can evolve from 1852 and allow your daughter to have agency over her own body with compassion and grace.

With Love and Power,
Monica Wisdom
Founder, Black Women Amplified

 

When They See Us? My Thoughts 150 150 monity

When They See Us? My Thoughts

Hey Sis,

I spent the weekend getting educated on being black in America. I watched the riveting movie ‘When They See Us’.  Then I watched ‘Reconstruction’, the Henry Louis Gates PBS special, about the period just after slavery.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Kevin Richardson, Antron Mccray, Raymond Santana Jr., Korey Wise, and Yusef Salaam attend the World Premiere of Netflix’s “When They See Us” at the Apollo Theater on May 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

This is America History that everyone should watch. Watching Reconstruction, I was able to see exactly how When They See Us happened. How a lie was cultivated and crafted into a truth shamelessly.

Intellectually I see the patterns clearly but emotionally I just don’t understand why? As I am sitting here typing this and words are escaping me. It’s really hard for me to comprehend the level of hatred and righteousness that it takes to destroy the lives of people just for the sake of self-preservation.

I can’t comprehend that level of evil justified through laws and actions plotted out to terrorize a group of people one can no longer own. They say we were not human but these inhuman acts beg the question, How do you define human?

Sometimes I think black folks are aliens who landed on the wrong planet. The level of pain and terror we have and continue to endure is unfathomable. Yet we still continue to express joy, love, forgiveness, empathy, and compassion. How?

Does melanin protect out spirits like an electronic shield? Are we superhuman or super something else? How? How do we continue to push for our humanity peacefully? How do we continue to thrive despite the pain, the lies, and the terror?

Even though I don’t get the folks who perpetrate these atrocities, I get less is us. How do we continue growing, loving and expressing joy? Where did we get this strength and resilience from? How are we so traumatized and continue to move forward?

Linda Fairstein is no different than bbq Becky. Elements of the Central Park 5 case is no different than the Emmit Till. Kalief Browder’s case directly connects to the horrors of the middle passage. It is a haunting continuation of the past.

Everyone should see When They See Us. Hopefully one day they will.

Stressed? 150 150 monity

Stressed?

 

Hey Sis,

I hope you had a grand weekend. I spent time with friends and chilled in my bed watching this quirky show called ‘Huge in France’ on Netflix. It’s a show all about rich people problems. Well, not really but that is the conclusion I came up with.

But mostly after a challenging day at work, I just needed breathing space. Not to give to many details, I had someone who challenged my character because I did not want to take them on as a client.

Being an entrepreneur can put one in some sticky positions sometimes. On one hand, you want to be of service but on the other had one has to make it completely clear that we are not servants.

As an expert in my field is not a title that I bestowed upon myself. It is a term that people that I have worked gave to me. I consider myself a constant learner. There is always more to learn and technology is constantly making improvements.

I have realized one thing I wish I had learned 25 years ago. Everyone does not deserve access to your shine. We all have a place where we shine. That thing that comes easy to us and is as simple as breathing. True many people do that same thing but the exact way you do it, sis, that is your shine.

We live from the notion that if you have a gift that it is your duty to share it with the world. Well, what I have come to realize is that really is not the case. Some folks like Coke and some folks like Pepsi. And 9 times out of ten you will never convince a Pepsi person that Coke is better.

My life had been a quest or liberation and the older I get the more I realize that true liberation is the freedom to say yes to yourself. This eliminates stress, people pleasing and spreading yourself thin.

The 2 things that God gave us is free will and choice, and in this life, I am beginning to choose me. My shine is worthy!

Thanks for listening! Chat soon!

Monica Wisdom,
Founder

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I am a Black Woman 400 267 monity

I am a Black Woman

I do not like the term People of Color. Because many times the term is used but black folks are not included. I had an entire interaction with the Thinkific people on Instagram because they are having an online summit with all ‘Women of Color’ which includes black women. That’s fantastic. But I asked them if they hire black women. She went through all the company does for diversity and by the end of the conversation, my question had finally been answered.

No, they had not hired one American black woman or not one black Canadian woman. The reason I ask the question is that often black women are used to promoting and selling a product but we are not included as vendors or employees.

Our black girl magic sells ish but the economics has to be reciprocal. Companies have to be called out. Because if your diversity program is not truly inclusive then why have one. This is everyone’s responsibility.

Read it for yourself. All of these stats but nada. Smh

I have no issue that the summit is happening. Let’s understand that black women spend money and that’s why companies are courting our business. Does it extend our brand, of course, but until we have a stake in the profits that our magic creates, we will continue to fall behind economically as a community.

(let me be clear when I say black women I mean indigenous black women who are descendants of the trans-Atlantic slave trade)

Monica Wisdom,

Founder, Black Women Amplified

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Unraveling Racism Within 466 600 monity

Unraveling Racism Within

We are still in the eye of the storm when it comes to talking about race in America. Unraveling race is a complicated intertwined mix of legacy; myths and emotions that center around the perspective of those that are courageous enough to have the conversation.

Personally I love and hate talking about the subject because it is so ingrained in my life’s experience that it can be overwhelming. Experiences of race has left me broken and strong at the same time. My life’s personal work is a daily practice of not letting it break me….. today. That is where my strength comes in as well as self-compassion and an acute awareness of how I am perceived in the world.

Being a black women in this society means that I have to have a super human persona that allows everyone who experiences me feel non threatened and safe. This happens simultaneously while I feel threatened and unsafe. How fucked up is that? America and Black Women do not have a reciprocal relationship. America most often takes.

In the past few weeks I have had some strong conversations about race with the headlines about Starbucks, Waffle House, and Danielle Laporte. It seems that the common thread in these conversations is white women and their ideas about race. As I said this is a complicated conversation and it has many layers  that range from I love hip-hop and Oprah to calling for help at the first sign of feeling uncomfortable. Which is a very confusing dichotomy to digest when looking from the outside, especially when you call us sister and are still silent on the issues that threaten us most.

The issue for me is not only to understand the issues of black People/ women for white Women/people to understand their own path in what is happening. I have yet to hear a white person fully connect to the atrocities that historically you all have caused and created. When a conversation happens there is instant deflection and no personal responsibility.

The argument that I was not even alive, is mute when one considers that white people continue to benefit from economic gain from slavery. (Don’t know how watch 13th) and study history. The same books are available to everyone. No true reconciliation will ever happen if white people do not take full responsibility for their actions, non-actions, silence, complicity, advances, advantages and privileges. It goes much further back than the civil war. It goes further back than the American Revolution.

The atrocities of colonization around the globe have catastrophically devastated black and indigenous communities. And to continue to say that’s not me …. I didn’t do it perpetuates the problem.

It’s odd that White people feel so entitled to the shade from the tree when they had nothing to do with planting and growing the tree

Personally I have taken the position that I am not going to explain race to anyone again who has not taken the time to study and understand the complexities of white supremacy, the true history of this country , colonization and a full understanding of Trans Atlantic Slave Trade. I cannot seed your garden with my magic if you have not prepared the soil. The knowledge will not take root.

I have been asked I curate a list of works by authors, directors and educators that will assist you on your journey to unravel racism. These works helped me understand the world that I lived in. A world, which travels through the womb of black women, yet does not respect us as its mother. Humanity has been the child that refused to look us in the eyes as it suckles our breast. Let that soak in.

I ask that as you read, watch and learn, consider a diversity of perspectives.

  1. To gain understanding
  2. To examine your personal thoughts and actions
  3. How you can break the cycle of racism within, yourself, your family and your community
  4. Without being defensive
  5. With compassion
  6. Open to take personal responsibility for your thoughts and action
  7. Be willing to accept what you don’t understand as someone else’s truth
  8. With an open heart
  9. Be willing to push through being uncomfortable

If you do the work then as a nation we can have honest conversations that will elevate humanity and move America forward.

Many Blessing,

Monica Wisdom

Black Woman Amplified, Founder

blackwomenamplified.com

 

www.paypal.me/TeamBFFMonica

 

 

Unraveling Race Resource list:

Curated by Monica Wisdom Tyson

 

A reference for truth and knowledge of the black community, white supremacy, racism and oppression.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (book)
The Isis Papers (book)
I Am not your Negro (movie)
13th (movie)
The Color of Law (book)
The Half that has never been told (book)
Letters to a Birmingham Jail(book)
Ain’t I a Woman (book)
The New Jim Crow(book)
Assata an Autobiography (book)

FruitVale Station (Movie)

Still I Rise ~ Maya Angelou (documentary)

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption(book)

Slavery by Another Name: The re-enslavement of black americans from the civil war to World War Two (book)

The Mis-Education of the Negro (book)

The coldest winter ever (book)

Genocide in Germain south-west Africa: The Colonial War of 1904-1908 and Its Aftermath by Jurgen Zimmerer and Joachim Zeller

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Du Bois (b00k)

12 years a slave (movie)

The Ways of White Folks By Langston Hughes (Book)

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (book)

We Should All Be Feminists
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (book)

Women’s work to follow:

Dr Joy Degruy Dr. Isis Fuqua
Dr. Frances Cress Welsing

Fania Davis

Zora Neale Hurston

Nikki Giovanni

Gwendolyn Brooks

Sonia Sanchez

 

( I believe that it is important to have a well rounded view of life though the eyes of black women , so I have included the men we learn from and poets we love)

 

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Thank you

 

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Hey Sis,

I just wanted to stop by and tell you why I created this space for us. As I walked through the blogosphere, I couldn’t find something that spoke my language. I am a Gen x nerdy book loving fashionable lover of art who loves dinner with my girls and nights with my man. I love house music, poetry, jazz, soul, travel, belongs to the Rhythm Nation and breaths hip-hop. Woo, we are a lot and from my point of view, it’s a good thing.

The voice of the Gen X Black Women is one that seems to be carved out of every conversation. Like we are the adults in the playroom of life. But when things need to be straightened up we become the cavalry armed with a cell phone, note pad, and a strong sisterhood.

Welp, it is time to break out of the background and free ourselves from the background and restore our vitality fully expressed.

Black Women Amplified is the place for our expression. Where are we share ourselves fearlessly and unapologetically! We were raised to be humble and to be of service but dammit we are not servants waiting on who needs us most.

We are here and we got something to say. In Fact, because our generation of innovators, we have the instructions, knowledge, and wisdom to course correct all the things. But before we get to recalibrating societies GPS, we are going to have a bit of fun ourselves. Responsible for only our dreams and desires.

All are welcome to enjoy our journey and join along the way. But hey we are about to reclaim our space and have a bit of healing, restoration, and fun. Sometimes laughing, sometimes crying but all times growing.

Share with your crew and enjoy the ride. Welcome to Black Women Amplified.