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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

www.paypal.me/TeamBFFMonica

I Finally Understand Millennial’s 500 333 monity

I Finally Understand Millennial’s

I finally get it. I just had the biggest aha moment. Millennials have always mystified me. As a deep thinker, I just couldn’t seem to grasp how they think.
I never understood a millennial. I just passed them off as entitled and angry for no apparent reason. Well, that’s kinda true. I mean why they so mad??!?

But it just came to me that they were born to dismantle the system. All of the systems designed to feed capitalism and oppression. They ain’t putting up with no isms. No racism, no sexism, classism, no phobias and no controls of any kind. They are truly the hopes of the hippie generation manifested.

Think about it. They have no loyalty to corporate America, yet they make more money than we did at that age. They have no problem living at home past 18, we were in a hurry to leave. They are not getting married, we dreamed about Prince Charming.

They are not interested in the whole idea of the American Dream because they have dreams too. And they don’t wait to go for them. I mean some these kids are becoming millionaires before 30. And they see the world as their friend.

Everything that we hold dear they think is just stupid. They have created their own language through hashtags, emojis in a
140 characters. And why dress up when your job happens to be on your couch. Hashtag laptop life. Hashtag pants-free lifestyle.
For them the ideas we were raised on completely escape them. So instead of conformity and assimilation, they just do what they want when they want. Cause they can.

But here is where they are lacking, life experience, historical context, and wisdom. Because they were raised by overprotective parents they never got a chance to fall and get back up on their own. They were raised in a bubble of convenience. I mean have you ever heard a millennial tell the ‘I had to walk 5 miles to school story?’ Nope….. Because their parents drove them to school. They never had a chance to fail, make mistakes or even lose because everyone got awarded.

So, unfortunately, I think that when their bubble burst they will not know how to handle the pain and pressure of it all. Hashtag it gets better. But even with that, they are changing things in huge ways on their own terms. Our job now is to teach them how life happens and to share our wisdom with that they can learn to get back up when they fall….. and let them fall.

It’s time to pull them in and let them understand the power of resilience and failing. It’s not too late to tell them how hard you had it. Because the bad part of us generation x’rs is that we have perfection issues. We want everything to look perfect…(but that’s another conversation)

Whelp, I finally get them and I have a whole new appreciation for millennials. And I hope they continue to dismantle these antiquated oppressive systems but also learn that the things we hold dear are not all bad.

(Things I think about when I should be asleep. You’re welcome! Monica Wisdom)

 

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