Salute to the Mothers of our conscious struggle who sacrificed much, so that we could have a tomorrow and to all the courageous Sisters who just weren’t having any of it…
1. Angela Davis
2. Assata Shakur
3. Kathleen Cleaver
4. Sojourner Truth
5. Harriet Tubman
6. Rosa Parks
7. Fannie Lou Hamer
8. Shirley Chisolm
9. Sis. Minister Ava Muhammad
10. Two Sisters who weren’t having it!
In life, oftentimes we are waiting for something; waiting for a dream to come to pass, waiting to meet the right person, waiting for a problem to turn around. When things aren’t happening as fast as we would like, it’s easy to get frustrated. But you have to realize that the moment you prayed, God established a set time to bring the promise to pass.
God has a set time for your opportunity. There is a set time for that problem to turn around, a set time for your healing, your promotion, your breakthrough. It may be tomorrow, or next week, or five years from now. But when you understand the time has already been set, it takes all the pressure off. You won’t live worried, wondering when this is ever going to happen. You’ll relax and enjoy your life knowing that the promise has already been scheduled and your answer is on the way!
Prayer for Today:
Father, I choose to trust in Your timing. I trust that You have my best in mind. I believe that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. Thank You for ordering my steps and leading me in the life of blessing You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
We’ve started trends in African fashion and pop culture; we now pick our spicy jollof rice over that Chinese or continental dish. We have begun to write more and more about our stories, tales and identities. Most importantly, we engage with our Africanness to become integral parts of the solutions to the challenges we face. This newfound love has gone ahead to create a demand for everything African, and now, even the large global media giants cannot help but have African twists, features and broadcasts to capture our interests.
When did you start saying, “Yes, I’m from Africa” instead of “I’m not, but my parents are”? When did Afrobeats begin to fill your playlists? Just about every African, especially those in the diaspora can relate to the struggle of having been intimidated for being African. And those who have gone past intimidation to pride would agree with me, it’s an awesome feeling.
We doff our hats off to the Achebes and Soyinkas who made African literature cool, the Dbanjs and Sarkodies who put African music on the map, or the Kofi Annans who continue to make sure we’re represented at the helm of affairs. To keep this cool for the continent we love so much, we’ll have to work hard to maintain our African excellence.
I don’t want to be othered. I don’t want the beauty you find in me stem from the lack of beauty you find in another. I don’t want my beauty to be dependent upon an additional factor. None of our beauty should be. Don’t position me superior (or inferior) to anybody. Ever.
Brittany Josephina (via mindofataurus)
I want to be loved by an unreasonable love that refuses to accept poverty and sexual abuse as reasonable.
I want to be loved by an unreasonable love that loves black art and black communities enough to insist that black artists stop dismantling black women’s bodies, hearts and minds for profit. I want to be loved by an unreasonable love that loves black art and black communities enough to insist that every letter, color, word, shade, scene, rhyme, paragraph, photograph and step be rooted in a textured exploration of unreasonable black love.
It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.