The Power of You
Too often the power Black women exude is denigrated and debased, but, really, who doesn't want to be powerful? What intelligent person isn't trying to learn how to govern and discipline herself (or himself) enough to be able to tap into and harness her (or his) own intrinsic power? The SHE project applauds the power of the Black woman's mind, body, spirit, and soul, because we could NEVER have survived as a people without the Black woman's mental and emotional strength, and without her intellectual firepower. Sisters should not get slammed for being dynamic women of substance. There is nothing incongruent with being feminine and strong. (Study the beautiful, brilliant, and bold Ida B. Wells for an example.)
So, we are not about to allow something positive to be transformed into something negative because Black women possess it.* Could Black people have survived slavery, Black Codes, convict lease, Jim Crow, crop lien, lynching, raping, police brutality, mob violence, and the destruction of Black towns and communities, as well as the insanity of today's continued racial problems if the Black woman was silly, dim-witted, daffy, or weak? Of course not!
No, at this site, we are concentrated on celebrating Black women's personal power, and helping her maximize and mobilize her brilliant potential to live the lives our foremothers envisioned for us -- happy, healthy, and whole. We also want to encourage other people to understand the Black woman's historical importance and celebrate her. Sisters have been maligned, defamed, and undermined so much by this society, so we want you to learn how to exercise self-compassion, as well as compassion toward other Black women. We are also interested in the proper use of Black women's power in contemporary times. Your personal power should be deployed to benefit you, your family, your community, your country (wherever you are in this world, Black woman) and the global community.
(*As an aside, how many times have we seen Black women's attributes denigrated until White women acquired the wherewiththall to display one or some of those very attributes, monetize them, and profit from them? What should that tell us?)
The SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)® Project is designed to be educational, enlightening, edifying, uplifting, therapeutic, embracing, nourishing, empowering, informative, compassionate, and healing to Black women (and men, because we all know that what affects Black women all over the world affects Black men and children -- as well as other human beings on the planet.)
Black women have survived unspeakable tragedies and horrors and yet remain a beautiful, elegant force of nature - often working in everyone else's best interest and neglecting to take care of our own needs. Let this be your weekly stop for encouragement, good information, and good interaction.
In the meantime, we will continue to put together all kinds of seminars, workshops, symposia, and conferences under the SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)® banner.
This website is also for others - men and women - who want to be uplifted and informed, too, for as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it: "We are all caught up in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny." The more we know about each other, the better our capacity to respect, learn from, have compassion for, understand, and live with each other!
Love and Support Yourself and Your Sister
"We know that we are beautiful," Langston Hughes
It is such a disgusting thing that this society tries to convince Black people that we are not worthy; and it is even more tragic that we continue to believe that noise, consciously or subconsciously.
Exert your personal power properly, so
can thrive and be both healthy AND happy!
And This We Know To Be True:
"Black women have long recognized the special circumstances of our lives in the United States: the commonalities that we share with all women as well as the bonds that connect us to the men of our race. We have also realized that the interactive oppressions that circumscribe our lives provide a distinctive context for Black womanhood."
Deborah L. King, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, Dartmouth College
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Quote of the Week:
December 3, 2017
"There is a notion out there that black people enjoy the Sisyphean struggle against racism. In fact, most of us live for the day when we can struggle against anything else. But having been, by that very racism, pinned into ghettoes, both metaphorical and real, our options for struggle are chosen long before we are born. And so we struggle out of fear for our children. We struggle out of fear for ourselves. We struggle to avoid our feelings, because to actually consider all that was taken, to understand that it was taken systematically, that the taking is essential to American and echoes down through the ages, could make you crazy."
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Quote of the Month -
"...she had nothing to fall back on; not maleness, not whiteness, not ladyhood, not anything. And out of the profound desolation of her reality she may well have invented herself."
Brilliant multiple prize-winning author
"I am a woman -- gorgeously designed, brilliant, charming, mysterious, funny, bewitching, cool, and, most of all, uniquely purposed. I am my own phenomenal being, and I own and govern myself!"
Dr. Rhonda Sherrod
"Dipped in Chocolate, Bronzed in Elegance, Enameled with Grace, Toasted with Beauty.
My Lord, She's a Black Woman."
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BE TRUE TO YOURSELF
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FIND YOUR PURPOSE, SO YOU CAN BE HAPPY!