SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)®
SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)®
SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)®: It's Like An ELIXIR For Life.

        Welcome to the SHE (Surviving, Healing and      Evolving)® website.  I am honored that you surfed to this site.  Now... let's get to work, because there is a very special person inside of you who wants to be free to do her thing!    Free yourself and let her.  We are going to love ourselves, so we can save ourselves and reach the very best of ourselves!   Much Love Sisters  (and Brothers),             Dr. Rhonda

                      "We don't see things as they are,                                               we see things as we are."       Anais Nin


"I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves.  We've been taught that silence would save us, but it won't."  Audre Lorde, brilliant Black feminist writer


                      The Power of You



                                                                                             "I wish you power that equals your intelligence and

                                                           your strength.  I wish you success that equals your

talent and determination. And I wish you faith."


Dr. Betty Shabazz

Educator, Activist, and Wife of our 

"Black Shining Prince," Malcolm X



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 in this society; so, we want you, Sister, 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 acquire the wherewiththall to display those very attributes, monetize them, and profit from them?  What should that tell us?) 




                                  Our Mission                   




The SHE (Surviving, Healing, and Evolving)® Project is designed to be educational, enlightening, edifying, uplifting, therapeutic, embracing, nourishing, empowering, informative, compassionate, and healing for 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!



             SELF-LOVE   SELF-LOVE   SELF-LOVE                                               Find A Way To Practice It 

     Like water, Sisters, let this site be akin to an elixir:  

Drink it up!




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.

"People generally see what they look for and only hear what they listen for."  Harper Lee

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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Dr. Rhonda Sherrod:


 Surviving, Healing, and Evolving


will arrive soon!! 




Quote of the Day

January 24, 2019


”Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”


Mary Oliver, 




Quote of the Day

January 23, 2019


“The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.”


Ida B. Wells,

World Class Journalist, and Human Rights/Writes Activist


Quote of the Day

January 22, 2019


"The best way to predict the future is to create it."


Abraham Lincoln,

16th President of the USA



Happy King Day!

(January 21, 2019)


Thank you Dr. King for a life well lived.

So much love for you!


"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle."


The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Human Rights Leader and Martyr 



Quote of the Day

January 14, 2019


"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."


Stoic Philosopher



Happy New Year!


Quote of the Day

(January 1, 2019)


“Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.” 


Janelle Monae, singer, actress, model, songwriter, and producer



 Quote of the Week

(December 30, 2018 - January 5, 2019)


”It’s not about supplication, it’s about power.  It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding.  It’s not about convincing those who are in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.” 


Kimberle Williams Crenshaw,

Brilliant Law Professor at Columbia University and UCLA


Quote of the Week

November 18, 2018


”I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”


Fannie Lou Hamer,

Human rights activist



Quote of the Week

November 11, 2018


“You are your best thing.” 


Toni Morrison,

Canonic award -winning author


Quote of the Week

November 5, 2018


“Art hurts.  Art urges voyages-and it is easier to stay at home.”


Gwendolyn Brooks, 

Poet, educator, First African American to win a Pulitzer Prize



Quote of the Month

November, 2018


“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.”


Elbert Hubbard,

American writer & publisher



Quote of the Week

October 28, 2018


“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”


Joseph Campbell,

American author and educator



Quote of the Week

October 1, 2018


“We must do more to raise awareness about the realities of sexual assault; confront and change insensitive attitudes wherever they persist; enhance training and education in the criminal justice system; and expand access to critical health, legal, and protection services for survivors.”  


Barack Obama, President of the United States (2009-2017) 


Quote of the Week

September 23, 2018


"At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice, he is the worst."



(#Justice for Laquan McDonald)



Quote of the Week

September 16, 2018


"This nation cannot endure half democracy and half mobocracy, half civilized and half savage."


William Henry Lewis,

All American Harvard football player (1892-93) & first Black assistant Attorney General of the US


(For more on William H. Lewis, click the SHE for HIM tab above!)




Quote of the Month



"Whether you have a PhD or no D, we are in this bag together.  Whether you're from Morehouse or Nohouse, we're still in this bag together."


Fannie Lou Hamer,

brilliant activist and strategist




Quote of the Week

August 26, 2018


“Being a singer is a natural gift.  It means I’m using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use.  I’m happy with that.”


Aretha Franklin,

The Queen

of Soul


(For more on the Queen, click on the SHESTORY tab above!)



Quote of the Week

August 19, 2018


“In the campaign debate, one of the things we talked about was his experience versus my inexperience.  I said, ‘I have a right to go up there and make a fool of myself.  I'll never know until I get up there.  If you're going to always judge people -- women, Blacks, Indians,  whatever-- against a white person who has had more advantages, more opportunities, and a quicker starting time, then we should never participate in anything.’”


Carrie Saxon Perry,

First Black woman mayor of a major U. S. city (Hartford, CT)





Quote of the Week

August 12, 2018


“If you don't have a lens that's been trained to look at how various forms of discrimination come together, you're unlikely to develop a set of policies that will be as inclusive as they need to be."


Kimberle Williams Crenshaw

Professor, Columbia and UCLA Law Schools




Quote of the Week

August 5, 2018


"Never trust anyone who says they do not see color.  This means, to them, you are invisible."


Nayyirah Waheed, poet and author



Quote of the Week

June 10, 2018


"We are stars wrapped in skin, the light we are seeking has always been within."


Islamic mystic, poet, and scholar


Quote of the Month


"At the root of this dilemma is the way we view mental health in this country.  Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg, or your brain, it's still an illness, and there should be no distinction."



Michelle Obama






Quote of the Week

April 1, 2018


"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

Rev. Dr. Martin

Luther King, Jr.,

Human rights

activist and martyr



Quote of the Month


"She knew wonderful simples for ailments of body and soul, and bound up both in earthy ointments."

Lillian Smith





Quote of the Week 


March 24, 2018


"You're going to


struggle, so surround


yourself with people you




King T'Chaka to


King T'Challa


(For a Review of the Black Panther movie, click on the SHE Goes To The Movies tab above!)




Quote of the Month


March, 2018


"The Black Panther


Party was not a 


gang.  They grew


 out of a young


Black intelligensia on


college campuses."


Bobby Seale


 Co-founder of the


Black Panther Party






Quote of the Week


February 4, 2018


"Grab the broom of


anger, and drive off the


beast of fear."  


Zora Neale Hurston,

Author & Anthropologist




Quote of the Week

January 27, 2018


Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time.  If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday."  

Wilma Rudolph,

Olympic Goal Medalist




Quote of the Week

January 21, 2018


"The secret of getting ahead is getting started."

Mark Twain, 

Author and humorist



Quote of the Week

January 14 , 2018


"As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you the first time around."


Oprah Winfrey,

Media Mogul



Quote of the Week

January 7, 2018


"There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise."


Dr. W.E. B. DuBois

Scholar Extraordinaire



Quote of the Week

January 1, 2018


New beginnings, y'all! Another year, another opportunity to become who we came here to be. Let's focus on discovering the tools and strategies we need to move forward.  Then, each and EVERY single day, let's try to use those strategies.  It might not be easy, but it will sure be worth it!"

Dr. Rhonda Sherrod

Soul Survivor



Quote of the Month

January, 2018


"Trust yourself.  Think for yourself.  Act for yourself. Speak for yourself.  Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.",

Marva Collins, 

Highly-esteemed teacher


"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." 


Dr. Yosef





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