I Am a Black Feminist

“I am a Black Feminist. I mean I recognize that my power as well as my primary oppressions come as a result of my blackness as well as my womaness, and therefore my struggles on both of these fronts are inseparable.”
—Audre Lorde

Today is the Women’s March across the United States, including in Washington, DC. I also noticed that Black Lives Matters DC also hosted a separate march in DC. I asked a question to the black man live-streaming the BLM protest at Union Station why they were having a separate march, and he started his response to me with, “To the person…” No, sir, if you cannot pronounce my name, please refer to me as the woman or the lady. I fight every day for civil rights so don’t discount me or my needs. It goes beyond just being a black “person.”

Another woman, who I assume is a white woman or a passing woman of color, told me the marches are separate issues. These may seem insignificant to you, but this is the crux of the problem for me—a black woman. For me, I shouldn’t have to pick an issue. I have been oppressed and suppressed because I am black, and I am a woman.

Since the civil rights movement and women’s movement crossed paths in the 1950s, it seems like black women had to make a choice. If you didn’t wear your purple, you weren’t fighting for the women. If you didn’t wear your red, green, and black, were you really about that power? More than 60 years later, why must I still have to make a choice? Why can’t we come together—all people of color—and take a stand? Think back to Selma when Dr. King placed a call to all clergy and all races. The media came down in droves. We can do this again.

This goes beyond Black Lives Matter DC or the Women’s March. Now, we must take great organizations like these to create a powerful shift in our nation’s, and our government’s, mindset. Keep protesting, but let’s find a way to work together during the upcoming midterm elections and beyond.

#TakeAKnee…Don’t Be Distracted

They are the reason why Colin Kaepernick knelt down. Don’t be distracted. Never forget. #BlackLivesMatter #TakeAKnee

Happy Birthday Frida!

“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”
—Frida Kahlo, July 6, 1907-July 13, 1954

The Two Fridas
Painting by Frida Kahlo, 1939

The Two Fridas is an oil painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The painting was the first large-scale work done by Kahlo and is considered one of her most notable paintings.

Unequal America

Unequal America

by Aronya Waller

No matter how much we protest, cry, riot, sit, or fight

We seem to be forever mired by this ugly blight

Infected by this dark, dank spirit of hatred and oppression

Wondering if there will ever be freedom in our possession

A country supposedly built on life, justice, and liberty

Yet, we can’t even love, pray, and live in true equality

Rest in peace Nabra Hassanen 

Memorial Day 2017

Honoring the brave men and women who have given their lives. #MemorialDay #MemorialDay2017

Take Some Time for You

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”—Audre Lorde

Even the greatest among us must remember to take some time for relaxation, a necessary component of self-care. Stepping back and taking a breath does not show weakness; rather, it shows your intelligence  and wisdom to let another take the reigns. Furthermore, it shows your strength by allowing someone else to have temporary leadership. This holiday weekend sit back and relax. Let someone else take charge. And, most importantly, take care of you.

The Beauty of the Butterfly

A friend of mine posted this quote by Maya Angelou, and I was so touched by it that I had to make a pictogram. In your darkest days, may you always remember your beauty and strength within.

Happy Mother’s Day

Whether you are a mother biologically, matrimonially, or inspirationally, I pray that you are pouring into a child instead of taking out. I may only have one biological mother, but I was blessed to be given a second mother early in life. In addition, I had my grandmothers, aunts, godmothers, cousins, and many other great women who molded me into the lady who I became today. Whether near or far, I know it was their actions and prayers that got me to this point in life. The greatest legacy that we can leave is by positively inspiring and impacting the next generation. I pray that we all are helping our legacies. 

Trumpcare #UnAffordableCareAct

This proposed Trumpcare plan must be created for Top 10% of this country. Who will be able to afford this if the states don’t cover it? Definitely not me…

From Vox:

States could also opt out of Obamacare’s essential health benefits requirement. This is the core set of medical services that the Affordable Care Act requires all insurers to cover. It includes 10 types of coverage:

  • Outpatient care without a hospital admission, known as ambulatory patient services
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization
  • Pregnancy, maternity, and newborn care
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including counseling and psychotherapy
  • Prescription drugs
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, which help people with injuries and disabilities to recover
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventive care, wellness services, and chronic disease management
  • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care for children

By removing all of these essential services, the Mango Mussolini may believe he has trumped the political system. Let it be known, however, that this is only the beginning. When you mess with affordable care this much, there will be a major price to pay. Your supporters will become your greatest enemies. Lest we forget Eric Cantor…

These services are essential for a reason. Don’t create a sick and deprived nation. You can read the full article on Vox.