Five pieces of art that make you proud of being Kissedbythesun

 

Harlem Heat By Gary Kelley

Harlem Heat By Gary Kelley

The title and name say it all. The beauty of this woman at night makes the mind ponder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women of Color by Grace J. Errea

Women of Color by Grace J. Errea

This quilt is not for bed, but a piece of art meant to capture the essence of woman of color.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black-is-black-female from the Houston Black Ladies Art Society

Black-is-black-female from the Houston Black Ladies Art Society

Showing the many shades of black, embodies what this blog is and the message all woman of color should send to one another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A call for Healing for Transgender women of color by Audre Lorde

A call for Healing for Transgender women of color by Audre Lorde

A painting created to exemplify a healing community for transgender woman of color displays all women of color’s beauty regardless of their sexual orientation.

 

 

 

 

 

African-woman-with-yellow-necklace-by Janna-vsevolodovna-ali-

African-woman-with-yellow-necklace-by Janna-vsevolodovna-ali-

A painting that will make every woman of color proud of her ancestry.

 

 

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Happily Ever After? A memory worth sharing

I was in the second grade when Ms. Waclowski selected me to be a part of the Young Author’s Festival. I had no idea what the part consisted of, but when she told me I would write my own story, I was thrilled!

My ears had heard stories from the womb. From Little Red Riding Hood, to Noah’s Ark, I had heard them all. So I knew creating one of my own would be no problem.

After many story boards full of the plot plans, I named my protagonist Kira; and I made her adventure the most exciting thing that could take place in any seven years old life, a slumber party.

It took me three days to create the story and two more to illustrate the pictures. I knew then that my writing career would be on its way because I achieved what most writers couldn’t achieve in 2 years in two weeks.

My first book, Kira’s Slumber Party, went through Kira’s day as she anticipated her first slumber party. She was so excited only to find out that her best friend would not be able to come because her mother worked late and would not be able to pick Kira’s best friend up from home.

However the angels and good Lord above made away for her mother to get off work early and Kira’s slumber party was back in action. And they all lived happily ever after.

I can hardly remember but I am sure my book received raved reviews at the festival because my grade from the report card my mother still keeps reflects a happy ending of my own.

When I think about that story it is of no surprise to me now that I am bound to be a journalist. I still want to write about the fairy tales of life, whether they are enchanting or disheartening.

My fairy tale of a life is still being written and I hope the story ends as wonderful as it started, happily ever after.

Five movies everyone woman of color should see

Here are a list of films that all women of color should see. These films give woman of color the opportunity to see some of the issues other women of color face and how they empower themselves throughout in spite of these struggles.

There are many more movies, but these films may spur your interest to find more movies that empower women of color.

Image5.  Dark Girls Documentary – Is a documentary that was released in 2011. It explores the biases and attitudes about skin color particularly dark-skinned women, outside of and within the Black American culture.  The move is means to empower women of color to embrace who they are and love who they are.  You can buy the DVD or rent it at Blockbuster.

Click the link below to preview the film: https://vimeo.com/24155797

 

Image4. The Joy Luck Club – is a film about the relationships between Chinese-American women and their mothers. It is based on the 1989 novel by Amy Tan.  The film reveals the past of the older women and their daughter’s lives and how the two generations strive to understand one another in the midst of the clashing cultures.

Click the link below to preview the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCBdoFMHpTU

 

Image3.  A Day without a Mexican – Is a satirical film that looks at the consequences of what could happen if all the Mexicans left California, USA. It shows the impact of Mexicans on California’s economy and the social unrest they face in the U. S.

Click the link below to preview the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYJcfhxMkrQ

 

 

Image2. Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a documentary about a group of women in Liberia who came together during civil war. They took on warlord Charles Taylor and his regime and won, bringing peace to their country in 2003.

Click the link below to preview the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bi3nvH_Po5E

 

Image1. For Colored Girls – is a drama that was adapted from Ntozake Shange’s play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. The film shows the connected lives of women exploring their struggles as women of color.

Click the link below to preview the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDWU_cFU9ZA

Many Shades of Black

After reading my recent post Women of Color Wars: light vs. dark skin, I felt like I left not only the woman of color hopeless, but the community that surrounds her as well.

I do think there is hope. There are communities all over the world working to celebrate the many shades of black, making sure no individual feels inadequate because of their skin color.

I believe there needs to be community empowerment and celebration, but this will be a process.  One particular woman of color has been working to combat this issue in the United States.

courtesy of  Kulturekritic photos

courtesy of Kulturekritic photos

Soledad O’Brien, CNN journalist anchor has brought the issue of color to the homes of American in her latest segment of her series Black in America, “Who is Black in America?” This segment talks about debates of color in the United States and the issues people of color face.

The newest segment, highlights the (1)ne Drop Initiative.  This organization reflects all the skin tones and phenotypic characteristics of people of African descent that does not fit into the stereotypical model of blackness.

In the shesbeenkissedbythesun glossary, black is defined as a person of African descent. This includes the Afro-Caribbean, Afro-american (north and south american), the Afro-European and etc…

Black is global and more than the stereotypical appearance.

The following link shares what Soledad O’Brien and the (1)ne Drop initiative is doing to combat color and race:

http://styleblazer.com/109486/our-black-is-ours-1-drop-portrait-documentary-shines-light-on-multiracial-americans/

When we become changed, we bring about change.

The “I Don’t Likes…” for Women of Color ( funny and serious challenges women of color face)

I don’t like when friends notice my hair removal creme  I don’t like when someone notices the hairs on my chin. I don’t like when I’m ashy and no one has lotion. I don’t like when I leave my lip gloss so my lips are cracked all day. I hate when I shave my legs but miss spots so there’s a patch.

I don’t like when I am the only person in the group who didn’t polish their toes.

 

photographed by Crunk Feminist Collective

I don’t like when people hear me fart.  I don’t like when I trip or fall in front of groups of people. I don’t like when my stomach growls in class. I don’t like when I have something in my nose but no one tells me.

I don’t like when people look at me like I’m crazy because I can’t get my hair wet. I don’t like when I have to spend a whole day doing my hair.

I don’t like when I don’t notice my underwear line. I don’t like when people see my granny panties.

I don’t like when my friends mess up what they borrow. I don’t like when friends don’t return what they borrow.

I don’t like when people are shocked to hear something other than rap music playing in my car. I don’t like when it’s assumed that I can dance.  I don’t like when people touch my hair because they think it’s “interesting.” I don’t like being the voice of my race in class. I don’t like people touching my hair. I don’t like when people are surprised by intelligence.

… even though I don’t like it God sees it all

What are some things you face as a woman of color that are challenging?