Received a note and this pic from E, a longtime reader the other day. She has been a reader of my site for about 7-8 years. She is a wise young woman with the best of reading tastes. LOL It always helps any of us so much to be able to access and communicate with likeminded others when we’re on any path in life. This is why I’ve written so many articles urging African American women to join or form a network of likeminded others. A network like that is a form of wealth! So, she keeps me posted about what’s going on in her life.
Evia, hope your April is going well. I have enjoyed my time so far out here and my dip into boarding school life. My husband has been working in LA since January so I am hoping to find a position closer to there at a well-regarded day school. Small town life is restorative, and the town is lovely and quirky, but I would love to be closer to the big city and bright lights, restaurants open late and CULTURE! I have attached a selfie we took as the ice plants bloomed out here last month. Gosh, California is beautiful.
I think I recall E telling me she’s a graduate of one of the Ivies. She is now loving her job as a teacher at an exclusive boarding school. I’m so happy she has stepped out of the “ordinary” for an African American woman and is [Read more…]
Thanks, so much CH for sending me this ARTICLE link! I’m sure that you, as a white man who appreciates black women, are happy to see prominent white men speaking out about this nonsense.
To those who may not be aware, recently, there was this (see pic) Old Navy Ad, featuring a Wm-Bw couple with their biracial son posted on Twitter that received many ignorant racist tweets. Some of us know that the son of Senator John McCain (candidate for the Presidency in 2008) is married to a black woman. I posted pics and their marriage announcement here on the Ezine a couple of years ago.
Anyway, here’s an ARTICLE from The Washington Post about the Senator’s son’s reaction to that Twitter brouhaha.
Therefore the senator’s son, who is married to a black woman, has no patience for critics of the clothing company’s ad. . . . Sen. John McCain’s son, Jack, had a blunt assessment of the people criticizing an Old Navy ad featuring an interracial couple: “Ignorant racists.” [He told them to] “Eat it.”
Okay, I scanned just a few of the tweets, and it was the usual garden variety vitriol from white racists at the bottom of the food chain, but what made me just move on fast were the ones from blacks. Some of them hotly stated [Read more…]
A few days ago, I received this note from a longtime reader and supporter of my work.
I have good news to share. I won a spot in People Magazine’s Natural Beauty contest. The magazine issue was released this past Friday (with Jennifer Anniston on the cover) and I’m on page 174. The issue is dated May 2, 2016. I publicly thanked Acts of Faith in Love and Life blog & Facebook page [listed under my BWE dropdown above] for letting the public know about the contest. When I let Faith know I won a spot we communicated about AA women being more proactive in participating in our media representation. WE need to take control of our personal brand. A picture of the People magazine page is attached to this email and feel free to share it.
Congratulations on your winning this spot in People Magazine! I’ve met you in person. You’re a positive, vivacious woman who oozes natural beauty, and who is also a talented salsa dancer. Thanks again for teaching us all those salsa moves at our MICOMSA retreat here at the farm! Lol You’ve invested time and energy in preserving your fitness and beauty, and countless times, you’ve shared with other black women the critical need to do the same. You’ve now been publicly rewarded. Bravo!
Taking charge of our media representation is SO critical, per your conversation with Faith. The shaping of our image requires very careful thought and long range thinking because what might make us look good today might backfire on down the road. For ex., I think that too many black women are trying to be crowned as the sexiest [Read more…]
—[Readers, I dedicate some of my posts directly to Adanna, my granddaughter, sharing life lessons I’ve learned with her and her female contemporaries, so that they may spread their wings and soar, from the earliest. Her dad, my son, wants me to write all of this down so that she can read these posts when she comes of age.]
CH, thanks for this video LINK!
My Dear Adanna,
This couple is from a video LINK I received yesterday from CH, who happens to be a white man, like your granddad: Darren–who you call Babu. LOL! Btw: you call me Nnenna.
CH usually sends me video links to ads and music videos that show black women with white men in what would be considered non-stereotypical settings. These links assist my advocacy to normalize black American women taking advantage of all their options in every area of life, including their romantic options with men of various races, ethnicities, religions, nationalities, etc. throughout the global village.
Here are my husband, Darren, and Adanna, my granddaughter, when she was 20 months old. Of her 3 granddads, I think she views him as the granddad who is her buddy, her BFF. He has endless patience with her, teaches her math concepts, spends time helping her put puzzles together, build Lego structures, tells her the names of different plants when they go walking, talks to her about the needs and personality of each plant, plays ball with her, acts like a silly goose with her, splashes in the swimming pool with her and gives her tips on water safety, etc. He is helping her to develop a thought system about the world that teaches her that knowing things, learning about nature, knowing how things operate and how each thing connects with other things, and that participating in various activities are all very important.
He could just as well spend that time with her playing a video game or watching TV, except that he knows that would be of much less value to her. Watching TV is a spectator activity. Motivating her to use her brain to connect dots about abstract concepts and the environment helps her to develop a way of viewing the world and to more confidently participate in it. What has this got to do with marriage, you might wonder. Well, [Read more…]
Thanks for this YT LINK, Lorraine that normalizes black women taking advantage of their options to be chosen by or to mingle and mate with who they feel is best for them. For me, this is so normal, but maybe that’s because I was married to, lived, and raised children with a man from another vastly different culture in his country and in his cultural milieu in this country for 25 years.
So, to me, it’s just weird that some people still struggle internally when they see black women with [Read more…]
Thanks, Felicia for sending these links!
I‘m wishing Ms. Dungey uncanny wisdom and skill in the overseeing, production, and selection of scads of positive and popular content for ABC Entertainment along with the crucial accompaniment of the high ratings for those shows containing the positive content that many people clamor for and claim to want. LOL!
However, not only did Channing Dungey marry on the IR Slice, but so did her sister.
“When they were little, Channing Dungey and her sister Merrin would scour the fall preview issue of TV Guide to plan the shows they wanted to watch for the season. Dungey would make a grid of favorites to help her negotiate with her sister and parents for time slots.”
Sister, Merrin Dungey & brother-in-law: Matt Drake
Merrin and Matt Wedding ARTICLE
Thanks, Lorraine for the link to this video about chocolates that also normalizes BWIR relationships. It certainly made me think about Valentine’s Day and Darren in the same thought because–he’s such a chocolate FIEND! I always get him his favorite Godiva chocolates 3 times each year, starting with Valentine’s Day. I also get them for his birthday and for a holiday gift in December. Each time I give them to him, his whiskey brown eyes light up and dance. He loves Godiva chocolates ONLY, so nothing else will suffice. Sorry, Cadbury. Lol
I remember once, I didn’t feel like driving 15 miles to the mall to get Godivas, so I picked up another brand of chocolates from the nearby CVS. OMG–he [Read more…]
I was thrilled to read this morning that Tyra Banks and her long-term boyfriend, Erik Asla (Norwegian photographer) are the new parents of a baby boy via a surrogate mother!! ARTICLE I was sad for Tyra last year when I read that she so passionately wanted to have children but was unable to conceive. At 41 then, her biological clock was taking its last gasps. She was undergoing the IVF treatments that she described as ‘traumatic.’
Well, this is an example of how money CAN actually buy life. LOL! Women with her resources can pay another woman to carry their fertilized egg. But hey, being a surrogate mom has become a lucrative new profession for some women. This is a win-win situation. This is a profession that even some older women can engage in because under the right circumstances, a healthy enough older woman (I’ve read of a few cases of women in their sixties doing this!!) can carry a fertilized egg and birth the child of a younger woman whose body is impaired in some way. I tell ya: A woman’s body is a magnificent creation! LOL!
As a marriage advocate, [Read more…]
Thanks RG for the Macy’s AD pic for Calvin Klein fragrance normalizing a bw with a beau from the global village. I wonder which demographic(s) was the target for this ad. I know that all marketing campaigns have a major target group in mind.
Thanks CH for this Youtube VIDEO AD for a sleek FORD SUV. Hmm, I wonder whether this AD was pitched more at men than women? And I wonder whether it was pitched more at the wm demographic. I don’t believe it’s pitched at bw because it shows too many close-up shots of the woman. Instead, most hetero women would want to see LOTS of close-ups of HIM–not her! I’m just saying. LOL
It’s telling that you, a wm, found the video. LOL!
Been a while since I dropped in here. I’ve been so busy creating items for our online store, vending at holiday craft events, writing, making holiday gifts for family members, fulfilling a few store orders, and WELCOMING my newest grandchild!!
Yep! I was in the delivery room [Read more…]