I remember vividly when Kirk Franklin's song "Imagine me" came out. It was early on in my self-love journey when I was still constructing a viable sense of self. Women are often socialized to outsource our value from men, from loved ones, or even from our work. I realized early on that this posturing would keep me weak and co-dependent. I wanted to truly develop a love for myself that would transcend both the compliments and the criticisms of others. It took a while, but I'm grateful that God fortified and healed me in particular areas that unlocked a deep and authentic self-love. But in every season, your assignment is different and requires different things from you. In this season of my life, I'm embarking on major goals that I don't feel fully qualified for. I've found myself questioning, doubting and even stopping because I still have certain areas where I feel inadequate. Listening to this song again helps me come into agreement with God about where He is calling me. It helps me to imagine myself walking in victory in every area that God is taking my feet. I hope it helps you imagine your victory also. Enjoy!
Although the author of the above comment might be in question, the sentiment of it is unquestionable for me. This statement largely attributed to Albert Einstein, has an authorship which has been widely disputed. And with good reason, Einstein hardly seemed like the type to cast everybody as a genius. Beyond that, I shared this because it speaks to me profoundly about the importance of recognizing the inherent value in others. And of recognizing that differences are not deficiencies. We all have our own unique configuration of gifts, talents, skills and abilities to share with the world. So often I find that we create rubrics to measure value that tend to minimize the contributions of others. I just wanted to take the time to remind myself not to. And in doing so, I figured that I might remind you too. Love you all!
When Kamala Harris was named this weekend as the new Vice President-elect of the United States, it was an extremely prideful moment for so many. My newsfeed immediately flooded with tributes my village made to commemorate this historic feat, and then photos of my friend's daughters watching Kamala's speech, and then my AKA friends strolling and celebrating in the streets. But then, of course, there were other posts. Some of the celebration posts were co-opted by Trump supporters who wanted to shame my Christian friends for celebrating what they believed to be an immoral woman. Read More...
TUESDAY TALKS - KAMALA HARRIS
This past Saturday the wait for the US presidential election results finally ended and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris prevailed. In her first speech as our Vice President-elect, Harris addressed the historic significance of this moment where she, the first woman, the first Afro-Caribbean and the first South Asian person, saw her path to the White House. It was very inspirational so I decided to share it. Enjoy!
MUSEUM MONDAYS - KEHINDE WILEY
There's something inherently stratifying about the way that figures are depicted in classic paintings. In many of them, black and brown figures take on subservient roles in a way that is consistent with how black and brown people of that time were oppressed. To reimagine history is the work of the visionary. To reimagine art history has been the signature mission of visionary painter Kehinde Wiley. Wiley's desire to make people of African descent more visible by reinterpreting classic work began when he was still a young child. Born in Los Angeles to a Nigerian father and an African-American mother, Wiley began his art education early, even studying for a short time in Russia when he was just 11. The more he became familiar with the paintings of the "Old Masters", the more determined he became to reimagine the relationships of power often visually communicated in those works. His models are often dressed in street clothes with ornate baroque or floral backgrounds, rendered in larger-than-life portraits. He has traveled around the world painting and exhibiting his work but is perhaps best-known for his portrait of former President Barack Obama which is housed in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery's "American Presidents" exhibition. Read more to see that portrait as well as some other Wiley paintings.