Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams

On 14th June, I’ll be hosting a very special Cocktails & Conversations. This time we’ll be looking at parental migration and the impact on the children left behind. At the center of this Cocktails & Conversations will be the screening of  Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams. Scars of Our Mother’s Dreams is a documentary that explores the impact of parental migration. The film is written and directed by filmmaker Meschida Philip, a Grenadian living in the US. Following the 12 minute film, we’ll have an open Q and A discussion with the Meschida. Attendance fee $ EC 25 Venue: The Connection, Kirani James Blvd, Upstairs Glean’s Garage, St. George’s Date: Wednesday 14th June, 2017 Time: 6-8pm Register to attend the film screening and Q & A with the director by signing up using the form below the film trailer. Payment can be at the event. As usual, cocktails will be available and free! Catch the…

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For My Insiders

Historically, particularly in Biblical times, red tents have been places where women would go to separate themselves during their menstrual cycles and following pregnancy. Consequently, they would rest, recharge and connect with other women in the tent. I can only imagine what this must have been like – generations of women, unwinding, healing, recharging, and experiencing the fellowship of other women. There is even a fascinating book by Anita Diamant and movie with the name, Red Tent. The movie is on Netflix, so check it out if you can. I loved it! On 3rd June 2017, FemmePowered will host a red-tent styled Cocktails & Conversations. There’s no tent or cocktails (just wine), but the idea is to meet, connect, share and find community with each other. This private event is for my insiders only. I’m opening it up only to persons on the mailing list and those who have been supportive of FemmePowered from…

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Whose holding us up?

Damn, I love when popular culture tackles serious issues! All week I’ve been speaking about self care and the black woman. The black woman is a perennial martyr. She gives and gives, is expected to be strong, keep shit together, hold everyone down. Hold that man down, they say. Keep those kids in order. Make that money, girl! But who holds us down? Scandal’s character Mya Pope (aka Mamma Pope) speaks volumes in the short clip below. In less than two minutes of sound bites, she channels all the strong black women I love and admire. These are women who have boldly spoken up for women of African ancestry. I listen to her and I hear echoes of bell hook, Patricia Collins, Nina Simone, Mya Angelou, Audre Lorde, Angela Davis. The speech is iconic. I just need to know, who wrote this monologue?  

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Domestic violence and self care – An interview

Hello all yuh! So last night I did a Facebook Be Live with Mellany Paynter of Mellany Motivates. Mellany is all about promoting self-care among women of color. In my last post, I shared an audio interview I did with her. Last night, we turned the tables. We talk about the catalyst behind FemmePowered, my abuse story, self-care and women of color. This is the first ever video interview where I share my story and experience with domestic violence and the strategies I used to find healing and wholeness. It’s raw, open and my truth. Check it out below and feel free to leave a comment.

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Self care and the black woman

Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. – Audre Lorde (black feminist) How do you tend your temple? What does self-care mean to you? Do you get it from a jar of cold cream, a spa vacation or is it an internal construct? And how does it manifest in your daily life? I think self-care starts from a place of being aware of our worthiness. Once we understand that we are worthy and deserving of a whole relationships with ourselves, we make the time and effort to tend to all facets of our temple – mind, body, spirit, emotions. Listen to my conversation on self care and the black woman with Mellany Paynter of Mellany Motivates . In this episode of the Coffee & Conversation series on Tending the Temple – Black Women & Self Care, we explore how ideas like the…

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