Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams

On 14th June, I’ll be hosting a very special Cocktails & Conversations. This time we will be looking at parental migration and the impact o  the children left behind. At the center of this Cocktails & Conversation we will be the screening  Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams, a documentary that was written and directed by filmmaker Meschida Philip. Scars of Our Mothers’ Dreams is a 12 minute documentary that explores how parental migration affects children left behind, emotionally and otherwise. Meschida has lived through the experience of being left behind after her mother migrated to the US. She experienced the range of emotions that are common to children who feel abandoned and displaced, and wanted to explore the topic further. Meschida will be on island for the screening, and we hope to have a very spirited Q&A with her. Attendance fee $ EC 25 Venue: The Connection, Kirani James Blvd, Upstairs Glean’s Garage, St. George’s Date: Wednesday…

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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, following pregnancy and consequently, they would rest, recharge and connect with other women. 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 same name, Red Tent, that you should see! 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 support each other. This 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 day one. You guys are awesome! Some of you are business owners and professionals and I…

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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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