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10 Messages to Daughters Without Fathers Learning to Love

10 Messages to Daughters Without Fathers Learning to Love

"With or without the love of your father, you are and always will be deserving of love yourself." As a woman who grew up with the absence of her father, even when he was present; growing up as a “daddy’s girl” proved to be a fantasy, more so than a reality. Attached to my father’s hip as a child, I was devastated to learn of the kind of man he...

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5 Lessons Learned Regarding Mothers, Daughters, & Mental Health

5 Lessons Learned Regarding Mothers, Daughters, & Mental Health

By way of the month in which mothers are celebrated and mental health awareness is acknowledged comes to a close, I can’t help but close out the month of May reflecting on the roles of motherhood, daughter-hood and the influence these relationships/the absence of said relationships have on mental health. As the daughter of a strong-willed and...

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Black Women: More Than Hashtags, Fads, And Fetishes

Black Women: More Than Hashtags, Fads, And Fetishes

To understand the value, power, and strength of black women of today, you have to understand the value, power, and strength of black women of the past. You have to acknowledge and know without a doubt, the courage of Sojourner Truth who fought tirelessly for women’s rights and to abolish slavery and remember Harriet Tubman who risked her own life...

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A Message of Love to Black Women

A Message of Love to Black Women

Because Black Women Deserve To Be Seen. As a black woman, I wear the intersectionalities of my identity with honor, pride, and confidence. Even when I feel inadequate, it is my identity as a black woman that encourages me to persist! I have experienced moments of doubt, self-hate, insecurities, and trauma; but it is the reminder of the resiliency...

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Because He Did, I Can & I Do

Because He Did, I Can & I Do

In recognition of the late Martin Luther King Jr. August 28, 1963, the late Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. A little shy of 55 years ago; words so powerful, so empowering, and so moving, have continued to fall onto deaf ears, broken hands, and hearts so cold. Even the biggest melting pot...

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6 Realities I Wish I Knew Regarding The Journey Towards Self-Love

6 Realities I Wish I Knew Regarding The Journey Towards Self-Love

Self-Love Is A Process! Have you ever been told sentiments like, “you can’t be there for others, if you aren’t there for yourself” and/or “you can’t love others if you don’t love yourself?” Not only have I heard such statements, but I believe there are truths to them, so much so that I have shared said advice to others in my life. Lovely in its...

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