Originally posted on March 9, 2018.
I have to shout-out a few special moments where the representation of women has me smiling from ear to ear. First are the blogs, articles, videos, and pictures circulating for International Women's Day. Yesterday, we celebrated this global acknowledgement and it was nothing short of pure unification - regardless of race, culture, religion, or socioeconomic factors. It was all love, and it was beautiful. There was a common theme of lifting one another up. On social media, I encouraged my friends to live their best lives, and by doing so, we can break walls for others. Collective growth and responsibility for all women - globally - is critical. We need to ensure that women's rights, advancement, and safety is a standard of living.
The second shout-out (and this is long overdue) are the women exemplified in the blockbuster Marvel Cinematic Universe film: Black Panther. They were strong without being sexualized and powerful without restriction. I couldn't get enough! These women had focus, understood their purpose, and didn't allow the commonplace story line of a love interest (even if he was a king) to side-track them from their destiny. I also appreciate the end of the story when King T'Challa and Nakia come together for love, mutual respect, and a unified purpose - a wonderful example of a healthy relationship.
I was part of a Teen Summit panel, hosted by the Partnership Against Domestic Violence in Decatur, to speak on Teen Dating Violence Awareness. The panelist came from varying backgrounds, ages, races, and personal experiences. Some, like me, were survivors and we were all compassionate advocates. What was special about this event were the numerous teen girls who approached me after the discussion. They were eager to learn, so incredibly smart, socially aware, and the voice of their generation. You go girls! I know our future is bright!
It's exciting to see how women are represented and portrayed in media and in our communities. We are in control of our own narrative. Let's continue to break down these walls and shine a light on the gift that we are as leaders. I promise to continue to do my part with the IRIS Book Series, of which I am currently working on the next release. Women's empowerment means so much to me. We can help lift each other up by our individual examples of strength, acts of service, and words of edification. #onelove