Happy 4th of July!

Hey Ce’Marie Lovers!

Enjoy this cute video from Google, found on their hompage. Stay safe, have fun and get the sparklers uh-sparkling!

#Hashtag Sparklers and BBQ ;)

xoxo

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Who is Ce’Marie?

Who is Ce’Marie? Unsure what Ce’Marie World is all about?

I’ve got you covered! Below you’ll find the ‘About Ce’Marie’ synopsis, which you can also find housed under the ‘About Ce’Marie‘ tab. Read on and get a better sense of who Ce’Marie is. Please share your thoughts at the bottom :)

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Welcome to the Fabulous ♥ Fashion World of Ce’Marie! We’re excited you stopped by for a visit :)

Who is Ce’Marie: Ce’Marie is a young, spunky girl. This blog highlights her and all that she stands for — which is equality, creativity, and individuality. Ce’Marie is smart and imaginative. She loves a challenge and lives for adventures.

Our Audience: Ce’Marie World is mostly for the parents and educators of smart, brave, ‘not-your-average’ “princesses” (princesses inclusive of all: tomboys, daddy’s and mommy’s little girls, athletes, etc. – all of who are brave and special in their own way).  Non-profits and other people and establishments that cater to the needs and bright futures of young girls, can find their place here as well. You’ll also find articles for your little girls here, too. We are all in this movement together!

Think About It: Share her adventures and explore with her in her world of imagination…

Let’s take a moment to imagine your daughter expanding her mind, growing her imagination, and loving reading. Now imagine her exploring all the possibilities of who she can be. Ce’Marie books offers this & so much more! Let your daughter get hooked on reading with Ce’Marie as we expose the best, long-kept secret: Being different is the new black.

Our Mission: At Ce’Marie, we are dedicated to empowering young, fashion-forward minds with strength and self-esteem in a fun, educational way. Imagination is everything to us. We provide a safe, encouraging environment to dream and explore the possibilities. Through creativity and validation, our goals are to put more people in the media who “look like us” and to teach girls the importance of living by our motto: “E m b r a c e YOU. I n s p i r e OTHERS.” ©

Find Us! You can find Ce’Marie in action in her empowering and fashionably illustrated picture book series, self-titled Ce’Marie (coming out this summer). The book series follow her many girlhood adventures. So be sure as to always check back here with us for news, advice and quirky facts about all things girl-power and/or Ce’Marie related! — As Ce’Marie will learn and expose one of the most important, long-kept secrets to your little girls:
Being Different is the New Black.

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#BringBackOurGirls

Dear Friends,

It has been 23 days since my friends in Nigeria went missing from their beds on the night of April 15th, 2014.

I am sad and hurt by this tragedy. But I remain hopeful.

I pray everyday for all of my friends that are missing, along with their families, my other friends remaining in the area, the people of Nigeria and my American friends who have friends and/or family affected by the kidnapping.

My mommy has been allowing me to watch the news coverage about the kidnappings with her. She knows how much the well-being of the kidnapped girls mean to me. The news lady had announced around April 16th or 17th that at least 53 girls were able to escape. My mother and I were so happy to hear this! However, there are still at least 234 of our friends out there who have not returned home. But I remain hopeful.

I asked my mommy, the day after it aired, how such a thing could happen to them when they were under the supervision of their school’s officials. ‘Cause at my school, there are so many rules about the fence that protects the perimeter of my school. Like, no talking through the fence, no going outside of the fence, no fetching flying balls on the other side of the fence, no shoving things through the fence, no playing on the fence, no looking at the fence…ok, I made this last one up – but I think you get my point :). My school is very strict about the fence. And I used to hate that and complained to my mom all the time about it. But she would always tell me it was for our safety from strangers.

Now, I understand.

The news lady also told us that the men who took my friends came late at night while everyone was sleeping. I usually talk to my friend, Adebukola (I like to call her “Kola”), at least once a month around 9:00pm her time and 1:00pm my time. And my other friend, Ifeolu (I call her LuLo), at least once a month as well, but the time fluctuates. I have not heard from either of them since the kidnapping took place at their school, Chibok Government Girls Secondary School. I am worried. But I still remain hopeful. Because I know that my friends are all strong and smart. And every night before I go to sleep, my mommy, daddy, sister, brothers and I pray for them together. I pray that they are all safe and unharmed. I pray that they are even stronger than expected and more intelligent beyond their age and grade level so that they are able to figure out their escape. I also pray that Kola and Lulo are OK and safe at home with their parents.

I hope our prayers are being heard each night.

Friends, I must go now. I want to catch the ending of Oprah reruns with my mom. But I will keep you updated on whatever I hear about our girls. I will also let you know immediately when my friends either skype, email or write me a letter – I know my friends are well and safe and I am positive that I will be hearing from them soon. My mommy tells me to just pray and watch out for their communication. And I do. Everyday after school, I run home, check the mailbox, log onto skype and turn the alerts volume all the way up so that even if I am outside, I will hear the skype ringer.

xoxo,

Ce’Marie

 

 

International Reading Month – Let’s Read!!

While over on Amazon’s site looking for my pastor’s book, Purpose Awakening, I noticed on the homepage that this month is International Reading Month! What are you currently reading?

Screen shot 2014-03-20 at 8.41.08 PMLately, I’ve been reading The Writer’s Market – 2014 Edition by Robert Lee Brewer, a NYLON magazine, my business plan. I’m also slowly reading The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison and soon will add Purpose Awakening to this month’s group of books.

A few of my ‘International Reading Month’ recommendations – For the parents:

  • Purpose Awakening by Toure Roberts

& my all-time favorites since high school…

  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Screen shot 2014-03-20 at 9.09.18 PMReading with the kids:

  • Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  • Lies and Other Tall Tales by Christopher Myers and Zora Neal Hurston
  • Harlem by Christopher Myers

Interesting combinations, huh? :)

Let me know your thoughts along with your favorite books. What are you reading this moth?

Valentine Cards Bring Smiles to Kids at CHLA

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Ce’Marie Tribe! Wonderful news – I am excited to share that the efforts of the Children Hospitals of Los Angeles to give each child patient a bag full of valentines day cards and goodies was a success! The children were not able to attend school on valentine’s day, thus they were not expecting any cards or candy on that day.

Nice people from all around the world helped make it happen – cards were filled out then delivered on valentines day to the children – ours included! It warmed our heart to see the event had such a great turnout and positive impact on the kids. Give yourselves a pat on the back – we brought a smile to some child’s face ♥ 2.14.14

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/video?id=9433101 << click on link to check out abc news’ coverage of the event

28 Days of Royalty: Dr. Martin Luther King

Brave. Strong. Alpha man. A man who dreamed of an equal society. A society in which people are not prematurely “judged by the color of their skin [or the kinkiness of their hair or the color of their eyes or the fullness of their lips] but on the content of their character.” A society where children are not afraid to quench their thirst at the nearest water fountain and NOT necessarily at the mandated Black fountain. And in doing so, he dreamed that we wouldn’t “satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.” He had a dream that “[right here in America] little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – for “1963 [was] not an end but a beginning.”

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
January 15, 1929 – April 04, 1968

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As the creator of Ce’Marie, I also have a dream.

I have a dream that our little black girls will grow up loving their black dolls just as much as their white dolls. Most importantly, that little black girls will not see being black as an ugly dead-end but as being someone who also has the creativity, strength, potential and overall capacity to succeed, just as their non-black friends.

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I have a dream that little black girls and other girls of color will see more and more girls and women who look like them in the media (books, magazines, tv shows, movies, etc.) doing great, positive things.

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I have a dream that schools, parents, and all of society will continue to teach our children about diversity and tolerance. And that we will continue to progress in our acceptance of others and their differences.

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I have a dream that little girls and their parents will not shy away from supporting diverse companies, like Ce’Marie and rkc. And that the number of diverse companies will continue to grow and show that they embrace diversity through their actions and products.

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I have a dream that little girls – brown, purple, yellow, white and black – will grow up in nurturing environments in which they are taught to love themselves and share love and kindness with others. I have a dream… I have a dream that little girls will always feel like they have an adult to talk to, help them, and not judge them for their mistakes or unfortunate circumstance(s). Girls everywhere will learn the importance of staying true to themselves and realize how much cooler it is to do so.

        

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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i-have-a-draemDo you have a dream? Of course you do! Comment below and let us know your dream(s) and if you’re feeling really good, include what it is that you are doing now to accomplish that dream ;)

Until next time…

xoxo,

ZeeZee Dandridge

Creator of Ce’Marie

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NEW! Ce’Marie Website ♥

Hello Ce’Marie Tribe!

The Ce’Marie website is up and running – Go check it out! :)

http://www.cemarie.info

It is a work in progress in which we are excited about. We are working towards making it more interactive for our Ce’Marie Tribe members. Head over to the website and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments field below.