28 Days of Royalty: Daisy Bates

“Pioneer. Leader. Citizen. Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock.”

Enjoy these short videos below – they give you a great overview of who Daisy Bates was to her community.

“Pioneer. Leader. Citizen. Daisy Bates: The First Lady of Little Rock.”

Daisy Bates was a woman before her time – she, at a time when women were not seen as equals, spoke as a leader and made moves only men were expected to make. I am somewhat familiar with her story – as I grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas up until 1998. Daisy Bates vowed to make a difference. She was the president of the Little Rock NAACP chapter. Even when the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case ruled that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional, Arkansas public schools still would not comply with the law. In 1957 Bates aided in creating the Little Rock Nine, a group of nine African American students who would eventually be permitted to attend Central High School in Little Rock. It took President Eisenhower to send federal troops to make this happen. But finally in

Throughout it all, Bates provided these students with moral support and welcomed them into her home. She was an incredible woman who stood shamelessly for the rights of blacks.

Daisy Bates November 11, 1914 - November 4, 1999

Daisy Bates
November 11, 1914 – November 4, 1999

“No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies.”

-Daisy Bates

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Work Cited:

  • bio.com
  • youtube

28 Days of Royalty: Madame C.J. Walker

Determined ♥ Innovative ♥ Inspiring.

Do you have a bright idea that you think can help many people and in the process pay your bills and possibly even send your children to college? Did you give up or slow down on that idea because it was just too difficult, strenuous and/or too time-consuming to achieve? This is perfect for you! Read on and learn about a courageous African-American woman who bravely built her company from the ground up even when all odds were stacked against her and her only daughter.

Born Sarah Breedlove in 1867 on a Louisiana plantation that her parents sharecropped, Madame C.J. Walker would go on to become America’s first self-made female millionaire. Walker became an entrepreneur after suffering from a scalp disorder that resulted in severe hair loss. During the 1890’s, when her hair began to fall out, Walker sought remedies that she hoped would cure her scalp condition. In 1905, Walker began working as a sales agent for Annie Malone, another black female hair product entrepreneur. The sales position relocated Walker to Denver; this move became the catalyst for Walker’s success. There in Denver, she found her third (but short-term) husband Charles Joseph Walker, changed her name to “Madame” C.J. Walker, founded her own hair product business, and began a door-to-door sales hustle of her products. She strategically traveled the deep south to promote and teach interested potential customers how to get the most out of her products. As business picked up, Walker moved to Pittsburgh in 1908 to temporarily run her business and open a beauty college-like establishment to train her sales teams. The actions Walker took in her business were innovative, creative, and avante-garde. In 1910 she had moved her business to the then-largest inland manufacturing area, Indianapolis. There she built a factory, a one-stop shop (hair and nail beauty salon), and another beauty college. Throughout the growth of her “all-things hair and beauty” empire, Walker supported the efforts of black higher education and the civil rights movement. She donated generously to what we know today as Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU’s) and to organizations like the NAACP.

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Madame C.J. Walker December 23, 1867 - May 25, 1919

Madame C.J. Walker
December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919

“I got my start by giving myself a start.”

“One night I had a dream, and in that dream a big black man appeared to me and told me what to mix up for my hair. I made up my mind that I would begin to sell it.”

“I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the south. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations. I have built my own factory on my own ground.”

– Madame C.J. Walker

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Embarking upon the entrepreneurship path is not an easy one but it is a well-worth-it one. Each individual is born with and acquire through schooling and training special skills and talents. If there is a special something you do well and enjoy doing, take the leap! Be bold and put the fears to the side. Become the entrepreneur you are absolutely capable of becoming. Requirements: Hard-work. Dedication. Time. Persistence. Patience and Positivity. Believe in yourself and your capabilities. Do your homework and research whatever it is to learn more and to stay in the know.

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Work Cited

  • madamecjwalker.com
  • video: WSHH youtube

28 Days of Royalty: Oprah Winfrey

28 Days of Royalty: Highlighting Black/African-American Trailblazers

Today, I share with you a little something about a woman who I have looked up to for years upon years and day-dreamed about sitting next to on her infamous couch. This beautiful woman puts the “O” in ‘awesOme’ (and ‘Outstanding’); in working towards becoming who she is today, she was Persistent, Resourceful, And Hard-working.

She is: Ms. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah

Oprah is a media guru, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is looked up to by many, young and old. She is courageous, influential, and pioneering. Like many successful people, Oprah started off small and went through her unique trials and tribulations. But as we can see – she finished off stronger than ever. Oprah works her a** off and her efforts continue to pay off – with her being a billionaire at the top of her game… (cues song: Started From The Bottom, Now We’re Here by Drake).

I leave you with this:

“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”

– Oprah Winfrey

“Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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We would love to hear from You! Who else in the media do you think is a great, positive influence and trailblazer? Please leave us a comment below :) xoxo

First Lady ❤

Happy Birthday to the wonderful, phenomenal, gorgeous, Mrs. Michelle Obama.

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High Fashion ♥ Obama Couture

To you:

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
—Maya Angelou

Oprah calls Maya Angelou’s poem, [Phenomenal Woman], “life defining.” So we dedicate this beautiful poem to First Lady, Michelle Obama.

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[What’s A Girl To Do…]: Girl Power To The Rescueeee…!!

What’s a girl to do when life gets in the way?

First, take a deep breath in, let it out. Again, deep breath in, let it out… Now realize as women:

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Ladies, WE CAN DO IT!!

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Girl Power to the Rescueee!

What’s a girl to do when she’s feeling “Tony the Tiger” Grrrrrreeaaat?!

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Tony the Tiger

Rejoice! & Write it down
* When you’re feeling super great: Share girl empowerment messages to a neighbor / peer / friend / relative who may need a quick pick-me-up, keep in mind that we never know what others are going through and your positivity can rub off unto them..Also, why not record these feelings into a special, designated affirmation journal.

What’s a girl to do when she’s feeling down?
Seek inner empowerment that you have been building since birth…

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Ohhh Yea ♥ Believe it ♥ We’ve Got This Ability!! :)

* Since birth, you and I have been snapping back after hardships, set backs, disappointments, etc. Even as babies, when we failed to stand up on our own and take our first step, we plummeted right back down. But, then we got right back up and tried again until ultimately we achieved our goal of not only walking but running! Remember: We are super-Wonderwomen: If it doesn’t kill us, it makes us stronger!

What’s a girl to do when she’s feeling on top of the world-lucky?

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On top of the world fantastic!

Write down the positive emotions to save for a later rainy day…
* Rainy days seem to just creep up on us at the worst timing. So a way to combat a “rainy day” mood is to look back on the many awesome, “today was a good day”, Ice Cube moods & moments. What the heck are Ice Cube moods, you ask? The moods & moments that totally had you feeling on top of the world –  sometime in the past, like yesterday or a month ago or even three years ago (like a graduation or some other big accomplishment).

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Although a little cheesy, the point of this post is to remind ladies (and girls) out there to make light of situations that otherwise could have put us in bad moods. Sometimes we prematurely make a big deal out of simple everyday situations — but just as the uncomfortable situation came up, it too will pass. Let’s pursue our best — not perfection, but our best and keep in mind that things will always happen, good and bad. So with every “thing” that happens, we can essentially do one of three things:

1. Take it in stride and do your best to set aside the emotions & pessimistic thoughts and forge through it as effectively as possible; 2. Realize the issue, panic and complain, allow negative thoughts to take over, then try to fix the issue; or 3. Convince yourself that you are incapable, the world is coming to an end anyway, and all there is left to do is mope around and wait for either the issue to resolve itself or the world to come to its end… (<– totally over-dramatized, please, ladies, remember we are super Wonderwomen & option 3 is NEVER an option).

And let’s be realistic, we want to always do option 1 but although we are super-Wonderwomen, we are not perfect. So be patient with yourself. Don’t beat yourself up for “accidentally” acting out option 2 – just work harder towards being a more positive and proactive person. This way you won’t give yourself unnecessary stress.

We are a work in progress – don’t strive for society’s goal of perfection, strive for excellence of your unique capabilities  :)

So, which (of option 1 & 2) will you choose today?

We would love to hear what it is that you do when life hands you lemons. How do you turn life’s hurdles into lemonade? Please comment below :)

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Girl Power. #WhatCeMarieIsAbout

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  2. pdxgem.blogspot.com
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  4. grrrlcamp.tumblr.com
  5. huffingtonpost.com
  6. etsy.com
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Super-WONDERWOMEN? Yes, we are!

Mothers – Daughters – Sisters …

Study this powerful photo. It has a beautiful message. Let’s understand that we are ALL super-WONDERWOMEN – Tall/Short, Big/Small, White/Black, Athlete/Nerd, Single Parent/Married Woman…

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How does this photo make you feel? Special in your own, unique way, I hope ♥

Let’s start this New Year off right – I proclaim this year the year of positive affirmations!

Quick Activity: Write down 5 things you love about yourself… Now tape this list to your bathroom mirror or maybe to something more private – like the inside of a journal or your wallet. Wherever you tape it — make sure it’s visible to you at all times or just be sure there’s a garauntee that you’ll see your positive affirmations list at least once a day.

Happy 2014 To ALL The Super-Wonderwomen Out There! #WhatCeMarieIsAllAbout #CeMarie #GreatConfidence #TheNewBlack

“Embrace You. Inspire Others.” ©