The Legends Ball, which was inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s desire to pay homage to those before her, gave me many levels of inspiration and generous amounts of motivation. To see all of those beautiful talented black women under one roof was beyond amazing. I only wish I could have been a part of such a historical event.

The blessing behind all of this is that Oprah was able to honor women such as Coretta Scott-King, Maya Angelou, and Ruby Dee before their untimely death.  Watching this momentous celebration, I felt proud.

Although I have yet to do anything much profound and awarded for such as these ladies, I felt proud to be a black woman doing what she love…writing. Oprah’s Legends reminded me to keep on keeping on and never quit. They’ve reminded me to stay proud of who I am, my talent, determination and will to become better while celebrating the next sistah before and after me.

Whatever ambition we carry and whatever goal we set ourselves to achieve is created from the fire in our hearts. Oprah’s legends remind me that the only way we lose that fire is believing that no one will appreciate what we’re striving to do or become. We all have at least one person who is rooting for us, observing us, and look up to as inspiration. That’s all we need to keep going. That one person could be your daughter, your mother, your sister, or that young lady you’d never thought was paying any attention to you.

Oprah’s legends also remind me of how soulful, powerful, strong, beautiful, and talented black women are. No matter what the music and film industry does to undermine the beauty and talent of the black woman, we’ll always admire our singers, actresses, authors, journalists, dancers, and political leaders before us and after us. Their boldness led them to enhance their God-given talent, so they could share them with the world. I’m pretty sure they’ve all came across a few doubters and naysayers during their journey. Obviously, they didn’t let them stop their journey, or they wouldn’t have been invited to the Legend’s Ball, sitting with the likes of Diana Ross, Maya Angelou, Angela Bassett, Leontyne Price, Michelle Obama, and so many countless women we’ve all admired from entertainment, literature, and politics.

Although I wasn’t there, Oprah’s Legends Ball left me wanting to do more, to be more, to become better by enhancing any God-given talent I have.

Just like Oprah celebrated her sistahs, I’ll continue to celebrate my sistahs who are all doing the damn thing!

If you have 40 minutes to spare, please watch the events of Oprah’s Legends Ball.

 

 

 

How cool is this?

Former Tennessee Titan player, Myron Rolle, traded in his shoulder pads and jersey for a stethoscope and lab jacket! The recent Harvard grad took to the ‘gram to announce his latest achievement…becomng a neurosurgeon!

 

 

 

In 2013, Dr. Rolle announced he’d be leaving the NFL to pursue medical school. As an Oxford MSc holder in Medical Anthropology, it’s no surprise  Doc wanted to leave the NFL.

Congratulations, Doctor Rolle!!

With the endless amount of hair inspiration for black women all over the internet and magazines, it was only a matter of time before an app would be a part of the equation. It took three brilliant women to come together with the unique idea to create an app for hair inspiration for black women. Whether you’re relaxed, natural, long, short, or loc’d, the app, ‘Tress’, has all the ideas and tips provided by the app’s members that you could use.

Via The Root:

Three black software engineers and entrepreneurs—Cassandra Sarfo, Esther Olatunde and Priscilla Hazel—have created ‘Tress’, an app they hope will become the one-stop shop for all your black hair needs, inspirations and appointments.

“We do this all the time: We see a hairstyle that we like. We stop people on the street just to ask them where they did their hair, how much it cost them, or ask them for their stylist’s number,” Hazel told The Root. “And my mom, she takes pictures of her TV screen and [messages] me and asks me where she can have it done. It’s a habit that we have that we do all the time.”

So the women put their heads together to come up with a solution for what they saw as an obvious demand, and the app Tress was born. The long-term goal is to make Tress a one-stop shop for all things hair, and for the platform to be a seamless integration between someone seeing a hairstyle and knowing all the products and procedures (and even people!) used to create it.

Currently on the app, women can find hair inspo and filter hairstyles by the type they’re looking for, or even by cost. Women can also upload and share photos of their own hairstyle, adding whatever information is necessary, and contribute to community discussions about best hair-care practices and other tips. You can see what’s trending, and even bookmark hairstyles for later viewing.

The women behind the app hope that within the next six to eight months, users will be able to purchase products through the app directly. A little further into the future, the next priority will be enabling women to book hairstylists. 

Read full article here

 

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Why is Makeda Smith an inspiration?

She’s one of the few women her age that can work a pole better than most 20-year-olds!

Reading this amazing woman’s story on XO Necole, I couldn’t help but dig deeper to find out more about her. According to her website, Smith found her calling with pole dancing at the age of 50, after a string of bad luck, including the loss of her business, her home, and her man.

Instead of wallowing in self-pity, Makeda turned her life around, mind, body, and spirit with self-healing and self-love through pole dancing. The pole has been, in Makeda’s words, an “instrumental axis” and she “stepping out of the box” has definitely proven that all it takes is for you to believe in yourself.

 

I started poling when I turned 50. I am 56 now and getting younger by the moment. I hope to inspire people, but especially women and particularly older women, because it is true, we can do any thing we put our minds, heart and spirit into!

 

Click here for more on her story

A popular Youtuber, Landon Moss, is touching souls all over the internet with his Sergio Valencia-directed video titled ‘Cherish Every Moment’.

It took me a moment to catch on at the end until I realized the unexpected.

Just like real life…we come across situations unexpected. That’s why it’s important to cherish every moment with the people you love. Don’t take anything and anyone for granted, because one day, an unexpected situation may take place and change everything….forever!

A popular Youtuber is also an Instagram sensation, thanks to her youthful beauty and the flawless beauty of her  daughters. Visiting Kienya Booker’s Instagram for the first time, you’ll wonder who’s the mom!

Peep a few of their photos below!

 

#meandmygirls #mysquad ❤️️❤️️💕#motherdaughter @kaay.s_ @koliieya.s

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In case you’re wondering who the mom is…

In love with this #kinkyhair ❤️ @kinkistryhair

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