As you know the 10th anniversary of Black Girls Rock aired yesterday, Tuesday April 5, 2016. The show was fantastic with Tracee Ellis Ross as the host! They had a house full of beautiful and powerful melanated women being honored for what main stream media often ignore, talk about #blackgirlmagic! Rihanna, Shonda Rhimes, and the creators of black Lives Matter and more were all honored. Watching all of those black women receive various awards was very empowering. What was even more moving were the words these powerful black women and girls left us with once they graced the stage.
Shonda Rhimes said “You have a right to the universe. You are given that right simply by being born.” This quotation is powerful because there are many Afrikan women who don’t feel like they have a RIGHT to the Universe. When reclaiming our place in the universe we must look back at our history and learn that Afrikan women rock not because we found a niche for ourselves but because we are the first people and women of this world. We helped lay the foundation for civilization. We have achieved many first that pre-date many of the things we think are first today.
Rihanna also made a powerful statement last night when she said “The minute you learn to love yourself you won’t want to be anyone else.” I’d like to add that and say The minute you learn who you are you won’t want to be anyone else. It’s important to know who you are not just in the current sense but in the historical sense, also. When you truly know who you are then you will appreciate your identity and cherish it, not willing to trade it in for another. Take the time to research and learn about yourself and your amazing Afrikan history outside of the European narratives so you can define yourself instead of being defined by others. With knowledge of identity comes love and embrace of ones self.
Check below for great quotes from the amazing night.
Shonda Rhimes- “You have a right to the universe. You are given that right simply by being born.”
Rihanna–“The minute you learn to love yourself you won’t want to be anyone else.”
Iyanla Vanzant-“Black girls rock because they just can’t help themselves.”
Beverly Bond–“Own your magic, walk in your purpose and rock your truth.”
In case you needed a reminder we are the bomb as ish!
The Konscious Kinks Brunch took place in Brooklyn on March 6, 2016 at Five Spot Restaurant. The event was a success with a great turn out! The brunch series is a celebration of black women with natural hair! Of course, the event was full of beautiful melanin-rich ladies in their well-crafted natural coils. The goal of the Konscious Kinks Brunch is to educate and uplift women with natural hair connect their natural hair to their history and culture. We want to thank all the natural beauties for coming out and supporting Melanin Mavens, your support is greatly appreciated! Stay tuned for info on future events and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @Melaninmavens!
How well do we take care of our lady parts? We are constantly told about foods that are good for our health right? But, what if I told you there are specific foods that can affect your lady parts. Yes, ladies there are foods that you should eat to keep your lady parts healthy and happy. OK, first we have our fruit- Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cranberries etc-studies say that especially cranberries help to restore good bacteria, cure yeast infections and help prevent urinary infections. Unique structure of compounds found in cranberries called proanthocyanidins, or PACs, are responsible for this anti-adhesion benefit. Raspberries also contain antimicrobial properties. The berries can be used to help prevent the growth of Candida albicans, the culprit in many vaginal infections as well as a trigger in irritable bowel syndrome. Mango is another fruit that is good for your vagina,eating them makes the semenal and vaginal fluids taste better. Now that we covered the fruit side of things let’s move on to veggies that are good for your lady parts. To help with the circulation and prevent vaginal dryness. Try to eat plenty of spinach, kale, cabbage, Swiss chard, collards and other leafy greens. If you find it hard to eat them by themselves, mix them in a smoothie or sautéed them. Ladies, I hope this little piece of advice was helpful!
The Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon went down last night at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, CA. For those not familiar with what the event is about, the ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon recognizes the outstanding achievements of trailblazing women in film and television during Oscar week. All your favorite black and fabulous ladies were there sprinkling their black girl magic on the black carpet.Everyone from my fave Tracee Ellis Ross to Kelly Rowland, Meagan Good to Serayah attended the amazing event. Check out some of my fave looks from the night.
I absolutely love her! She kept it simple per usual in this white Spaghetti strap number.
This is probably my favorite look from the event. She looked amazing in her pleated canary yellow trousers and a white neck tie blouse.
Meagan looked gorgeous in a floral dress with a sweeping train.
Serayah wore a flirty green dress with sandals from Sophia Webster .
I believe it is our duty to teach young African American women of the new generation how to love themselves. We need to teach them that our black is beautiful. Help them understand that our beauty is something serious to be celebrated and to NEVER be ashamed of that. Teach them how strong, smart and amazing we’re and not the stereotypical imagine that society has out there. Being black is not this way or that way because there’s not just one right way to be a black woman. There are a million ways to be a black woman and no one can tell them that they are doing it wrong. Also, the most IMPORTANT thing to let them know is that, they don’t have to conform into society’s standards of what the black women is.
I feel today everybody is wearing braids just as a fashion statement. What they don’t understand is that since the beginning of African civilizations, braids have been used to convey messages to greater society. Braids in traditional Africa is a form of art, it is aimed to create a sense of beauty and to celebrate your heritage. It’s our roots, our ancestors didn’t wear perms or straighten their hair . They proudly wore their natural hair or braids and celebrated who they were. It makes me sad when I see people other than African Americans out here just straight appropriating the culture and not giving crediting where credit is due. Whats even worst is that some are actually trying to take full credit for it.
My melanated people join Melanin Mavens for the Konscious Kinks Brunch on March 26, 2016 to celebrate natural hair and black beauty at Five Spot Restaurant in Brooklyn from 12Noon-4PM. The event will focus on helping peoples of African descent to connect their natural hair to their history and culture. We see natural hair as a gateway to unlocking the greatness within and becoming the god and goddess that is within