Black History

March 2021 - Vintage Black Hollywood Glamour

March 2021 - Vintage Black Hollywood Glamour

March is Women’s History Month, and it wouldn’t be a celebration if we didn’t honor the Black women that trailblazed their way through Hollywood in a time of opposition and adversity. Hollywood was an industry that valued men first, women second, and Black women dead last. Yet, Black women continued to excel in the industry despite it.  Cicely Tyson is just one example of a Black actress pioneering her way through Hollywood. In a 1997 interview, Tyson said, “I wait for roles — first, to be written for a woman, then, to be written for a black woman. And then...

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February 2021 - Black History Month Celebrated

February 2021 - Black History Month Celebrated

    In February 1926, Carter G. Woodson launched the first “Negro History Week.” Its slow adoption was spurred on by Black social movements to combat the mistreatment, oppression, and disenfranchisement of Black Americans. Finally in 1976, Negro History Week became Black History Month.  Today Black History Month is a staple part of American culture and a time of celebration in the Black community.  Each year, we honor the Black scientists, engineers, social activists, politicians, entrepreneurs, or innovators that have provided a great advancement to the community and in American society.  We have more support than ever, with the tragic...

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January 2021 - Intergenerational Healing

January 2021 - Intergenerational Healing

Psychologists define trans-generational or intergenerational trauma as the unconscious transgression of trauma from ancestors to their next generations.  According to the US Center, there have been higher cases of diabetes, higher blood pressure, and heart disease as compared to white Americans because of trans-generational trauma. The extent of the impact of intergenerational trauma depends on three key factors: exposure to racism, level of identity development, and the information about painful experiences and subjugation of their ancestors. Sometimes, we may not be aware of these impacts or underlying contributors to negative health effects.  It is up to us to learn and...

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November & December 2020

November & December 2020

Over the holidays, we participated in the AntiRacist 30-day Challenge.   Even though the challenge covered 30 days, there were many days that contained multiple resources and required some deep reflection.   The co-creators of the challenge joined our Facebook group to talk with us and share with us their thoughts about the challenge. If you are interested in diving deeper into antiracist work, you can sign up for the challenge here. Download the FREE Spotlight Box affirmation for November & December, courtesy of the AntiRacist challenge.

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October 2020 Black History - Voter Suppression

October 2020 Black History - Voter Suppression

Many take the right to vote for granted, but this month Spotlight is going to take a moment to appreciate recent documentaries that spotlight the history & current voter suppression tactics that have been used in the United States. Amazon Prime Video has released “All In -The Fight for Democracy”that chronicles the gubernatorial race in Georgia in 2018.  I encourage you to watch with open ears, eyes and heart as Stacey Abrams shares her personal journey in her race for the Governor seat in Georgia.  CNN also produced "John Lewis - Good Trouble."  There are very scary tactics that continue today...

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