Hold onto dreams
For if dreams die
Life is like a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow
~~ Langston Hughes
As we move into another new year and (re)new(ed) you, let’s take this quote as seriously inspired chow for the soul.
This poem is intended to be hummed as a song would be, but without musical accompaniment. Langston Hughes was a key member of the Harlem Renaissance. This is a crucial part of African-American history that must not be forgotten. Some of you may be familiar with his That Powerful Drop from “Simple Takes A Wife”. Given how he spoke of his father’s disdain for blacks, I wonder about the irony at play with a piece that exemplifies the strength of race as a social construct and cultural tie.
Continue reading “Inspirational Quotes Series: Langston Hughes”
I wasn’t in any particular rush to write about Baker for my African-American (Women) Series Spotlight – not because I don’t think she’s fabulous – but because she’s already so famous. Then I saw this photo that Nichelle posted to Vintage Black Glamour via Vintage Beauties and literally swooned!
STYLE GAME: PROPER!
Continue reading “AA Legacy Series Spotlight: Josephine Baker”
I’m reconfiguring an archived post that was my tribute to Eartha Kitt at news of her passing a little more than two years ago.
Reading the post again I just realized some of the themes we’ve recently been focused on – femininity, appearance, health and making choices as a “free” woman have been topics of interest to me all along! What a relief to discover I was connecting the dots but had to clear away the DBR nonsense and non-functioning beliefs that were getting in the way. The great thing about continuing at this “blogging obsession” of mine is one part of promoting our self-actualization and living full lives with no limitations.
That is sooo cool to me!
Despite her passing, she has still cast a long shadow. Pop Sugar UK has listed Ms. Kitt in their survey of 1950’s iconic hairstyles along with Lady Day, Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor and Bettie Page. Pretty is as pretty does.
Those newer to this forum weren’t reading the blog way back in 2008 so this will be a nice introduction and reaffirmation for those who have but may have forgotten about the post.
Eartha Kitt Tribute