๐’Ÿ๐‘’๐“๐’ถ๐“Ž๐‘’๐’น ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐’ฉ๐‘’๐“‹๐‘’๐“‡ ๐’Ÿ๐‘’๐“ƒ๐’พ๐‘’๐’น by: Aeisha Hayward

It might sound clichรฉ but I am the strong black woman, raised by strong black women. I grew up in a household with two generations of black queens. One was my mother, who was a public servant in her own right and an extremely hard worker. The other was my great grandmother, who taught me... Continue Reading →

๐’ž๐“Š๐“‰๐“‰๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐ผ๐’น๐‘’๐“ƒ๐“‰๐’พ๐’ฏ๐ผ๐ธ๐’ฎ by: Hannah Forbes

One of the largest challenges I faced on a consistent basis in life surrounded identity, purpose, and rest.ย  As the youngest (I mean 14 years younger than my eldest sibling kinda young), I had everything mapped out for me. In one regard, this made life easy. I had two older siblings as a point of... Continue Reading →

๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐’ข๐’พ๐’ป๐“‰ ๐’ถ๐“ƒ๐’น ๐“‰๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐’ž๐“Š๐“‡๐“ˆ๐‘’ by: Tiera Cobey

The curse of 98 18 days after my 11th birthday, my mother took her very last breath. I took my last breath that day too. The life that I couldโ€™ve breezed through was over. Everything I had learned in those 11 years, ruptured, right along with my heart on August 4, 1998. I wanted to... Continue Reading →

๐ธ๐“‚๐’ท๐“‡๐’ถ๐’ธ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐’ฉ๐‘’๐“Œ ๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘”๐“ˆ by: Kristen Abney

Hey there, my name is Kristen Abney. I am a social worker, real estate agent; real estate investor and I own a mobile app titled Petty Wednesday. Throughout my not so many years on earth I have faced many challenges.ย One of my main challenges was going away to college. I attended Virginia State University (VSU)... Continue Reading →

๐ผ ๐’œ๐“๐“‚๐‘œ๐“ˆ๐“‰ ๐’ข๐’ถ๐“‹๐‘’ ๐’ฐ๐“… by: Erika Shorty

The night I planned my funeral felt like a thousand knives dug into my soul. I checked my insurance policy that night while my 1-year-old princess slept and cried harder than Iโ€™ve ever cried before. I remember googling what medications to mix to make my pain go away the fastest. Fear slowly was subsiding trying... Continue Reading →

๐’ฒ๐‘’๐’ถ๐“๐“‰๐’ฝ ๐ผ๐“ˆ๐“ƒ’๐“‰ ๐’œ๐“๐“Œ๐’ถ๐“Ž๐“ˆ ๐‘€๐‘œ๐“ƒ๐‘’๐“Ž by: Carolyn Ann Powell

I am Carolyn Ann Powell and yes I love saying and writing my full name!ย  Embracing my identity hasn't always been something I could easily connect with.ย  I was adopted at a very young age but my adopted parents kept all my sisters together.ย  That was such a blessing.ย  Growing up I got to know... Continue Reading →

๐ผ ๐’ถ๐“‚ ๐น๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘’๐“๐“Ž ๐’ฒ๐‘œ๐“‹๐‘’๐“ƒ ๐’ฏ๐’ถ๐“…๐‘’๐“ˆ๐“‰๐“‡๐“Ž by: Zoe Spencer (Dr.Z)

I am a finely woven tapestry of social constructsโ€ฆI am Black. ย I am a Womban. ย I am from the Projectsโ€ฆthat have finally given way to gentrification. ย ย I am a child of a single mother who struggled to not only find her way, but create a safe space for me. ย But, most often my space wasnโ€™t... Continue Reading →

๐’ฏ๐’ฝ๐‘’ ๐’ž๐’ฝ๐“Š๐’ท๐’ท๐“Ž, ๐’ฏ๐’ถ๐“๐“ ๐’ข๐’พ๐“‡๐“ by: Tiffany Haynes

I was a chubby girl growing up, the kind of chubby where your mom shops for you in the Husky section of JcPenny. Yep, that was me. Oh, and did I mention I was tall. Not the โ€œsheโ€™s tall for her age, tall.โ€ The kind of tall thatโ€™s โ€œsheโ€™s tall for a girl, tallโ€ yep,... Continue Reading →

๐’œ๐“ƒ๐“Ž๐“‰๐’ฝ๐’พ๐“ƒ๐‘” ๐’พ๐“ˆ ๐’ซ๐‘œ๐“ˆ๐“ˆ๐’พ๐’ท๐“๐‘’ by: Shawndele Stafford

March 5th I had no plans whatsoever to have a child, let alone prior to finishing my undergraduate studies at VSU. But my OB-GYN sang a different tune during my visit in early summer of 2005, "you're 5 weeks pregnant and will be due on March 5th". And just like that, I felt like I... Continue Reading →

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