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i went by the dumbo arts festival this past weekend to check out the south asian women’s creative collective performance ‘beauty’.

it had me questioning how we/i decide what is beautiful and who’s standard i/we use to determine what is hot and what is not.

as i walked through the exhibit performances i stubbled upon the #damnilookgood installation. Qinza Najm and Saks Afridi, two Pakistani-American artists, created the piece that encouraged passersby to try on Muslim veils and re-imagine the experience as empowering.

it was a hot day; so i sat in sweat with the veil on waiting for my photo to be taken. the veil was tight and uncomfortable. in that moment i wasn’t convinced.

it wasn’t until the next day after seeing jlo and izzy’s booty video that i realized veiled or half-naked; SELF-DEFINED beauty is the only way to achieve true power.

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i can’t judge women from other cultures that choose to be covered from head to toe. and i shouldn’t judge those who prefer to wear a lot less (though twitter has certainly chosen to judge the jlo video).

what we should judge is WHY are we making those choices.

without the pressure from family; without standards to adhere to by faith; without the constant media images (and scandalous videos); without ads selling best beauty (booty) ‘secrets’. without it all; if we really were free to just be our naturally beautiful selves…what choices would we make?

i have no answer.

for me just asking the question takes my beauty to whole ‘nother level…

and that feels empowering.

dark girls 6-13i’m very excited that Oprah will be airing the documentary Dark Girls on OWN this Sunday 10pm EST.  i haven’t seen it yet but i’m sure it will be powerful.

i feel that it’s more than time that diverse topics about girls are brought to light in the media.  it’s been time for us to start talking, so we can do something about it.

which is why i’m also really happy to see a new film in the making about another experience that is often not talked about; being an ‘only’.

Black Girl In Surburbia is going to be a film about black girls who live in the suburbs. i know what that feels like.

combe hill photowhen i was really young (elementary school age), i was the only black girl in my school and it was hard.   being different is a tough thing for most youth and being singled out because of your race is no different.  

kudos to the Dark Girls documentary and salute to new film maker, Melissa Lowery…

check out the trailer for Black Girl In Suburbia:


Black Girl In Suburbia is a feature documentary that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominately white communities. This film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and black communities. Release date 2014

http://www.blackgirlinsuburbia.com

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women’s history month is coming to an end.  we have been hearing all this talk from sheryl sandberg about girls/women making sure we are sitting ‘at the table’ with men. beyonce telling others to bow down!

is having a month (a mere 31 days) focused on women too small time & not ballsy enough?

what do you think? here’s what i have to say…

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  • Comments Off on Hot Off The Press: Black Girls Rock! Applications for Summer Camp Due April 19th

i luv Black Girls Rock! Inc.  this organization is doing amazing work with girls to build their leadership skills.  check out this opportunity to apply for their summer camp program.

 

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2013 BLACK GIRLS ROCK! 

QUEENS CAMP FOR LEADERSHIP AND EXCELLENCE

In the summer of 2011, Beverly Bond, the Founder and Executive Director of BLACK GIRLS ROCK!, launched the inaugural BLACK GIRLS ROCK! QUEENS CAMP FOR LEADERSHIP & EXCELLENCE in response to the overwhelming demand to expand our youth mentoring programs across the globe. 

The BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Queens Camp is now in its third year and we are looking forward to welcoming 30 new dynamic young women from diverse economic, social and geographical backgrounds. Past participants have come from various cities around the US as well as countries across the world including: South Africa, Japan, Liberia and Jamaica. Through a series of dynamic programs and art workshops  BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Queens Camp encourages strong life skills, cultural investigation, critical thinking, positive identity development and active leadership for young women of color.

Please note that all applications MUST be postmarked/e-mailed by April 19, 2013. If you have any questions about the application process, please e-mail queenscamp@blackgirlsrock.org. You may download the application here.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:    
 Adventure Activities:
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Orienteering
  • Overnight campout
  • Talent Show

Art based Workshops/Activities

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Cultural Beading & Jewelry Making
  • Cooking/Culinary Arts
  • Tap Dance
  • Break Dance
  • Musicology and DJ 101
  • Spoken Word Workshop
  • Theatre Workshop

Community Service/Volunteerism

  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring for special needs children

 Education

  • Reading Center (literacy-based activities) +
  • Book Club
  • Discovery Center (environmental education-based) + Gardening
  • Open Tutoring

Health Center

  • Participants will have access to health center with a team of RNs on duty and a medical doctor on call.

 

Leadership Building & Challenge Activities:

  • Small group games
  • Team challenge Initiatives

(group problem-solving activities)

  • Low & High ropes

 Instruction Based Sports & Activities:

  • Boating (rowboats):
  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Fishing
  • Funyaks (small kayaks)
  • Swimming:
  • Tubing
  • Volleyball

 

Recreational Sports & Activities:

  • Badminton
  • Cards/Board Games
  • Football
  • Kickball
  • Mini-golf
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Soccer
  • Softball
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  • Comments Off on Hot off The Press: Maria Toorpakai Wazir talks determination at TEDXTeen

imagescan you believe that just yesterday i posted a blog about maria toorpakai wazir because i saw her story on tv and it brought me to tears.  imagine how amazed i was to learn that she’s speaking live at TEDXTeen.  i’m STARSTRUCK!!!

check out my blog about her and learn more about this determined and courageous woman.

https://sassysagesays.com/2013/03/15/crowning-a-queen-girl-banned-from-sports-becomes-world-squash-champion/


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