Today is International Women’s Day and all over the world the movement for women’s rights is being celebrated. Today I pay homage to my ancestors who fought and campaigned for women’s rights. To those who came before, are here now and to those who will come, we give thanks, we celebrate, we encourage and we teach. Today there are many black women I follow, encourage and support in many different ways because of the effects they have had on my life.
Maya Angelou for her writing which made me fall in love with the written word and still inspires daily! “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size, but when I start to tell them, they think I’m telling lies. I say, it’s in the reach of my arms, the span of my hips, the stride of my step, the curl of my lips. I’m a woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.”
Leslie Esdaile Banks (also known as L.A. Banks) whose writing took me into worlds previously not travelled. Your use of prose is unmatched by any other fictional writer I have read to date and your death has left a gaping hole in the liars club. For the Vampire Huntress and Crimson Moon Series of books I salute you Leslie. For inspiring me with strong female lead characters who were strong and handled their business!
Iyanla Vanzant: for living your truth and inspiring women and men daily by your words and deeds. Thank you! and keep on doing what you do!
Luvvie Ajayi – the side eye sorceress!! Luvvie you make me laugh, cry, cringe and want to every single day do better! for showing up and never being afraid to be you. This gives others courage to speak up and show up!
Louise Bennett: Miss Lou, I grew up with you, the poetry, the drama productions, we are ever grateful that you walked this earth and left your mark!
Nanny of the Maroon – the only acknowledged female heroine in Jamaica, who escaped from slavery and led many successful rebellions against the colonisers. Growing up and listening to the stories I knew that I could do anything I set my mind to, despite the odds.
Thank you ladies!