In My Write Mind
These women are my IMWM BIG WILLIES of the week. They represent the best in black women today. Today, I celebrate their positivity, their courage and their commitment to their crafts.
My Mom...she's camera shy, but there is no one, and I mean no one in my life that means more.
Jill ScottThere is just something about this woman's voice that makes me melt. She makes me feel like black men and women really can love one another. Simply Golden.
Angela BassettShe is still the standard bearer when it comes to black women in film. From Sister Betty to Tina to Stella, hers is a groove we all need to fit into.
Zora Neale HurstonTheir eyes may be watching God, but my eyes were glued to the writings of this Harlem Renassaince stalwart. She is the cream of the literary crop, as far as I'm concerned.
Billie HollidayAs she sang God Bless the Child, I considered myself blessed as a youngster being able to listen to her records from my dad's collection. Her delivery, her presence...for being able to hear her in all of her glory, I say Thank you!
Alice WalkerIf Hurston was the cream, she is the second layer of genius that resides in the crop. The Color Purple alone made her one of the 20th Century's best. She also resurrected Hurston's work, bringing a broader audience to her brilliant prose. Currently, I'm reading her 1998 novel By the Light of My Father's Smile.
Oprah WinfreySure, she caters to a white audience with her television show and subsequent magazine, but no one can deny how much she gives back to the community. Her philanthropic efforts have resulted in countless students being able to attend college and her donations to schools have provided necessary resources for schools to continue to operate. Because of that alone, she's inspired me to use whatever resources I have to give back.
Again, these are just examples of women for whom I am thankful. There are literally hundreds I could name, from my sister, who is a social worker for troubled teens right here in New York, to Ms. Frances Davis, who, after losing her three sons to street violence in a span of a year, has dedicated her life to ensuring that no other mother has to endure the same fate.
To all of these women, I say Thank You every day, not just the third Thursday of November.
With that said, enjoy your day off.
scribbled by Will at 11/24/2004 01:17:00 PM
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I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. (Joan Didion)
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