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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Braxton Family Values...Love This Show!!!



When I heard that the Braxton sisters were going to do a reality show last year, I really didn't pay much attention.   After all, would anyone really care about them.  I knew Toni--still have that first album.  After the season was over, I caught the re-runs on Youtube and guess what?  I got hooked.  These sisters really are bonded.  They love each other unconditionally and they fight like hell, but at the end of the day--they know that they are family and that is what matters most.

There aren't many shows these days that showcase African Americans interacting with each other like this...and I really do recommend this show.

I'm the only girl of 4 kids and they make me wish I had sisters to fight with and hang out with.

It airs on Thursdays on WeTv 9/8 central.

The Uppity Sistah fully endorses Braxton Family Values.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Beautiful Wedding Gowns!


Here it is...a collection of beautiful wedding gowns to peek at...makes you wanna be a bride...even if you're enjoying the single life.






African themed



More elegance










New Year....New Look!


Hey, guys...

Like the new look?

I felt like making some changes in my general life, so the blog had to reflect that as well.

Don't worry, I'll still be hitting the truth with grand slam force, but in life, one has to embrace change if one wants to grow.  And I most certainly am in process for that.

~Smooches~

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sneek Preview of My Book!

Here it is...

Greetings everyone...as some know, my new book, A Journey Into The Mind of a Black Woman is out and you can take a sneek preview at:

Amazon.com: A Journey Into The Mind of a Black Woman: In Search Of Black Men Who Live With Purpose (9781468025224): Sonya Lavette Bell: Books

 
You can take a peek inside before purchase.



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My Blackness Is Not Defined By Feelings of Inferiority...

"Never allow the opinions of others to become your reality." ~Gurda






 
I've been on this earth a long time and like all human beings, I've had highs and lows. But one thing I can say...is that I have never felt inferior to anyone--and particularly because of my African American heritage. It's quite the opposite. I feel a sense of not only pride in who I am; there's always been a strong sense of superiority towards whites, who for the most part; have always been motivated by racist attitudes and biases against Black people and other people of color. It's my way of countering the enemy's design of psychological warfare against Black people.

In my honest opinion, Black people worldwide do not realize how powerful they are mainly because of the media's blatant dismissal of our contributions as a people on this planet, and also because of some Blacks who possess power and wealth to change our condition, but accommodate white supremacy through passive compliance.

You've got to be bold in this world. Take the bull by the horns.

I know that Black people have accomplished a lot on this planet and I for one learned before I graduated high school that history is distorted to keep whites dominant over us through the reconstruction of facts. All anyone has to do is learn European history--and you'll see the gaps. Over 5000 years are literally wiped away.

Africa was going through it's third golden period when Europe was in the Dark Ages.

Thank God for Black Scholars like, Cheikh Anta Diop, Dr. John Henrick Clark, Dr. Chancellor Williams, Runoko Rashidi et al,  who documented our history and all Black people have to do to take power is to OWN OUR NARRATIVE. Take control of the media markets that truly determine perceptions and invest in our communities and people. Education must be approached with the wisdom of how it empowers. Knowledge is power. Information is critical. This is fact.

Within the next few years, the buying power of Black people will reach 1 Trillion dollars. This money could do tremendous things if our people would simple understand what white folks and other groups seem to understand: Posterity. Build our people and communities up. Empower those communities with Black entrepreneurship.

A mind is a terrible thing to waste; and wasting time, talent and energy keeps us weak.
The richest place on earth is not a gold or diamond mine; it is a graveyard. Why? Because graveyards are filled with people who never lived up to their potential.

Get lifted Black people.


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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What Is Black Beauty?


Black Beauty is my hair blowing in the wind, free of chemicals; healthy and shiny...everyone staring...and me smiling back.

Black Beauty is putting on hip hugging jeans, now that I'm way past 23; young and old men staring at me, winking and flirting; I laugh.

Black Beauty is having friends that knew me when I was five; we reminisce, tell jokes and act as if time has never slipped us by.

Black beauty is little Black girls with pig tails telling you they like your make-up; while eating an ice cream cone, running away to play--giggling, but turning around to wave good bye.

Black Beauty is watching Black grandmothers, looking proud and dignified, as they quietly thank the lord that he has allowed them to amongst those whom their DNA is linked; knowing they will never be forgotten.

Black Beauty is the laughter of old Black men telling jokes to old friends who knew them when they were young.

Black Beauty is going to church on Sunday, praising the Lord with your family and giving thanks for having a good life.

Black Beauty is looking at pictures of gold, copper and bronze; being reminded that my skin reminds the world of what is beautiful, desired and valued.

Black Beauty is always feeling the power of my ancestors as the sun kisses my face.

Black Beauty is me walking down the street seeing a butterfly and feeling the love of God.

Black Beauty is seeing a rainbow; feeling blessed to be alive.

I am a Black woman. God meant for this to be. Therefore, my Black Beauty is of the divine.

This is the definition of Black Beauty to me.