“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else.” ― Toni Morrison
This morning, my grandmother texted me to tell me that one of my favorite writers, Toni Morrison had died.
Like so many, Toni was a beacon of light to me as a writer and creative. As an English major in college, I had the chance to meet her when she came to Richmond, Virginia for a reading and reception with students.
I don’t remember what she said, I was so star-struck. But her presence was what made the most impact on me.
This brilliant, powerful Black woman with a head full of beautiful gray locs had made an authentic path for herself in the world, which meant that I could, too.
As a 20-year old, I saw Toni as yet another example of how I could just be ME and be very successful doing what I loved.
From Toni and others, I learned that as a Black woman, I have a responsibility.
Not to the world, but to myself and to my race.
Although my company is called Happy Black Woman, it is NOT because I want to show that Black women are not angry.
I am NOT here to prove ANYTHING to the world or try to break any stereotypes that others have of us.
My responsibility is to create my ideal life and inspire other Black women to do the same.
I do my own part, in my own way, to be an example for other Black women who need to know that we can be, do and have anything we want in life. Just like so many other successful Black women did for me.
This is what I feel called to tell you today:
Keep being yourself.
Because whether you know it or not, other Black women and girls are watching you. They are looking up to you. They are seeing you as an example of what’s possible.
Your life is bigger than you.
And you have a responsibility.
It is your responsibility to not shrink.
It is your responsibility to not hide.
It is your responsibility to not dim your light.
It is your responsibility to SHINE as bright as you can so that your sisters can see you and know that they can shine, too.
*Picture from our Paris Mastermind Retreat earlier this month!*
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