The Columbus Collective is an assemblage of up and coming local artists that have created the perfect opportunity to connect over some less conventional ideas in promoting the arts. This site-specific exhibition is presented in an unorthodox space.
I hope everyone is doing well mind, body, and soul. Today is a good day to keep speak on “Words”.
Words are powerful.
They can fuel us with knowledge or weaken our spirits. Our tongues are as sharp as a sword. We have to know when and when not to cut people with it.
Our words can lead people into a path of righteous or lead them astray.
We have to be sure of what to say and how we are saying our words too people, because the last thing we want to do whether it be intentional or not is to lead people down the wrong path with our words.
We must be extremely careful of what we say to people on social media as well. We can say all day, oh it’s just words behind a screen, they don’t have a meaning or emotion behind them. Well that can be true for some people, however, others may not take it lightly, perhaps take offense to our words or hurt them.
In closing, we have to think about what we are going to say before we say it. You never know what you say will either uplift or lead someone astray.
Our words can either feed someone positive thoughts to get through the day or negative energy that can hinder someone.
Turning 40 is a milestone in life. It’s a point in one’s life that they have to begin to put away childish things and close the book on old chapters in their lives. For black women, it should be a time to celebrate and begin a new journey in life. As they say, “40 is the new 20.” We see black celebrities over 40 all the time. Today is a day where I showcase everyday black women, our unsung women of power. They are the Real Jewels of Royalty. What better way to celebrate this milestone and to show people that I truly appreciate you all?
The images that you see are beautiful black women that’s at least 40 years of wisdom and up. These are various women I’ve photographed over the past few years in my journey (Please click on the photo for best quality).
I have learned a lot from these ladies. I am also inspired to take this blog entry into a different direction:
Today I am starting a Photo Campaign for Black Women over 40.
The Goal is to show that women over 40 are just as vibrant, beautiful, and age like fine wine. The saying goes that Black don’t crack. I want to be able to show black women in a positive light in a series of powerful portraits/showing off their personality. Black women are the trendsetters and every other women on the planet wants your body, hair etc. We are unique people and you are beautiful black women. We are perhaps the most imitated people in the world. The end game is to show off black women's uniqueness and print out the best photo or two and be able to share it in a gallery one day. You do not have to be a model. I ask that you block out at least 1-2 hrs of your time for the session. We can conduct the session indoor or outdoor. Make sure you are prepared to shine and show off your beautiful spirit.
If you are interested in partaking in this campaign, please feel free to email me. In addition, you will receive 10 photos from the shoot for participating.
In Closing, We need to continue to always strive to help and uplift each other daily. When you see a woman of color over 40, please inform her that you appreciate her.
I hope you all are doing well. Was there ever a point in your life when you had to decide on choice, however, you were stuck in the middle only to be left there picking yourself wondering what happened? Yes I am quite sure most of us have been put into a situation before where we were indecisive about something or someone only for the something to pass you up or someone make the decision for you. When you allow someone to take your power, it can make you feel powerless.
We have to be careful with our mind, body, energy and soul because if you are indecisive, you may attract others who are just as indecisive who will not give you a straight answer. Being indecisive can be one of your worst enemies.
Sometimes The Most High and Son can put someone in front of us who mirror our exact same actions or thoughts to remind us that we maybe doing the same things to others who may feel a certain way we may not always take into consideration.
We have to be cognizant of our own experiences.
It’s okay to say yes. Its okay to say no sometimes. Its okay to change your mind later. You can’t please everyone let alone beat around the bush because you can say “No” at this present time and maybe later revisit the situation later with a yes. Opportunities will come and go. It’s up to us to decide on what opportunities we say “Yes or No” too. Be strong, firm, confident, and powerful in your choices you make in life.
What you say is power and your actions are power. Our Tongue and Actions can speak or show life or death, positive or negative.
One of our responsibilities in life is too experience life and share our experiences with others.
As a wanderlust, I will work towards leaving the baggage behind. I will turn the baggage into personal experiences I can share with others.
In closing, Remember that only you can control your own power. Do not allow anyone else to take it from you or make the decision for you. Feel free to stand by your “yes or no” answer. People will respect you more for being upfront with them vs being indecisive.
It’s okay if you have to think about your answer, however, understand the pros, cons to the situation, make a choice.