Happy Black History Month, ladies!
In celebration of Black History month, I am dedicating this blog post to African American women who inspire me and African American women around the world. I would love to recognize every Black woman for upholding strength, determination, and leadership. Women have been stepping outside of the world’s expectation of just being housewives; instead, women are now holding political seats and owning businesses!
Not only are women running the world; black women are showing out as well! As hard as it is for me to only share with you five women, I wish I can acknowledge every woman who has paved the way for me and other women. Today, I am sharing with you five African American women who inspire me in all ways!
1. Sarah Jakes Roberts
Chileeeeee! My favorite millennium motivational speaker. Sarah Jakes Roberts is not afraid to admit she is not perfect by discussing her past and eating her carbs at Chick fil La. She turned her pain into the purpose of writing books and much more! Her sense of style is so chic and different. I listen to her weekly podcast on Apple podcast where she talks to viewers or the delegation about minding their business and what’s going in the world. She inspires women and men around the world daily.
2. Michelle Obama
Who else went crazy besides me and the crowd when she started to speak at the Grammy’s? The first African American First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama! What is not to love about her? She blessed the world in 2009 on the side of her husband Mr. Barack Obama inspiring the world with style and grace. She inspired the world with a message of “When they go low, we go high.” She is a mother of two beautiful girls and a loving wife before she was the world’s, first lady. As a first lady, she was an advocate for young people eating healthy. She kept it classy and sweet as a first lady. Again, what is not to love about Mrs. Michelle Obama?
Photo from goodhousekeeping.com
3. My late grandmother, Christine Rodgers
Growing up, I spent a lot of time at my grandmother’s house. During my time there, I was inspired by the way she dressed and the small details to finish the look. She always seemed to amaze me with her purses, nails, and shoes to match the color scheme she was wearing that day. Watching her do anything for anybody and caring about her family more than herself was a sincere gesture she often took part in. She was a strong and praying woman to her family, friends, church family, and community. My grandmother inspired me in so many ways; in fact, I dedicated my fashion/style part of my blog in her name which is called Christine’s Corner. I hope to be an inspiration like she was to me one day to my family, grandkids, and community.
4. My mother, Vernette Minor
Omg! I thank God daily for the mother He gave me. She is the funniest, most hard-working, God-fearing, strong, and coolest mom ever! When times get tough, she remains so grounded in her faith and herself. I don’t know what I’d do without her and her wisdom, support, and encouragement. She has always put me and my sister first before herself. She’ll do for others before she does for herself! She exemplifies what it means to be a great daughter, mother, sister, and friend! I hope one day to be just as loving and caring as she is!
Some may know her as “Taystee” from Orange Is The New Black or from her body positivity campaigns. In Lane Bryant’s #ThisBody campaign in 2016, Danielle Brooks inspired curvy women around the world. For a black woman to embrace her curves, stretch marks, and appearance, and to be outspoken as well, gives confidence to curvy girls. She gave me the courage and confidence to accept my curves and all during a time I was doubting my appearance! She also created a plus- size fashion line!! YES! Danielle Brooks is all and in- between Black Girl Magic inspiring women around the world with body positivity and confidence!
The women I’ve recognized not only have been an inspiration in my life but a hand in empowering me and giving me the confidence I need as an African American woman. I wish I could recognize every black woman: my aunts, cousins, fellow bloggers, teachers, and many more! So many black women made a huge impact on my life, whether it was words of inspiration, encouragement, and substance. Thank you!
Love, Gayla 💕