Saturday, November 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Shirley Chisholm~*

"You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas."




"Of my two handicaps, being female put many more obstacles in my path than being black."



"I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself."



Wishing a pioneer and "She-Roe" Shirley Anita St. Hill-Chisholm a very "Happy Birthday". Educated, Sophisticated, HerStory Maker, and Changer!!

Unbought. .Unbossed. .
May your forever. .Rest In Peace. .~*
@TheeSophistiKat

Sistah's Chat. .The Purpose

Over the past 2 months I have had a few people approach me or email to ask. .
"What is the purpose of Sistah's Chat?"



















I've always enjoyed serving on different panels discussing current issues regarding women, the state of the Black community, relationships, etc. Often times the opportunities that I've had were outside of the city. I felt that with the movements such as Black Girls ROCK, My Black Is Beautiful "Imagine A Future", Saving Our Daughters, etc. that the discussion on how to empower girls/women, showcase our outstanding achievements, how our images are being depicted in the media, internal racism, bullying, and many other issues not only need to be discussed on a national level but truly on a local level.

Each and every day in our respective communities we face the same issues that girls/women across the country face. We also have girls/women locally and statewide who are doing outstanding things to bring awareness to these said issues. Sometimes we don't have anyone to openly discuss what we are going through in an open and non-judgmental environment. Sometimes we feel that no one truly cares or will support our efforts that we are putting forth in the community to promote and evoke change.  Sometimes we would never have a chance to meet or interact with our community/state "She-roes". A platform for change. A platform to have open and honest dialogue with each other.

If we don't begin to create opportunities for our voices and stories to be told and heard. .who will? A quote that stuck out to me from this years "Black Girls ROCK" was by Marian Wright Edleman she stated "Black women rock the cradle and whoever rocks the cradle. .rocks the future". We have to think about all the women who have come before us. Who were degraded, denied, and some even died for us to have the rights that we do today and for their stories to continue to live through us. We have to get back to being as "ONE". Loving, Uplifting, and Supporting each other in our respective goals. We have to understand how our individual successes are important to each other and the generations to come. This transcends beyond the color line to ALL women. A unified sisterhood is a MUST.

That is the purpose of "Sistah's Chat"!!

The next installment will be in 2 parts in February 2014!! 
Part One: "How to Love 101: Love and Relationships"
Part Two: "Preserving our Legacy"

If you are interested in lending your voice to the panel, being a sponsor, or vendor please email me at thesophisticatechronicles@gmail.com and "February Chat's" as your subject title.

@TheeSophistiKat

Reflecting. .~*

I hope everyone had a very "Happy Thanksgiving"!! I wasn't able to Blog (and honestly didn't feel like doing much of anything) due to the passing of my great grandmother. She was 102. She lived her life giving back to others. Always active working in her church, serving on the district Usher's board, the Order of the Eastern Star, PHA (and all the other female auxiliaries of the Prince Hall Masonic Structure), and of course a devoted family woman.

It put a lot of things in perspective for me. We often times wonder where we get a lot of our personality, ambition, and unwavering will to conquer over obstacles from. .and I honestly thought back to the women of my family. All though on different sides of my bloodline they were all very similar. All of them were hard working, giving, and God fearing women. I've always had the desire to help others any way I can and that comes from them. Putting my family first and doing anything and everything I can to make sure they are happy. .comes from them. Stepping out on faith and trusting in God. .comes from them. Always being a lady and my style. .comes from them.

Realizing that all the opportunities I have today are by the grace of God and their perseverance through all obstacles. .I lift up a prayer to heaven and simply say "Thank You".

Rest In Peace. .
MLM. .SBJ
TLWF. .NEC

@TheeSophistiKat

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sistah's Chat 2

This Saturday Join US!!
































All about giving back and providing an opportunity for our voices to be heard "Sistah's Chat" is an open panel discussion hosted by blogger Lorean Mays. The event serves as a platform for girls and women to discuss issues that we face on a daily basis such as self esteem, bullying, violence, relationships, etc. Also to provide interaction with well known girls and women (and hopefully some Brothas) from across the country. Having open and honest dialogue with each other to help, inspire, and empower the masses.

At this event you will be able to shop with "2 Diva's Jewerly", receive/sign up for information on how to become active in the fight against heart disease with the American Heart Association's initiatives "Power to End Stroke" and "Go RED for Women", a chance to win some FABulous door prizes, and Meet/Greet the phenomenal panelist.

This event is FREE to the public and we welcome everyone including our boys and men.

Sign up sheet for the "Pearls Books and Tea: SophistKat Bookclub" will be available!! 

If you have any questions or would like to be apart of our next "Sistah's Chat" email thesophisticatechronicles@gmail.com

Thanks for your continued Support!!
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@TheeSophistiKat