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Reflections on navigating between two cultures and understanding the self-awareness process

Topic 3 – March Celebration of the Daughters of Africa March 3, 2011

March is a very important month for women that could use more attention and publicity. The entire month celebrates the United States National Women’s History Month. In the past decade, the number of African-born women in the U.S. has signficantly increased. Women of African descent are profoundly woven into the fabric of American soceity’s women’s history.  There are specific dates in March that are also worth highlighting: March 8th (International Women’s Day) and March 10th (National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day).

Reflections...what do you see?

For the special month of March 2011, there are several new initiatives that will be launched on the Threads of Our Fabric blog every week (starting March 8th) to celebrate femininity exclusively for African women and Girls.

So why don’t we prepare ourselves and continue digging deeper in our intimacy or in-to-me-see dialoguing experience and journey!


Select a woman in your life who is an inspiration to you. In what ways are you like her? And in what ways are you uniquely you or unlike her?





12 Responses to “Topic 3 – March Celebration of the Daughters of Africa”

  1. Pembe Besingi Says:

    This is going to be cliche but a woman that inspires me is my mother, Comfort Besingi. She has been through so much in her life and glides through it with grace and dignity.

    I would like to think that we are alike in our faith, confidence and soft hearts. However, we are definitely different in our wisdom. By virtue of being more seasoned, she far outshines me.

    Love you mommy.

  2. Kodi O. Says:

    I can’t think of anyone but my mom as well! 🙂 She has one of the biggest hearts I know and her love is fierce. Because of her, I know what it means to lay aside fault-seeking and judgements and just choose to love. She has also been through so much but stands tall with a smile for anyone.
    I definitely have her loving nature. I’m different because I’m still trying to find that boldness it takes to fly…I’m getting there though.

    • sharasong Says:

      I can now see where you get your lovely smile from! Thanks for sharing! May you soar and may the span of your love and life know no bounds! You are a gift to this world, necessary and important =)

  3. Sylvia Ake Says:

    I would have to say my mom, without a doubt. She’s gone above and beyond to become who she is today. She’s a true example of what an ambitious hardworking woman should be; always striving for the best and remains a high achiever!

    We both have similar taste in fashion. She’s definitely a fashionista, just like myself :). We are both very hardworking, but she’s certainly more driven than I am, very assertive and is not afraid to speak her mind. I could use a little courage from her. 🙂

    • sharasong Says:

      Another yay for mommy dearest!!! You certainly are quite the DIVA mademoiselle. Thank you for sharing your inspirational African Queen in your life. Your mother sounds amazing and I know with her continued influence, you are an amazing woman in the making!

  4. Fijoy Says:

    For me, the woman who inspires and shapes me the most is my mother. As I grow older, I get to see different facets of my mother, almost as if I am witnessing the slow and deliberate unfurling of a flower or the gradual peeling of a many layered onion.
    I adore that woman and the more of her she lets me see, the more of her I see in me. In three words, my mother is driven, outspoken, and very passionate about all that she does and all that she is. That woman is ALWAYS on my side, even when she is critiquing me or giving me unwanted/unasked for advice and I will never stop appreciating that.

    • sharasong Says:

      It is wonderful to read about a mother who nurtures as she shapes and molds. It is not always easy receiving criticism from mothers, but she sounds like a woman who desires for your “self” to grow to its utmost! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. andong Says:

    A woman that inspires me is Beyonce Knowles, or rather Carter. I am an artist- I mostly dance. I love to watch artists grow, be positive, giving, strong-willed, committed and feminine. Beyonce is all of those things and I admire that in her. Despite all the things that are being said in the press, or even some of the things she does sometimes, I still see beyond the negative- I see raw talent that is nurtured, a quiet intelligent dedicated woman who speaks/sings words of encouragement in a field that I love-entertainment. She gives 200% in each performance, that is huge! Yes, she is my hero. It’s encouraging and aspiring when things get heavy, on us women, to watch someone out there that exudes such strength and sensibility. A simple complexity.

    • sharasong Says:

      Thanks so much for sharing! You are the first to extend beyond our familial sphere. It is true, to captivate, entertain, and inspire…these are hard qualities for performance artists. I think Beyonce has done a great job creating a glamorous image that is highly desired globally. It is much easier to judge what we see…but I am sure from an artist’s vantage point you know the long hours of practicing, rehearsing, performing…it can be tremendously exhausting. But from hearing your voice I can feel the personal reward and joy of it all. Thank you! Stop by March 8th for a pleasant surprise!

  6. Edlyn Says:

    I would have to say the women in my immediate family (my sisters and mom) are all an inspiration to me. They are some of the strongest women I know! They are regal yet humble, smart and wise, and all around beautiful people. They shape the way I live and think, yet I am different because I am more willing to following my dreams and desires regardless of the consequences, even if it does take me away from the people I love. But because I know I have their support, I am able to do so. And I will always love them for that! ❤ ❤ ❤

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