5 Things I Learned From Selma

Selma wasn’t just a movie for me; it was an experience. It jarred me to the core and shook my spirit free of any complacency. I cried (for the first time in a long time), I smiled, I grimaced. I felt pride and angst simultaneously. I left the movie theater deep in thought. I’m still processing it’s effect.

I thought I knew a lot about my history, being raised with a culture-conscious, “black is beautiful”, Kwanzaa-celebrating mother. I love my people, and grasp at every chance to learn more about US. After watching Selma, I realized you never quite know enough about your history. Lord knows our school textbooks don’t tell truths. But even some common facts escaped me. Here’s what I (as a socially conscious, 29 year old, educated adult) learned from this amazing movie:

selma1. Civil rights weren’t won overnight. As quoted from the movie, they took them “piece by piece.” It was a loooong process in which many lives were lost and many battles were fought.

2. The Civil Rights movement was systemic and analytical. While passion sparked the fire to fight for our rights as African Americans, it was the execution of timely, well-planned and dangerous demonstrations. Though some events just unfolded naturally, it was the strategic approach that led to victory.

3. There are too many nameless heroes. There were so, so many countless African Americans who contributed to the cause, many with their life or their livelihood. Now, when I celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, I’ll also be reminded to celebrate those nameless ones who I have to thank for my rights today.

4. The Civil Rights Era wasn’t that long ago. Though I used to read about MLK and Malcolm X in my history books, that time of unrest and inequality wasn’t far enough for us to forget, but is just recent enough for us to get complacent. As we tragically witnessed in 2014, African Americans are STILL unjustly being targeted and murdered by the law, and still suffer from so many socioeconomic injustices.

5. Martin Luther King, Jr. wasn’t the angelic pacifist history books painted him to be. After watching Selma, I devoured any article I could related to the making of the movie. One thing that was starkly obvious: MLK was a believer in non-violence, but he wasn’t afraid to get dirty. He’s been stabbed, bombed, beat and jailed amongst other things. He fought long and hard, and paid the ultimate price with his life. He was fierce! He was also an imperfect husband and a flawed human being, just like the rest of us. God rest his soul and his memory.

What about you? What did you learn from Selma?

 

Skylines

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True to my city girl spirit, there’s nothing more thrilling than a sparkling skyline. Nothing warms my heart faster than gazing upon a horizon of endless possibility. After moving out of San Francisco and settling into my current suburban paradise, I started to feel the withdrawals that accompany a city exodus. Over time I was comforted in knowing that the dazzling city skylines were always within my grasp, whether it be a car or plane ride away.

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For Christmas vacation, I indulged in the most famous skyline of all: New York City. It’s been three years since I last stepped foot in the Big Apple, and per usual with any city, everything is different! As I traced back old, familiar steps, memories flowed like a river. So much has changed, and some things will never be the same, but I’ll forever have those experiences. As I enter the foreign territory that is my 30s (one more month!), I am relieved that newer horizons are before me, and so many fantastic skylines still await me. I’m so looking forward to all that comes with it!

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2014 in Review

It feels good to be back in the blogosphere. I took a much-needed break (though I continued to stalk my blogger boos from the sidelines) and now feel refreshed to start the year anew. But first, a little reflection.

2014 was one of my BEST years yet. My pastor declared and decreed 2014 as the year we would walk in the “overflow” and I received it. All of it. Blessings were aplenty and though I lost some things, I gained so much more.

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I thank God for all the lessons and blessings. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2015! What about you? Did your 2014 live up to the hype?

 

 

A Shift of Seasons

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I love this time of year. Not just because it’s full of family, fun and laughter, but because the seasons shift ever so slightly, blending orange afternoons with gray days, crisp indigo evenings into cyan shaded mornings. California does have seasons, and they’re beautiful. As I type this, the golden sun sets behind my back, and in 15 minutes all that will remain is a lingering tangerine glow.

There has been so much going on in this world I haven’t felt like blogging. The usual topics (celebrity, friendship, fashion, marriage) all seem so trivial in light of recent events. I just don’t FEEL it, if you know what I mean. With that being said, I’m officially taking a blogging hiatus until the new year. See you in 2015!!! Be blessed :)