Aretha Franklin Brings Down The House At Kennedy Center Honors As Only A Queen Could
Queendom, You must see this video of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Louise Franklin, bringing down the house at the Kennedy Center Honors with a performance of (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.
If you haven't already seen her performance, watch the video below!
My Crowning Jewel CEO Writes Children's Book To Inspire Little Girls To Dream Big and Take Action!
Veronica N. Chapman, CEO of My Crowning Jewel, just released her new children's book, "I Know I Can!"
A Spelman College alumna, Veronica is no stranger to art nor activism as her résumé will attest. In 2008 she founded Boxxout, a grassroots organization that "provides teens in low-income communities with engaging, innovative, and practical workshops and events where they can employ the 21st Century skills required for success." Additionally, she is the author of The Advent of Planet Martyr (a book) and Ancestors Inc. (a play), whose themes reflect her commitment to community and the youth.
To no surprise, Veronica's latest work, I Know I Can!, is an artistic response to the young girls in her workshops. "The reality is . . . many of our young girls are exposed to a lot of nonsense." She continues, "I've seen firsthand in the self-esteem workshop how this nonsense is taking a toll on how they feel about themselves and what they can accomplish in the world. . . . I believe that if we reach our girls at an early age, they will be able to rise above the noise and know they can accomplish anything they put their minds to."
If there is a little "Faith" in your life, and you too believe in her limitless possibility, be sure to add this inspiring book to her collection! And little Faith even wears a Princess Jewel in the book!
I Love My Hair: A Coloring Book of Braids, Coils, and Doodle Dos by Andrea Pippin
Our Queendom is abuzz because Andrea Pippin's new coloring book, I Love My Hair: A Coloring Book of Braids, Coils, and Doodle Dos, is amazing! Check out this very cool animation Andrea created to celebrate the launch!
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If You Haven't Watched First Lady Michelle Obama's Tuskegee University Commencement Speech, You Should!
First Lady Michelle Obama dropped some empowering jewels in her commencement speech at Tuskegee University. Watch her speech below. It was amazing!
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Silk vs. Satin, Do You Know The Difference?
Essence Magazine Celebrates Shonda Rhimes, Mara Brock Akil, Issa Rae, Debbie Allen, and Ava DuVernay!
In May Essence Magazine will celebrate its 45th anniversary! In celebration, they are shining a spotlight on Shonda Rhimes, Mara Brock Akil, Issa Rae, Debbie Allen, and Ava DuVernay; women who are game changers in television, film, and the web!
May we all follow their lead and give our best selves to our heart's desires. Check out the cover below. It's beautiful!
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Life Jewel: It's Okay to Say No! - Pain Is Not Your Purpose
Please don’t wear your overworked schedule as a badge of honor. Society would have us to believe that we must “seize” every opportunity that’s presented to us. To be honest, sometimes we need to say, No. And mean it!
We don’t have to attend every engagement we are invited to attend. It’s okay to stay in for the weekend and have some much needed me-time and recharge your batteries. You can’t continually give your energy to others and environments that don’t feed you in return.
Now please don’t mistake what I’m saying. I’m not saying that you have to “get” something from anyone or anything. I’m saying that you need to carefully select where and with whom you spend your time.
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Why Beyoncé's "Ring Off" Deserves Heavier Rotation
I know many of our Queendom Members are also part of Beyoncé's Beyhive, but even they didn't make enough noise about her song, Ring Off!
Although it has been a few months since Beyoncé's Ring Off debut, I can't get over how awesome it is that she released such a powerful tribute to her mom, praising her for her courage to remove herself from an unhappy and unfulfilling marriage. I just wish the song were appreciated more so it could receive the heavy rotation it deserves!
Every time I hear Ring Off I think of some of the conversations I've had about matrimony with my elderly female friends and family members. Some lamented the fact that they remained in unhappy marriages with husbands who were disrespectful, sometimes bringing disgrace to their families. They came from the age when people stayed married regardless of the state of their union.
You can imagine my surprise when one day I met a woman of their same generation, who during her second marriage decided that when she retired from working she wanted to retire single! At the time I wasn’t quite sure why I was so impressed by the fact that she was in her eighties and twice divorced. I mean I LOVE the idea of happily ever after, but I also remembered some of the bitterness and regret my elderly friends felt about remaining in their marriages; I couldn't help but think, “good for her!”
There are many reasons why women may stay in an unhealthy or unhappy marriage or relationship. However, for those of you who have done all you can, and have come to the conclusion that you want or deserve better, you now have this beautiful tribute for encouragement when times get tough!
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Join Us In Our Mission To Inspire Little Girls To Dream Big!
My Crowning Jewel was born out of our CEO, Veronica N. Chapman's, quest for something better. Protecting our hair at night is a legacy that most black women share, but Veronica felt that the nighttime head wrap options that were in the marketplace just weren't good enough. The belief that she and her aunt Luisa could design a nighttime head wrap that is both functional and beautiful is the foundation for My Crowning Jewel. They both had the courage to act on a vision.
Like our founders, we want to help ensure that little girls are equipped with the courage and confidence to dream big and take action! Because of this commitment we are supporting our CEO's goal of inspiring little girls to be courageous in pursuit of their dreams. Click the picture below to learn more about her campaign!
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100 Years of Beauty: Which decade's style do you prefer?
Watch this time lapse of a model getting her hair and makeup done to match every decade from 1910 to 2010!
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Everyone Should Read Shonda Rhimes' Remarkable Speech, "On Ceilings Made of Glass"!
Shonda Rhimes received the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter's 2014 Women in Leadership Breakfast yesterday. She gave an amazing acceptance speech that we believe will inspire you as much as it inspired us!
The text is below. Go forth and be inspired:
When my publicist called to tell me that I was receiving this honor, I screwed up my face and I said, “Are you sure? Me?” And he said, “Yes.” And I said, “Why?” And then I said, “No really, WHY?”
And I made him call and ask for some written reason why I was getting this award. Because I really and truly was worried that there might have been some kind of mistake.
I want to pause for a beat here to say that I don’t say these things to be self-deprecating and humble. I am not a self-deprecating, humble person. I think I’m pretty fantastic. But I also think that The Hollywood Reporter Sherry Lansing Award is extraordinary — as is Sherry Lansing herself. So…no, really, WHY?
They sent a written reason why I was getting this award. It said many nice things but the main thing that it was said was that I was getting the award in recognition of my breaking through the industry’s glass ceiling as a woman and an African-American.
I come from a very large, very competitive family. Extremely competitive. And by competitive, I mean, my mother says we’re not allowed to play Scrabble anymore when we get together because of the injuries and the tears. One of the rules in my family is you don’t ever get a trophy for participation, you don’t get a trophy for just being you. So getting an award today BECAUSE I’m a woman and an African-American feels…I was born with an awesome vagina and really gorgeous brown skin. I didn’t do anything to make either of those things happen. To get all Beyonce about it, people: “I woke up like this.”
Seriously. I know this isn’t an award because I’m a woman or BECAUSE I’m African American. I know that it’s really about breaking the glass ceiling that exists in the face of being a woman and being black in this very male, very white town. But I haven’t broken through any glass ceilings.
Do they know I haven’t broken through any glass ceilings? I ask my publicist. He assures me that I have. I assure him that I have not. I have not broken through any glass ceilings. If I had broken through any glass ceilings, I would know. If I had broken through a glass ceiling, I would have felt some cuts, I would have some bruises. There’d be shards of glass in my hair. I’d be bleeding, I’d have wounds.
If I’d broken the glass ceiling, that would mean I would have made it through to the other side. Where the air is rare. I would feel the wind on my face. The view from here — way up here where the glass ceiling is broken — would be incredible. Right? So how come I don’t remember the moment? When me with my woman-ness and my brown skin went running full speed, gravity be damned, into that thick layer of glass and smashed right through it? How come I don’t remember that happening?
Here’s why: It’s 2014. This moment right here, me standing up here all brown with my boobs and my Thursday night of network television full of women of color, competitive women, strong women, women who own their bodies and whose lives revolve around their work instead of their men, women who are big dogs, that could only be happening right now.
Think about it. Look around this room. It’s filled with women of all colors in Hollywood who are executives and heads of studios and VPs and show creators and directors. There are a lot of women in Hollywood in this room who have the game-changing ability to say yes or no to something.
15 years ago, that would not have been as true. There’d have been maybe a few women in Hollywood who could say yes or no. And a lot of D girls and assistants who were gritting their teeth and working really hard. And for someone like me, if I was very very VERY lucky, there’d have been maybe one small show. One small shot. And that shot would not have involved a leading actress of color, any three dimensional LGBT characters, any women characters with high powered jobs AND families, and no more than two characters of color in any scene at one time — because that only happened in sitcoms.
30 years ago, I’d think maybe there’d be a thousand secretaries fending off their handsy bosses back at the office and about two women in Hollywood in this room. And if I were here, I would serving those two women breakfast.
50 years ago, if women wanted to gather in a room, well it had better be about babies or charity work. And the brown women were in one room over there and the white women were in a room over here. From then to now…we’ve all made such an incredible leap.Think of all of them.
50 years ago trying to get out of separate rooms, 30 years ago trying to not serve breakfast or be groped by their bosses, 15 years ago trying to make clear that they could run a department as well as that guy over there.
All the women, white or black or brown who woke up like this, who came before me in this town.Think of them. Heads up, eyes on the target. Running. Full speed. Gravity be damned. Towards that thick layer of glass that is the ceiling. Running, full speed and crashing. Crashing into that ceiling and falling back. Crashing into it and falling back. Into it and falling back. Woman after woman. Each one running and each one crashing. And everyone falling.
How many women had to hit that glass before the first crack appeared? How many cuts did they get, how many bruises? How hard did they have to hit the ceiling? How many women had to hit that glass to ripple it, to send out a thousand hairline fractures? How many women had to hit that glass before the pressure of their effort caused it to evolve from a thick pane of glass into just a thin sheet of splintered ice?
So that when it was my turn to run, it didn’t even look like a ceiling anymore. I mean, the wind was already whistling through — I could always feel it on my face. And there were all these holes giving me a perfect view to other side. I didn’t even notice the gravity, I think it had worn itself away. So I didn’t have to fight as hard, I had time to study the cracks. I had time to decide where the air felt the rarest, where the wind was the coolest, where the view was the most soaring. I picked my spot in the glass and called it my target. And I ran. And when I hit finally that ceiling, it just exploded into dust.
Making it through the glass ceiling to the other side was simply a matter of running on a path created by every other woman’s footprints. I just hit at exactly the right time in exactly the right spot.
So I’m breaking my family’s rule today. This is a trophy for participation. And I am beyond honored and proud to receive it. Because this? Was a group effort.
Thank you to all the women in this room. Thank you to all the women who never made it to this room. And thank you to all the women who will hopefully fill a room 100 times this size when we are all gone.
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The Hollywood Reporter “Women in Hollywood” Breakfast
Styles We Want To Protect In Our Night Jewels: Kinky Curly Beauty Edition
We have so much fun on Instagram! We've made quite a few friends on the platform, and we love that we get to interact with our fabulous Queendom Members to see how they rock their Jewels!
Instagram is a world of inspiration. On there you can find some of the most awesome hairstyles, done by professional hairstylists and everyday divas who are just naturally gifted. Leslie of Kinky Curly Beauty is a stylist who always posts amazing pictures of her artistry. Here are five hairstyles by Kinky Curly Beauty that we'd love to protect in our Night Jewels!
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Queendom Inspiration: Watch How Sheryl Underwood Turned a Negative Situation Into a Positive One
We absolutely love Sheryl Underwood's approach to turning a negative experience into a positive one! Watch the video below to see courage in action:
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Watch Lupita Nyong'o and Elmo Talk About Loving The Skin You're In!
Queendom, we are loving this video of two of our favorite people, Elmo and Lupita Nyong'o! In the video Lupita and Elmo have an important conversation about loving the skin you're in. We know that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and complexions. It's so wonderful that because of Sesame Street this message will reach children everywhere!
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Oh what a night! My Crowning Jewel Awarded $5,000 by EforAll!
Last night was so exciting! We shared with you earlier in the summer that our Chief Queendom Member, Veronica N. Chapman, was chosen as a finalist in the Merrimack Valley Sandbox Summer Accelerator program. Last night 12 weeks of hard work culminated in an awesome and exciting awards ceremony.
There were so many great announcements last night! The first great announcement was that the Merrimack Valley Sandbox has officially changed its name to "EforAll" to further emphasize their motto and belief that entrepreneurship is for all. We couldn't agree more, and we are so looking forward to continuing our relationship with this awesome organization!
Another great announcement is that Veronica was one of the awardees last night! She won $5,000 to continue building our Queendom so stay tuned for new Jewels and new developments!
Veronica also had the opportunity to address the audience last night because she was nominated by her cohort to serve as the class speaker! Click here to read her remarks.
We are so grateful to have had this opportunity, and we are committed to making our fellow finalists; Queendom Members; and the awesome team at EforAll proud!
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Queendom Inspiration: First Lady Michelle Obama Recently Gave An Awesome And Inspiring Speech. Here It Is In Case You Missed It...
On July 30th First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders summit. Mrs. Obama's remarks focused on the importance of educating girls around the world, and on the role the men in her family played in making sure she was empowered and prepared to take advantage of life's opportunities.
It's such an inspiring speech! Watch it below, or read the First Lady's remarks online.
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