Friday, February 14, 2014

The Courage To Change

Believing that in everyone there lives a soul, filled with good intentions, creativity, and intuition. The Courage To Change is a story founded on a young woman's courage to break her silence in order to tap into these virtues. Infusing her own life story of debilitating abuse and abandonment, Angela Mayah Solstice earnestly shares the exercises, readings, and self-help affirmations that brought healing to her life after surviving abuse, abandonment, and divorce. We have witnessed a decline of the woman in modern times. There is a call for others to share their message of healing and hope to help others have a resurgence of their souls. Angela draws on spirituality and powerful affirmations to help others begin to cultivate a meaningful change in their lives.

The Courage To Change is available as an E-Book on Kindle, B&N Nook, and Kobo; and in paperback on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or wherever books are sold by request, simply give the books 13 digit ISBN number: 978-0-9916095-0-5.

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Eillen Fisher Helps Create Awareness About Human Trafficking

Photo Credit Angela Mayah Solstice: Stephanie Daniels-Wilson (left), Mary Bonnet (middle), Angela (right)

By: Angela Mayah Solstice

I volunteered and represented the Dream Catcher Foundation last night at a GREAT event hosted by the Eileen Fisher Store inside of Water Tower Place. Playwright Mary Bonnett from Her Story Theater gave a great presentation about the world of Human Trafficking taking place right HERE in Chicago. She was able educate the audience through a visual Power Point presentation mostly based on the play Shadow Town that wrapped up last year. Some AWESOME things came out of that play,  one being that the Dream Catcher Foundation was gifted with $20,000 through the proceeds of the ticket sales and two it is  now used as a teaching tool in the community! Mary also announced that Shadow Town II will be debuting later this year.

The guests in attendance last night were very attentive and asked AMAZING questions afterwards. Stephanie Daniels-Wilson who is the founder of the Dream Catcher Founder then shared her story and answered questions as well. All in all great turn out, attendees truly were made aware about the effects, causes, and preventative measures we can take in relation to Human Trafficking. Awesome event!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I'm a Big Black Girl Around Small White People and I'm Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With It: My Response to xoJane

By: CeCe Olisa

Below is my response to Jen Caron's "It Happened to Me: There Are No Black People in My Yoga Classes and I'm Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With It" post on xoJane yesterday. Here is an excerpt of what she wrote:
A few weeks ago, as I settled into an exceptionally crowded midday class, a young, fairly heavy black woman put her mat down directly behind mine. It appeared she had never set foot in a yoga studio -- she was glancing around anxiously, adjusting her clothes, looking wide-eyed and nervous. Within the first few minutes of gentle warm-up stretches, I saw the fear in her eyes snowball, turning into panic and then despair. Before we made it into our first downward dog, she had crouched down on her elbows and knees, head lowered close to the ground, trapped and vulnerable. She stayed there, staring, for the rest of the class.

Because I was directly in front of her, I had no choice but to look straight at her every time my head was upside down (roughly once a minute). I've seen people freeze or give up in yoga classes many times, and it's a sad thing, but as a student there's nothing you can do about it. At that moment, though, I found it impossible to stop thinking about this woman. Even when I wasn't positioned to stare directly at her, I knew she was still staring directly at me. Over the course of the next hour, I watched as her despair turned into resentment and then contempt. I felt it all directed toward me and my body.
Now, I'd like to share my story...
A few weeks ago I was taking a 7 a.m. class at a small and pricey fitness center in NYC. The classes at this fitness center only have 12 people in them, which mean we all get lots of personal attention. While the majority of the students in my class were women, I was the only black woman in the class. Actually, I was the only black person in the class... and for what its worth, I was the only plus-size person in the class too.
Before class began we all introduced ourselves. There was a Kristy, a Liz, a Lisa, some other names I can't remember and myself, CeCe.
For the duration of the class, our bubbly blonde instructor encouraged everyone by name, "Nice Kristy!" "Good job Liz!" and she would also encourage me, "Go, Girl!" she'd say... "Alright, Girl!"... "Nice, GIRL!" she'd yell standing over me with a beaming smile.
Everyone else in the class was called by name, but being the only fat black woman in the class was called "Girl" (or was it "Guurl"?).

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