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"Walk in your ways, so you will wake up and rise..."
"Rise" has basically become an anthem (in my opinion) for Black women's empowerment and promotion of self-care. Oftentimes, we can ignore the uplift of ourselves as well as our sisters.
Listening to "Rise" is always a personal experience for me. I feel like Solange is telling me to keep my head held high for being authentic. Living an honest and trustworthy life is crucial–it'll pay off in the end. Living for others will only result in a downfall.
"Be you, love you. All ways, always," is a quote by Alex Elle that I live by. We are fine just the way we are. Look at your accomplishments and acknowledge that you've made it this far. Being satisfied with who you are and what you do will subconsciously be displayed through your actions.
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I love to draw inspiration from other women. Finding women with common interests, careers, and goals can push you to work towards your goal even harder. Seeing people like you succeed is an incomparable feeling. Being able to witness someone's manifestation through hard work and determination and then applying that to your life is one of the most important qualities you can develop.
At this point, you’re probably wondering how you can help uplift other women. If you see someone doing something positive, tell them! Affirmation is one of the best forms of encouragement. It's extremely important to uplift your sisters. Women doing positive things can get overlooked and may not be as popular as others who do things for insignificant and phony validation from others. Promote their content, buy their products, and make them feel important. If you see your girl is only getting one or two retweets on her newest blog post, just hit retweet! Your one second retweet may help her receive twice as much engagement on her post than she usually gets. It's not uncommon to see mediocrity being uplifted of quality. It so many things that can be celebrated in everyday life. Did you choose a water instead of a pop for lunch? Did you see your friend get a promotion at her job? Did someone you know post a selfie where she’s looking fire? Acknowledge it! These little steps towards greatness can mean the world when they’re given recognition.
As Malcolm X said, "The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman." There's no doubt that we face an immense amount of strife just because we are Black women. Stand alongside your sister and make sure you realize that you guys matter. You’re important.
Written By: Autumn Dalton