According to the New Oxford American Dictionary empowerment is defined as, “the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.”
One day when I was scrolling through Instagram, I came across a post that I couldn’t get out of my mind after viewing it.
Black women in television have made the ultimate come up. From having roles in the domestic household catering to other people, to being seen as lawyers, political figures, and leaders.
When I first started college, I had a vague sense of what to expect.
Dear 12-year-old Me,
You woke up and you opened your eyes. First and foremost, be grateful for that! There will be days that you will wish that was not true. Before anything remember to be grateful for every single day. This simple act will create a great impact on your life. Love yourself before you even call yourself to love someone else. This will save you a great deal of heartbreak. Never question why you should love yourself.
As nine o’clock neared and the nerves I’d thought were subtle jitters failed to subside, I couldn’t help but wonder how my interviewee, Dr. Hasna Muhammad, is preparing for our quick chat, miles away in New York. After I’d confirmed our interview time and day weeks before, I did a lot of wondering about what kind of woman she might be- how she’d sound, if she’d be kind, and how deep she’d allow our conversation to go. Among the women I had the