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Familial Ties

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Familial Ties

  This weekend my grandmother requested that I attend a family meeting in her place with my great aunt and favorite big cousin amongst family members I am not too familiar with. The primary objective was to plan our upcoming family reunion. Our family has been facing multiple challenges and plenty of loss lately so we figured it would be nice for us to meet more frequently.  My grandmother asked me knowing I'd be likely be the only one interested. Despite being notified an hour before, I agreed. I was the youngest and only 20-something year old in the room...

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From Girlhood to Womanhood

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From Girlhood to Womanhood

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed a few posts about THE girlhood and womanhood experience that bonds feminine familial relationships together forever. Sleepovers, particularly with our mothers, aunts, adult lady cousins, and/or grandmothers were such a lovely rite of passage as children, teens, and even adults. On Instagram I asked you all what films did you, possibly your sister(s) and possibly cousin(s) watched based on girlhood, womanhood or even chick flicks, during slumber parties with your maternal figures or lady family members. I still remember the films I watched with my grandmother, my great aunt, my...

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A Bond Like No Other: Mother and Daughter

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A Bond Like No Other: Mother and Daughter
Lessons from My Family: A Bond Like No Other: Mother and Daughter shares a compelling and vulnerable story between a mother and daughter.

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Lessons I Learned As A Debutant

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Lessons I Learned As A Debutant

"Black American debutante balls can be traced back to 1778 in New York, when the first debutante was recorded by a newspaper, with the first official ball occurring in 1895 in New Orleans" (New York Times). Black debutante balls present young girls from Black communities to society. Young ladies are encouraged to exemplify good manners, grooming, and social etiquette. But unlike other debutante balls, whose primary goal is to prepare and present young women for marriage, Black debutante balls prepare debutantes for the world outside of the protection of their social circles and communities. Within Black communities, the spotlight is...

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Charm, Beauty, and Grace

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Charm, Beauty, and Grace

In 1948 Ophelia DeVore-Mitchell, former model, agent, charm-school director and newspaper publisher, opened the first black charm school to teach African-American women etiquette, self-preservation and confidence.  Long before the phrase “Black is beautiful” gained currency in the 1960s, Mrs. DeVore-Mitchell was preaching that ethos by example. In New York in the 1940s — an age when modeling schools, and modeling jobs, were overwhelmingly closed to African Americans — Ophelia helped start the Grace del Marco Modeling Agency and later founded the Ophelia DeVore School of Self-Development and Modeling. As a charm-school director, Mrs. DeVore-Mitchell taught dress, diction and deportment to thousands of students,...

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