Thank you to everyone who participated in my social media poll, I'll still write on staying power, but it was pretty clear you guys wanted to first see a post on self-accountability. When I thought of that phrase, self-accountability, the infamous video from Cycle 4 of America's Next Top Model was the first thing that came to mind. The line where Tyra says "Take responsibility for yourself, because no one is going to take responsibility for you" summarizes everything I could say in this blog post.
If you haven't already, watch the scene I'm referring to (above) and this time imagine Tiffany as yourself and Tyra as...yourself. I wanted to include the extended version because Tiffany's judging process leading up to Tyra reading her for filth is actually super important to note in this conversation about self-accountability and self-responsibility. I'm going to break down the three most important things I recognized in the video to help explain this topic as best as I can. Before we get into it though, take a moment to read this quote from William H. Murray:
'kési's current faves' is a new series on my blog featuring my current favorite music, books, articles, shows, people, etc. that deal with anything in the realm of Black womanhood.
The first installment features a book and song that I got into yesterday which both discuss Black women and mental health/ depression. Click 'Read More' to check them out:
A few months ago, my baby dadd- I mean fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman came back to Howard University to participate in a panel after the screening of Marshall, a film detailing one of (another Howard alumnus) Thurgood Marshall's career-defining cases as a lawyer for the NAACP. One thing Chadwick said that stood out to me, was that he intentionally chooses roles in which he can portray positive images of Black men and tell those stories accurately. His track record only proves this: In addition to Marshall, Chadwick landed leading roles as Jackie Robinson in 42 (2013), James Brown in Get on Up (2014), and his most recent ( and undoubtedly biggest) role, as King T'Challa and the titular Black Panther (2018).
As you all may know, I celebrated my second blogiversary this past Saturday. I hoped to do something cute and fun on the blog earlier but y'all know I like to throw out my plans last minute and go for a signature "Kési J.R. Felton Reflection Post."
In these last few days of 2017, I want to encourage all of you to take a moment to reflect on your year and the growth (or lack thereof) that you experienced: How did you get more in (or out of) alignment with your goals? Who did you get closer to and how did they pour into you and vice versa? What relationships do you need to work on going in to the new year? This is a Twitter thread I found the other day and it includes some great questions to help you get started.
Since this will most likely be my last blog post of 2017, I want to take a moment to thank everyone that has read, shared or in any way engaged with my content this year. I'm grateful to have this space to share and refine my voice and I'm so grateful for the continued support. My focus for 2018 will be shifting to Better to Speak so stay tuned for announcements and opportunities on how your story can be included!
Hit "Read more" to check out how exactly I plan on creating my goals and intentions for 2018 and how you can too:
For the next post in my End of the Year Lineup, I wanted to do another edition of "20 Black Women Who Did That." I feel as though it's especially important to highlight some of the Black women who have made an impact in music, TV/Film, politics and activism, tech, and other arenas of life. Check out the gallery below to see this year's picks (click on each photo to read an article about the dope things these women did in 2017), and click 'Read More' to find out how you can add to the list and participate in my End of the Year giveaway!