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!
I haven't really given myself the opportunity to reflect on 2017, as I still have a week of finals and other responsibilities to tie up this semester's (very) loose ends. 2017 wasn't a terrible year, I definitely had a lot of amazing moments, but I wouldn't say there was any one event to mark as "the highlight of 2017."
Last week, I watched a sermon by Sarah Jakes Roberts, "Boundaries," in which she discussed the concept of worshiping while weary (I encourage you to watch the whole thing, but the particular part I'll be talking about starts at around 13:25).
"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might; for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is no work, no knowledge, no wisdom." Ecclesiastes 9:10.
I have been trying to find the best way to write out something that has been on my heart for the past month or so. Trying to write a blog post has been almost impossible but this is a topic I feel strongly about and want to try to articulate, not only for myself but for anyone who may need to hear this.