One Size Doesn’t Fit All

10 02 2010

It wasn’t until my adult years that I began to pay attention to politics and how it affects the world. And it wasn’t until Barack Obama became President of our country that I really cared. So it’s really needless for me to admit that when the Obamas’ are present, they always have my undivided. Mrs. Obama delivers such poise and elegance when seen. She is not only a striking partner to our President but an equally intelligent lawyer and style maven. Michelle Obama’s fashion is like an awesome runway show and I’m in the front row! Did you see the hair in these videos? I’m still in awe of her beautiful coiffed bob which was reminiscent of silk! First Lady has it going on!

But on the real, Michelle Obama is also making history alongside her husband. She is the first, First Lady cast in the forefront and her projects are missions on cultivating a healthier future for all of us. Childhood obesity is a serious issue that has been ignored far too long. It’s painful to witness children battling an addiction to food or junk food for that matter when this behavior could have been curved or ultimately ceased. Not only does this impede their lives but it also leads to detrimental health issues. This in turn affects our health-care with the requirement of treating illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, respiratory problems, and even cancer. Mrs. Obama states, “there is no one size fits all solution here,” which I feel is a powerful message for us to end condoning this behavior with our children. She continued to stress with implementing tactful discretion like portion control and opting for beneficial substitutions are wise choices. Encouraging a more active livelihood for our youth is another solution to the goal. Michelle Obama, I applaud you for your work in making this change happen!

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I’m Not My Hair

2 11 2009

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I was recently perplexed when an audacious relative confessed that although they loved my hair, I would have found employment if my hair wasn’t natural. I was also urged not to dye the color and believe me, I wasn’t considering a radical change…a light auburn would do. They advised me to get a wig and wait to get a job before I did anything else to my hair. Normally I’d let unsolicited or negative comments just roll off my back since becoming thick-skinned but since it was served from a relative, it caused me to wonder; am I being judged by my hair? During this volatile recession, I’ve become a seasoned pro with all the many blessings of interviews but I haven’t secured anything permanent as of yet. Was there any validity to my relative’s statements? Did it matter that I was highly qualified with years of experience or that I was impeccably dressed and could strike a pose if a camera was avail? Are businesses still intimidated by Afrocentrism in this day and age? Did President Obama not signify that change has come from what we were accustomed to? Naivety isn’t clouding my judgment, I know that I’ve been turned down for some assignments just based on the color of my skin; and I still proudly fill out the voluntary ethnicity questionnaire on applications. Prejudice and discrimination is still rampant among us but it doesn’t shatter my pride nor make me regretful of going natural. I’m proud of who I am; black, intelligent, and definitely beautiful! I shouldn’t have to straighten my hair or cop a wig to be socially accepted for a position at an organization or otherwise; that would falsify my natural essence. So I’m listening to the candid advice that my fore-mothers instilled in me which is to always be myself and if something is meant for me…it is ultimately mine.