September 2016 #SundayBrunch

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If There is a Will, There is a Way

Between work, school, family obligations, personal relationships, church and keeping up with friends it's hard to find space for anything else.

Every time you turn on the television there is another story about a corrupt elected official, some outlandish statement by a presidential candidate or, worse yet, another senseless death due to gun violence.

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#BlackWomenLead: Why We Lead

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August 2016 #SundayBrunch

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Re-imagining the United States Senate with 100 Black Women Senators

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I'm often asked, what are the barriers to women of color running for elected office? I usually cite a number of predictable and persistent barriers such as inability to raise money, serving as heads of households they are unable to afford to run.

Women of color are usually serving as caregivers to elderly loved ones, and of course sexism is real, and racist stereotypes too. All of these barriers are legitimate. However, I know, the greatest barrier comes from a lack of confidence and ownership, the nagging fear of one's own power, and of course, the fear of losing. Lately James Baldwin's profound and prophetic words have been a repeat refrain in my head "Your crown has been bought and paid for, all you have to do is wear it."

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