Thank You Oprah!

Advice, awareness, community, Entertainment, Happiness, Marriage, self, Uncategorized

I am sure your newsfeeds have been on “Oprah-Overload” since this past Sunday. Our beautiful gem pulled up to the Golden Globes snatched and ready to slay. Her speech though! Did you feel every word she said? She truly served us a sermon. I, personally  was here for all of it. Mrs. Winfrey has always been goals. She accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

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In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother’s house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best actor at the 36th Academy Awards. She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history: “The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie was white, and of course his skin was black, and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that. I tried many, many times to explain what a moment like that means to a little girl, a kid watching from the cheap seats as my mom came through the door bone tired from cleaning other people’s houses. But all I can do is quote and say that the explanation in Sidney’s performance in “Lilies of the Field”:
“Amen, amen, amen, amen.”
In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B. DeMille award right here at the Golden Globes and it is not lost on me that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this same award. It is an honor — it is an honor and it is a privilege to share the evening with all of them and also with the incredible men and women who have inspired me, who challenged me, who sustained me and made my journey to this stage possible. Dennis Swanson who took a chance on me for “A.M. Chicago.” Quincy Jones who saw me on that show and said to Steven Spielberg, “Yes, she is Sophia in ‘The Color Purple.'” Gayle who has been the definition of what a friend is, and Stedman who has been my rock — just a few to name.
I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association because we all know the press is under siege these days. We also know it’s the insatiable dedication to uncovering the absolute truth that keeps us from turning a blind eye to corruption and to injustice. To — to tyrants and victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say that I value the press more than ever before as we try to navigate these complicated times, which brings me to this: what I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. And I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories that we tell, and this year we became the story.
But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue. They’re the women whose names we’ll never know. They are domestic workers and farm workers. They are working in factories and they work in restaurants and they’re in academia, engineering, medicine, and science. They’re part of the world of tech and politics and business. They’re our athletes in the Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the military.
And there’s someone else, Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know, too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and mother walking home from a church service she’d attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church. They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice. But justice wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday. She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.
Their time is up. And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart almost 11 years later, when she made the decision to stay seated on that bus in Montgomery, and it’s here with every woman who chooses to say, “Me too.” And every man — every man who chooses to listen. 
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In my career, what I’ve always tried my best to do, whether on television or through film, is to say something about how men and women really behave. To say how we experience shame, how we love and how we rage, how we fail, how we retreat, persevere and how we overcome. I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say “Me too” again.

-Courtesy of  CNN Entertainment

 

 

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THIS IS A SAFE SPACE. LETS TALK ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT & SEXUAL HARASSMENT.

Advice, awareness, community, Life, relationships

Anna Williams

So are we going to talk about this sexual assault epidemic sweeping our society?

Not that this is the first season that we have heard of the horrendous stories, from the childhood of adult stars as well as the present day. Sexual assault/harassment  are these things no one seems to want to discuss. It is truly as ugly as it sounds. The shit is not okay. Let’s talk though.

I have read stories, watched interviews from victims, the accused, along with their significant others. It has been unbelievable the incidents that are now coming out and the victims have found the strength to speak up.

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My Thoughts:

  • Why do we blame the victim?

I have heard conversations and scrolled through many posts on social media placing the blame on the victims and that they are responsible for actions they did or did not take. How is the victim responsible? These men and women who are victims did not ask to be violated in a sexual matter nor did they request to be harassed. I’m sure the experiences were uncomfortable as fuck. Being a teenager or a person interviewing for a position or even auditioning for a role. You aren’t always aware of your surroundings or whether this is or isn’t “protocol.” Victims battle fear. Fear exist after finding out something was done to you that you didn’t deserve and you may jeopardize a lot by speaking out on this person. Fear is wanting to tell someone about the things that took place but you don’t know if they will believe you because the perp has “power” or friends in high places.

  • Did anyone forget that we have a president who is also alleged of sexual harassment?

This proves the type of society we are living in. Rape culture is alive, present, and accepted in this country. However, that still does not make it legal or tolerable. Our country is being ran by an arrogant, racist white male who sexualizes and continuously makes lewd remarks about women.

 

  • Who are the perpetrators?

From the stories I have listened to, there have been on many occasions where the victim was faced by the accused and possibly an additional person (who works with the perp). This addition could be the director, casting coach, assistant, co-worker,boss, and family members or friends in close proximity who witnessed these acts.

Those who sit around witnessing these cruel acts rather become accomplices then risk their jobs by speaking up when they see something that is wrong. You are the perpetrators.

Watch and listen to Thandie Newtons story.  Thandie’s Story

Victims should feel sAfe to speak their truth with no shame

What Can We Do?

Though Hollywood is on the forefront currently as perps began to surface with victims speaking out about sexual assault and sexual harassment experiences they have had. This take place at our jobs, in college, when we go out, in our relationships, and we must be aware of the signs and speak up with no fear. As we can see this not only happens to women but men as well. See something, say something. Shame on those who stood on the sideline and watched  the power players use and abuse other human beings for their own gratification. Do not shame or belittle someone who found the strength within themselves to share their story. Allow them to speak their truth. We must understand that this issue is not going away anytime soon its been around for decades. We must first fight for charges to be filed, convictions to be made, and for our justice system to be fair and not spare the rod because the perp is a person of power. No matter our social class honey we all are human and should be afforded the same equal rights and be treated fairly.

I have listed below some really great links for you to do more, say more, and think more.

End Sexual Violence Organization

Signs of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Know Your Rights: Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault under Title IX

#METOO

END SEX ABUSE

Minimum List of those Accused:

Charlie Rose, Ryan Seacrest, Oliver Stone, Sylvester Stallone, Al Franken, Richard Dreyfuss, Louis C.K., John Travolta, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Sheen, Russell Simmons, Andy Dick, Benny Medina, John Singleton, Harvey Weinstien, and the list goes on. 

 

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Wondering what happened at The AFROPUNK Fest in Atlanta? 

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Great Rise My Flowers, If you missed AFROPUNK Atlanta this year, I got you. I actually made time to produce footage from getting ready for the festival to the epic live performances. 


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If I had to summarize my AFROPUNK experience:

* Full of Black Joy 

* No Judgment Zone.

* Peace, Love, and Positivity 

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My Shameless | Self Love Journey-Update

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Hey Flowers, 

As you may have read on my other social media platforms, I have begun a shameless + self love journey. This was inspired by a video I watched by YouTuber Shameless Mya a few years ago and recently watched again. The question was asked “What would happen if I shamelessly promoted myself for 365 Days?” I wanted to tweak it based on my needs so I added a Self Love Journey as well. “What would happen if I love myself more and more everyday?” 

Self promotion and self love  are two equally important things to me. Promoting myself shamelessly opens the door for my message to get out to the world. It will introduce me to new people and share my passion and gifts with women around the world. Not thinking about how negative people, energies, and their opinions will deter me. Believing more in myself which leads me to self love. 

I could use a bit more confidence. I know in my soul I could love myself a lot more from the inside out. I have to embrace my imperfections and use them to my advantage. The world only gets one Anna. In this life, I strive to love myself unconditionally, fearlessly, and be full of confidence no matter where life takes me. 

I’ve always been insecure about my skin and my breasts and felt that after two kids they were not “sitting pretty” anymore. I made a consciousness decision this weekend to flaunt my breasts beside  my husband at AFROPUNK in Atlanta. I got so much love from my Sistas at this event. They do not know how much love they filled my soul with. I went to Afropunk in Atlanta one way and left an entire new being. Still evolving. Watch my update on my channel: 

Anna’s Shameless + Self Love Journey

Who is Anna? What is EveryPartofAnna all about? 

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For those of you who may not understand or know who Anna Williams is and what EveryPartofAnna stands for. I would love to feed your mind. 
Who is Anna Williams? 

I am Anna Williams. I consider myself a creator, healer, and a super positive young woman. My love for poetry and healing others makes me unique. I’m a very talented writer and I use my poetry as an outlet to share inspirational journeys with the world. I would say my passion and purpose lands me in the depths of community and women. Aiming to make all women feel beautiful and worthy is a part of the journey. The beauty of it is, I do this by being my authentic self. Positivity for me is a lifestyle and this can be witnessed through all my social media channels. I do my best to ensure all my time is spent uplifting women and helping them to tap into their powers (strengths/weaknesses/vulnerable points). Community is unity. Servicing my community gives me the most positive feeling ever. Giving back and not giving up that’s my motto. Whether it’s helping the homeless or creating events for the youth. I’m on it. I’m a wife, mother, and a sunflower. All these components of life are me. Hence, EveryPartofAnna. 

What is EveryPartofAnna? What does it stand for? 


EveryPartofAnna is so much more than my blog, YouTube channel, and shop. EveryPartofAnna consist of all the ingredients that build me or allow me to grow endlessly. I am a woman who possess an urge to encourage women and speak loudly about the ways of the world. This makes EveryPartofAnna a movement. An uprising of women who know their worth and have found or are on journeys to find themselves. Look at it this. Consider EveryPartofAnna like a garden, I already do. A garden can consist of diverse flowers that take different types of nourishing for them to grow. I provide  gifts to the world through art, poetry, photography, and creating unique pieces. Tell the world about this. I promise it won’t hurt any part of you. 

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Preparing for Hurricane Irma

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As you may know South Florida is under a current Hurricane Warning!! 

We have a catastrophic hurricane by the name of Irma headed our way in less than 36-48 hours.  The storm has already crashed through Puerto Rico and has left its path throughout Dominican Republic, Haiti, and a few other places in the Caribbean islands.  

I can’t lie we are pretty nervous. Due to the size of this hurricane taking over the entire state of Florida will feel its wrath. I feel we have been given a sufficient amount of time to prepare. 

The hurricane madness has been real. The hunt for gas, food, and other resources has confirmed the severity of this storm. 

Evacuation orders are already in full affect. To see evacuation zones please click link below: 

South Florida Evacuations 

Shelters in South Florida (provided by WSVN 7 News) 
Let’s talk about supplies. I recommend all non-perishable items to be on top of your supply list.

Here’s a few others:

Water ( Bottled Water, Gallons, Filled the tub halfway with water, if you have clean containers put water from the faucet now while the water is safe to drink) 

Bread (This seems to be a hot commodity. Please keep in mind that bread will only last the first few days during and after the storm) 

Dry Foods (Crackers, Cookies, Nuts, Cereal, Chips, other little snacks) 

Gas (per the news you can use the Gas App to see where there is available gas stations to get fuel. Gas is important in the need of instant evacuations) 

Other Supplies (Diapers, Tissue, Wipes, Prescriptions, Board Games, Flashlights, Batteries, etc) 

**If you are using a generator (DO NOT USE INDOORS)*** 

**Use waterproof or ziploc bags to protect any important documents you may have to take with you through flood zones***

For more information about supplies please visit link below: 

Supplies for the Hurricane

My family and I are finishing up last minute errands. Would you believe we had everything but bread. Luckily we were able to go get bread from Publix Bakery this morning.  I pray we all get through this storm. Prayers of protection for everyone reading this and your loved ones. If you are traveling, I wish you safe travels to and from. 
Florida has endured a lot and we will get through this together. 

Check out my YouTube video:

Preparing for Hurricane Irma with Anna
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Note To Self (Signed Anna Alizeti Williams)  

Advice, awareness, community, Happiness, Life, Love, self, Self reliant

Blessings to you for taking the time out to read another one of my inspirational blog posts. We have made it to the month of June, so I’m focusing more on Self Care all month long. Some Queens may dedicate a day but I’m giving the entire month of June a try. 

About a week ago, I was talking to my husband about how I don’t keep myself in mind when I’m taking care of important things. I should most certainly be #1. After some thought, we found that the last time I got my nails done was about 2 years ago for our wedding. The month was April of 2015. I couldn’t believe it. It is funny but sad at the same time. It’s been quite some time since I’ve just focused on myself. Spiritually, Mentally, Emotinally, and Physically. I am learning to put in time for myself so that all these cares are aligned. This is why I have decided to write a note to myself that you may use as your “self love/care guide”.

Take only what you need. 

Anna “Alizeti” Williams, you must not forget how important you are to the universe. Your lack of attention to care for yourself will leave you in shambles.  You are useless on your journey if you are not at your best. 

Your natural beauty is your most inspirational power. Love your tresses. From your skin to your smile all the way to your kinky hair. You are unique. You possess gifts that you could never have imagined. It will take a gift to unlock or reveal another. 


Why are you so worried about what people think? They could never love you as hard as you can love yourself. Please yourself. Study yourself. Busy, Yourself! 

You must learn to fuel mind. Read more than you normally have. Let those moments of television fade away as unimportant friends in your mind. You’ll gain more from your literary tools than that of a reality television show. Your mind can be fueled with positive energies from that of yourself. 

What satisfies your mind? What soothes your mind? They too, will also help to fuel it. Your ancestors have left secrets for your mind to be protected by all costs. Keep it guarded and in  spirtual shape. 

Remember who you are. These small journeys you have set forth on will only equip you for your greatest and most difficult journey ever.  

You are loved. Love lives within you.  Love received means love will be given abundantly. If love lives inside you: 

You will love your teeth and space between them. 

You will love your high cheekbones that shift your eyes up and when you smile or laugh. 

You will love your thighs that now touch after weight fluctuation from your two blessings. 

You will love your breast. No matter the changes. They are your adornments that have helped to nourish your seeds and satisfy your king. 

You will honor your yoni. Give her time to rest and be nurtured by your king when necessary. Treat her with respect as she will always be apart of you. Pamper your yoni. Why not? 

You will embrace your growing curves that may be caressed by King. Though at times it may be hard to get into your fav pair of jeans. You backside is glorious. 

You will love your life. Understand that many things you are not complacent about may be altered in your desire or need. If it can’t,  move along in good spirits.

You will care for you crystals. Take them wherever the soles of your feet may touch. From your Pink Opal to your Selenite, honey you are protected and guided through lights of fearlessness. 

You will embrace your needs with open arms and set aside time to reassure yourself that you are capable of every goal you set. Even if odds are against you. 

You will love your mothering powers. They are always evolving due to your seeds coming of age year after year. You are perfection. You were not meant to mother the way your mother did. 

You will not feel like your finances. You are not your finances. Be rich in knowledge, love, and community. The finances will begin to fall in order. However, no reckless spending either. (A great Queen once said “Only give, when you know you will not be without.”) 


You are Anna Alizeti Williams of the Sista Queen Tribe. You are a Goddess. There is no other like you. There will be similar beings but NONE LIKE you. 

Embrace your sistrens! They are here to assist you as you will return the love through  righteous labors to assist them equally on their journeys. 

I didn’t want to make the blog too long. A part 2 maybe necessary. Thank you so much for taking the time out to visit my space and read some inspiration. It is always greatly appreciated. 

Peace and Love to all who read this message. Blessings upon you. May you love and care for yourSELF, always. 

Petals and Sunlight, 

Anna Alizeti Williams 


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The Power of Sistahood (Open Letter to My Lost Sistas)

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My sista,

How dare you engage in this undignified competition to merely be one step higher than your sista? I’m finding it beyond belief that we are unable to exist peacefully and positively side by side. Maybe you misplaced the vision somewhere around the time you decided to trade in your teamwork makes the dream work mindset, for your new faux furs, ass shots and selfish ways.

My sista,

Let me be the Queen to remind you that WE can win together.

The Power of Sistahood is often under estimated. Do you know why?  Most times we fall short of the worlds expectations and honey those unrealistic standards are not our reality. Maybe reality tv is what they have in mind. That shit does not  reflect much of a sistahood nowadays. Remember when Big Mama would say “it’s the sign of the times.” 

My sista, 

It is time. Your sistas. Me. Your sista, have witnessed you degrade your self worth one time too many.   Our ancestors will rise from their graves in indignation of you having served up your values on platter to the wolves.  

Just in case you are not as intellectual as you used to be, meaning, you have dumbed down your resume for them folks, see, them folks don’t give a shit about you, them folk got you cooning, sista you have been the real joke. 

The moment when you choke off the fumes from that green grass they handed your ass, from the other side, which turned out to be blood on your hands, so filled with pride 

My sista, 

I know you may feel so high up, you could care less about your roots. But I won’t stop writing you letters and sending you our prayers.

To Come back, You can always come back 

Your loving sista, 

Anna Williams 

 

Photo cred: by my talented sista  Melissa (link below)

Melissa Photography Site

Special thanks to a few of my dazzling Sista Queens from our tribe in the featured image:

Jasmin, Sandrine, Melissa, Shameka, Vanessa, and Daryl. ​

Here is an audio of this poem. Hope you love the delivery: 

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INSECURE

Advice, community, Life, Love, relationships, self

Am I the only one who has been sleep on the HBO series: INSECURE? First off, where has this explosion of  black realness been all my life.  I mean, y’all cannot understood that from the 1st episode I was in love. I ended up binge watching  all eight episodes in one night.

I am not a big HBO viewer, so I was not ready for the laying of that D (lol) and a large helping of “I’ll beat it , beat it up.” Hahahaha. To say that I  am “into” this show is an understatement.  The characters are so identifiable.  Hold up! Don’t judge me. Not all the situations I personally experienced but it was still some real issh in every episode. I was captivated by these two black women who spoke just like my friends and I. I mean, we all curse and get ratchet from time to time. We, just like Issa and Molly were chameleons who could switch it up when necessary (like at work ). Issa and Molly are facing life ugly curves balls one day at a time.

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They’re relationships are like ones we actually know. Inside each relationship whether it is the main squeeze or  the guy you call for a quickie, you’ll reflect on these messy situations. Even though I am married, not all of my close friends are and we constantly share stories about our relationships, sex, and work life. So I see them in a few episodes which made me burst into laughter or snap at the television.

 

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I love the bond that Issa and Lawrence(boyfriend) shared. Though they faced hardships like many  couples do, they were tempted and always tested. The balance and screw ups reminded viewers you don’t miss a good thing until it’s gone. I give this series 4 thumbs up. That’s from my husband and I. For the record, Lawrence never technically left Issa, but there was a huge surprise to end the season that I was not ready for. No spoiler alerts. Go watch it for yourself lol. I am so excited and ready for season 2 Insecure. Go Black Girl! Go!

**Please keep in mind this is an adult series. I do not recommend to watch this show with anyone under the age of 18.**

 

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Wrapping Up 2016 with Anna

Advice, community, Family, Friends, Life

It seems like forever since I last posted. I am still here inspiring the world through positive vibes and doing good deeds. A wise man once said:

Service to others is the rent you pay for

your room here on earth.

Muhammad Ali

 

A brief description of my year can be simplified as trial and error. Quitting what most people would consider a “damn good job” to venture out in search of happiness elsewhere. Allowed me to launch my own online business “EveryPartofAnna Boutique”  with the support of my fellow Queens it has done well. I also opened my home based art club Creative Connections KAC for the community youth ages 2-10.

2016 was a year of soul searching. I have been perfecting my poetic gifts to share with the world. I have been blessed to meet and befriend so many talented Queens & Kings this year. My husband and I have mastered the art of budgeting lol.

I am currently 2 weeks away from my 1 year Big Chop Anniversary. Yayyyyyyyyy!!! 1 year fully natural no heat. Its been a beautiful hair journey.

This is just a snippet of my year.Nonetheless,  I am very thankful for all the blessings and lessons received. Many souls I have decided to leave behind and very little I am willing to take forward with me in my upcoming year. When I think of 2017:

I envision BLACK LIBERATION, UNITY IN BLACK COMMUNITIES, SHARING OUR GUIDES TO OWNERSHIP WITH ONE ANOTHER, SELF LOVE & PRESERVATION.

My mission will always remain the same:

To inspire the world piece by peace. Positively. 

-Anna Williams the artist

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Special thanks to my husband Avery for being my rock and #1 fan no matter how many goals I set for myself, you are there to keep my plan to reach them in order. My aunt Tesheda, who motivates and captivates me in ways she will never know. All of the friends and family who have supported any of my endeavors. You are greatly appreciated.