Thank You Oprah!

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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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Believe in You (Fearless + Self Love Journey Update) 

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Hey my lovely Flowers, 

I hope you all are growing more and more every day. Loving yourself endlessly. Doesn’t it feel great? 

Before I share my latest update with you all I wanted to provide some light and inspiration. Do you believe in yourself?  If not, why? 

How can you expect others to believe in your gifts, projects, or in you if you don’t. Sounds crazy but it makes lots of sense. 

  • Make time to get to know yourself. Create a list of goals. I personally love setting goals. Are all of them realistic? Maybe not, but I tend to adjust them as much as I need to. 
  • Say your Affirmations Daily 
  • Remember you were born into this world with no sense of what you could or couldn’t do.
  • Take that negative energy or self doubt you have about yourself and creatively mold it with positive thoughts and will power. 

My Journey Update: 

I recently launched my America Through Her Eyes Project 2018 . I set a goal of $15,000 to reach by July-August 2018. This is the largest goal and project I’ve ever started. Guess what? I have no doubt in myself that this project will inspire, change,  and call others to support this vision of mine. First it takes me believing in myself. The passion I have for this type of work is what drives me. Being blessed to have a very supportive system in my corner also fuels my position energy for the success of this project. 

Your dreams don’t work unless you do! 

Be Blessed. Be Beautiful. Be Black. 

Anna Williams 

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Note To Self (Signed Anna Alizeti Williams)  

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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 


All moments pictured here in this post were captured by my sistren Melissa. You may follow her page on IG: EarthaMarley link for her website Melissa Photography XOXO (thanks for these beautiful and soul filled photos) 

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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)

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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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Our Black Story: Queens Edition 

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This is our Black Story: Queens Edition, so I thought I would shed light on some of our Melanated Queens who we may not know of. I have put a small list together of a few names that were not familar to myslef. I may have heard of them but I was not knoweledgable of their contributions.


Willie B. Barrow was a religious leader and civil rights activist. Reverend Willie T. Barrow was born on December 7, 1924. Yes, she is a Sagittarius sister.

Barrow was raised in Burton, Texas, where as a student she led a demonstration of rural African American schoolchildren against a segregated school system. Tell me that isn’t black girl magic in the making.

In 1962, she worked with the Rev. Jesse Jackson to create Operation Breadbasket, an organization focused on meeting the needs of underserved black communities. Rev. Jackson would later found Operation P.U.S.H (People United to Serve Humanity) based on Operation Breadbasket. She replaced Jackson as executive director of Operation PUSH in 1984.

This Queen has also crusaded for issues such as AIDS in the black community, children’s welfare, and domestic violence.

Marian Wright Edelman studied at Spelman College, abroad on a Merrill scholarship, and she traveled to the Soviet Union with a Lisle fellowship. I haven’t had the chance to attend Spelman but a few of my sistrens have. Ayyyee. She also studied at Yale and graduated Law School. She held a job in New York working for the NAACP Legal and Defense Fund, and then in Mississippi for the same organization.

Marian Wright Edelman established the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) in 1973 as a voice for poor, minority and handicapped children. She served as a public speaker on behalf of these children, and also as a lobbyist in Congress, as well as president and administrative head of the organization.


Myrlie Evers-Williams, original name Myrlie Louise Beasley (born March 17, 1933, Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.), African American activist and the wife of civil rights leader Medgar Evers, whose racially motivated murder in 1963 made him a national icon. In 1995–98 Evers-Williams was the first woman to head the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

She published the memoir For Us, the Living (1967), earned a degree in sociology at Pomona College (1968), and made an unsuccessful bid for election to the U.S. Congress (1970).

She left the post three years later and founded the Medgar Evers Institute (later the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute) in Jackson.


Audre Lorde attended Hunter College and Columbia University and was a librarian for several years before publishing her first volume of poetry, First Cities, in 1968.

She was an African-American poet and essayist who gave voice to issues of race, gender and sexuality. Lorde’s love of poetry started at a young age, and she began writing as a teenager. I read about her on my journey for African American women who were poets and authors. I love her. She attended Hunter College.

Audre Lorde battled cancer for more than a decade and spent her last few years living in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Around this time, she took an African name, Gamba Adisa, meaning “she who makes her meaning clear. She described herself as A self-described “black feminist lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.”

October Update with Anna

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I’m back and welcoming positive energy into this fall season. I know I have been ghost for a month but yess, I am back. I promise I will get back to blogging more. There are so many other “must do’s” that I have to get in the habit of. I made a list for myself:

  • Blog More 
  • Revamp YouTube Channel 
  • Promote More (Everything I have my name on) 
  • Post more mini-inspire clips on IG & Facebook 
  • Use my calendar more 
  • Stick to my calendar lol
  • Update Vision board 

Those are just a few of the hundred of things on my must do consistently list. I am always work even when I am working. What I mean by that is, I make sure that anytime I have is well used toward any goals I set for myself. I am so busy these days. I often feel like I need an assistant. Due to budgeting issues I am basically manage everything myself. 

Well that’s a little update on how I’ll be taking on this October. 

Stay tuned for all things Positive from me. 

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-Anna Williams 

#WhereDidMySummerGo

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Can you believe it?

Summer is almost over. It’s like it flew by in an eye blink. I guess, with all the back to school sales on  uniforms and school supplies confirms that summer is comong to an end.

I hope your summer was very great to you. I would say mine was pretty cool.

Our 4th of July family trip was nice. As it is every year, spent with my mother,other siblings, and nieces.

My boutique EVERYPARTOFANNA BOUTIQUE has been doing very well for itself as an online store where I sell my art and handmade accessories for all Queens. I had the pleasure of doing a custom painting for a beautiful Queen as a gift to her mother.

One of most greatest summer moments who be how I fueled my energy into a peaceful protect called RISE UP WALK 4 CHANGE (A BLACK UNITY EVENT). This was walk I put togteher on 7/24/2016. We walked through the neighborhood of Collier City in Pompano Beach, Fl. Close family and friends were those in attendance. We marched on the streets and stood at the corner of busy intersections to  make our voice heard on police brutality and unifying the black community. It was one of the best feelings I could have ever felt. I was making a change with my kids and husband by side. No, this did not make the news or headlines but we did it for our community. My husband and I are not done with our community and county yet. There are so many more events to come in the future.

 

Well the kids are ready to return to school on August 22nd. My son Aj will be officially in the 1st grade. From EveryPartofAnna and family we wish all the students a blessed and productive school year.

My Potty is A Monster by S. Deen (Anna’s Review)

Advice, Family, Friends, Happiness, Life, Love

I have found a great book for children to add to their summer reading list. The book is titled “My Potty is A Monster.” It is about a little girl named Pepper who takes a trip to her potty one night before bed. The story reveals how she conquers her fears to actually make it to the potty. I dont want to give all the details of the book away. I will leave it to you to find out how Pepper made it through the night.

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This one book belongs to a series of books in the making. “The Adventures of Pepper”.

I initally bought this book for my daughter Ava. She is sort of newly potty trained and thought the book was “soooo cool”. Those are her words not mine. Ava now considers Pepper her friend. She understands that just because you are afraid does not mean you cant do something. Ava is patienly waiting for Bad Hair Day (Avaliable for PreOrder).

My son Anthony, who is 6 years old, was able to read this book to his sister perfectly. I was suprised because not all the words are what I would consider “EASY” for  a six year old to read.

MEET THE AUTHOR

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S. Deen is the beautiful and talented Author of My Potty is a Monster and The Little Girl Who Could. She uses a childlike nature and mixes it with actual trials of a kid. Her books inpsire kids to reach for their dreams and to not be afraid. The messages are very positive. As a parent, I love when my kids are introduced to the world through books.

Thank you S. Deen. We are looking forward to your next great book.

Always remember:

NO ONE EVER FORGOT A GREAT BOOK!!

To learn more about S. Deen please visit her website:

S. Deen Website

To purchase or pre-order books

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You can follow S. Deen on Instragram as well.

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“Pretty Conceit Revamped”

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Yesss. Pretty Conceit is back and revamped. Vanessa and Lisa took some time off to give their clothing line a positive makeover. I must say that they both have inspired me from back in high school. I am so proud of them.

This weekend on April 9th, Hayden (best friend and blogger)and myself showed our support for our high school friends at their re-launch event for their clothing line “Pretty Conceit.” It was a packed house and the champagne was popping.  My husband also came along for the festivities. The event had every item from the clothing line on hand. I had to make a purchase and I decided to go with the new crop top tee.  I even won a raffle which allowed me to receive an additional shirt that Vanessa is wearing in the video you  will see below.

“Pretty Conceit is a clothing line designed to empower women in a positive way.” -Vanessa H. 

The items are very affordable ranging from $25-$32. This does not including any shipping fees. I love the brand and everything it stands for. I am looking for so much more from both Vanessa and Lisa on all Pretty Conceit will offer to the world.

Shop Pretty Conceit:

http://prettyconceit.com/collections/all

Keep Inspiring Ladies!!!

 

Check out the event:

Work Life Struggles…

Advice, Family, Friends, Happiness, Life, Love, Marriage, Parenting, relationships

Does anyone know what  “Work Life Struggles” are?

  • When your place of employment is on your list of top 3 things you hate.
  • You do your best to arrive to work on time but you still arrive late.
  • You hate going there but you have a life full of responsibilities so you have to endure.
  • You know your potential is for beyond the position you currently hold so you give 210% just because you have mastered that title.( & you don’t want anyone in your face saying you don’t do enough)
  • You hate your job but every morning you come in with a smile on your face just to get you through the day but you run out  as soon your shift is up.
  • Having to dull your shine because opportunity Is not there.
  •  Hating your job so much to the point you don’t want your lazy coworkers saying anything to you.
  • When you take your lunch breaks and don’t want to come back

 

  Many of us have all experienced this in life from job to job. Personally, I am an artist. Creativity and an eagerness for more knowledge is my strength. Wherever I go in life I set  goals with time frames. I try to always meet the due date of each goal. I never plan to be just a worker at the bottom of the corporate web(Yeah it’s not a ladder anymore). Any position that I am, I master that and I get hungry for growth. Even when I hate a job I still love opportunities to grow. I would never work for a company that has no growth opportunities. If I feel like I am being kept still due to the lack of management wanting to train. I will get bored and move on through prayer and faith.

 

 How to deal with Work Life Struggles:

  • Choosing the right prayer for each and everyday(know that this situation is temporary)
  • Having at least one great friend at work who helps you get through your days
  • Know you are potential and God will move you into your passion (You have to listen to him)
  • Don’t be complacent CHANGE is always possible
  • Be sure to always do your best. No matter how you feel about the job. If you hate it that much quit.  (Your customers and clients should not have to deal with your attitude because you hate your job lol)
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How do you deal with Work Life Struggles? Comment and let me know.

 

Don’t forget. Keeping it pretty, is keeping it positive!

-Anna