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

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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

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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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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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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: 

Please share, like, and comment!

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.”

#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)

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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

S. Deen Purchase/Preorder

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:

Light It up BLUE with Anna

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Light It Up Blue for Autism

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Today is World Autism Day. (Just in case you didn’t know)  As you walk around today look for blue shirts, hats, and banners. Those people you may see are just like me spreading awareness and lighting the world up blue. Bes sure to post pics in blue or with your signs #LIBU on all your social media page. Please tag me. I wanted to focus today on spreading the awareness for  Autism by providing a little insight on a fact about it.

 

What is Autism?

Autism is a development disability that is referred to as ASD. It is important to understand that ASD has nothing to do with how an individual may look. This is a mental condition that makes communicating and forming relationships a little bit more difficult with others.

 

What are signs of Autism?

  • repeat actions over and over again
  • avoid eye contact and want to be alone
  • not point at objects to show interest (for example, not point at an airplane flying over)
  • not look at objects when another person points at them
  • have trouble expressing their needs using typical words or motions

 

Is Autism Common ?

I read that it is hard sometimes for many doctors to diagnose ASD. However, by studying a child’s behavior and developments answered are provided.

ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups, but is about 4.5 times more common among boys than among girls.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders that are  sometimes called Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD):

  • PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Delay – Not Otherwise Specified).
  • Autism (sometimes referred to as Classic Autism, Early Infantile Autism, Childhood Autism, or
  • Autistic Disorder)
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Rett Syndrome
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

 

Source: (Autism Science Foundation)

http://autismsciencefoundation.org/what-is-autism/

(Autism Speaks)

https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/facts-about-autism

Its April Fool’s Day!!!

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Its April Fool’s Day!!!

 Can you believe we are already 4 months into the year. That’s really close to the halfway mark in 2016. I hope everyone has been sticking to their diets and knocking off those goals one by one on their lists. I am excited for this month. Why? April is National Poetry Month, if you haven’t heard. Poetry is one of my many talents and passions lol.

 

I am so excited about all the new things I have been working on. They are all positive and inspirational. My artwork has been coming along just great.  I have channeled my inner Basquiat. I am working on few papers and planning some events. Yes, I have been super busy lately but its all for the greater good.

Don’t forget today is the 1st of the month. So anything you may have fell short on last month or this year. It’s okay to start over today. I have found a few work out challenges that I am going to start as of today. One of them being

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Source:

http://www.blogilates.com/blog/2014/12/29/30-day-flat-abs-challenge/

Thanks for checking out my blog.

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