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Good Monday Morning, women of purpose! I’ve been busy this last week, sending out signed copies of my new empowerment book for women. Yes, people, after a long year in waiting, Unleash Your Pearls Empowering Women’s Voices is finally released. Yay! I’m on great grandma duties as well, while trying to get this post out. It’s a feat that truly takes a bit of creative maneuvering because right now the child, who is fighting a cold, has toppled her toy box, refused to eat her breakfast and requests Apple Juice instead of Orange because OJ hurts her three year old tummy. “Gram Gram, I said no!” Bear with me as I’m also trying to work out the kinks for online purchases, but if you’d like a personal signed copy in time for Women’s History Month? Use the convenient contact form or email me for details.

16864732_1811490049068448_5434373568282161503_n We’re off to such a great start, however, thanks in part to the support of my Lil sister,Connie Faye Miller, who sent out an SOS on fb and received such wonderful and loving support from her tribe of followers; including church peeps, sistah friends and even folks from our hometown. I see you Florine ūüôā I’ve just had a batch sent out this morning and I thank everyone for their interest and support. My one wish is that women and the men who love and support them, will read Unleash Your Pearls and receive from its pages a bit of encouragement, inspiration and motivation that allows them to unleash their pearls!

There is a story behind the title of the book that was my original intent to share with y’all, but because I’m led to write from the heart today, I will leave that particular book spoiler ( I relate the story in the book) for another monthly post. But, hopefully, y’all will have secured your copy just in time for Women’s History Month and read the story for yourself:) Send¬†purchase inquiries to unleashyourpearls@yahoo.com or clarawriter@att.net

More perks from the pages of Unleash Your Pearl Empowering Women’s Voices:

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“Gram-Gram I’m hungry!”

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Happy Women’s History Month, women of influence!

Women are nurturers and have been soothing life’s pains and ills for centuries. When mothers welcome their children into the world, their only concerns are for the needs of their children. In honor of Women History Month, I’d like to pay homage to the women influencers who impacted my world and led me to make me better by making better life choices, including keeping a positive outlook on life, speaking out against injustice, encouraging the voice in others, listening to the concerns of our children, welcoming the wisdom of the elders and staying true to the woman I have become.

Here are my 13 picks for authentic women of influence who impacted my life choices.

My mom- bless the heart of my mother who would have tuned 87 years old this month in March, had she not transitioned in 2001.¬† Mama taught me morals, values, compassion for others and took me to church where I learned the spiritual foundation of one God who gave his son so that I could have life. Because of my mama’s dedication to church and God, I live a spiritually grounded life.

Jacqueline Eubanks- my best friend and mentor for well over 20 years. Before I even accepted that my love & passion was in my work as writer and advocate, my creative gifts were recognized and encouraged by this woman of wisdom and influence. She used her own money to purchase literary books for me to read and encouraged me to live my dreams…

thmaya angelou¬† Maya Angelou’s, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”, lit a fire in the bosoms of a then 18 year old naive country girl and made it alright for her to speak her truths.

 

 

thangela Angela Davis allowed me the freedom to be proud of the black skin I am in. I was the only girl in my high school class in the 70s to wear an afro on graduation day. I was saying it loud and very proud!

 

thhelen gurley brownHelen Gurley Brown made it okay for young women to talk about sex without thinking God was going to strike them down. I wasn’t having much sex, but the thought was constantly on my mind:)

 

thnikkigLord, I was feeling so down after hearing news reports about the cases of unsolved murders of little black boys in Atlanta. When I read “Those Riding The Night Winds”, I knew this sistah’s compassion mirrored my own. And her love for the genius of Tupac Shakur doesn’t go unnoticed.

 

thgwendolynMs. Brooks was special guest at a poetry slam I attended in the city. I tentatively gave her a copy of my one and only book of poems that night and hurried back to my seat. I wondered if she’d even bother to read them. Weeks later, I received a small card in the mail. A thank you card from Gwendolyn Brooks assuring me that she recognized the positives in my work and advised me to “keep-a-going!”

 

thgloria steinemI didn’t really understand what a feminist was, until I heard Gloria Steinem speak! Women are not subservient , docile creatures that walk ten paces behind their men. We have something to contribute to society and that something matters!

 

thlorraine hansberryShe had an interesting, although short life where she smoked and drank and wrote historical plays, including the historical, “ A Raisin In The Sun.”¬† Inspired by brilliance, My attempt to write a one-act play got a rejection from a Louisville Theater, along with an invite to submit again the following year.

 

thmoms mableyMy older brothers would steal “raunchy” albums from our parents room and listen to them in their absence. I was younger and no threat to my siblings secrets, so I listened too. This woman with the raspy brand/voice of humor, made laughter a necessary component to ease life’s struggles. (sort of akin to BLUES music) It was ratchet stuff, but I loved me some Moms Mabley.¬† I learned later in life about the savvy business woman behind the stage name and¬†Moms persona.

 

thwinnieWow, to be an activist for your people. To stand up against a country built on the foundation that was known as Apartheid. I was so impressed by how this woman stood beside her husband, Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned because of his fight against white supremacy in his native land. Winnie Mandela helped to change a nation and that takes courage.

 

th cicely tysonThere’s no one like Cicely Tyson. She’s a real actress, whose roles in film and television reflects a caring and compassionate woman who stands for freedom and the rights of all people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

thpage Geraldine Page in “ The Trip To Bountiful” reflects the realism of women on the journey to finding their “ish”..that awesome and unforgettable something that came from soil of their soil and, that oftentimes cause them to want to recapture that place in time.

 

 

After 4 decades of living life. I’ve learned from so many wonderful folks in the world, men and women. I’ve not personally met any of them, save for Ms. Brooks, but I’ve learned from them and taken nuggets of wisdom from their life experiences, for the betterment of my own.¬† If there’s a woman or women you’d like to honor for Women’s History Month, please feel free to share.

Remember your greatness and always treat yourself special.


This month is National Women’s History Month. I am reflecting/ humbled by the many women trailblazers over the centuries who contributed to embracing “The Woman.”¬†¬† Women of¬†today should be ever mindful of how far we’ve come along the beaten path to¬†having¬†our¬†voices¬†heard in what¬†was¬† once deemed “a man’s world.” In¬† 1851, a tall woman of slavery, a former slave,¬†stood from her place in the crowd of mostly white men¬†to address a Women’s Rights Convention amid whispers of “don’t let her speak!”¬†, sneers and outrage. The convention was headed by a woman who reportedly responded “we will see”,¬†asked for¬†quiet and allowed this woman¬† of color to speak. She spoke… a¬†voice quiet, but powerful, striking agut wrenching¬†blow to the captured audience as she spoke of women & their rights. This tall slave woman of¬† little or no consquence¬†speaking of women’s rights? ¬†Sojourner Truth’s moving speech¬† “Ain’t I A Woman ?” left the audience speechless, remorseful and needing atonement…She raised the bar for all women , regardless of color, to speak.

Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus¬†to a white person after working hard all day. Ordered to sit in the back of the bus,( a rule colored people were to adhere to in¬† the 1950s)¬†Ms. Parks had refused & promptly arrested and thrown in jail, sparking the attention of the great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr…Women trailblazers, too numerous to post here…Gloria Steninem, an American feminist who fought for women’s liberation movement in the 60s & 70s, penning an essay in Time Magazine called What Would It Be Like If Women Win?¬† an important presence at the Democratic National Convention, she was instrumental in spurring debates¬† in the Senate on¬†the¬†Equal Rights Amendment…

Women of today…Authentic women,¬†give yourself permission¬†to celebrate life as we know it, have known it and,God willing, will¬†continue to know it.¬† Let’s thank those women in history’s past & present¬†who paved the way for us¬†…¬†The future looks promising, does it not?



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