Black Women Stand Up #BWSU #GoddessSpotlight Meet Adrienne R. Williams

We are super excited to introduce you to Our first #GoddessSpotlight for 2020! Today’s Post is a Tribute to Mrs. Mary Williams-Jones from her loving daughter, Adrienne R. Williams.

Adrienne above with her Mom, Mrs. Mary Williams-Jones (pictured right).

We Stand With Adrienne as she Celebrates and Honors her Mom, a Black Queen who Stood Up to Breast Cancer and Won!

A Daughter’s Love

My mother aka my “She-Ro” is a true testament to what faith and determination can become when the two meet on mutual ground. Her small stature of only 5’1 has with-stood many of life’s physical perils including breast cancer, and stroke. Mary Williams-Jones was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 35. In those days technology was still in development and surgeries were indeed risky. She discovered her own lump through self-massage and knew to see her physician immediately. She was married to a wonderful husband, had two young children and until this point life was grand. Surgery was quickly performed at Emory Hospital in Atlanta, Ga without undergoing chemotherapy. Thanks to her unwavering faith and regular mammograms she remains cancer free after 3 decades – though she did have a radical mastectomy!

She suffered a stroke years later and survived that as well, maybe it was considered that her only living child could not bear the separation so her life was spared yet again. It brings me great joy to witness the zest for life she still maintains after the loss of an only son, two deceased husbands and an only daughter that resides in another state…She praises GOD regularly, showers me with love daily, and smiles frequently. It is the greatest honor to be her daughter.

I hope this serves to inspire someone reading that no matter how tough the times may seem – there’s light at the end of the tunnel…. Speaking of light, I send love and light to you all!

Remember, no matter what you may be going through keep fighting, praying, believing and surviving…

Adrienne R. Williams
Actor/Writer  (M.S.O.L)
Instagram: Adrienneofficial
Facebook: Adrienne R. Williams

The #BWSU Family thanks Adrienne for Honoring her Mom with and through BlackWomenStandUp.com. And we remind all women to always #CheckUpOnIt to remain cancer free or for early detection. We Love You!

If you want to honor a love one in your life send an email to: Contact@BlackWomenStandUp.com with “Tribute” in the Subject Line.

Black Women Stand Up (BWSU) #GoddessSpotlight Feature – Meet Meta Mereday

This Month’s #GoddessSpotlight Feature is a 911 First Responder and Veterans Advocate…Meet Meta Mereday and hear all about the work she is doing for the Veteran Population in Nassau and Suffolk Counties here in New York and beyond.

Black Women Stand Up is extremely excited to feature Meta this month as she is doing so much to help and to bring attention to the many needs and plight of our Nation’s Veterans. Video Below:

#BWSU #GoddessSpotlight Feature August 2019

BlackWomenStandUp.com’s #GoddessSpotlight…Hip-Hop Journalist Dee Barnes

#BWSU is shining the light on this Goddess, We Stand With and For #DeeBarnes and look forward to her #BounceBack!

Watching her interview this morning on the Wendy Williams Show brought tears to my eyes as she recounted the story of being physically attacked by Hip-Hop Artist Dr. Dre. years ago. We commend you for Standing Up for yourself and finding the courage to press charges in order to get some sort of justice for your ordeal. “Peace and love to you on your journey.” #BWSU

Stormy Wellington Declares Today 5/11/18 As #GirlSuperHeroDay – Meet Our “Goddess Spotlight”

Today our #BlackWomenStandUp #BWSU “Goddess Spotlight” is Entrepreneur Extraordinaire Ms. Stormy Wellington.  BlackWomenStandUp.com is spotlighting this Visionary who declared today 5/11/18 as #GirlSuperHero Day inspiring women globally to support another woman owned business, or another woman in general who you admire and believe is an Everyday #GirlSuperHero.  So today we Honor and Celebrate #StormyWellington.

We are asking for all Queens to spread the word, please share and most importantly tag a #GirlSuperHero in the Comments Section below, and let’s start an avalanche of love, support and celebration of women everywhere!

To learn more about Stormy visit her Instagram Page @CoachStormy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos of Stormy Wellington Courtesy of Google Images.

Skin Lightening In Africa, Why Are Women Bleaching Their Skin?

Skin Lightening: Why Africans Use It

Written by Jeanette Lekgabe: Guest Blogger

Jeanette

 Skin lightening products has flooded African markets and the industry is still booming. Research shows the countries contributing profits to the companies behind this method of “beautification” include Mali, South Africa, Togo and Nigeria. The question still remains…Why?

Africa, known as The Motherland, has been intoxicated by this “beauty treatment” of which most question, including me.  However, most communities in the continent seem addicted to this skincare regimen despite the lack of research regarding long term affects to the skin.  The black market, which preys on the poor, has vastly grown as the demand for these types of products has increased; meanwhile, the rich and famous can afford high quality products. They the money needed to access to the proper professionals who consult and provide their dermatological and cosmetic skincare needs.

This is how it works…

 The Have-Nots: Those that do not have the money usually get these products at a cheaper price from any street vendor that are usually located on most corners in the communities.  What some do not know, while many do, but choose to ignore is that most of these products contain a harmful chemicals such as hydroquinone, which is mainly used in paints and photographic developing solutions and also the most commonly used one mercury, all of which can cause irreversible damage to the skin when continuously used.

Now that you know the basics of lightening creams, let’s get into the history of how the categorization and segregation of Light skinned vs Dark skinned began…

The term “yellow bone” gained popularity in the United States of America and later made its way to the South of Africa.  South Africa refers to light complexioned Black people (more specifically, the woman). This term took a toll on most and segregated dark and light skinned individuals, which caused emotional conflict where most found it hard to discuss fairly or to even simply articulate.

Can this be a disorder?  If so, here are the most globally recognized symptoms:

  • Skin Lighting (Bleaching)
  • Veneration and Lack of Self-Love
  • Lack of Group Unity and Trust

The idea of colorism goes back to Colonial history.  Oddly, British aristocrats embraced and aspired to have pale skin like “milk” and “porcelain.”  Having light-skin was perceived to come with privileges, social profile, better employment and change of marital status.  Their concept and standard of beauty holds no place for beholding melanin and celebrating pigmentation.  It later became a tool for oppression. Contemporary marketing campaigns take advantage of this social dynamic and perpetuate this perverted myth by sending a strong and consistent message through their advertising:

The lighter you are you are significantly more socially accepted, therefore the more benefits in life await you. The darker you are the less attractive you seem to most.

This has become so ingrained in African society; women of darker complexion literally work harder to be valued in the community than those with a lighter skin-tone.  Her quality of life is influenced.  Her self esteem is impacted.

Unfortunately, this will always be the norm to most.  So to my fellow Beautiful, Dark-skinned Women -segregated or not, light or dark – the Dream is big and we have the Power.  Hustle hard, work diligently in whatever you’re doing, and choose the right way to live.  Fearlessly aspire to what pleases and satisfies you.  Be uniquely you and stand proud.

Make your own mark and WEAR YOUR AFRICAN SKIN PROUD!

I stand for BLACK, so should YOU.


About the Author:

Jeanette Lekgabe is a Blogger from South Africa.   She has first hand experiences with the difficulties that darker skinned women face in the South African Region.  Learn more about Jeanette and read some of her fiction writing by visiting her Blog at Darted Africa.

 

#90DayRun To Freedom And A Healthier Life From The Inside Out

We’re expanding, and we’re looking for serious women and or men who want to get healthier from the inside out, help others do the same and make money.  The great thing about a team is that Together Everyone Achieves More, and Team #Stand4Health wants you to be a part of the TEAM!  We’re serious about #HealthAndWellness and our goal is to help individuals become healthier, lose weight naturally and be able to stay or get off of medications, which often lead to other health issues from prolonged use.

Will You Be The Next Success Story?


#Stand4Health

Beat Stage 3 is Standing Up To Colon Cancer And Bringing Awareness To The Masses

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.  On Saturday, March 11 2017, Black Women Stand Up’s Co-Founder, Tiffany Braxton attended the Beat Stage 3 Colon Cancer Awareness Event in New York City at the Borough Hall Building in Brooklyn.  The event was in Honor of and Celebrated Beat Stage Three’s Co-Founder, C. Diane Nathaniel (Diane), a Stage 3 Colorectal Cancer Survivor, and served as a vehicle in bringing awareness to the disease.

Beat Stage 3 is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization started by Co-Founders, Helen L. Collen and Diane Nathaniel.  Beat Stage 3 promotes image consciousness and renewed self-love for cancer Fighters and Survivors.  Find out more about the organization and the work they are doing by visiting their website at Beat Stage 3, where you can also donate to the cause.

 

The Sands of Time Table was a reminder to everyone that the world is fighting against various forms of cancers, and each color represents a different type.

Beat Stage Three’s Co-Founder, Diane Nathaniel will be our “Goddess Spotlight” Feature before Colon Cancer Awareness Month comes to an end…Stay Tuned.

#LiveLongerStronger #IamDiane #BeatStage3 #ColonCancerAwareness