The last time you spoke with Sheesh, you gave her a ton of information on what you were doing with Make Caring Cool! in Virginia. It’s been a few months, so let’s catch up!
What are you doing with Make Caring Cool! right now?
Right now, my biggest project is the #ReadABookToday campaign. I’m also coming up with new ideas on what I can do for the summertime and back to school. For example, last year a few friends and I put together an artist showcase in Virginia. Instead of charging a cover, we just asked for the donation of school supplies. Things like that. At the end of this month, I’m also going to be the keynote speaker for this year’s ForKids Awards Ceremony, representing MCC and our efforts.
How was the beginning of 2017 for MCC!? What are your goals for the rest of this year and the upcoming year?
The beginning of 2017 has been smooth! From kicking off new campaigns, being called to speak, and just having the opportunity to do more for people – everything is lovely. For the rest of the year, I plan on doing more with my #ReadABookToday campaign, another back to school charity concert, and even trying to find a way to mentor some youth with others. It should be a good year.
Let’s talk about #ReadABookToday. What made you want to start the campaign?
Initially, it started as a reading challenge for myself. For 2017, I said I wanted to read a total of 50 books. I started off strong, and once I really got going, I wanted others to start a reading challenge of their own, too. In that same idea, I thought about how cool it would be to spread the joy of reading to youth who may not have the same access to books and reading materials as we all do ourselves. It means a lot to me.
How long has the campaign been going on and what highlights do you have from it so far?
The campaign has been running since the beginning of the year. Through fundraisers, monetary donations, and book donations, I’m already sitting on about 520 books ready to be packaged up and donated to these kids. It’s really a lot more than I expected, and I’m super proud.
How can folks get involved in the #ReadABookToday campaign and Make Caring Cool!?
As far as the #ReadABookToday campaign, there are plenty of ways to help. First, you can donate money toward the purchase of books. The link for donations is MakeCaringCool.org/donate. Take a look and share what you can. Anyone who wants to send physical book donations can also email me at email@example.com, and I’ll get them a good address.
Besides that one campaign, I’m always looking for people who want to volunteer, help provide necessities, or anything that’ll help out people in need. I’m also working on an events calendar for the website, so be on the lookout for that.
Tell us what to be on the lookout for in the next few months and how we can support!
In the next few months, I’m really going to be working harder and harder to get more books out to the youth. I’ll need help with that. I’d love to do another artist showcase for charity. I’m in the beginning steps of working out details on creating a few community gardens, as well as organizing some tutors and mentors for kids in the summer. If any of this sounds interesting, please send me an email and we’ll talk! I’m creating interest lists now, and I’d love to hear from everyone. Anyone can give back to someone in need, you just have to find what works for you and I’m here to fully support that. Thank you, guys.
Check out the January 26th Google Doodle celebrating Aviator, Bessie Coleman.
The first black woman to hold a pilot’s license in the U.S. and the first American woman to hold an international pilot license, Bessie performed as a stunt flier known as Queen Bess. A flying sensation until her death via plane crash in 1926, Ms. Coleman’s legacy of dreaming big and flying high lives on through the retelling of our history.
On her birthday, we celebrate her bravery, her daring and her commitment to greatness.
Happy Birthday Queen Bess!!!
Meet Zulaikha Patel, a 13 year old girl in South Africa who attends Pretoria High School for Girls. In our eyes, she would appear as a normal 13 year old black girl; beautiful face, small frame and big hair. Nothing extraordinary. She’s just your typical little girl.
Well, apparently Patel has had several issues with not only her peers but with administration because of her big hair. She has been bullied, suspended and sent to detention several times because of it.
Not behavior. Not attendance. Not what we would consider typical and/or “just” reasons for disciplinary action. Simply and solely because of her hair…and she has had enough.
Zulaikha Patel organized a protest with a group of young black girls, against administration at Pretoria High School for Girls, a prestigious high school in South Africa that was all white until 1990, due to their policies about hair. These girls have been told that their afros were untidy, looked exotic and needed to be tamed.
“The issue of my hair has been a thing that’s followed me my entire life, even in Primary I was told my hair is not natural, it’s exotic, my Afro was not wanted or anything like that and then the issue followed me to High School” Patel told CNN.
Due to the international attention brought on, the protests and concerns of the students, their families and the community, the school’s policy is currently being reviewed by their board of education.
Zulaikha, this is for you:
”Good hair means curls and waves
Bad hair means you look like a slave
At the turn of the century
It’s time for us to redefine who we be
You can shave it off like a South African beauty
Or get in on lock like Bob Marley
You can rock it straight like Oprah Winfrey
If it’s not what’s on your head, it’s what’s underneath”
When you are used to turning on the news, scrolling Instagram or browsing your Facebook newsfeed, as of lately, you are used to seeing news of pain, suffering, disgust and the list goes on of overwhelming emotions due to the state of our great ole ‘merica. From police shootings of African Americans to Donald Trump and his tomfoolery that he calls political views and making America great again, it is more often than not that there will be something currently trending that will make your blood boil, to one degree or another, no pun intended.
Then at the blink of an eye, an unexpected cool kid wearing an invisible cape, a fitted hat and some sneakers comes to save the day; the one and only, Chance the Rapper spreading #BlackBoyJoy across your e-world.
#BlackBoyJoy is a hashtag that Chance used as a caption under a photo of him at the VMAs and from there, the hashtag spread like the latest celebrity gossip on Twitter. During a time when the world is trying our patience, Chance the Rapper decided to try something else. With this celebratory hashtag of black men, #BlackBoyJoy shows us that no matter what society says or wants us to believe, black boys and men ARE humans, who are doing great things, who have regular lives, who love to have fun, who are worthy and should be valued, honored, respected and acknowledged for the dope things that they do on a regular basis, in which the media subsequently seems to never highlight or are “unaware of”.
— EJdajoosman (@tooeazyy) September 17, 2016
— Rouxgaroux (@weirdlyhot) September 16, 2016
— Ayokunle Falomo (@AFalomo) September 12, 2016
— . (@flexnell) September 11, 2016
— Hugh | Taye (@King_Hughston) September 10, 2016
— Fashion Icon (@CoudjoA) September 10, 2016
— Yellow Mamba (@KevoBecko) September 9, 2016
— Amani Phipps (@amanimp) September 9, 2016
— Jarel J (@jareljonesx) September 8, 2016
— François Toulour (@Specialkays88) September 8, 2016
— Shaolin Fantastic (@RideALambo) September 8, 2016
— Biko Osiris Shakur (@BikoRising) September 8, 2016
— Devaney (@ddevaneyy) September 7, 2016
— Candice Evans (@CME_Edutainer) September 7, 2016
— Papa Will (@IAMWILLBANKS) September 7, 2016
— KH🛆LID (@briniboi93) September 7, 2016
— Dexter Crowdus (@Kingdex001) September 7, 2016
— GlitterBoy (@BlkBoyShine) September 7, 2016
— Donnie Darko (@CameronxDonovan) September 6, 2016
— CJ Goulding (@goulding_jr) September 6, 2016
— Matthew Alexander (@Legendary_Matt_) September 6, 2016
— JuliYAS (@babyhairnafros) September 6, 2016
— Tyler Moncrief (@ImSoEST) September 5, 2016
— Michael Bae (@OfMicNMen) September 4, 2016
— Mr JB. (@tkmoroe) September 8, 2016
I just want to commend and send major love to Chance the Rapper for spreading #BlackBoyJoy across the globe!
MMR: Give us a little background about yourself and your business.
VBC: My name is Shadae Bumpers, 31, and I am the owner of Victory by Choice, which is a spiritually guided coaching and management company. Victory by Choice was the result of many blessings and miracles that started to manifest in my life as a result of upgrading my faith. I’ve always had a passion for teaching and helping people, but after my own journey I wanted to really show someone the significance of who one is as a creation from a perfect Creator. In 2014, before giving birth to my youngest child, I started my own spiritual journey of self-discovery and gained a relationship between myself and the God I serve in a way I have never known or recognized before. I learned the power of the mind and spirit are directly linked to the outcomes and circumstances we experience in our lives. We are all made in the image of our Creator, which is the basis of my belief that we too are creators and royalty by divine right. Victory by Choice is designed to empower individual with the knowing of who they are and release them of limiting beliefs that deny them from understanding who they have the potential to be.
MMR: Who is your professional and/or personal inspiration behind what you do?
VBC: My personal inspiration behind what I do would be any and every person I meet that desires to live a happier more fulfilled life. Anyone I’ve ever met that believed things can’t get any better than the way they are now. I’m inspired by the people I meet daily who are positive, warm and welcoming in spite of their circumstances or less than desirable experiences.
My family inspires me. My history inspires me. People like Oprah, Dr. Wayne Dire, Jerry & Ester Hicks, Les Brown and Tony Ribbons to name a few whom motivate and empower people to have accountability in their lives as deliberate creators. I am genuinely inspired by anyone who has the drive to achieve their goals in spite of their adversities or likelihood to achieve such goals. I am truly inspire by those who see nothing as impossible but recognizes the word itself says I’m possible.
MMR: If you can describe what makes your business/craft so unique by using one word, what would it be?
MMR: What words of encouragement do you have for aspiring women entrepreneurs?
VBC: Never underestimate another’s ability to see greatness in you. Your soul’s intention to have a business of your own puts you ahead of the game simply because you desire to have more. When you choose to be victorious regardless of the up and downs in the process you’ll always come out the victor and never the victim.
Also, remember you are a reflection of every woman you meet; meaning the strength, beauty, insight and ambition that resides in you may be the very thing that woman needed to see to recognize that same power within herself. You are a walking billboard for dreams to come true even when you have yet to achieve your own.
MMR: What is your business website and your social media pages? Event links?
VBC: My business website is: www.VictorybyChoice.com. The link for an upcoming empowerment conference that I am hosting is www.JourneytoQueendom.com. You can also check out my social media pages: Facebook: Victory by Choice and follow us on Instagram: @InspireMeVBC
MMR: Do you have any upcoming events? If so, please provide details about the event (what, when, where, how, etc)
VBC: Victory By Choice is hosting the Journey to Queendom – Women’s Empowerment Conference on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 9am-4:45pm at the Doubletree in Beachwood, OH – Registration includes breakfast and lunch for with two panel discussions and four break-out sessions with a total of 12 speakers for only $60.00 and tickets are available at www.JourneyToQueendom.com.
What a time to be named Simone. If you have been watching the Rio Olympics, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Hailing all the way from Texas, Simone Biles and Simone Manuel are making history in gymnastics and swimming.
The 19-year-old phenom, Simone Biles, was too young to compete at the London 2012 Olympics, but ever since her debut on the world stage in 2013, she has proven to be a force to be reckoned with. She is the first female gymnast to win 4 consecutive U.S. nationals championship titles. In addition, she is the first woman to ever win the all-around world championship 3 years in a row. From her senior debut in 2013 until the present, she has won a total of 14 world championship medals. Her ten world gold medals give her the record of having the most won by any female gymnast. And she is the first black gymnast to win an all around World title.
This summer at the Olympics, Simone Biles has proven that she is possibly the greatest gymnast of all time. She helped the team win a gold medal in the women’s team all around challenge. She also won gold in the women’s individual all around challenge as well. And she is the first U.S. woman to win an Olympic gold in the vault. Let’s cheer our little sis on as she strives for gold in the balance beam and floor exercise! For more information about this amazing star click here.
Another athlete that has defied the odds is Olympic swimmer Simone Manuel. This young lady will go down in history as the first black woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming. She won the 100m freestyle, while setting a new Olympic record of 52.70 sec in the event. She also received second in the 50m freestyle, which is also an achievement.
At a young age, Simone knew she would be playing a big role in swimming since there were few blacks involved in the sport. She realized that anything she accomplished in the sport would be framed in terms of her race. From a historical standpoint, blacks were never allowed access to swimming pools during segregation. In addition, pools were seldom built in the black community. And it is a proven fact that black children have a higher rate of drowning coupled with not being able to swim at all. So this is a substantial achievement for blacks everywhere especially swimmers. And helped her team win gold in the 4x100m relay and also silver in the 4.100m freestyle relay.
I love the fact that Simone used her platform to talk about police brutality and how it is a major problem that needs a resolution. She made the following quote after her historical win, “This medal is not just for me, it’s for the African-Americans who have come before me and been an inspiration,” Manuel said afterward. “I hope I can be an inspiration to others so this medal is for those who come behind me and get into the sport and hopefully find the love and drive to get to this point.” I believe little girls everywhere will be more than inspired to pursue ventures never thought possible. More information of this historic event can be found here.
Both of these ladies are true definitions of #blackgirlmagic. They continue to make strides for blacks, especially young women everywhere. They are defying the odds put against them and coming out on top. Like Jesse William said, “Just because we are magic does not mean we’re not real”. Let’s continue to support our sisters on their journey!