Thursday, April 18, 2019

May this dress give us the courage to change what we can not accept ...


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Angela Yvonne Davis: 
American communist, political activist, academic, and writer who advocates for the oppressed

Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944)  emerged as a prominent counterculture activist in the 1960s working with the Communist Party USA, of which she was a member until 1991, and was briefly involved in the Black Panther Party during the Civil Rights Movement.[4]


“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. 
I am changing the things I cannot accept.” 

Angela Y. Davis

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

May this dress remind us not to worry ....


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Corrie ten Boom: Writer, watchmaker, shero*, lifesaver

Cornelia Arnolda Johanna "Corrie" ten Boom (15 April 1892 – 15 April 1983) was a Dutch watchmaker and later a writer who worked with her father Casper ten Boom, her sister Betsie ten Boom and other family members to help many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War IIby hiding them in her home. They were caught and she was arrested and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. Her most famous book, The Hiding Place, is a biography that recounts the story of her family's efforts and how ten Boom found hope while imprisoned at the concentration camp.

*shero: a woman regarded as a herohttps://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shero

Worry does not empty 
tomorrow of its sorrow. 
It empties today of its strength. 
Corrie Ten Boom

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Monday, April 15, 2019

may this dress remind us to do what we are most passionately about ...

'for the love of ...' (2018)  paper mache, forsythia, glitter
created for 'a long-distance relationship, the 26.2 mile journey'
at the Attleboro Arts Museum last April.
Bobbi Gibb: 
*FIRST woman to run the Boston Marathon*
runner, sculptor, doctor, lawyer, mother, trailblazer, lover of life

Roberta Louise "Bobbi" Gibb (born November 2, 1942 in Cambridge, Massachusetts[1][2][3]) is the first woman to have run the entire Boston Marathon(1966).[4] She is recognized by the Boston Athletic Association as the pre-sanctioned era women’s winner in 1966, 1967, and 1968.[5] At the Boston Marathon, the pre-sanctioned era comprised the years from 1966 through 1971, when women, who were banned from entering the Men's Division Race because of their gender, ran and finished the race. In 1996 the B.A.A. retroactively recognized as champions the women who finished first in the Pioneer Women's Division Marathon for the years 1966–1971.

a wonderful article by Roberta 'Bobbi' Gibb
A Run of One’s Own
By Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb


I have always had a vision of a world where men and women can share all of life together in mutual respect, love and admiration; a world where we find health through exercise and through the appreciation of the spirit and beauty of the world and of each other; a world based on love and individual integrity, where we all have a chance to do what we most passionately love, to help others, and to become all we can become.
Bobbi Gibb


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Saturday, April 13, 2019

May this dress remind us to love ourselves ...


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Zoe Kravitz

Zoë Isabella Kravitz (born December 1, 1988) is an American actress, singer, and model. She is the daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. Kravitz made her acting debut in the 2007 film No Reservations.

Her breakthrough role came as Angel Salvadore in the 2011 superhero film X-Men: First Class, which was followed by roles in The Divergent Seriesand Mad Max: Fury Road. Since then, Kravitz has had supporting roles in such films as The Lego Batman Movie and the Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a role she reprised in its sequel, as well as starring roles in independent films, like Dope and Adam Green's Aladdin. Since 2017, Kravitz has also starred in the HBO drama series Big Little Lies.

Aside from acting, Kravitz was the face of Vera Wang's Princess fragrance in 2009, and has modeled for Venus Zine and Elle, among others. She also fronts the band Lolawolf, who released their debut album Calm Down in 2014. The band has also toured with Lily Allen and Miley Cyrus, among others.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoë_Kravitz

Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself.
When you love yourself, 
that's when you're most beautiful. 
Zoe Kravitz


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Friday, April 12, 2019

May this dress remind us of the presence of magic ....


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Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange was born Paulette Williams into an upper middle-class African American family. Her father was an Air Force surgeon and her mother a psychiatric social worker. Cultural icons such as Dizzie Gillepsie, Miles Davis, and W.E.B. DuBois were regular guests in the Williams home. Shange attended Barnard College and the University of Southern California, earning both a BA and MA in American Studies. Shange’s college years were difficult, however; frustrated and hurt after separating from her first husband, she attempted suicide several times before focusing her rage against the limitations society imposes on Black women. While earning an MA degree, she reaffirmed her personal strength based on a self-determined identity and took her African name, which means “she who comes with her own things” and she “who walks like a lion.” Shange would go on to a successful triple career as an educator, performer/director, and writer whose work drew heavily on her experiences of being a Black female in America.
Shange was perhaps most famous for her play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf (1975). A unique blend of poetry, music, dance and drama called a “choreopoem,” it “took the theatre world by storm,” noted Jacqueline Trescott in the Washington Post, as it “became an electrifying Broadway hit and provoked heated exchanges about the relationships between black men and women. ... Its form—seven women on the stage dramatizing poetry—was a refreshing slap at the traditional, one-two-three-act structures.” Mel Gussow, writing in the New York Times, stated that “Miss Shange was a pioneer in terms of her subject matter: the fury of black women at their double subjugation in white male America.” The play uses female dancers to dramatize poems that recall encounters with their classmates, lovers, rapists, abortionists, and latent killers. The women survive abuse and disappointment and come to recognize in each other the promise of a better future. The play received both enthusiastic reviews and criticism for its portrayal of African American men. However, “Shange’s poems aren’t war cries,” Jack Kroll wrote in a Newsweek review of the Public Theatre production of For Colored Girls. “They’re outcries filled with a controlled passion against the brutality that blasts the lives of ‘colored girls’—a phrase that in her hands vibrates with social irony and poetic beauty. These poems are political in the deepest sense, but there’s no dogma, no sentimentality, no grinding of false mythic axes.” Critic Edith Oliver of the New Yorker remarked, “The evening grows in dramatic power, encompassing, it seems, every feeling and experience a woman has ever had; strong and funny, it is entirely free of the rasping earnestness of most projects of this sort. The verses and monologues that constitute the program have been very well chosen—contrasting in mood yet always subtly building.” The play received an Obie Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the AUDELCO Award as well as Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award nominations. In 2010, director Tyler Perry adapted the choreo-poem into a feature-length film.
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/ntozake-shange

“Where there is a woman there is magic.”

 Ntozake Shange


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Thursday, April 11, 2019

May this dress remind us to spread love around ...


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Charlotte Rae

Charlotte Rae Lubotsky (April 22, 1926 – August 5, 2018), known professionally as Charlotte Rae, was an American character actress, comedian, and singer whose career spanned six decades.

Rae was known for her portrayal of Edna Garrett in the sitcoms Diff'rent Strokes and its spin-off, The Facts of Life (in which she had the starring role from 1979–1986). She received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy in 1982. She also appeared in two Facts of Lifetelevision movies: The Facts of Life Goes to Paris in 1982 and The Facts of Life Reunion in 2001. She voiced the character of "Nanny" in 101 Dalmatians: The Series and Aunt Pristine Figg in Tom and Jerry: The Movie. She also appeared as Gammy Hart in Girl Meets World.

In 2015, she returned to film in the feature film Ricki and the Flash, with Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Rick Springfield. In November 2015, Rae released her autobiography, The Facts of My Life, which was co-written with her son, Larry Strauss.

All we have is today. Just live it. 
We don't know about tomorrow. 
So, enjoy the day. Love yourself, 
and spread love around. 
Charlotte Rae

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

May this dress remind us to follow our hearts ...


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Lesley Ann Warren

Lesley Ann Warren (born August 16, 1946) is an American actress and singer. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the 1982 film Victor/Victoria. She is also an Emmy Award nominee and five-time Golden Globe Award nominee, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series for the 1977 NBC miniseries Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue.

Warren made her Broadway debut in 1963, and her film debut in The Happiest Millionaire in 1967. Her other film appearances include Clue (1985), Burglar (1987), Cop (1988), Pure Country (1992), Color of Night (1994), and Secretary (2002). She has also appeared in numerous television shows, including Mission: Impossible, Desperate Housewives, Will & Grace, and In Plain Sight.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesley_Ann_Warren

Trust your own instincts, go inside, follow your heart. 
Right from the start. go ahead and stand up for what you believe in. 
As I've learned, that's the path to happiness. 
Lesley Ann Warren

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

May this dress remind us to get out of our comfort zone ...


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Karen Salmansohn

The best things in life are often waiting for you 
at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.


Karen Salmansohn


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