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One of the biggest stories to captivate entertainment headlines this year has been the emergence of Lupita Nyong’o. Her Oscar winning performance as Patsey in 12 Years a Slave catapulted her to the forefront of the public eye. Once there, she has developed almost a second career as the Queen of the Red Carpet, appearing at film festivals looking flawless in stunning gowns that designers are falling over themselves to dress her in. This summer she landed the cover of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful issue. Her Oscar acceptance speech about what defines beauty sparked a wave of affirmation from women around the world who fight daily to be seen as attractive and desirable within themselves when bombarded constantly with a narrow standard of beauty. Lupita is the most recent black female star to explode into pop culture but obviously she isn’t the only one. From Michele Obama to Olivia…
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There are sooo many wonderful bloggers in the WORLD and, I promise, it seems as if they are ALL on WordPress in some form or fashion!
We have had multiple assignments in the past few days in Blogging 101. Many of them have been pushing some of us that are more of the wallflower breed, out of our comfort zones. I have been searching through various subjects and topics, I have seen so many blog design templates, subjects, drawings, comments, and ideas. WOOOWEEE!!! I feel like a tourist seeing the bright lights of Time Square for the first time.
I see photo bloggers on my left (click,click), I take a (mental) picture. I see really funny blogs on my right, (click, click). I see blogs that encourage, support, and motivate (click,click,click)…so many pictures!!
In this endless see of creativity and beautiful individuality, I must remember and recollect that I am unique and different as well. I cannot second guess myself and my ideas because someone else did something completely different and mega amazing!
So, in support of just a portion of these awesome creators of uniqueness, I would like to share this post by an awesome individual that lives half a world away but has reignited my love for photography. Her latest post included just four photos that were so simple yet beautiful. Pictures can really speak volumes.
And because I do not think it’s fair to include only one awesome creature, I commented on another post by a blogger buddy in response to a subject that many of us face: what are we supposed to do with our lives. It hit home for me because that’s part of what I’m seeking. It was nice to know that I’m not alone in asking of myself and the Creator, “What’s my purpose?”
As many of you my know, I have just created a blog. The thing is, I had not told my family, yet. First, because I was not sure I would have the gumption to do it. Then, when I did create the blog, I did not know if I would follow through. Thirdly, as I have inched along, I’ve just been wavering back and forth with my own insecurities (this process can be overwhelming and intimidating).
So, it’s been about a month and I decided to share the news with my family today. I was on the phone with my younger sister and I figure that I would tell her because she tends to be the mouth piece of the house hold. I proceed to tell her, (I’m paraphrasing here)
Hey sis, you know, I’ve created this blog. It’s pretty new and I’m really still trying to figure out my voice and point of view. I had not told you guys earlier because I was pretty nervous but, figured it’s been a month so, I wanted to let you all know what I was up to.
No joke, she was completely silent the whole time and then said, “Oh, our brother has one of those. He has like two millions followers.”
What?! First of all, I did not know my younger brother was on pop star status on his blog!!! No one told me!!
Second, there was no, “Hey good job, sis.” “What’s the website? We’ll check it out. Show you some support.” Zip. Zilch. Nada.
Growing up, we were not an openly affectionate family so, not a lot of kisses and hugging and all that mushy stuff. Yet! I was still hoping for a little, “Oh, cool!” or even a semi-enthusiastic, “What’s it about?” My big little brother (that’s what I call him because he’s younger but physically bigger), I wrote him about in prison and he writes me back and is like, “yeah, sis!” and he’s shooting off ideas and all that!
Oh well, I’m not super surprised but, it would have been nice to hear a little happiness in the response I heard over the phone. I’m still gonna keep on keeping on, though.
What do you all think of not so supportive supporters? Have you ever encountered them and if so, did it stop you or motivate you even more?