The Strong and Resilient, Tarana Burke #TWT

Tarana Burke is a New York native who is the founder of the “Me Too” movement, which she actually started in 2006. However, it did not become worldwide until 2017. When Tarana started the “Me Too” movement she was working at Just Be Inc., which was a nonprofit she founded to focus on the wellbeing of women of color. She has heard of many young girls’ stories of being sexually assaulted. Hearing those stories drove Tarana to make a difference and was also a three-time survivor herself.

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Tarana had no idea that many other women and girls would resonate with the “Me Too” movement and thankfully because of it, many girls found the courage to speak up and come forward about their experiences. Tarana gave many women a platform to comfortably express how they feel and bring more awareness to sexual assault and harassment.

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Tarana’s mother is the reason she got the confidence to be involved in her community and speak out about her personal experiences. She was raped and sexually assaulted during her childhood and teenage years. Her mother supported her and believed that this issue had to be fixed and talked about.

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I believe Tarana is one of the strongest women out there who is really making a difference and getting people to talk. I so admire her resilience and determination to help thousands of women and girls. Tarana Burke is truly a girl with beauty and brains.

 

Our Queen of Soul #TWF

Yesterday we lost a beautiful soul, Aretha Franklin. Not only was she the Queen of Soul, but she was also a civil rights activist.

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Aretha started singing in church in front of her father’s congregation. By 14, she recorded an album named, Songs of Faith.

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In 1960, Aretha traveled to New York from Michigan and signed to Columbia Records. The following year she put out hits such as, “Rock-a-bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody.” Within that first year of being signed, she already had songs topping on the charts!

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In 1967, Aretha’s cover of “Respect” reached #1 on both the R&B and pop charts and won her two Grammy Awards. “Respect” was one of the songs that earned her the title Queen of Soul, while also making her a symbol of black empowerment during the Civil Rights Movement.aretha-franklin

By 2008, Aretha received her 18th Grammy Award for “Never Gonna Break My Faith,” which made her one of the most honored artists in Grammy history. She also had the honor to sing at the 2009 presidential inauguration of Barack Obama. Significantly, she didn’t sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” instead she sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.” On that historic day, she reminded everyone of who they were and who they were capable of becoming. She reminded people that they can accomplish anything they put their minds to.

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Aretha’s voice was so powerful and truthful and inspired an abundance of people, including myself. Her music contributed greatly to larger political and social movements, and more specifically got everyone through their hard times. Thank you, Aretha, for teaching us to always demand respect for ourselves.

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She is a girl with beauty and brains! May she rest in peace.

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