'You are here today because you are valuing your reflection.
You are feeling confident within your own skin.'
LOVE LETTER WORKSHOP
WOMEN'S WEEK THIRTEEN - JUNE 17th 2020
Host: Saira Hussain, Breath of Henna
Co-Host: Chika Okoro, Woman of Colour Champion & WCW
Time: 7 PM EST (Canada & USA).
You are here because you are a reflection of your true self.
As we join the hands of universal sisters who have breached the barriers of idealized protection, societal rules and regulations to discover paths of freedom, we are faced to look inwards. Before we can move forward, we must look inwards and have a very difficult but truth provoking conversation with the self. Only then may we be the true advocates of change where diversity is encouraged between night and day.
When did we allow others to divide and conquer us?
Have we allowed white supremacy, racism to sit beneath our skin, pulsating a vibrationational sequence of segregation in a time where we have more diversity in our foods than in our homes and hearts? As a sisterhood, it is our responsibility to break the peel away the layers of racism, To break down the system and make queries about why skin colour has been associated with life quality, education and beauty. Sisters, my question to you is, How do you perceive beauty? Would you embrace a sister who was darker than you? Next time you push the 'brighten' button as you filter and edit away your natural blemishes, rethink what you are doing. How have you been conditioned to practice colourism? Why have you not questioned the system before?
Now is change. Now is the time to create spaces of power for womxn who are in need of seeing and growing up with womxn who embrace their reflection with confidence. This is why my woman of influence Chika Okoro is here to shine a light on a very challenging and overlooked conversation on colourism. What is colourism? After watching one of my favourites, RED TABLE TALK, I reached out to Chika on instagram just minutes after and had to invite her to share her story on being a woman of colour and how to feel like a champion while embracing your true skin. Let us start being more aware of our own standards of beauty and bring in womxn who are truly diverse and vividly bold, courageous and bare. Let us embrace change and move forward with more womxn of colour and disassociate ourselves from conventional thoughts.
We are an ever growing community of women who are built from strength, compassion and have the capacity to adapt to change. As we complete the tenth week of quarantine, I would like to suggest that we all take a moment to appreciate how far we have come. Let us face the patriarchal routines with our feminine powers and decipher new challenges with solutions for our betterment. We must remember that there is a force inside us that has been waiting in our hearts with unconditional love and she has been patient. Let us hear her speak.
"I’m passionate about all things women of color and believe it is my calling to inspire Black women to find self-love, self-worth, and experience the healing that enables them to have the confidence to live the full expression of themselves.
Growing up as one of the few Black, and only Nigerian, families in our neighborhood, I often struggled to find a positive sense of belonging and identity. I continued to explore that tension while studying at Harvard where I wrote my honors thesis on race and identity in the Black community amongst Black Americans and Black immigrants."
- CHIKA OKORO
Join Chika Okoro, Women of Colour equality rights advocate, & Saira Hussain, Founder of the LOVE LETTER COMMUNITY as we reconnect with our reflections through our powers and the practice of writing love letters.
***Please note that we will be recording this meeting for our sisters abroad***
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