I told myself 2013 would be the year I would promote self-confidence to the fullest and dammit that’s exactly what I plan on doing! I think that its always good to follow a great example and this month, I want to spotlight women in and out of the public eye that are leading by example and going against the grain in order to uplift others. Since March is also Women’s History Month, I figured this would be the perfect time to do this!
Actress Gabrielle Union won an award at the Essence Magazine Black Women in Hollywood event a few weeks back and I started watching the video thinking it was going to be like any other thank you speech but when she said ” I used to revel in gossip and rumors, and I lived for the negativity inflicted upon my sister actresses or anyone who I felt whose shine diminished my own.” I was shocked and amazed. She goes on to say that “Real fearless and fierce women complement other women and we recognize and embrace that their shine in no way diminishes our light and that it actually makes our light shine brighter” This part was so powerful and it took a lot of guts for her to admit that she was catty, petty and bitter when it came to other black actresses and their success. In our lowest points, that is when we are tested the most and seeing someone else’s power and embracing it instead of trying to diminish it is what makes us better individuals. Being strong doesn’t mean that you never have weak moments. True strength is learning to admit when you are wrong and live your life by elevating others and in turn, you will be lifted as well.
Thank you for opening my eyes Gabby!
Check out Gabrielle’s full speech in the link below
If there are any women you feel I should spotlight, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know:)