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Race and Dolls: An Article Sparks a Conversation on White Privilege

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A great response from a teacher’s blog in response to my interview on CBC’s website about the dolls I re-image.

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Early this week I noticed an article on CBC.ca about a mother who is making custom made “Barbie” dolls for her daughter that reflect her daughters own image better. Queen Cee Robinson from Hamilton,  Ontario, set out to create dolls that not only had a different sick tone than the average Barbie but also brought elements such as hair and clothing into the design. Queen Cee Robinson is African-Canadian, as is her daughter, and she found that all the images that her daughter was exposed to, in terms of toys, were of the dominant white culture. She also found that even if she could find a doll with “black” skin tone, the hair and clothes were not much different than the standard “white” dolls. After finishing the article, which I think you should read as well, I made the comment that I should try and get one of…

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School Lunches! Make it easy on yourself.

School lunches, make it easy on yourself and fun for your children, bento style. If you’re like me and dislike the morning rush (it makes me miserable). Do this, get them to make it the night before as a routine OR when they bring their lunch bags home after school, get them to make their lunches for the next day right away. My son gave me that idea and it gives them more time after dinner to hang out until bedtime. 🙂

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Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Homebirthing

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This is my top 10 reasons as to why I prefer home birthing as oppose to birthing in a hospital.

Have you done home deliveries?   Share you wonderful experiences below.

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A mama’s Journal Entry – My reflection at 36 weeks.

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I woke up tired and sore from a night of unsound achy sleep and reflected on this pregnancy journey. It has been Good, Moving, frustrating, painful, Great, Happy, lonely, ugly, angering, tearful, tiring, Joyous, Empowering, Wonderful and Exciting; most importantly a true Blessing.

My head is filled with so many thoughts and and my heart with so many emotions I thought I would write them down/type them out. Though I’m sure many other thoughts will come as the day goes on, as the days move forward and I reflect back, different things that will pop up in my head, but for now these are my thoughts in this moment, waking up today.

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It’s week 36, time to really mentally prepare myself. It may be my 5th child coming but no woman is an expert or a “veteran” (I can’t stand being called that), or has it all in the bag because they’ve done it before. One should never assume because a woman has had a child before that they know what they are doing and have everything under control, it doesn’t work like that. Every pregnancy is different, every birth is different and every time there are new experiences. The pain is never the same, the length in time, your body doesn’t react the same way every time and your mental and emotional state may not be the same depending where you are in your life. These all are key factors in how our experience will be because all our senses and feelings are heightened to a next level. Growing a human being inside your body cavity, internal organs being shifted, joints softening, connected joints and bones disconnecting, muscles separating, skin changing, bowels working slower, veins being constricted, boosted blood supply, higher body temperature, the need to take in way more healthy calories, over powering hunger, working twice as hard to do simple things like breathing, walking , bending, turning, lifting legs, sleeping and sleeping comfortably, muscle cramps, joints swelling, feet swelling even hands, over production of gases, your bladder being squished, your spine curving, your center of gravity is off, your body trying it’s best compensate for what is happening and weight being added on to your body while your growing child is doing the same thing (plus the weight of your growing uterus, amniotic fluid sac and placenta.

Carrying and birthing a human being into the world is never easy and should never be looked at as such. It doesn’t necessarily get easier with the more children you have or harder, it all depends on the woman and well, life. Each experience is a new journey where you are literally learning all over again. Old fears may come back, new fears may develop and new joys may develop as well, or what was once joyous may leave. You never know what to expect all the time and what you think you’ll expect may change at any time. It’s a daily mission of physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual strength for 9 months (or less) and then another chapter comes into play where you start again and progress to the next continued level of learning. Emotional, mental and physical support during this time is essential to a woman’s well being and ability to endure the journey she is going through and have a pleasant and wonderful pregnancy and birth experience. Symptoms and sometimes physical ailments are not timed, calculated, done on purpose by the woman, they can’t be controlled and you don’t just get over it. This is our bodies telling us things and giving us messages that only we can feel. The fact that only us as pregnant women can feel these things sometimes makes it harder for us to get the comfort we need or want. Sometimes even expressing these things may not be enough for others to understand what you are going through or what you may need. Senses are heightened, emotions are in overdrive and all forms of balance are off balance and aside from all this we still strive to maintain the state we were in before pregnancy; this can be a tough task most days and can be dangerous, as we may feel the affects of it later on in the day or the next day.

If you’ve never been pregnant, don’t know the importance the whole experience and risks that come along with it or are not a woman, many of these things I am mentioning will be hard to fully grasp. Even if you are a father, many of these things you may know but not fully comprehend as well as you think. It is easy to think you understand by reading or hearing these things, but until you’ve gone through it or have allowed yourself or offered yourself to be apart of ALL aspects of a woman’s pregnancy, you’ll never get it and overall will never get it 100%. The idea of understanding and remembering that these 9 months are the most strongest and also the most weakest time of a woman’s life isn’t always grasped. It is easy to forget that the farther long a woman gets in her pregnancy the less she should be stressing about or straining to do and should really be focusing on preparing her mind and body for her birth; we women tend to forget this too. Usually we have to be reminded to rest, sleep, take it easy, put our feet up, take the weight of our joints etc. because once the baby is born it is a whole other level of support we will be needing and I hope women are getting that. However, I do know many do not have the support that is so much needed but are still doing amazing jobs regardless. We must also remember we are individuals. What maybe easy for one may not be easy for another. Being of the same gender does not mean we all take on things the same way or can handle things the same way, and it is nothing to be ashamed of or be compared too.

Do what you can, how you can, the best you can and most importantly if you can’t do it or don’t feel to do it and it’s not important, either don’t do it (the world won’t end) or take the help from those that want to help you, especially when asking may be a hard option for you. I must say, I do enjoy being pregnant, most of the experience is very joyous, while there are many things about being pregnant I wish I could change and make for an even better and easier experience. However, when the 9 months is up, it’s up and it’s time to move forth onto the next journey of now nurturing and getting know this newly born person, ensuring it’s first experience into this new world is as wonderful as it can be and continues to be as they grow and develop.

Lights, Camera, Action, Werk that belly!

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Peace!

Okay, I have not posted in a loooong time.  I have just been dealing with being pregnant for the last 8 months hahaha.  I have been meaning to journal my 5th journey of being pregnant but I have just been lazy, have so many ideas for posts, but just lazy to actually do it.  Well, I just finished doing a maternity photoshoot with my amazing husband and photographer Leon Robinson aka Eklipz for Eklipz Flix for Storehouse Media Inc.  Also, I had my Sistren and phenomenal make-up artist, Elle St. Aubyn, do my make-up for the shoot.  We shot the photoshoot at Baltimore House, downtown Hamilton.  This is baby #5  for us and with my husband being such a wonderful artist, I could not pass up the opportunity to use his skills and do a pregnancy shoot, because this could be and possibly will be the last baby for me.

So, this is a my video of the day behind the scenes, from getting ready to the end of the shoot.  The photos turned out FANFRICKENTASTIC!!! as I knew they would.  My man is so talent and has such a great eye…but of course I mean look who his wife is. 😉

PEACE!

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Mothers are super human beings.

Being a mother is next level life business. Carrying a child and then delivering that child surpasses the realm of just be a human being, it’s very much beyond that. A being within a being? Like seriously, as much as a woman has to struggle through life, endure many hardships only she will face, constantly rise above and prove herself. She strives to constantly balance her spiritual, physical and mental, and maintain, build and rebuild the earths population all while trying to survive. Women are the most blessed blessing the has been bestowed upon this planet and within this universe. For me, striving to maintain my artistry/creativity and build a music career, plus being a community activist is a struggle while balancing being a mother. I think I am amazing in my own right.

Successful Journey Around The Sun.

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This Bornday came in an enlightening way for me, as I was able to complete my cycle around the sun successfully. Being able to physically reach my 35th Bornday alive and well, surrounded by family and with good friends in my cipher. On our way to celebrate one of my sisters Borndays, some family members, a friend and I survived a crazy car accident on the highway 3 days before my own Bornday. This accident gave me an even more intense perspective to this life cycle we live.  In the blink of all our eyes things begin to happen. Some say we should live day by day, but now I say moment by moment. Each moment is an event in itself. Some moments we may see coming and can prepare for and some appear with no warning or a warning that seems too late.  Be thankful for each day you are able to get up alive and breathing and aware. Be thankful every time you open your eyes and life is still circulating around you.  Though there are many of us who strive to live positive lives, and sometimes it seem it’s just not enough until the universe shows you you are blessed by making it possible for you to escape death. I am even more aware I have much more purpose, more life to live and joys and passions to take part in, and so should you.

Live Your Life because Life is to Live.  Love Whole-Heartedly, Reach out Further, Bask in more Joy and laugh as much as you can. Dance Everyday and Sing Your Song.

PEACE & LOVE

Queen Cee

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I’m Back! Out with the New, In with the New.

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Well, I haven’t written in a long while.  A few things have happened bad and good that have put things in suspension for a while.  With my husband helping his father through his terminal Cancer diagnosis in July and then his passing in September, things totally got pushed off their tracks.  After things started to get more joyous as I found out we will be expecting our 5th child! I am very happy and excited about that news. We went on a much-needed family vacation, I came back finished up with my BE Girl Awards event for my not-for-profit girls esteem organization, Be-You-tiful Girls Club and then came the holiday off school.

Being that our other children are ages 12, 10, 9 and 5, this baby is coming at a great time.  So for me 2013 has already started off great.

New Years resolutions?  None. I just believe in constantly manifesting what I want to achieve.  Here is my FB New Years day post:

“Alright well I hope everyone enjoyed ringing in this “New Year” and I hope everyone slept in just like me and are just rolling out of bed now… This is the calendar time for you all to manifest great things for yourselves, family and friends and then when the real new cycle begins that’s the time to make sure you are on point and make the necessary adjustments for yourself. 😉 Let’s start off happy and continue to do what pleases us for the rest of the year and farther. If it doesn’t make you happy, make a change. Live your life, life is for living and being happy, it feels good. Everyone have a new years drink for me, Cheers!”

I will be sharing with you all my newest journey of motherhood again, along with all the other great things that 2013 will be bringing.

PEACE Queen Cee

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Bitch, Woman, Lady … Thanks Lupe

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Here’s a GREAT example of youts and grown people getting positive, thought provoking, REAL messages through a genre of music they like, using some words they have heard many times over but in this case used to paint a realistic picture.  Did you get the message???  Since they are listening to some music referring to women as bitches anyways, why not let them listen to this song where they will actually get some knowledge out of it and an understanding of the affects of the English language and certain terminologies when used around youts, who will then grow up thinking and believing that the fantasy norm is their reality, when in actual fact they have the right choose to separate the two and pull out what is actually real and what is detrimental to their emotional health, thought process and self-esteem.

“BITCH BAD, WOMAN GOOD, LADY BETTER, HEY MISUNDERSTOOD”

Thank You Lupe.

 

 

 

Positive Energy Goes A Long

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I was sending a message back to a wonderful woman and friend this morning and as I was typing, and thinking and typing my thoughts out, I thought I would share this part:

“I feel that we as people should not assume that people know they are great or assume that they know how and who’s lives they have touched, but it is important to send out those thoughts whenever we can to people who have impacted our lives in whatever way big or small; every positive connection is just as important as the next. I also believe we can add more happiness to people’s lives when we show them personally how much they are appreciated and thought about and understood and that we witness their positive ways, without needing a response. The positive emotions we evoke everyday affects anyone we come in contact with directly or indirectly through someone else we have affected. I’m at a very positive place in my life and I want to make sure I share that energy with others around me and those that need it, to add to their pot of love. Everyone needs a refill at different points in their lives, most points we would not be aware of, so if we continue the cycle no one will be without.”

P.E.A.C.E! – Positive Energy Allows Collective Elevation!

Queen Cee

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