The Community (Jocelyn Hinton)

I pray for my peers and my elders
And the children going to school to learn the basics
And the unborn for my own.

I haven’t had the dreams of becoming the mother I once wanted to be
But I always have the goals of reaching lost souls.
How? You may ask me but never fully know
It’s my peers, elders, children and the unborn we still have left.

I have always had this caring heart. I’ve been told by the non factors to my life that I was selfish but just like me at that same time, they weren’t seeing the bigger picture.

So I ask myself time and time again
Jocelyn why must you have the heart God carries you in?
Patience.
It’s not about finding love
Or being the guidance to love
But loving yourself that is the key.

You wonder why you cry inside
Because you haven’t dug deep
In your heart.
Haven’t dug deep in your soul.
You gotta understand that people will respect you when they see how much you respect yourself.
Go around saying God bless but when’s the last time you prayed for yourself?

It’s my peers, elders, children and the unborn we still have left
We as a black community need to come together and teach to the lost souls and preach to the loved ones and not shoot to kill and laugh because of trickery.

Raise one another up to see the fire God has put in every single one of us.
Know that no matter what you go through he’s going to love you where you’re at.

Because it’s my peers, elders, children and the unborn we still have left.

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Dark Skin, RED Lip

One day last week I was on Twitter and saw something that said “every black person on Twitter needs to rt this at least once, RIP queen, you won’t be forgotten.” In the photo below that text there were two pictures of Miss. Karyn Washington with a caption that read, “Karyn Washington, founder of ‘For Brown Girls’ and the ‘Dark Skin, Red Lips’ project has died at the tender age of 22. And this was not a natural death. This was an apparent suicide. Karyn, who dedicated herself to the uplifting of dark-skinned black girls and women, and worked so hard that they would have a sense of well-being, was struggling with depression and mental illness, and was unable to extend the love she gave to others to herself.” *Eyerolls to the second part of their caption.*

Immediately after reading this tweet I began to look up For Brown Girls and Karyn Washington. The first piece of information I found was an article that featured a video from one of her closest friends. Her friend talked about how loving and sweet Karyn was. She also confirmed Karyn’s death was not caused by self hate or “not extending the love she gave to others to herself.” Karyn’s mother passed away from cancer which seems to have had a major impact on her. (If you are struggling with any suicidal thoughts please call the national hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255 or reach out to me. It doesn’t matter if you know me or not, we can talk.) Articles on her death were posted everywhere I tried to search for For Brown Girls. Rumors and people being plain nasty should not overshadow the great work Karyn did!

I want to celebrate her life and everything she did because that work made a way for myself and others with similar missions! Karyn’s work inspires me. I would be grateful to have even half of the impact she had on black females.

The mission of FBG posted on their tumblr page is “www.forbrowngirls.com, an organization dedicated to celebrating the darker shades of brown while combatting colorism” (Colorism is described as “prejudice or discrimination against individuals with a dark skin tone, typically among people of the same ethnic or racial group.” – Google Dictionary.) “and promoting self love! FBG was founded in 2011 by Karyn Washington.” It looks like the website is now owned by someone else but I would still encourage everyone to check out http://forbrowngirls.tumblr.com/!

Karyn Washington, Founder of FBG and The #DarkSkinRedLips Project

The mission the #DarkSkinRedLip Project posted on their tumblr page is “Breaking Barriers and Building Confidence!” is the tag-line of ForBrownGirls’ latest ongoing online campaign that invites women with darker skin complexions to submit and showcase a photo of them rocking a red lip (www.darkskinredlip.com). Since April, the organization has been promoting this project through social media and word of mouth to help put an end to the notion that women of a darker hue don’t look attractive wearing bright colors, in particular, red lipstick. Along with abolishing that stigma, the project will serve as inspiration to any girl or woman who have given into this stereotype and shied away from wearing a red lip. In viewing such images, a darker skinned girl who is hesitant to try a red lip will find the confidence to step out of her comfort zone, disregarding the opinion of anyone else. The project has received much support and we look forward to reaching our goal of having 1,000+ women participate.” Find more at http://darkskinredlip.tumblr.com/!

Love the skin you’re in. I don’t care what anyone says about you, you are beautiful. (Read our Beauty Quotes post!) In order to continue Karyn’s efforts I encourage everyone to post a photo of themselves wearing their favorite red lipstick or saying why you love your skin tone.

Warrick Dunn: Football and Philanthropy

“Because I have been able to build a reputation as a talented player, I have been able to build futures. Because I am able to play, I am able to make a difference. Because I have been blessed with a talent, I also have been given a responsibility.” – Warrick Dunn.

These words are from an ex all-pro NFL player who took philanthropy to another level. Yes, most athletes do have charities but they do not always put much time and love into them.

Dunn’s service has a purpose. His mother’s murder inspired him to keep her dream alive through others. Her dream was to own a home as a single parent. Homes for the Holidays has helped 147 families find homes.

“Betty’s Hope empowers youth to manage grief using education, tools and resources… Loss includes death, divorce, deployment, incarceration, natural disaster, illness and relocation or significant changes in a youth’s life.” This program has been implemented in 23 schools!

Warrick Dunn is also one of the founders of Athletes for Hope. This organization “helps professional athletes and the community develop their passion for philanthropy.”

All quoted information has been retrieved from http://www.wdc.org/about-us/ and http://www.warrickdunn.com/bio.html. Everyone is encouraged to visit these sites.

Thank you, Mr. Dunn for your service!

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Cocoa Queens is a blog I started in December of 2015 to inspire, educate, and uplift all of the beautiful brown queens around the world. Heirs To the Righteous Throne is a blog I started in 2014 that documents what I have and am still learning through this life journey.  Today they become one. Enjoy videos, stories, lessons, and more through this dynamic duo!