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The Four Mistakes Black Superwomen Make?!

Posted in Love and Relationships, Spirituality with tags , , , , , , on October 19, 2008 by Noli

Pastor Patrick Shaffer from Chicago’s City of Faith Christian Church is featured in the October/November 2008 issue of Being Single Magazine.  He’s a bit of an anomaly because he doesn’t preach abstinence only…he says that his congregation includes a lot of single women and that’s just not realistic with the amount of HIV/AIDs issues in the Black community.  Finally someone that is acknowleding what’s REALLY going on out here!  Regarding relationships, he says that there are four mistakes that most Black women make:

1.  We think that getting a man is the answer to all of our problems.

2.  We give up too much too soon (from sex…to money…to the key to our heart).

3.  We get involved with men that are not equally yoked and try to change them. (I’ve done this numerous times!)

4.  We have low self esteem and don’t see our own value, which leads to poor choices and relationship issues.

AMEN.  This brother knows what’s up.  I think that these are all things we have heard before, but hearing them coming from a pastor (and a young one at that) feels a little different.  I’d like to spend a Sunday morning at his church!  Check out Pastor Patrick’s blog at  []


1st Annual National Black Women’s Town Hall Meeting in DC

Posted in Community, Health and Wellness, Politics, Race and Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 13, 2008 by Noli
Photo courtesy of NYU Alumni Magazine

Photo courtesy of NYU Alumni Magazine

On Friday, July 11, 2008, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) held a Black Women’s Town Hall Meeting in their headquarters on Pennsylvania Avenue.  The purpose of the Town Hall Meeting was to put together the Black women’s agenda to be presented to the Democratic and Republican parties prior to the election.  Dorothy Height, the NCNW Chair and President Emerita, made the opening remarks, and the panels were laden with phenomenal women including Faye Wattleton (Center for the Advancement of Women), Dr. Julianne Malveaux (Bennett College), Daphne Valerius (produced “The Souls of Black Girls”), Sheryl Huggins Salomon (NiaPulse), Eleanor Hinton-Hoytt (Black Women’s Health Imperative), Dr. Jane Smith (Spelman College), Melanie Campbell (Natl Coalition on Black Civic Participation), Dr. Tricia Bent-Goodley (Howard University), and Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever (NCNW).  Blanche Williams, who does a talk show on XM Radio and has a book entitled “Greatness by Design,” was the moderator.  Barbara McKinzie, National President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., also accepted the Landmark of Greatness Award on behalf of her sorority.

The major issues discussed were the rise in AIDS among Black women, poverty, lack of healthcare, and the need for quality education….none of which were new, but the discussions proved beneficial for the purpose of creating the Black women’s agenda.  During the discussion of Black women’s issues of economics, Dr. Malveaux stated that since most Black women are trying to maintain households on their own in an economy where two incomes are necessary, economics will continue to be one of our primary issues.  Does everything come back to the decline of the Black family?!

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Posted in Community, Health and Wellness, Love and Relationships with tags , , , on February 7, 2008 by Noli


 February 7, 2008 is the 8th Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  The National Minority Aids Council’s hope is that it will “increase awareness, participation, and support for HIV prevention, care and treatment among African Americans.”

HIV/AIDS is severely affecting our community more than any other.  Half of all new HIV cases are African Americans.  African Americans are diagnosed with HIV at 10 times the rate of White Americans and 3 times the rate of Latino Americans.  It’s disproportionately affecting African American women, and has become one of the leading causes of death for sisters in the United States.  [See NMAC press release]

Black Superwomen…demand condoms, demand negative HIV tests, and get tested regularly.  You’re worth it.