This episode I interview Vanessa Maddox, CEO, of The Girlfriend Group, a networking organization geared towards empowerment of women both online and in the real world. Vanessa has also created a spin-off collective called Get A Girlfriend Hired, using the networking power of The Girlfriend Group. I have had the pleasure of knowing Vanessa for many years, starting with our college years at Clark College/Clark Atlanta University. She is an Afrofuturist who is committed to female empowerment, social justice, and socioeconomic and political enfranchisement for people of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, social classes, physical abilities, and sexual orientation. Our discussion will center on gender equity, opportunity, and empowerment through networking and technological advances.
Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin interviews Madrina Angelique, who “is initiated in the Palo tradition as Madre Nganga of Munanso Centella Ndoki Nyuyo Malongo Corta Lima Cordosa, initiated by Chief Ololele Afolabi, godson of Tata Antonio Ali. She is also initiated in Santeria as Iyalorisha of Ile Ori Yemaya, initiated by Baba Ogun Solu, godson of Chief Bolu Fantunmise of the Ifa Orisha Cultural Cener in Nigeria and Atlanta. Born and raised in rural Georgia, she has immersed herself in the study and practice of traditional southern hoodoo since childhood.” From RootMamaConjure.com
It gets worse, folks. Do your homework on the history of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1920), and on the ongoing battle to dismantle full political enfranchisement of American women in the United States. Ignore the issues at your own risk.
Check it out, sisters and brothers, and don’t tune out what’s been thrown in our faces. Too much is at stake.
Many have said the war on women doesn’t exist, that it’s a ploy by the left to demonize Republicans. But what have we seen since they took over the house and stormed state legislatures across the country in 2010?
We’ve seen no comprehensive jobs bills, no bills drafted to try to stabilize the economy or rein in the criminal excesses of Wall Street and the banking worlds; we’ve witnessed continued, unrelenting obstructionism…
And we’ve seen the passage of an unprecedented number of bills meant to limit women’s access to health care and abortion services, which, may I remind you, remains legal in the United States of America. By the end of 2011, 135 pieces of legislation had been passed out of 1100 introduced, and in 2012 alone over 30 new provisions or measures have already been enacted out of 944 bills introduced.
This essay does more than eulogize Dr. White–it provides readers with a clear understanding and context with regard to the significance of her work. It also serves as a sad reminder to all of us of the reality of our existence as being temporary, despite the importance of the work we produce for the collective, however compelling. May she rest in peace and join the Ancestors in Paradise as they watch over us the living.