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Beloved Toni Morrison leaves a legacy of language and power.

It’s appropriate that I fell madly, deeply in love with Toni Morrison’s mastery of language while attending Howard University. Maybe it was because I was sitting in classrooms or walking in spaces she’d walked before me, but somehow her words took on a life all of their own. They were the same words I’d read many times before. Words that I myself had used with audacity in my little sentences thinking myself a writer, and hilariously a poet. On Howard’s campus Toni Morrison’s words vibrated with a rhythm and heartbeat of their own. Like their writer, they made absolutely no apology for being everything.

Are there words for our Beloved Toni Morrison? Is the English language expansive enough to truly explain and encompass her depth? It wasn’t when Maya Angelou, or Ruby Dee, Aretha, or countless others died.Toni Morrison made words move. She breathed life into them, and those words, her words moved our souls. I don’t have the ability to shape and pull the English language in her masterful way. This tribute is heartfelt, yet deeply inadequate because today language fails me.

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Who could’ve predicted the words Michelle Obama spoke in 2008 at the Democratic National Convention would again hold us captive? This time the inspiring speech was again met with loud applause and approval despite starring in the mini series that the Republican National Convention has become. It looked like we may have a return to an American version of Camelot. Then the bubble burst.  This election season has been wild, and unpredictable. But this? Not a single crystal ball was tuned into Melania Trump  standing at center stage of the Republican National Convention delivering the words that initially made us fall in love fall with Michelle Obama.
A lot can and has been said about the unfortunate turn of events that lead to Melania Trump borrowing part of her primetime speech from First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Mattell and Barbie reshape beauty ideas

I was never a Barbie kind of girl growing up. The iconic doll with her long golden hair and thin limbs just didn’t speak to me. Theoretically, I was opposed to everything I thought Barbie stood for.  The truth is I was never a doll type of girl but I might have been if I the new evolution of Barbie had been available when I was a kid.

The power of seeing a version of yourself that you can identify with can’t be undervalued. Grown women have been moved to tears since Mattel revealed the new Barbies.  Women are buying several versions of the doll to represent their many facets. At the launch, Mattel explained the reason Barbie had to evolve. “The new 2016 Barbie® Fashionistas® doll line includes four body types (the original and three new bodies), seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles and countless on-trend fashions and accessories. With added diversity and more variety in styles, fashions, shoes, and accessories, girls everywhere will have infinitely more ways to spark their imagination and play out their stories. Because with Barbie® You Can Be Anything!”

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