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Mahogany Keys: The Complex Image of the African American Woman part 7

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Interview with Linda Braggs Director/Owner of Serenity for Life Sober Living in Arizona An Arizona native, Linda Braggs is a writer, motivational speaker and creator of Serenity for Life Sober Living. She spent her childhood in Arizona and California and as a young woman she was soon acquainted with the destructive force of addiction that held her in its horrible grip for fifteen years.A mother of four children, grandmother, sister, daughter and aunt, she found relief in God and his Love and then turned to help others, bringing hope into their lives.She is currently working on a book titled, Colors of Addiction. Oana: What is the importance of the family in your life?Linda: The importance lies in unconditional understanding or at least a constant pursuit to understand it. It's loving each other wisely. I want to leave more than a memory for my family. Family means loving them, knowing the worst...
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Mahogany Keys: The Complex Image of the African American Woman part 4


                                                 Interview with Lemelia Johnson Bonner – writer Lemelia Bonner is a novice writer of creative fiction and non-fiction, and a professional mother. She lives with her teen daughter, son, and a few feline companions in Winston-Salem North Carolina. Her musings on spirituality and the paranormal can be found on her blog, The Chocolate E-Clair on Blogger. She also contributes to the Gather.com writers' network as busimama. Lemelia is a 1979 graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy. She attended North Carolina State University’s School of Design, and is currently pursuing a degree in Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. She chose to preface her interview with the following fragment, Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides        and gravity, We shall harness for God the energies of love, And then, for...
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Mahogany Keys: The Complex Image of the African American Woman

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When I started this series of interviews many cautioned me that black people would not want to talk to me. Wrong. As a matter of fact, after I started sending out emails, expressing my intentions to write about these issues, the positive response was overwhelming. To be honest, people of color talked to me a long time ago, in various workplace settings. I remember vividly one lady who was a nurse and who told me -- wiping her tears -- that she was refused work because some would not accept a black woman as a caregiver. Or, when we were showing puppies, I was asked by a visibly embarrassed woman if her biracial child was allowed to play with them. Many similar scenarios have haunted me for years. Black people talk to me every day, sometimes expressing themselves non-verbally. Actually, some of this “everyday” stuff is so heavy that I wonder...
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CARESSED BY CANCER OR HUGGED BY BLEACH?


“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” “Beauty without virtue is like a rose without scent.” “When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with another.” The bread and lily one is, supposedly, a Chinese import of wisdom. Chinese or not, it prompts me to ask myself and other women a simple question: what would you spend your penny on? Assuming that you will go for bread and beauty like most of us, simple females, it all depends on your culture and…hmmm… race. To make your choices easier there are instructions on achieving beauty carefully crafted for YOU. I grew up in Europe, in the 70’s when the tanning craze was in full swing. My city was fairly close to the Black Sea, so almost every summer my mom her girlfriends and I would go to the seaside...
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