I happened across the Billboard Music Awards while chatting with a friend about a woman who had lost her way loving another from her past. This woman’s love stemmed from the days she should have been discovering herself and marital bliss transpired soon after college. After their honeymoon, her love told her he no longer wanted her but another similar to himself. After an unwanted divorce, this woman committed to another to assimilate to the status quo. Soon thereafter, the woman produced two children in this arranged union only to dissolve it once her “true love” sought her out years later. After the marriage to her “true love,” she quickly bore children to her closeted true love to find herself quickly rejected and dejected, similar to a worn, used and abused shoe. My friend did not understand how this seemingly career-minded, successful woman had lost her way. During our conversation, I commented that sometimes women have to assess their value and believe in they were designed for a specific purpose to control their destiny. I understood this woman’s predicament as I too had given my sacred heart of existence (“SHOE”) to others without their commitment, their sacrifice and despite being told they merely wanted to use my shoe for a moment. Soon after our conversation about losing one’s shoes, the Nicki Minaj debacle was aired on national television. Wide-mouthed and confused, I watched a woman who had gone from where she once came to becoming a seemingly successful woman who possessed money, pop culture respect and a platform for change. Instead, Minaj allowed her shoe to be used as a $2.00 replaceable object. My inner diva did not judge her, but wondered who, if anyone, served as Minaj’s mentor, her coach, her spiritual advisor. In the alternative, I wondered if Minaj had modeled her career from the media archetype of hearsay, epitaphs and racism (“HER”). Our future generation of women and girls deserve more than the status quo of HER. Women Empowered (“WE”) need galvanize for change as one heart, one breath and one body one moment at a time. Are WE committed enough for change?
Toni Moore, Esq.
Toni is an attorney and business coach who is committed to helping women uplevel their success.
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