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S.W.I.F.T. Movement Mission Statement The S.W.I.F.T. Movement mission is to uplift the voices of women of African descent born and/or living in America by providing a safe space in which they can reclaim their voice and engage in self-exploration and self-expression through the use of creative writing, storytelling, art and performing arts. Black women have been overcoming the obstacles that seek to keep their voice and their existence silent—considering the messengers before the messages and challenging their intentions. Thus, allowing them to validate themselves instead of “[becoming] validated through other people” (Fordham, 1993, p.12). Self-validation amongst Black women is crucial for their identity development and self-expression as Black women. For Black women in America, it is more than vital to their survival that they start to create for themselves the images that they wish to see—that they tell the stories that are not being told. The images and stories that portray Black women in a degrading manner have to be addressed by Black women themselves. As Jones & Shorter-Gooden (2003) explains, “Black women have many means of self-expression, each with its own cadence and power” and “whether or not their words are heard by the masses or recorded in the ledgers of history, the unique “Blackspeak” so many Black women use to express themselves is closely tied to both their personal and their cultural identity” (p. 99). Clearly, Black women are the experts of their own experiences. Alice Walker (1983) highlights an important point in respects to Black women and expressing their voice. She states “we inherit a great responsibility as well, for we must give voice to centuries not only of silent bitterness and hate but also of neighborly kindness and sustaining love” (p. 21). Black women’s use of the platforms made available to them has made it possible for them to become aware of the environment around them and how it impacts their ability to self-explore, self-express and self-identify. In addition, it demonstrates the importance of Black women supporting other Black women in the journey to make sense of self as a woman of African descent born and/or living in America. Sources: Fordham, S. (1993). "Those loud black girls": (black) women, silence, and gender "Passing" In the academy. Anthropology & Education Quarterly, 24(1), 3-32. Jones, C., & Shorter-Gooden, K. (2003). Shifting : The double lives of black women in america (1st ed.). New York: HarperCollins. Walker, A. (1983). In search of our mothers' gardens : Womanist prose (1st Harvest/HBJ ed.). San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.

The S.W.I.F.T. Chronicles: July Newsletter Release!

The July edition of S.W.I.F.T Chronicles is here!

Happy Monday Folks!

This month’s edition is ready for your eyes to see. We have been working diligently to get this into your hands. This month’s theme is: Embracing Ourselves. The S.W.I.F.T. Sisters looking at where they are at in this moment. We have honored women in history and women in our personal lives. But this time around, we are looking within.

Right now, the times we are living in is very concerning. It is more important now more than ever to define who we are, shape our own identity and reclaim our truths. We are not sitting around and waiting for a biographer to write our stories. Instead we standing in our truths as the Autobiographers–the experts of our own experiences. We as Black/African American, Mixed, Caribbean, and Afro Latina women are telling our stories, authentically, in our own version and with our own style. Dear Boxes, you do not exist to us.

To find voice, is an ongoing process. To stand in truth, is an ongoing process. To embrace who we are without internalization, judgment and self-criticism, is an ongoing process. We accept the challenge. We know that if we do not tell our stories, we are at risk of self and spiritual suffocation. And to be real, that is something we as women of African descent cannot afford. We will no longer stand by and internalize what “society” thinks about who we should be and who they think we are.

We are embracing every inch of who we are and we are striving to do so with LOVE, FAITH and PATIENCE.

Enjoy this edition!

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The S.W.I.F.T. Chronicles: May Newsletter Release!

The May edition of S.W.I.F.T Chronicles is here!

In this issue we are honoring Black women who have made a significant impact in our lives. With Mother’s Day approaching, it is the perfect time to acknowledge these wonderful women who have paved a way for us.

In my thesis, Sister Writers Immersing Fully in Truth (S.W.I.F.T): Using Creative Writing to Reclaim Voice, Speak Truth, and Shape Identity as a Woman of African Descent Living in America, I express: “For Black women [in America], it is more than vital to their survival that they start to create for themselves the images that they wish to see—that they tell the stories that are not being told. The images and stories that portray Black women in a degrading manner have to be addressed by Black women themselves” (Lewis-Grimes, 2014, p. 16). I acknowledge further that, “Black women are the ones who possess the ability to educate other Black women on the importance of storytelling and its significant relevance to Black women’s self-identification process. By utilizing platforms to find voice, it provides an opportunity for Black women to not only tell their story but listen to the stories that have come before them and offers a chance for future generations to create the space they envision that allows them to self-express and self-identify” (Lewis-Grimes, 2014, p. 20)

The purpose of this newsletter is all about providing a platform in which we tell our own stories and give voice to experiences that we not only go through but also acknowledge the experiences of the women who paved the way for us. I hope you truly enjoy this issue of The S.W.I.F.T. Chronicles!

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Source: Lewis-Grimes, T. (2014). “Sister Writers Immersing Fully in Truth (S.W.I.F.T): Using Creative Writing to Reclaim Voice, Speak Truth, and Shape Identity as a Woman of African Descent Living in America”.

 

 

S.W.I.F.T. Movement Updates

What is going on wonderful people?

S.W.I.F.T. Sisters are working hard and gearing up for the release of the May newsletter! In this edition we will be honoring Black women who made an in significant impact in our lives. What better time than the month of May for this to arrive. Mother’s Day is all about recognizing women who are mothers and mother figures. We look forward to sharing with you the awesome works acknowledging amazing Black women.

Stay tuned!

American Idol Runner Up La’Porsha Renae Apologizes For ‘Homophobic’ Remark — GlobalSisterzMedia, LLC

Originally posted on Bossip: La’Porsha Renae Apologizes For “Homophobic” Remark La’Porsha Renae was in hot water for saying she didn’t “agree” with the “LGBT lifestyle” when asked for her two cents on Mississippi’s anti-LGBT bill. The American Idol runner-up is a Mississippi girl. Here’s what she said: “This is how I feel about the LGBT…

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#BlackGirlMagic: Single Mother Who Was Considered A ‘Special Needs’ Student Graduates Law School — GlobalSisterzMedia, LLC

Originally posted on HelloBeautiful: #tbt me and my baby girl💗 A photo posted by Melonie Wright (@meloniebygrace) on Mar 31, 2016 at 10:31am PDT We’re so proud of Melonie Wright! Her triumphant story is a lesson on the importance of never counting anyone out! Faith and determination can help you to overcome any setback. Melonie’s Instagram…

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The S.W.I.F.T. Chronicles Newsletter!

The day has arrived! Our first newsletter is here and ready to be shared with the masses!

In this issue we are honoring Black women in history who has made significant contributions through their work and inspired many with their courage and perseverance. The purpose of the newsletter is have young women of African descent write about stories and topics that are interesting to them. It is also to encourage writing and creative expression among Black, African American, Afro Latina, Mixed, Caribbean – young women of African descent – whose stories MATTER! We wanted to provide a brave space for these young women to share their perspectives and voices with others who look like them and those who acknowledge them as the experts of their own experience.

With lots of love, support and expertise, we are excited to have this and hope you are too!

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We are proud to introduce: The S.W.I.F.T. Chronicles!  

Click here! The S.W.I.F.T. Chronicles, March Edition

Newsletter Correction and Update: Myia X’s on Monica Moorehead article was originally featured at http://www.workers.org/wwp/our-campaign-candidates/