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“Change the changeable, accept the unchangeable, and remove yourself from the unacceptable—Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer.” – Denis Waitley While many of us are dealing with the aftermath of a barbarous, 576 day long U.S. presidential campaign, others are taking some time away to celebrate the five women that made American history yesterday; in a way that is completely unrelated to the presidential election. You’re welcome. Let’s join in on the celebration! Kamala Harris Kamala Harris,  California’s Attorney General, is the 2nd African-American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the U.S.. Senate. Ilhan Omar Ilhan Omar, former refugee, is the first Somali-American legislator, serving as State Representative for Minnesota.  Catherine Cortez Masto Catherine Cortez Masto, former…

Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, the brilliant DC artist J’Nell Jordan, will launch her new artistic project. The project, “Queen Things,” focuses on celebrating powerful women and uplifting young girls. There will be: 12 new original paintings, 4 Raffles/Prizes, Photo Corner, Networking, Drinks… & Tasty Treats Get your tickets here!!! You don’t want to miss it! See you there.  Stay Polished Pistil

‘Girls of all kinds can be beautiful – from the thin, plus-sized, short, very tall, ebony to porcelain-skinned; the quirky, clumsy, shy, outgoing and all in between. It’s not easy though because many people still put beauty into a confining, narrow box…Think outside of the box…Pledge that you will look in the mirror and find the unique beauty in you.’ Tyra Banks Now, here’s in interesting topic for Fashion Friday. To take a stand against anorexia and pro-anorexia companies, France bans the use of “ultra-thin” models. As a result of not abiding by these rules, an agency could face fines and jail time. What are you thoughts? Agree/disagree? Believe if there should be a ban against ultra-thin, should there also be one against ultra-large? Or does there just need to be an overall acceptance of all shapes and sizes? Comment below!! Read More: Stay Polished, Pistil MDonyel

Unable to recall today’s date or even the current year,  Barbara Smith says, “Things like that make me very sad.” Designer, author, “iconic restaurateur,”  former TV Host, and model meets with CBS News yesterday to discuss her battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Many of us know her as one of the first African American women place on the Mademoiselle cover, as the former owner of “B.Smith’s”  restaurant in Washington DC’s Union Station and current owner in New York,  or as the author of a number of cook books. “I think the future is going to be fine. I’m going to my best to make it work out for me and as many people as I could possibly help too.” The interview in the video above gives a brief insight into how she learned about her disease, how it is effecting her now, and where she see’s herself in the future.  

(April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) There are no words —-Maya Angelou’s devotion to the Arts, to God, herself, and to others…incredible. No adjective suitable enough, no language  descriptive enough—so many lives  impacted, so many stories determined to push on because of her words, actions, and fearlessness.  I am thankful to have been alive during such a time—what a WOMAN, speaker, encourager, fighter, writer, and lover of all things worth loving. Thank you Maya for sharing your many gifts. Your mental strength, beauty, talent and devotion is unmatched. We love you, our Beautiful Christian Sister. Here’s one our favorites. Share yours below! Still I Rise Maya Angelou, 1928 You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? ‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells…

Annie Trailer 2014 Directed by Will Gluck and produced by Will Smith and rapper Jay-Z, Annie  is expected to be released Christmas 2014. A beloved story that has been told twice before is being told yet again! This time with a slightly different plot and new characters (Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie,  Jamie Foxx as Benjamin Stacks -“Daddy Warbucks”, and Cameron Diaz as Ms. Hannigan).  A new Annie to fall in love with all over again. Annie Personally, we are thrilled! Check out the trailer above!