Black Women Making History: Making An Impact

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It’s Women’s History Month! And this year, I’m celebrating by sharing a few dope ass women whose work I love and who I feel are doing amazing things. This week’s focus is on women, in general, who are simply doing some amazing ish (in my opinion):

Trelani Michelle tells the life stories of our elders online and with her book “Krak Teet,” and she supports girls and women in being free with her books “Women Who Ain’t Afraid to Curse When Communicating With God” and “Girls Who Ain’t Afraid to Curse When Communicating With God.” Additionally, as a writer and editor, Trelani has helped over 1,500 people showcase their personal stories through memoirs, poetry, podcasts and visual art.

Toya Moore is the founder of NProgress Consulting and Wellness OM the Go which provides lifestyle management that comes to you (with her mobile studio) including yoga, wellness coaching, nutrition education, fitness and more.

Latoya Dixon Smith is an engineer turned boudoir and wedding photographer. Clients love her relaxed approach to photography, and her top goal is to make them feel comfortable. Latoya is also the founder of Greenville Boudoir, a high-vibe, body positive  empowering boudoir studio in Greenville, SC.

Cheyenne, also known as Kamilah KaMaat, is an intuitive spiritual advisor, certified yoga instructor, intuitive doula, Kemetic reiki practitioner, certified life coach and founder of Sankofa House Savannah LLC. This “LIGHThouse of the Community” celebrates African spirituality and Native American roots, and there, she welcomes all who are on a mission to begin again by reconnecting with their true Self.

Akilah S. Richards is passionate about mindful partnerships and conscious parenting and uses audio and written mediums to amplify the ways that unschooling in particular serves as healing grounds and liberation work for Black, Indigenous/Native and People of Color Communities. She is also the author of “Raising Free People: Unschooling as Liberation and Healing Work” and host of Fare of the Free Child Podcast.

Itiel McVay is the founder of Smell Good Spa which cares for humanity through the well-being of women and provides products for those who love to live good, feel good and smell good, wholesomely. Itiel’s whole self is given with each and every creation, and her heart calls for those devoted wives, loving mothers, and conscientious women committed to the practice of actually living their wholeness as well.

Are you a woman making an impact or know of one? Comment below!

Black Women Making History: For The Spirit


Black Mom's Guide to Calm

It’s Women’s History Month! And this year, I’m celebrating by sharing a few dope ass women whose work I love and who I feel are doing amazing things. This week’s focus is on women who help us with our spiritual selves and lives.

Nicole Purdessy is the creator of Beautiful Bru which is committed to creating high-frequency tools to assist you in securing your sovereignty and becoming an essential part of your own magic. She assists us (myself included!) in understanding that we are the creators of our lives and destiny. Be on the lookout for new products coming to assist you in being the magic and owning your power.

Val Ashford is The Afro Buddha and a creator, writer and spiritual misfit. Val drops lots of gems on social media, and she recently re-started her Intuitive Tuesday where she pulls tarot cards for the public via her Facebook page.

Renae is Cocoa Kitten Bruja, an “advocate for empaths, shadow work and self-love.” She also creates high-vibrational art and products and offers divination through tarot and oracle cards (I highly recommend her readings).  Renae also has a new series on her YouTube, Money Mondays.

SoulScribe Omaria is a Creative SoulPreneur and Spiritual Lifestyle Consultant helping her clients take their Divine Cosmic Blueprint and natural talents to know their supreme purpose and manifest their goals. She also handcrafts custom gemstone bracelets so you look good and feel good at the same time.

“Where there is a woman there is magic.” – Ntozake Shange 

10 Black Women Who Can Help You Find Your Calm

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If you’re reading this, you’re probably already aware of the resources provided here at Black Mom’s Guide to Calm that help you find your calm (if you’re not, click here and here). And of course, I’m not the only one who can guide you; there are some other dope ass Black women out here provide products, services, and resources to make sure we’re calm, centered, cared for, and mentally well.

In honor of Black History Month, here are 10 Black women who can help you find your calm:

1. Dianne Bondy is a celebrated yoga teacher, social justice activist, and leading voice of the Yoga For All Movement. With over 1,000 hours of training, she helps her students find freedom, self-expression, and radical self-love in their yoga practice. Dianne shares her message and provides millions of followers with affordable access to online yoga classes, workshops, and tutorials at her virtual studio:

2. Itiel McVay is the founder and owner of Smell Good Spa, purveyors of fine fragrance oils and hand-dipped incense sticks that blend creativity and wholesome ingredients together. It is the company’s belief that a whole woman deserves wholesome products; therefore, each raw-ingredient based bath, body, and home fragrance product can be customized with their signature scents, creating an aromatic spa-at-home experience for the woman who loves to live good, feel good, and smell good.

3. As The Body Relationship Coach™, Ivy Felicia helps people build a loving relationship with body and self. She is passionate about helping individuals learn to embrace the bodies they have right now and supporting them in learning to love themselves no matter what. Through her brand, Me, My Body, and Love, Ivy promotes body peace and provides empowerment, education, and encouragement for those who seek to embrace a body positive lifestyle by loving their own bodies and extending the same love and acceptance to others.

4. Created by Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed psychologist in Georgia, Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. Because the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy prevent Black women from taking the steps to see a therapist, Dr. Joy developed her blog to present mental health topics in a way that feels more accessible and relevant. Her primary areas of interest include break up and divorce recovery, depression, work-life balance, relationship skills, and self-esteem improvement.

5. Dr. Nadia Richardson is the founder of No More Martyrs, a mental health awareness campaign committed to building an online community of support for Black women with mental health concerns. By bringing together organizations from across the country that focus on the holistic wellness of Black women, the campaign serves as a clearinghouse of resources for living successfully with mental health concerns as well as virtual support for Black women who believe they are facing these issues alone.

6. Founded by Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum, the Life Balance and Wellness Institute, Inc. (formerly the Black Women’s Life Balance and Wellness Conference) supports Black women in their quest to live well and thrive. Their mission is to provide evidence-based tools and facilitate dynamic, creative relationships that support women in achieving and maintaining optimal wellness in all areas of life including physical, financial, spiritual, occupational, social, and emotional.

7. Suntia Smith, MSW,LISW-CP, is a licensed clinical social worker and therapist based in Greenville, SC. She uses proven emotion-focused techniques and cognitive behavioral methodologies to help her clients deal with everyday life and relationship struggles better. By taking a positive, proactive, and practical approach to emotional well-being, Suntia teaches others how to develop a stronger sense of self, so they can love deeper and live lighter.

8. Created by Tara Pringle Jefferson, the Bloom Beautifully Box hits women’s doorsteps every eight weeks, full of self-care goodies in the following categories: beauty, health/wellness, and personal development. Tara created the box because she knows just how difficult it can be for women to focus on themselves during the years where their time and attention is often required by someone else — their boss, their children, their family. She wants each box to feel like a deep exhale, a fresh reminder that while you are many things — an entrepreneur, a stay-at-home mom, a student– you are still you underneath it all.

9. Tracey Coretta Ferdinand is a writer and certified 200 hour vinyasa yoga teacher. Her writing inspires lifestyle transformations guided by self-love and self-care, and her mission is to encourage women and girls of color to live vibrant and healthy lives by exploring creative wellness practices.

10. Vernetta R. Freeney is the creator and producer of the podcast “A Toast to Truths” and founder of The Truth Confidant™, a training firm specializing in teaching mental detox as a way to increase your productivity and have peace each and every day of your life. Her assignment is to curb burnout for entrepreneurs, teachers, and corporate employees by teaching journaling as a daily mental detox to ensure productivity and creativity.