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I see that you have a brand and that you are doing great works with your website and public outreach. However, I was introduced to you today via HARO , asking for “Dangerous Black Women”. It made my heart sink because the media portrays black women as trouble makers, problems and such. And, if you look at the scale of how people view human beings, they often equate black women as the lowest form. This is what I gather from many years of women’s and equality studies, including black history, racism, abelism, capitalism, Islam, Judaism, et al. It is obvious that you put a lot of time and thought into your work and I don’t want to take that away from you, but please consider what I have said because on the top of the pile seem to be white men, on the bottom – black women, where women that are middle eastern or Asian are seemingly above us and treated better. So as far as your brand goes, I am going to be candid and ask you to consider changing it because you are so talented and put a lot of thought to everything you do. It’s just that the continued consequences of how the media portrays black women make things worse not better.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.

Best, Christine

Aside from the fact that Christine does not understand the context in which I use the word “Dangerous” and she didn’t bother to do any further research before sending the above message, she has some great points and speaks the truth. Black women are portrayed negatively more often than not in media and in the world in general and as a Black woman running a media network I am going to continue to help change the perception to a realistic one.

The Dangerous Lee News & Entertainment Network will feature Black women, like you, from all over the world that want to share their stories of success and struggle.

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Dangerous Lee’s Top 10 Picks of September 2013

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  1. God Fearing Men Want Sex Too!

  2. Why I’ve Slept With White Men And Will Do It Again

  3. Dangerous Lee Interview: Comedian – Kris Shaw

  4. Book Spotlight: Dana Ellington Myles – Diva

  5. #KeepitDangerous! Moment: Princess Diana

  6. #KeepitDangerous! Moment: Wonder Woman

  7. Why Are Celebrities Still Afraid Of Coming Out?

  8. 9 Vitamins That Help Your Body Fight Diseases

  9. 7 Things You Really Need To Stop Doing

  10. 5 People Who Have Changed The Course Of 2013

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  • Dangerous Lee’s Top 10 Picks of May 2013 (dangerouslee.biz)
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Women's History Month Spotlight: Donna Mae DePola – Founder

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Name and Occupation?

Donna Mae DePola, Founder The Resource Training Center and The Resource Counseling Center


What do you love most about being a woman?
What I love most about being a woman, is that women can be ourselves at all times.  Our emotional being and feelings.  We are caretakers and women tend to fix things within other people’s hearts.  

What do you hate about being a woman?

That sometimes women don’t protect and respect each other.  Women can be overly critical about one another and judge women by the way they talk, dress or behave, rather than defend their right to do so.

Who or what influences you?

Besides, Oprah?  Powerful women who have made it in life, who may have struggled or may have been victims.  It is so wonderful to see a person who has been troubled, overcome their demons & come out of the shadows to helps others.  

Tell us something about you that would surprise us:

That in spite of my life I hold no animosity, nor am I a victim, but a survivor.  I don’t blame others for what I am responsible for, and take responsibility for my own life. I hope to continue to live by power of example for others who have survived what I have survived. 

 

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Sheela Sheena Langeberg – Multi Disciplinary Artist & Small Business Owner

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Name and Occupation?

Sheela Sheena Langeberg – A Multi Disciplinary Artist & Small Business Owner

What do you love most about being a woman?

I love being a woman because there’s nothing like it in the whole wide world. The fact that there’s this special beauty and humbleness that’s only granted to women, being it either physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually is really amazing! To me, being a woman means having a lot of abilities, cleverness, smartness, sharpness and swiftness.

Women are sacred. They have this power that’s only associated with their gender that can never be copied or altered. Women can be gentle and vulnerable and yet, they have an incredible strength, patience and tolerance. They are quick thinkers and multitaskers. Women are wise, sensitive and at times dangerous. To be able to carry a life inside you and give birth to another human being and be part of God’s all creation’s scheme is pretty magical!

I’m never attracted to women romantically, but I think women are sexy and attractive. My mother and the women in her family for example, are incredibly sexy and attractive. l love being a woman because womanhood is captivating, hilariously entertaining and spellbinding. As a woman I’m intuitive and connected to things and situations around me for most of the time. I’m also connected to the planets as well as the cosmos. I’m a woman, mother, sister and friend. I’m a leader, happy and free.

What do you hate about being a woman?

If I had power or an alternative, I’d abolish the monthly periods. I hate having them every month!

Who or what influences you?

I’m very much influenced by my mighty mother and the village women.

Tell us something about you that would surprise us: 

Some people think I’m extraordinaire. Some say I’m a genius. I have to just laugh.

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Sara-Jane Brocklehurst – Diversity Consultant

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Name and Occupation:

Sara-Jane Brocklehurst , Self-employed as a Consultant specializing in diversity but spent the last two years being a modern day explorer traveling the world

 

What do you love about being a woman?

I love being strong and fearless but soft and feminine. I love being nurturing and caring and being able to give someone lots of love. I love my female body and how well it has held up to the test of time.

 

What do you hate about being a woman?

I hate the gender biases that occur from an occupational standpoint. I hate that people expect that you should have children just because you can. I hate that the media makes us feel bad about getting wrinkles and aging gracefully and that we are no good to anyone as we age since society seems to value young women over older women.

 

Something about you that would shock people?

That I spent 5 years building my own house – 80% all on my own – swinging the hammer myself. But did it in style wearing pearls the whole time! 🙂 I also have shocked people when I tell them how I survived being crushed by a log which broke 10 ribs, punctured a lung, blew out my knee and dislocated my clavicle – but fully recovered and am as strong as before!

You can find out more about me from the blog I have kept since I started traveling the world at www.sarajanespersonalodyssey.ca

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Vannessa Wade – PR Specialist

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Name and Occupation:
Vannessa Wade PR Specialist

What do you love about being a woman?
The ability to multitask and inspire women to be bold and fierce while still being a woman. The undeniable mark I get to make in the community and business world while juggling three or four other things.

What do you hate about being a woman?
I think it falls under the way women are portrayed as either helpless, needy, sex object or a hard nose. In reality women know how to stick together and how to get things going. We aren’t always at one another throats and we certainly know how to support one another visions. Despite what is shown on TV and in songs we don’t all behave the same way.

Who influences you?
People who decide to live their lives without regret. Women and men who see opportunities and help others reach their goals.I am influenced by women who have been knocked down, stepped on and still made a choice to get up and receive the good that life has to offer. Those who have the courage to start over even when it is embarrassing. I am influenced by women who own who they are and are happy in their own skin.

Something about you that would surprise people?
I know the lyrics to Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems by Biggie and Diddy.

Anything else you`d like to add?
It is time for sisterhood! Not constant fights and I am better than you type of shows. But real and transparent relationships. My best friends have seen me at my best ( money, clothing, etc) and my worse (extreme sickness and depression) they respect me and boost me up even on my worst day.

Also, in in 2010 I had a major Sickle Cell Crisis that nearly resulted in death. I was unable to walk for weeks and the crisis did extensive damage to the nerves in my legs. As women we have to accept life as it happens and learn to adjust without losing faith in ourselves. Now, I share my stories with students and others about how to bonce back when life does not play out the way we think it should.

www.connectthedotspr.com

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Women's History Month Spotlight: Jenny Lynn Anderson – Author & Inspirational Speaker

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Name and Occupation:
Jenny Lynn Anderson Author and Inspirational Speaker “Room 939: 15 Minutes of Horror, 20 Years of Healing”

What do you love about being a woman?
Women are smart. We use our brains. We are resourceful, creative and can multi-task.

What do you hate about being a woman?
I hate that women are vulnerable and are violated. I was sexually assaulted and robbed at knifepoint while on a business trip in a downtown Atlanta hotel. I now speak to any audience who might learn from my horrific experience.

Who influences you?
My mother, Judge Faye Sanders Martin, influenced me most. She was a pioneer in law in Georgia–the first woman lawyer in Bulloch County and the first woman in the state of Georgia to be appointed Superior Court Judge by a Governor. I like Oprah too. I tend to like any woman who has overcome the odds and come out on the other side a powerful person.

Something about you that would surprise people?
I can cook peas, corn, rice, roast beef and gravy in 30 minutes. I can cook under pressure because I own a pressure cooker.

Anything else you`d like to add?
I am a survivor. I want to be a voice to end violence against women. I want to be a voice for those who cannot break their silence. I want to use my voice to help save lifes.

www.jennylynnanderson.com

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Black History Month Spotlight: Alisha Somer – Writer, Editor & Publisher

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What do you love most about being a Black woman?
I love the color of my skin and the kinkiness of my hair. I love how we hold so much mystery: everyone wants to know our secrets. I love the strength we possess and our ability to build and uplift a community.

Who or what inspires you most?
The women who contribute to the magazine who have the courage to share their art and their trust in me to showcase it inspire me so much.

My children’s energy, their big dreams, and their unwavering belief that anything and everything is possible–that inspires me!

Advice for Black men and women?
Sometimes you need to leap before you look. When I started my magazine I didn’t have a 5 year plan or any capital, but I believed in my dream and I took a risk. If you want to do big things, you have to take big risks.

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What are you working on that we need to check out?
I am currently gathering submissions and laying out the next issue of BLACKBERRY: a magazine, a literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. This is my way of giving a voice to those who would otherwise be silent. I hope to continue to expose readers to the diversity of the black women’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in mainstream and independent literary markets.

Where can we find you online?
You can find my writing at http://www.alishasommer.com

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Black History Month Spotlight: Tanisha Ward – Classical Singer & Realtor

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Name and Occupation:

Tanisha Ward, Classical Singer & Realtor

What do you love most about being a Black woman?

I LOVE how strong we are,  our spirits are not “easily broken,” we’re very independent and we have depth and soulfulness about us.  Last, but not least…WE ARE BEAUTIFUL AND “WE ROCK!”

Who or what inspires you most?  

My mother inspires me most.  She was always my biggest supporter and she loved education and music and she never really got to learn and enjoy these things as she wanted because of life.  She was the oldest of her siblings and she had to help raise them, her own children and even a few grand-children.  I’m doing what I know she wanted me to do for the both of us.

Advice for Black men and women? 

Black men and women need to respect each other more.  What do I mean by that?  Somewhere along the line Black men have lost respect for Black women.  I believe a lot of it has to do with our music (lyrics about black women), our sex-crazed society and lack of education.  Men, not just black, respect a woman more if she can think for herself and will NOT let him run over her and treat her any kind of way.  She commands respect and if she feels she’s not getting that, she can walk away without hesitation.  I’m not saying education is the “cure-all” for our problems in the Black community, but it is a confidence booster and let’s her know “Yes, you are smart enough to do whatever you want!”

What are you working on that we need to check out?  

I’m presently working on an initiative for kids to celebrate and bring awareness to classical music.  I’m also working with some songwriters on some original pieces for an upcoming project to showcase my sound that I’ve coined as “operatic-soul,” a blend of traditional R&B with an operatic twist.

Where can we find you online?  

  • soundcloud.com/OperaticSoul
  • Facebook.com/SongstressTanishaWard (fan page),
  • myspace.com/operatic_soul
  • twitter.com/operaticsoul

 

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Black History Month Spotlight: Shekinah Monee – Brand Strategist & Beauty Queen

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Name and occupation?
Shekinah Monee, Brand Strategist and Beauty Queen

What do you love most about being a Black woman?
I love that there is so much history behind my eyes, and every day I get to learn something new about myself.

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired daily by the memory of my Grandmother. She raised seven kids on a tight budget and little help, but did so successfully. She always taught me to push on no matter what, and that gives me strength. Her story is my daily inspiration.

What advice do you have for other Black women or men?
I think it so important to know as much as you can about yourself and your history. I am a firm believer that you need to know where you come from to know where you are going.

My business website: www.shekinahmonee.wix.com/brandvision.

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