Why it’s hard to be human (or, how to let go of fear).

How do we do this thing, this act of being a human?

When being brave shows us the way.

BYOB Ms. Bettie photo by Landi Maduro

This past weekend, I presented the first Be Your Own Bettie (BYOB) workshop of 2019. Ten years ago, I was sitting with a dear friend from my book club and I told her my idea of wanting to do a workshop for women. She’s a photographer who also loves to design and decorate; she has a really great eye. In what felt like two seconds (or most likely, two or three meetings), she had a design concept and we were ready to go. The first workshop was a blast. Everything was pink…. Read More

When Change is Bigger Than You.

When I started the Brown Betties™ in 2004, I had an idea in mind. I wanted to create something that was about successful, positive, strong black women. During that time, black women in particular were sort of experiencing a social backlash…in the media and to the man on the street, we were seen as video hoe’s and neck poppin’ sassy pants who got really loud on the bus or at Walmart. While this woman exists, and I certainly know this woman, this woman wasn’t me. I don’t know how to snap my neck to… Read More