There was nothing simple about Josephine Baker, a.k.a. the ‘black pearl’. In her willingness to bare it all in Paris during the Jazz Age, she said:
“I wasn’t really naked. I just didn’t have any clothes on.”
Josephine spoke of her emotional nakedness and the shame she felt in racially segregated America. How much have things really changed in a world still bitterly engaged in war and countries that rest on conditional notions of freedom?
Welcome to another great week of WomanScape conversation a week of “Pearls of Love”. It’s going to be a favorite if you love these two legendary women, Josephine Baker and the extraordinary, Maya Angelou.
Week Ahead for Jan. 28th – Feb. 2nd
Monday, writer Yara Zgheib reveals Josephine’s uncompromising attitude and the civil rights movement in America that brought her back to march on Washington. Tuesday’s Art Card captures Josephine’s love of children – her “Rainbow Tribe”, believing that if many cultures and colors can live together, the world will know love and peace.
Wednesday, we meet writer and poet Maya Angelou. Her “Pulse of the Nation” poem resonates even louder today than it did when presented on January 20th, 1993 – Inauguration Day for the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton.
We learn more about Maya on Thursday, in a video reflection that speaks to Maya’s poignant understanding of the times and her warning about the dangerous pitfalls that could throw America off course.
Friday and Saturday have the scent of something “malicious”. This is the strange and unexpected story of love lost and love found took in the Malicious Women Candles company. It’s honors everyday warriors and is colorblind to those who struggle with mental health issues.
We know this all too well as we encourage you to visit our WomanScape Cares page and support military veterans struggling with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. Saturday, we’ll share another story about our brave military women that you won’t want to miss.
FB Live – Walking the Arctic with Rose
Last week Rose shared her adventure snowshoeing the Scenic Cave area along the Bruce Trail in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. In case you missed it, visit our WomanScape FB page. The temperatures were almost Arctic-worthy at -18 degrees for Rose’s practice session, but she’s hoping for more frigid air when she returns to Blue Mountain for the third team training session next week.
This late night snow-making photo is a white wave of beauty that’s just perfect for introducing our WS Facebook Question of the Week:
Josephine Baker was angry about segregation and Maya Angelou warns us not to be wedded to the past.
“What things make you feel most vulnerable, most emotionally insecure, about today and the future?”
Watch Rose in the SHE-SHED for FB Live today at 4 p.m. She’ll share her thoughts and take us through the geography of her journey to the Arctic and the Ashayuk Pass in Baffin Island.