But YO face though: Is that you Renee?

So Renee Zelleweger apparently has a new old face. And people have been taulmbout it all over the innanets and innerwebs… Some have been kind and some not so much.

Me, I’m like yeah maybe her young face no longer fit her not so young self, so she grew it up… Ultimately her it’s her face and though the change seems comparatively dramatic, IT IS HER FACE.

Maybe we just didn’t have the luxury of being there for the aging process and growing up with it because for real though, where has she been?

It was like watching a child being reintroduced to a soap opera, rapidly aged. It takes a minute to stop being all, “Weren’t you just 7? Now you’re 17…Oh,Ok din.”

Renee Zellweger face…

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Luvvie Ajayi/Awesomely Luvvie blogged about it… (click the link to read)

About Renee Zellweger’s New Face, Our Shock, and Folks Telling Us to STFU

And while I agree with the cultural implications she pointed out the fact is: IT IS HER FACE. And Kim’s (she ain’t Lil no mo.) face. And Nicki’s booty… And Vivaca’s face… And it was Michael’s face… to alter as they see fit…

And in this age of technology and freedoms some are invoking their right be to audibly and digitally share their shock and judgments with the world… And sometimes #ShadeHappens or #WigSnatchery or you might be #Dragged.

And you will put on your big girl or boy panties/pants/drawers and dealt with it… Because ultimately YOU ARE THE BOSS OF YOU!

My good friend the Lord-Erica was posting this awesomeness, right prior to the #ReneeFace trending… and Imma leave these right here…

YOU are the BOSS of YOUR FACE

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And your Body!

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AND YOUR SEXUALITY!!!

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photo creds: Carol Rosetti

images courtesy of : The Post Internazionale

You are the BOSS of YOU! And having  Agency means you can make the choices for you, YOUR FACE, YOUR HAIR, YOUR BODY, YOUR SEXUALITY, YOUR GENDER… And people may will judge, but YOU don’t have to care, right? Fuck ‘Em…

Because YOU ARE THE BOSS OF YOU! 

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Women’s Empowerment WINSday: Giovanni Dortch, Zenzile’s Way

imageGiovanni N. Dortch, when I first saw the name I aligned it with her iconic namesake. And I’ve found that it is a more than valid correlation. Giovanni, neé GioD is an Entrepreneur, Activist, Philanthropist, Womanist, Spiritualist, Mentor, and Coach, Scholar, Author, Pedagogue, Filmmaker, Domestic Goddess, Wife, Mother…

Giovanni Scholar

How she manages to find the time to be anything else while being in the dissertation stage of pursuing her Ph.D is beyond me… I can barely walk and blow bubbles at the same time… I kid, of course!

But she is, she is doing everything while completing her Ph.D in Sociology from the University of North Texas. Her work is focused on African Immigrants in the United States and Identity Formation and or Retention. How do they navigate the immigration process? What is it like being an immigrant of color? How do they identify or continue to identify? Is their identity defined by ethnicity, nationalism, or race? Very interesting work on navigating the process of immigrating and how it shapes identity… Although I’m not an immigrant, I am relative to more than a few and that whole process… Just whew! And identity, Listen Lindas and Lonnies! People of Color, don’t we know something about that identity…Or we learning.

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Giovanni, Scholar (photo credit: Quinn McGowan)

Giovanni Wife and Mother

And while she is in pursuit of her continued advancement in academia she continues to foster and model friendship, parenting, and love gracefully. Married for 2 ½ years to her best-friend and prom date (it really is one of the sweetest real-life love stories) and mothering 3 teenage boys– one in public school, one in charter school, and one being homeschooled… YAZZZ! Wipe your brow honey, she is doing that, seemingly with ease (and it’s not always easy, but she makes it look that way). Her career, scholarly pursuits, and family oft overlap as she lives out her politics and very full and colourful life. One awesome overlap is Co-Ownership with her husband, Quinn McGowan aka The Mighty Quinn of Iron Mic Coalition(but this ain’t about him, I’ll do that another time…) in Legends Press Comics. Her role as Business Administration means keeping the business end of thing in balance… And if you hadn’t figured out by now… This Libra woman knows something about balance and keeping it together… Can you say “In touch with your star player…”

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(Giovanni, Wife, Mother, Friend… photo credit/ artwork: Quinn McGowan)

Giovanni Entrepreneur

Which brings us to the business woman… As Owner and C.E.O of Zenzile’s (pronounced Zin. Zee.Lay) Way Consulting, Giovanni is leading the way in Public Speaking, Writing, Editing, Coaching, Diversity Training, Workshops and Corporate Communications with creative magic and keen insight. Through her company and aligned with her astrological nature, Giovanni will be launching her Luxe Libra Lifestyle brand (Coaching) in the upcoming month, which promotes “Better living through balance.” And has already embarked upon a partnership, The Scoop Divas, with Black Opal Media– a division of Harkins House Productions– offering on-site social media management and public relations… Meaning they can take our local events, GLOBAL! Somebody shout Gloowwwwray with me!!!

Giovanni Activist

And just when it looks like her plate could get no fuller, Giovanni adds just one mo’ thang! Community Service, again the GioD lives her politics and she does so seamlessly: The Activist Mother, The Business-Partner Wife, The Student and The Educator… Giovanni has currently picked up the mantle and is working on several projects in Memphis, including Memphis TEEN SUMMIT, a live series based on BET’s popular nineties TV Show that launched the career of Ananda. MTS is also part of an effort of supporting and welcoming the Cutting Edge Youth Summit , a project she’s been involved with for several years, to Memphis (February, 2015) And at the same damn time she has partnered to organize a push to bring FREE Yoga classes to under-served areas in and around Memphis through the Memphis Urban Yoga Initiative… Oh did I mention, she’s a YOGI! Yazzz! That too!image

Yeah!!! She is the GioD an amazing, magical womb warrior! 

Doing it with #AbundantFaith and #winning because #theUniverseIsHerHomegirl 

Watch as Giovanni answers the 7 Questions I ask Everybody and we totally NERD out about Office Supplies! 

Connect with Giovanni @

Web: www.zenzilesway.com

EmailZenzilesWay@Gmail.com

Phone : (318) 936-9453 or(318) ZEN-ZILE

Faceboook: www.facebook.com/ZenzilesWayConsulting

Twitter: @ZenzilesWay

Academia: education4socialjustice.tumblr.com

                   www.giovannidortch.com

Collaboration: scoopdivas.blackopalmedia.net 

Women’s Empowerment WINSday Profile: Chek AHKI, Delicious Indigenous

 

Sepsenahki “Chef Ahki “ Aahkhu, CEO of Delicious Indigenous Foods is a celebrity chef,natural foods activist and nutritional counselor. A native of Oklahoma, now calling Atlanta home she has the distinction of being the only Non-Hybrid Vegan Food Chef. Her message of non-hybrid and electric foods has caught fire with mature health nuts and young foodies. Her social media presence is filled with real time relevant content, a highly interactive community, practical tips, tools and recipes. Ahki uses seasonal, organic, fresh non-hybrid fruits and vegetables to create living food recipes designed to heal bodies and enhance lives

                      

I had a chance to catch up with the Power.Full. Magical. Electric Chef at July’s Naturals In the City 3 and capture some footage of her bringing Electric Foods 101 to the Memphis Crowd… The gracious chef also gave me permission to share the recipe for her Real Green Burrito exclusively on #purplehairandconverse (for the full recipe go to www.chefahki.com)

Chef Ahki sites Dr. Sebi (learn about Dr. Sebi by clicking the link) as her biggest influence and says Vikter Duplaix is her go to music when she is #cheffin and #whippinpots! Some other take aways from Ahki:

  • Get at least half (½) your hydration from fruits and vegetables (non-hybrid of course)… 
  • DRINK REAL COCONUT WATER!!! (not the stuff that comes in a box! Drink water from young, white or green, fresh Thai coconuts. NOT the BROWN junts/jawns/joints!)
  • Use asafetida (click the link for more info), shallot, or onion powder to replace garlic in cooking. Garlic is a good medicinal, but should be used sparingly in food preparations. 
  • Replace your soy based products like liquid aminos (try coconut aminos oh and coconut nectaras a sweetner)
  • Use Roma, Grape, or Cherry tomatoes <<< they’re non-hybrid  (NOT BEEFSTEAK!)
  • Also choose red over white onions.
  • Get yourself a food processor! It doesn’t have to be expensive, I purchased mine for $25 from Walgreen’s 4 years ago and we still choppin’ it up!

And now… Highlights of Chef Ahki’s  Electric Food 101 @ NITC 3.

                                              

Raw Burrito/The Real Green Burrito Ingredients:

Taco “Meat”

  • walnuts (ground) seasoned w/ coconut aminos, pink salt, paprika, cumin, cilantro, coriander seed, chili powder, olive oil, palm oil, garlic or garlic substitute

Sassy Black Rice

  • black rice (soaked not cooked)
  • tomato 
  • jalapeño

  • red onion
  • garlic or garlic substitute, turmeric, coconut nectar

Salsa Fresca

  • tomato, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, lemon, cumin, coriander

Simple Guacamole

  • avocado, red onion, tomato

for more recipes or the specifics of how she rocked and wrapped this contact Chef Ahki here >>> chefahki@gochefahki.com