This is actually an old performance (2008) by Sunni Patterson, a well known poet and speaker. Her poems are not the ordinary same old stuff. She speaks with passion and confidence, and to me, her poems are not mere poems. You need to listen to this one, "We know this place". The poem speaks of a world where there is no real care or love for the next person, so much pretense even from so-called men of God (she mentioned the priests who even molest the altar boys as an example) etc. But she always ends it all with a message of hope, a word of encouragement to keep fighting for what is right.
And that's why I have added Sunni Patterson to my Woman Crush List.Oh and I love her nose piercing too haha. Still considering if I want to get one or not! What do you think?
And who are those in your Woman Crush List? For me...hmmm lemme see: (In no particular order), Beyonce: Because she is so strong, so disciplined, sexy, so talented. And all these "Beyonce church" jokes just get me cracking lol!
Queen Latifah: Because she is beautiful in her own skin, and because she was able to get out of the "thug life" and make a difference.
Jillian Michaels: Because her weight loss program helped me kickstart my weight loss journey last year. And because she adopted an African baby haha.
Chimamanda Adichie: This video (click here) sums up why I love her, plus I love all her books!
Lupita Nyong'o: She is just so different and likeable. (video)
Alek Wek: She is also just so different and likeable. And humanitarian too. (video)
Ellen Degeneres: Anyone who doesn't love this woman is a weirdo in my opinion.
Melissa McCarthy: Super-funny. My goodness! Her roles in Bridesmaids, The Heat and Identity Thief were priceless!
Kylie Minogue, J-Lo, Mariah Carey, Halle Berry, Madonna: J-Lo is my birthday twin haha, but other than that, these women have one thing in common- they look great at over forty!
Joyce Meyer: Great woman of God who had an extremely tough life as a young woman, was a victim of sexual abuse and is now touching lives worldwide.
|Clockwise from top left: Kylie Minoque, Queen Latifah, Zooey Deschanel, Alek Wek|
|Clockwise from top left: Nikisha Brunson, Melissa McCarthy, Madonna, Lupita Nyong'o|
Other women I adore are: Nikisha Brunson of urbanbushbabes.com. I am inspired by her life and her blog posts and I just like her-particularly because she is a strong Christian! A hot, sexy, Christian. Zooey Deschanel because she reminds me of me in a way- she is so playful and down-to-earth...., Wendy Nguyen because not only does she have great everyday style, particularly in her earlier Youtube videos, but she laughs a lot and is likeable, and as a foster kid, she turned out great! Sharon Osbourne because I like her views on many things. She just says it as it is!
I am sure there are several others but this is my list for now. Two other women crushes that are not on public media, but they do inspire me (I am not just saying this) are my elder sis-Kemi and then my mom! For the most part of my life, my dad and mum were separated (they reunited a few months before he passed on due to a stroke in 2011) and I was raised, along with my 3 sisters, solely by my mom. The strength and resilience she showed all these years amazes me. Products of broken homes are usually known to be wayward and ungrounded. Well when I look at my life and that of my other sisters, I know my mom did a fantastic job. Her outlook to life, her optimism, her caring spirit....my dad and mum were separated for longer than they were together, but still, when he eventually came around and got saved, and showed regret, she welcomed him with open arms.
And my sis, well she is just superhuman. From enduring the struggle of having very limited support all through university in the UK, to realizing she had gotten married to the wrong man, to going through the rigours of a divorce, making ends meet in a harsh world, finding love again...and still holding her head up to encourage us all. Yep they are definitely in my Woman Crush List!
I like the Proverbs 31:10-31 scripture because it makes me see how the Word of God encourages women to be whoever they want to be, and be exceptional. Even a stay-at-home mom is meant be an exceptional stay-at-home mum. I think God wants women to realize how special they are, and continually work at self-improvement and goal actualization. Not everyone will be famous, but we can make our own impact in whatever way we can.
So who are in your Woman Crush List?