When I first started my Tumblr, I chose my URL name because I had just read The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B Dubois and it had really inspired me and I also realized that it had similarities to my way of thinking. I started my blog in college and that was the first time in my life where I had become racially conscious.
I grew up in Trenton, NJ where the population is black and hispanic. There is no visible line of demarcation between the “Haves and the Have Nots” it’s just one poor, crime ridden city which ironically is the state’s capital. I grew up not knowing or feeling poverty because when you have nothing in contrast to poverty it becomes all you know. I was fortunate to have a family that didn’t not allow me to feel or experience the voids. So when I started Soul of A Black Woman, the intent was to highlight black culture in all it’s richness. Richness not meaning money, but black love, happiness, joy, etc. Richness that money could buy.
A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Junius Williams a former Civil Rights Activist residing here in Newark, NJ and he during a workshop he asked a simple question, “What does it mean to have soul?” After thinking my answer through, I realized that soul is a feeling. It’s one giant bundle of joy and pain that life presents to you. We live it and breathe it everyday. So I decided that I wanted to change what Soul of A Black Woman meant to me.
I wanted my blog to be a visible place to showcase the joys and pains of a single black woman: ME. Over the years, my blog has become a melting pot. A mosaic of black life through my lens and I have been blessed to be able to help other people by simply sharing my stories.
So a huge THANK YOU to all my followers and WELCOME to my new ones!
Relaxation at Liberty State Park in Jersey City earlier today. I think I’m going to start coming here often. The sound of the water and the breeze was so relaxing.
— Rihanna (relaying advice given to her by her deceased grandmother)