This month in women’s history has been quite hysterical. Even the women of Congress staged walkouts for a “Day without a Woman”. All over, the radio stations and all throughout the media, the “Day without a Woman” on Wednesday March 8, 2017 has been the talk of the town.
As an African woman, artist, and “Black” woman in America I have experienced enough to make me want to walk off from my day job everyday. Far more humiliating than what a group of highly paid, privileged white woman can ever experience. My daily struggles as a “Black” woman in America can never be staged, because it is a reality. The things that I made a decision to give up, just to maintain a peace of mind and some pride, throughout the different stages of my life in America, can never be staged.
There is no better person to try and explain the half of what is all going on with “Black” women from a professional researchers perspective than Dr. Jewel Pookrum. The first video of my women’s history month documentary lecture series may be the only video for Women’s history month that I produce. Because honestly it doesn’t take rocket science to understand what Dr. Jewel Pookrum is discussing and how it effects every aspect of people activity in a “Black” woman’s life. Not too many “Black” women will have the courage to discuss such topics, addressed by Dr. Jewel Pookrum in the “7 Circuits of the Brain” so its a wrap. What else is there to possibly talk about if we can’t get beyond the basic psychology and root of the problem.
There are film components to the recently uploaded documentary series on Youtube, Malcolm Speaks! and “Black” Women Talk! The guest filming and photography for the “7 Circuits of the Brain” features a collage of “Black” women wearing head wraps in different styles, and a very special feature of Brooklyn’s own Nnenna Stella’s head wrap beauties, tips, and techniques. I challenge more women to take a real stand for sisterhood and solidarity by wearing head wraps more often. If you are really about that life, don’t take a day off from work when you know you need the money, the hours and the time to manifest yourself. Instead, go to work with a beautiful Gele on and represent what it means to be a woman of substance if that is something that you can relate to. How many women actually have the courage to wear a Gele everyday for 30 days or longer? It is your birthright ladies. When its cold, when your ill, when you are with child, and just because it is a part of your heritage. Women and head wraps (the gele, turban, hijab), it’s a global tradition for women who identify with conscious and cultural pride. Many people are under the impression that women who wear head wraps are a part of the Muslim religion like women who wear the Hijab. Women who wrap their head daily, are either a part of the Muslim religion or have a cultural heritage that is very similar to the Islamic religions and Muslim culture. Even among the lost and found “Black” Americans of the United States and Africans of the diaspora, wearing a head wrap is the oldest tradition for original women of substance and should never be frowned upon.
This 1st documentary under the lecture series “Black” Women Talk! features Dr.Jewel Pookrum adorned in beautiful cultural attire, from her head to her clothes, as well as other celebrity “Black” women, African American women, and women of other cultures wearing different designed, colored, and styled head wrap fashions. However, more than just a fashion piece, the head wrap is revered as a visual sign of cultured and conscious women of substance who value their spirituality, their faith and their community.