week 26 || 2016: halfway

Hey, loves! I hope your dreams are continuing to manifest as we go into the second half of 2016. If not, I hope that you recognize what needs to be done to bring them to fruition.

On the first Wednesday of last year, I started Weekly Word posts to inspire, enlighten and entertain anyone who may be in need of one or all of those things. I hope thus far at least one of these posts has resonated with you. I also want to give thanks to my old and new followers for hanging tough with me. Summer solstice marked my fourth year doing this blogging thing and you guys that like and comment and share and subscribe make it all worthwhile.

Thank you.

Lisa. Angela. Pamela. Renée.


just because I don’t share my art nearly enough on this blog.. and I had so much fun with these 🙂

Nigeria’s “‘Queens of Africa” Dolls Are Coming to America

article via eurweb.com Back in 2007, a Nigerian businessman Taofick Okoya struck gold you could say when he founded the “Queens of Africa” doll line with the motto: “Empowering the African gi…

Source: TOYS: Nigeria’s “‘Queens of Africa” Dolls Are Coming to America

week 25 || 2016


i don’t want

to live unscathed.

i want to live

like the moon

full of craters,

beautiful because

of my scars

not in spite of them.


photo: © Joey Rosado | model: caxmee

angry black woman

P.S. This was written + performed before the whole American Airlines incident, which, in my opinion, absolutely exemplifies what she was conveying in this piece.

Felt. Every fucking word.

Black Every Friday


There’s always someone asking you to underline one piece of yourself whether it’s Black, woman, mother, dyke, teacher, etc. – because that’s the piece that they need to key into. They want to dismiss everything else. -Audre Lorde

artwork: Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy + Fabiola Jean-Louis

week 24 || 2016

Be who you are, not who the world wants you to be. Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don’t fit in boxes. If you water yourself down to please people or fit in or not offend anyone, you lose the power, the passion, the freedom and the joy of being uniquely you.

It is much easier to love yourself when you are being yourself.

Joey Rosado