As you may have noticed, there was no new post on the blog last week – I took an impromptu trip to Maryland to attend a Black History Month White House event!
Last week was incredible, in more ways than I can accurately express in words. I still have to pinch myself because I cannot believe that it happened, and that I was at the White House surrounded by so many Black and proud advocates and allies.
Like all amazing stories, let’s start at the beginning…
For Black History Month, I decided to interview disabled Black author Sophia Chester. You may remember Sophia’s name from last week’s post about disabled Black authors in literature. Sophia is someone I met via Tumblr, and I stumbled upon her book, Cosmic Callisto Caprica & The Missing Rings Of Saturn, on my dashboard late last year. Sophia was so excited that I “fangirled” about her book that I knew that I had to interview her for the RYV! blog.
Sophia’s book is one of many I support because it has a strong Black female character lead, as well as disability representation within it. In my eyes, Sophia knocked it out of the ballpark with the level of diversity that is present in her book. I ardently believe in supporting disabled Black women who are trailblazing empowering paths, and Sophia fits that mold for me.
Sophia was gracious enough to take the time in allowing me to interview her for Black History Month, and to share HERstory with myself and my readers. Her voice and body of work are greatly appreciated and needed, especially for those of us who aspire to become authors and writers.
Last month, I decided to create a hashtag for disabled women of color that would allow us to connect with each other, and build our sisterhood and empower one another. I wanted to share the hashtag officially on the RYV! blog so that my readers whom fall under the hashtag’s purpose would know about it, and hopefully start using it on social media.
Important Disability-Related Videos You Should Watch
Here's the Out of Step's TOOST Radio interview I participated in as a panelist on Nov. 6th, 2013. During the interview, I discussed my personal & professional viewpoints about the choice of discussing disability status while seeking employment opportunities. The part that I'm featured begins 15:29 minutes into the interview.
In this video, Beyoncé helps Kid President with World Humanitarian Day 2013. The Kid President has OI like I do. I think that his messages are ones that all walks of life & ages can learn from. I'm so jealous that he met one of my idols & favorite music performers, Beyoncé! I wanted to share with you all the interview the Kid President did with Beyoncé for World Humanitarian Day, which was August 19th, 2013.