Colorism, what exactly is it?

Colorism, what exactly is it?
Editor's note: This article was written by Kiandria Cowart, a rising college junior, majoring in Communication and minoring African American Studies. **** Our goal is to be able to become antiracists, but we first have to become aware of all inequalities. Visit JeannePorterKing.com to read more blogs on racial inequality. Colorism is the discrimination toward darker skin people, sometimes within the same racial group and even outside of it. Colorism ha...

STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism and You – Reflections From A Young Black Woman

STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism and You – Reflections From A Young Black Woman
Editor’s note: I’d like to welcome my niece, Kiandria Cowart to the blog. Kiandria is an emerging junior at California University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Communications and minoring in African American Studies. She is also on the volleyball team... Go #7! When she’s not in the classroom or on the court, she’s usually sitting in a comfy chair, lost in her favorite books. Hear what Kiandria has to say about her latest read titled Stamped by Jason Reyno...

“I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision For Racial Reconciliation”– My Summary

“I Bring the Voices of My People:  A Womanist Vision For Racial Reconciliation”– My Summary
Note: On my blog site last week, I had committed to my readers to post a series of summaries of books on anti-racism and social justice.  I noted that people who have previously been silent are now asking how to learn more about racism. Others are reaching out asking how to deal with their anger and disappointment over the repeated instances of unarmed Black people being killed by police.  Others have asked how to even t...

A Call for the Wailing Women

A Call for the Wailing Women
“It’s time to call for the wailing women” Those were the words I’d hear from time to time in the church of my youth, led by my Granny and, then my Aunties.  When I went away to college and attended a church filled with strong praying women, I’d hear that refrain again: “It’s time to call for the wailing women.” When situations got tough around us, in our homes, neighborhood, communities or the nation, I was raised to “call for the wailing wom...

God Still Has the Last Say: Racism Won’t Overpower Our Faith

God Still Has the Last Say: Racism Won’t Overpower Our Faith
Yesterday morning I was preparing to lead my Women’s Ministry 7 AM weekly prayer call. I was planning to use a devotional method called Lectio Divina to have the women reflect on Ephesians 3:20-21 before we prayed. I had been contemplating and meditating on Ephesians 3:20-21 for a few days.  Here’s the passage. Eph 3:20-21, NLT Lectio Divina (Latin for Divine Reading) is a prayer of meditation, listening for God to speak throu...

The Hope of Holy Week Playlist

The Hope of Holy Week Playlist
This is Holy week, the week leading to Resurrection Sunday. My Facebook friends joined me on Wednesday of this week to look at how the songs of this holy season help to inspire hope within us during this pandemic. Then they helped me build our Holy Week playlist. I received 36 suggestions to add to the ones I offered in the Vlog! First here's a reminder of why these songs are important: They remind us of the path that Jesus walked.They affirm the l...

The Power of Reading

The Power of Reading
One of my favorite activities is to sink into a steaming bubble bath with a good book. Reading takes me to places far away, visiting with people of different lands, cultures and times. What better time to explore The Power of Reading than now, while most of us are sheltering in place during this COVID19 pandemic. There's so much bad news being shared these days; I thought I'd take some time and bring some uplifting messages and ideas to help us get throug...

Sowing Seeds of Hope

Sowing Seeds of Hope
These are indeed critical and challenging times. But I believe together we can get through them by the grace of God! For instance, I heard on the news last night that many seamstresses and designers are sowing masks to help with the shortages of masks for health care and front line responders in this COVID19 pandemic. I prayed about what more I could do. I heard: I cannot sew masks, but I can sow seeds of hope. As a minister, Board Certified Coac...

2020–The Year of Clarity

2020–The Year of Clarity
In perusing through stock photos for the perfect image to welcome 2020 to my readers, this picture captured my attention immediately. Though shown in silhouette, I saw myself in the female figure. The brief case. The professional dress. And the cape. That cape did it! I thought:  “My superpower is being able to look back on 2019 and thank God for how I got over.”  “How I got over” is a refrain from an old gospel song made popular by Are...

Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling

Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling
Recently I had the great pleasure of speaking at two leadership conferences that got me to thinking about my own leadership as a calling.  As many of you know, I have been writing on the topic of women's leadership since my first book, Leading Ladies, was published in 2000. My most recent book, Influence Starts with "I" focuses on developing the skill (or art) of influence --the power to effect change in people teams or organizations for the good of...