• Natasha Ofili

I have worn this shirt multiple times and I feel empowered each time I wear this shirt. It is daily reminder how these Black Ladies represented during their time period and how they shaped us as a strong Black woman today.

My dark skin color, I love it! I look in the mirror for a long period of time and I see so many Black women, Black women actresses and my African ancestors flowing through me. I feel their passion, power, love, and persistence. As being who I am, I will not be silenced by the oppression and violation of people expectation of me. “Still I Rise,” which is Maya Angelou’s famous poem, still I continue to rise. I Thank You IDA, MAYA, FANNIE LOU, HARRIET, SOJOURNER and many others in the world.

They were a civil rights fighter, advocate, writer, artist, and survivor. They made big statements that that will never fade. It is a permanent ink in our roots. Their story should be in every history book, their story needs to be told and repeated to the world.

One day in the future, I would like to see featured film based on these women’s stories. I want Hollywood to make this happen. I will love to be a part of the creation process, even better as an actor. Sojourner Truth – her name is not mentioned often. I will love to portray her on the screen.

Please take a moment to read their stories, their biography, their history. See the summary and links under each woman.

IDA B. WELLS was an American investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Wikipedia - Ida B. Wells

Biography - Ida B. Wells

MAYA ANGELOU was an American poet, singer, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.

Wikipedia - Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Biography - Maya Angelou

FANNIE LOU HAMER was an American voting and women's rights activist, community organizer, and a leader in the civil rights movement. She was the co-founder and vice-chair of the Freedom Democratic Party, which she represented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention.

Wikipedia - Fannie Lou Hamer

Biography - Fannie Lou Hamer

HARRIET TUBMAN was an American abolitionist and political activist. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some 13 missions to rescue approximately 70 enslaved people, including family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

Wikipedia - Harriet Tubman

Biography - Harriet Tubman

SOJOURNER TRUTH was an American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son in 1828, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man.

Wikipedia - Sojourner Truth

Biography - Sojourner Truth

Image Credits:

Ida B. Wells: Photo: Courtesy of Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Maya Angelou: Photo: Deborah Feingold/Corbis via Getty Images

Fannie Lou Hamer: Photo: Biography.com

Harriet Tubman: Photo: © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

Sojourner Truth: Photo: Sojourner Truth (original author) Library of Congress (digitalization) (Library of Congress), [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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  • Natasha Ofili

My lifelong friend, Matthew Simmons, recently became a Trader Joe’s sensation based on his Facebook post. I had the opportunity to interview him and have him share his fascinating experience! It was a fun and casual conversation that I think you will enjoy watching.

Funny story, we have known each other since middle school! I’m talking about ancient ages ago! God, we are both getting slightly older (chuckle). But one thing remains, we will always be a lifelong friends.

Below is one of the many articles written about him.


Something like this is a big YES! We are often consumed with negative news in the media. And I hate to say some reality shows news are getting a kick out of our attention (I can raise my hand on this one, I’m guilty).

This article from Good Morning America is quite amazing. It is nice to know the something like this went viral because this shows us that something so simple yet big can become a sensation. It is a friendly reminder to us all that we can make a difference in any way possible to create CHANGE.

What difference would you like to impact in our community and how would you do it?

#TraderJoes #viral #MatthewSimmons #myjournal #goodmorningamerica #stayhome

  • Natasha Ofili

I love reading books, books are my toys (chuckle). A few years ago, I remember my husband and I would go to Book Stars in Studio City regularly. One day, Matt went to the children’s book section to buy few uplifting books for work. What a good idea right! I then ended up buying few myself: “She Persisted,” “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend,” “What Do You Do With an Idea,” and few others.

Are children’s books for college students or for adults? Is that weird?

Children books are so simple yet the message is so clear and uplifting. Sometime we need to reconnect with our kid nature in ourselves. Sometimes we need to be dorky for the moment, sometimes we need that clear guidance to light our being, sometimes we want to remember what was like to be a kid when we were fearless and free.

Last week, my agent connected with me about doing a fun project on a children book. It is a book by Mr. Rogers, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” and within the book, there is a poem titled, “You’re So Much More!”

I couldn’t say no. It was quite refreshing to sign, “You’re So Much More.” The message behind each word creates light in children’s’ hearts and me. It was a wonderful collaboration working with P. David Miller during our quarantine at home. Thank you, P. David! Thank you Brian for the ASL translations on this poem.

Enjoy the video, and share the video with your children, nieces, nephews, and love ones. Also, I have a request =) Within the next few weeks, buy one children book online for yourself or re-read your favorite children’s book.

#oneofakind #MrRogers #ASL #books #myjournal