How are you? These are tumultuous times we live in. All over the nation, people are protesting police brutality, racism, and injustice. The videos and coverage we’ve seen have my emotions all over to place. They have ranged from sadness to anger to disgust to dispair. If you’re like me at some point you asked yourself, “What can I do?” I decided to share a few ideas.
8 WAYS TO MEANINGFULLY SUPPORT SOCIAL JUSTICE REFORM
- Educate yourself on a particular movement or cause. Find out the facts of the situation and the people involved. If an organization is addressing that cause or causes research their agenda, how they plan to address the cause, what they hope to achieve from their efforts.
- Examine your own habits and beliefs. Look at yourself in the mirror and ask tough questions about your belief system. Examine how you were raised and if you in any way have ever contributed to the problem — even if it’s just ignoring it. If you find that you need to adjust take the time to do the heart work. Address your bias and dismantle those beliefs that shouldn’t be.
- Research the local presence. This basically means find out how that injustice is affecting where you live and how it’s being addressed?
- Take action in your community. If you see injustice, you and others can organize to take action or join an already existing organization.
- Donate to those organizations to help them fund the work. Every organization needs funds to operate and do the work. Don’t ever minimize the difference your dollars can make.
- Go to a peaceful protest or demonstration. United voices are more likely to be heard. Add yours to the cause.
- Use social media to express how you feel and disseminate positive, useful, and accurate information. Information is power but it needs to encourage, educate, and inform. Let’s stay away from using our words and images for negativity and divisiveness.
- Volunteer your time. Whether you are on the front lines or behind the scenes change comes when a dedicated group of people decides they aren’t going to stand idly by and watch injustice continue to occur. People are needed on every level and by people, I mean you.
Whatever way or ways you decided to join the fight for justice and equality, I ask that you keep it positive and peaceful. Let’s also keep one another lifted up during this time. Change doesn’t happen overnight and the journey isn’t going to be easy.
I recently did a spoken word piece called “Soul On Fire” about the current events. Feel free to take a listen.
There’s been a lot going on for me literary wise over the last few weeks. Let’s see if I can get you guys up to speed.
My Alter Ego Sashe Hennesee. Sexy Ain’t She? Lol
As you may know, I started doing an online series called Storytime with Jae Henderson! It’s my bedtime series for adults. So far, I have done three StoryTime videos and a special coronavirus song. You can find them online on my YouTube Channel. During video #2, I introduced my alter ego Sashae Hennesee. She has been itching to get out for quite some time. According to her, she is much more fun than I am and she has big plans for herself. That’s her picture to the left.
I launched a new website called Literary Jewels. The purpose of Literary Jewels is to provide a place to sell my autographed paperbacks and novelty items for READERS and WRITERS. Take a look at the items I currently offer and tell me what you think. I would love your feedback on other items I can sell. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, that was the condensed version. I hope you have an incredible weekend and we’ll chat again soon.
Here are some of the items on the site. Feel free to make a purchase, www.literaryjewels.net.
When’s the last time you had a bedtime story? Tonight I will be doing something a little bit different and reading one of my short stories live on my Facebook page. Please join me at 9 p.m. CT at https://www.facebook.com/jaehendersonauthor. My page is public so if we’re not Facebook friends, it won’t matter. I’ll also update you on some of the things I have on the horizon. So throw on your jammies, grab your favorite beverage and join me!!
BTW I’m having a SALE. I have way too many paperbacks in my house and you guys can have them. Everything is 10% – 20% off. Visit, www.literaryjewels.net to learn more.
Cyber Monday is almost over but that doesn’t mean the savings have to end. This week I am offering all three ebooks in the Where Do We Go From Here series for .99 each in my Amazon store at https://www.amazon.com/Jae-Henderson/e/B006NGH3FA.
This is for a limited time so don’t delay get yours today. Books make great Christmas gifts! Happy Holidays!
I’d love to see you this Saturday! I’ll have books, jewelry and book bling. Have you seen my latest newsletter? Here’s the link to read it, https://mailchi.mp/4dae936ebf05/did-you-win-my-new-book.
You can also find my books on Amazon.com in my author store.
I had a great time in Little Rock this past Saturday during the book signing for “From Here to There” by Jae Henderson and Mario D. King! Pyramid Art, Books & Custom Framing in Little Rock, Arkansas is one of my favorite places. It’s a book store and art gallery combined that featured some gorgeous art and products by African American creatives. Unfortunately, Mario couldn’t join us physically but thanks to modern technology, he still made an appearance from his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. The crowd was quite engaged and had plenty of questions for Mario and myself.
During the event, one young lady bought all nine of my titles at once. That was a first and I was floored by the gestured. Thank you to all of my friends, family, fellow authors and Sorors who attended. Also, thank you to Today’s Communique for coming and taking a few pictures of the event. It was an exclusive preview. “From Here to There” officially goes on sale Wednesday, October 22, 2019 on Amazon.com. This book is the final book in the Where Do We Go From Here series, and we can’t wait to share it with you!
You can check out my other books here.
Other books by Mario D. King can be found here. His newest book is entitled, “Low Reign”.
I know it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me but Mario D. King and I have been busy trying to get our next and final book in the Where Do We Go From Here series to you. Please join us in Little Rock, Arkansas Sat. October 19th for our book signing at one of my favorite places. Here’s all the information.
I wrote this about two years ago after my boyfriend made a surprise visit to the coffee shop where I was writing. I guess I was feeling inspired.
He unsuspectingly walked into the coffee shop where she sat intently typing on her laptop and gently caressed her shoulders from behind before sliding his soft hands down her arms and engulfing her in a warm embrace. She didn’t need to turn around to know it was him. She hugged him back. His touch was certainly welcomed as she had been battling her depression all weekend and trying to hide that anything was wrong. She didn’t expect to see him until later when they met for a movie. He bent down and said softly, “Hey. I took a chance that you were here. I wanted to stop by and see you before I ran a few errands and to tell you I love you”. The side of his face was pressed against hers. She turned her head to kiss him on the cheek and then caressed it, “I love you, too,” she whispered.
He looked down at her tenderly. “Are you alright?” he asked with concern in his eyes. She shook her head up and down and said, “Uh huh.” Lies. He smiled and kissed her on the forehead before turning towards the door. “This is mine,” he said referring to her. “I’m going to make it official one day.” She smiled as she watched her boyfriend sexily saunter toward the door. Overcome with emotion her eyes began to well up with tears. When she was depressed she tended to cry easily. It was silly to cry over such a small gesture. I hate depression she thought to herself, but I really needed that. How did he know?
A Pleasant Surprise by Jae Henderson
Today is the day for love and I LOVE each and every one of my readers. Be blessed my friends. If you are single and in need of a good read check, out my suggestions below.
“Things Every Good Woman Should Know: Dear God Did My Boaz Get Hit By A Bus?”
$1.99 Ebook on Amazon.com
This introspective look at dating and relationships examines the question many women have asked when trying to rationalize why it’s taking Mr. Righteous so long to make his entrance. The answers are found in 8 entertaining tales designed to nourish the spirit and encourage women to make wise decisions while maintaining their faith. Failed relationships, dishonest men and bad choices can wreak havoc on a woman’s love life, but there is always hope. No woman can predict when her Boaz will arrive, but she can live her best life until the time that he does. Enjoy these stories and then share them with friends: Does Boaz Still Exist? Heavenly Minded, No Earthly Good Live A Little Find the Humor In It The Preacher and the Princess Do the Right Thing The Ex-Files Just Have Faith Women of all ages can appreciate these faith-filled examples of love, relationships, and the single struggle. Sometimes you want to laugh and sometimes you want to cry, but one thing you won’t want to do is put this book down.
Husband Wanted $2.99 Ebook on Amazon.com
Millionaire Grace Purdue never understood why her three beautiful, intelligent granddaughters didn’t have a husband. Every woman needs a good man by her side, especially a woman of means. So, when the publishing empire heiress died she made sure that her granddaughters wouldn’t stay single. In order for them to get their inheritance, they must each fall in love and get married in nine months. Easy….right?
Sheila, Leslie and Regina are wondering if their grandmother took too much medication when she wrote her will. If thousands of women across the globe are having a hard time finding true love and a husband, what made their grandmother think that they could in less than a year? But with a total of $45 million at stake, they are determined to shed their singleness or die trying. Little do they know that love, romance, deceit and deception run deep because money can get you what you want and a whole lot of what you don’t. Enjoy this entertaining tale as the Purdue women each take a different path that they hope will lead to meeting the love of their lives at the altar.