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.
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.
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 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
My First Compilation: Storealities
How was she able to recognize the gifts in everyone else but not acknowledge her own? Why did she give compliments and encourage others but could not affirm herself? This woman was a real contradiction. This woman was me. –
Jae Henderson “Happy, Beautiful, Blessed”
Storealities: A Collection of Stories by Empowering Women to Empower Women
Saturday, August 25th, 2.p.m.
387 Perkins Extd.
Memphis, TN 38117
This Saturday in Memphis, TN I will be a part of the official book launch for the book “Storealities” by Roquita Coleman-Williams. It features stories by 22 women, myself included. Roquita, one of the few black female executives in the railroad industry (She actually has her conductor’s license!!) is no stranger to hard work and breaking glass ceilings. She created this book to give a voice to everyday woman. We each tell a story about a moment in our lives that helped define us. I have read the book and I must say that I truly enjoyed each testimony by these amazing women from all walks of life. I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful endeavor. It’s not easy taking off the mask and allowing others to see our flaws but if it helps someone, it’s more than worth it.
Please attend the book signing if you can. It’s currently only available in paperback. Unfortunately, it is SOLD OUT on Amazon for the time being.
This past weekend, several of the featured authors did a podcast to discuss the book. Take a look. The interview starts around the 8:33 mark.
I pray that you accomplish all your dreams. Be blessed!
Me showcasing Literary Jewels at a local vending event
Summer is almost here and Literary Jewels has several stops. My goal is to schedule a vending opportunity every weekend unless I am on vacation. For those who don’t know, Literary Jewels is a subset of my company I created back in October of 2017 when I became a Paparazzi Jewelry consultant. It’s the place were books and jewelry meet and allows me to showcase my books along with some lovely pieces of jewelry. I must say that so for the endeavor is going quite well.
Here’s a video I did this week to showcase some pieces and books I will be selling during the Splashtastic Pool Party this weekend at Dean of Fashion Glamtique. It is at 5963 Summer Ave. from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Proceeds from the jewelry sales are used to fund the scholarship I created in memory of my mother, Lillie Marshall. Each year, I want to use it to assist a young man or woman who is pursuing a college scholarship in spight of challenging circumstances. We are actually accepting applications now! Feel free to visit my memorial site to learn about the scholarship and the qualifications for acquiring the scholarship, www.lilliesdaughter.com.
If you’re in the Memphis area, come see me. If not, check out my schedule to see if I’m coming to a city near you. I hope to add several more dates. So, if there’s an event you believe I should be a part of, feel free to invite me.
Also, if you would like to buy some jewelry, visit my online store at https://paparazziaccessories.com/121940/ and get whatever tickles your fancy.
Have a fantastic weekend!!!
Your hosts, Jae Henderson and Angela Kay Austin, would like to invite everyone to join them Saturday, March 31st for Book Lovers Appreciation Day in conjunction with The Life Center’s Community Festival. This day of family fun from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. will feature food trucks, entertainment, prizes, a Kids Korner with story hour at 2 p.m. The celebrity reader is 88.5’s Michael Adrian Davis and our entertainment is being provided by comedian LaToya Tennille and vocalist/musician Kiña del Maran. There’s even an Easter Egg Hunt! The best part is you get to mix and mingle with some of your favorite authors and receive a discount on their books. The Life Center is located at 6385 Winchester Rd. (The Old Barnes & Noble Book Store). We can’t wait to see you! Admission is FREE. The first 40 adults will receive a special gift bag.
WE ONLY HAVE VENDOR SPACE LEFT IN THE KIDS KORNER FOR $25.00.
For more information, to RSVP and learn more about vendor space, visit the Eventbrite site at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-lovers-appreciation-2018-tickets-42929453150.
Check out the website at www.bookloversmemphis.com.
Have a prosperous year full of great reads!!