Soulful Saturday

Last weekend in the Queen City was super busy! And we loved every minute of it! I tell ya, there is never a dull moment in the QC!

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As a 70’s baby, I grew up in mainstream -everything! Every depiction of Santa that we saw — from television to movies to storybooks — shows that rosy-faced, jolly grandpa who is unapologetically white.  He looked nothing like me. Am I not generous?

Am I not generous? Are others like me, not givers? At a certain age, I think it does matter subliminally and he’s not just a jolly, ole fat guy in a red suit.

Is it possible that a long, white beard, the big-bellied man in red with dark skin would not appeal to children in predominantly black and Hispanic parts of the city?

Well, a few of my children and I got to see for ourselves this weekend. We attend two events and both had a positive turn out!

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The first was Pride Entrepreneur Education Program, (PEEP) it’s a nonprofit of Pride Magazine. They had the happiest SoulfFul Santa on the Westside there. The crafts table was there to reinforce the holiday spirt by giving children the opportunity to create gifts for their loved ones.

The other event was at the Free Store Charlotte. It was outdoors and loaded with fun!  From face painting, coat drives, amazing hot fancy and filling food complete with cocoa, jump house, fire pit, free gift table, and so much more.Image may contain: one or more people, fire, food and outdoor

Did You Know: The Mall of America – the country’s biggest indoor shopping complex – decided to hire a black Santa for the first time this year!

I wanted to know how some of my mom friends thought about ethnic Santa’s. So I spoke with three of them from my mom group, Queen City Stay At Home Moms and each had very interesting responses.

The first mom said: “We balk at the notion that our children should believe that a white man brings them toys, when we ( black parents) are the ones working hard to make their children feel safe, loved and happy/ “

The second  mom asked, “Why can’t there be two at each at a time? Like half brothers? When I was small enough to believe in Santa, he was dressed so completely, including the beard, that I could see only his eyes behind thick glasses. I could not see, nor did I care, what skin color he was.  I would definitely take my children to go see an Asian Santa,” 

The last mom commented:” Santa’s race matters. White folk have enough superheroes. I’m white, but have no tolerance for the abysmal prejudice and past treatment of people of color in this country.”

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Although we do not celebrate Christmas, I wanted my children to see that the Santa doesn’t have to look only one way. Santa can be whatever they want him to be. Looking at my littlest Noah’s face, he may never want to go see Santa again, but he has photographic evidence that Santa can reflect the skin tones of many cultures. And that’s, well, pretty magical.

To see more culturally diverse Santas all you have to do is show up when he’s in town. Charlotte organizations like PEEPs, and The Free Store Charlotte will continue to invite him in our hearts, centers, businesses and home! black-sooul

End Notes-

Baron Davis adds a bit of color to Christmas with The Black Santa Company

The former NBA star aims to diversify the holiday with his game-changing venture.

You can find children’s books that feature a black Santa Claus, and he appears in some ornaments and other products. The website blacksanta.com, founded by the former N.B.A. player Baron Davis, sells products like T-shirts, hats and ornaments featuring images of black Santa. In a classic episode of “The Cosby Show,” Dr. Huxtable explains to one of the children that as Santa drops down each chimney, his race morphs to match that of the family he’s visiting – Asian, African-American, Caucasian and so on. -By The NYTimes

Thank You Dr. Wayne Dyer

My most favorite Dr. in the world passed over the weekend. His message was easy to understand and live. Even his children books are wonderful.  His collection never failed me. Everyone appreciated his teaching style about life, money, morals and love. I’m talking about Dr. Wayne Dyer.

DR. WAYNE W. DYER was an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He wasn’t flashy in any manner.That 75 year old man was very soft spoken, fit and low key dapper.

Dr. Wayne, has been inspiring people since his first book was published in 1976. Since that first book, Your Erroneous Zones, was published, it has sold more than 35 million copies.

His most affecting teaching is taken directly from the story of Moses in the Old Testament: how saying the words “I Am” creates a direct connection with one’s highest calling. PBS

I learned about him on PBS (public broadcasting station) years ago. He participated in a fundraising campaign by sharing his strategies from ‘ The Power Of Intention.’I FELL In LOVE WITH HIM. I was buying books for myself, the kids, and even friend girls because his message was so easy to follow!

Dr. Dyer works encourage people to be the best they can be without worrying about labeling by society. For me, he said, forget about trying to be that bible thumping, long skirt wearing, southern christian; just love God/Universe, people and stop making excuses for not doing right.

Now his personal business: Dyer was separated from his third wife and had eight children. He was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia in 2009 but claimed to have treated it with positive thinking, daily exercise and “psychic surgery” performed remotely by the Brazilian medium João Teixeira de Faria, better known as “John of God.” that is some faith huh?!

Let share with you 10 of his most inspiring quotes that are sure to give you the motivation you need to be a better you. ENJOY!

1. “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.”

2. “You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.”

3. “When you have the choice between being right and being kind just choose kind.”

4. “Practice being the kind of person you wish to attract.”

5. “Anything you really want, you can attain, if you really go after it.”

 6. “You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”

7. “If you believe it will work out, you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.”

8. “You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.”

9. “Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.”

10. “You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.”

If you are just now hearing about him, all is not lost. You can still find his teaching all over the internet, libraries, bookstores and on a friend’s bookshelf.

You can even buy them online. Click here! 

Talk To You Later!

QC Supermom