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A weekly conversation around black womanhood.

Welcome sistren. I’ve been searching for a way of connecting with women worldwide in conversation and finally the day has come for Hallelujah, Sunday designed as a weekly conversation around black womanhood.

First, let’s get to know one another. My name is Arika and I reside on the southside of Chicago. By day, I work as a senior manager at a non-profit organization. By night, I work as a freelance writer for a variety of black culture publications and hair brand companies. Aside from all of that, my greatest accomplishment is being a mama to Zion (my brave and brilliant THREEnager). In fact, I credit my desire for womanhood to my journey in motherhood. Motherhood taught me that I didn’t know myself at all and that I was freely roaming around earth as a duplicate and not an original. It was through this realization I started to peel back my own layers and began my discovery of black womanhood. Whew, it is very complex and ugly (still).

Sunday, for most of us, represents a time of refreshing. It’s a time to renew and align our spiritual, personal and professional approach to the week. Fun fact, Sunday is my favorite day of the week because it is the day I look forward to spending in worship, with family and oftentimes over a home cooked soul food meal. It is also the day, I know without question I can relax over a good wholesome movie. I have come to realize I need this rejuvenation for my spirit. So yes Hallelujah, Sunday (is here).


Today, ironically, my Sunday is being filled with family in celebration of a little loved one turning two. That is joy, Hallelujah, Sunday.

My hope through this weekly virtual conversation is that we grow, glow and lean into the glories of black womanhood.

Let’s debunk false narratives that consume the conversation around black womanhood. We are a well of beauty, intelligence, chaos, love, loyalty (and everything in between).

For today, let's lean into not being the “strong black woman” instead lets lean into being the “seen black woman”. Make your strength seen through your smile, your laughter, your care for self. Strength is not always physical, strength is forever eternal Hallelujah, Sunday.

I look forward to journeying with you through this blog my sister.

What would you like to discuss?

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