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Janet Jackson Empowers Us All
When I was growing up, I would lock myself in my room and break most of my furniture while trying to reenact every move from the “Rhythm Nation” music video.
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I could not be more thrilled to link up with Uber again in celebration of women’s empowerment.
This time around I got to join the iconic Janet Jackson at the Harlem Day Block Party. For those of you that don’t know, Harlem Day is an annual community-based festival with 40,000 in attendance. The theme this year was Women Transforming Our World, Past Present & Future. The day was filled with lots of fun
events and people out in the streets having a great time eating, laughing, singing, dancing and jump-roping.
A true icon for women’s empowerment, Janet Jackson was presented with an achievement award. Janet Jackson is the perfect example of women’s empowerment for me. She represents strength, authenticity, originality and overall boundary breaking badassness. She encourages people to come together and dance in one rhythm.
Listening to Janet speak I was reminded of just how transformative women have been in my life. When I was growing up, I would lock myself in my room and break most of my furniture while trying to reenact every move from the “Rhythm Nation” music video. I remember feeling so insecure and confused at that age. I was not yet out of the closet and didn’t really have any friends in school. But listening to Janet made me feel free and present. There is something about her unwavering confidence and kindness that really resonates with me. Being brought up by 3 strong women I felt connected to her strong feminine spirit.
Fast forward to now still dancing in my room to Janet’s new song “Made For Now.” But now I am celebrating my life and the strength I devolved because of strong women that always surrounded me and the strength they helped me find within myself. It is because of the strong women in my life that I was and still am able to to overcome the challenges I face.
*This blog post was created in partnership with Uber*