My Story with “Tribute” by Yanni: Homage to Janice ♥

Tribute is the fifth track on the album with the same name composed by Yanni, a famous greek composer and pianist in 1997.  The album was written to honor the builders of Taj(an Indian Mausoleum), the Forbidden City (a Chinese Imperial palace) and the people of India and China.

But, my story with this amazing piece is different: it pays tribute to one woman who made a big difference in my childhood and teenage.

Whenever I listen to Tribute, it brings me back to mygraduation day and all of the amazing memories I had during my high school years.  Whenever I think about my high school years, I remember  my teachers, myself at that time and my unique school principal: Janice Regis.  That woman saved me from the highest cliff of my life and I am eternally grateful to her for that.  In the very moment I needed an anchor, she gave me what a terribly hurt and lost girl needed to start smiling again.

When my parents got separated, almost two decades ago, I was disappointed, hurt, I felt abandoned and worthless, I was mad with the world and I wanted to make my parents feel what I felt.  I intended to be a real pain in their life.  I had nothing to lose as I thought I had already lost everything I had.  I felt like I was in a dark tunnel with no outcome. My mom registered me at several schools and I got accepted at all of them. I could have gone to A or B or C but I was blessed enough to go to her school: Institution La Source.  From the day I  met her to the last time I visited her, she has always empowered me with her teachings, her advice, her hugs, her actions and her personality.  She has never missed an opportunity to tell me or show me how valuable I am.  She believes in me.  I love the fact that she didn’t favor me- she punished me when I deserved it, she grounded me when I needed to be reprimanded but she did it all WITH love and BECAUSE she loved me. A tap on my shoulders to encourage me, a warm hug to welcome me, a huge smile to brighten my days…

Her job was to educate me but she did  more than that: she believed in my ability to fly, she trained me in using my wings and she made me fly.  She doesn’t just teach you what you should do, her actions were more eloquent than ANY word she spoke.  She is an example of woman: strong, devout, courageous, respectable and respectful, humble, smart, loving – a hero and a human!  I wouldn’t be who I am today without her contribution and I am grateful for her.

In my heart and mind, Tribute is to pay homage to this stellar, unique, incredible, awesome and extraordinary woman: Janice Regis.

Semper Fidelis

From Dawn to Night

Mouse condemned to live into the bottle while watching the attractive outer world.

Chrysalis turned into a butterfly then loses her wings.

Hot air contained in the balloons.

F(x) limited to zero but not reaching positive infinity.

Light meant to shine but is turned off.

Dawn, promising of brighter endeavors, quickly turned into night, ending and dark.

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A breathe. A dream. A mist.

Incomplete project. Unreached potential. Interrupted dream.

Chained. Refrained. Restrained. Shut down.

Wounds, blood, moans, tears.

Resignation. Powerlessness. Handicap. Prison. Frustration

Wanna be. Dying to be. Wish could be.

 

Free prison or imprisonning freedom.

 

 

 

 

My Thought On Lupita Nyong’o’s Nomination by People Magazine

On April 23rd, 2014, People magazine named Lupita Nyong’o, the Mexican-Kenyan actress Most Beautiful Woman of 2014.  This news has created a lot of positive and negative buzz and reactions online.  In Haiti, many women see her nomination as an offense to their own beauty, others believe that beauty is too relative to be appraised.  I see Lupita’s nomination with very positive eyes.

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This nomination was made to convey two messages to the world:

1- Beauty is not  equated with long, luscious, straight hair and light skin anymore.  So many black women are struggling with their self-image. They made so many changes to their hair, their skin color, their physical features that they’ve lost their identity.  They’ve lost their self-esteem and self-love with it.  Proclaiming Lupita, a dark-skinned woman with very short kinky natural hair as the MOST beautiful woman of 2014 debunks the myth that night shaded skin is ugly.  One young woman confessed that she stopped bleaching her skin after Lupita’s nomination.  Lupita’s words after her nomination say it all: “I was happy for all the girls who would see me on the cover and feel a little more seen.”  Lupita started to look at herself with more positive eyes when she saw Alek Wek, a south sudanese fashion model on TV.  No doubt, drawing the lights on dark-skinned women that don’t conform to a Caucasian aesthetic as beauty symbols is a positive upbringing for the black community.

2- Beauty is not just a face, it’s a package: brain plus heart plus physical features. Lupita is talentuous, educated, eloquent and authentic.  Any ordinary girl can relate to her because she is hearted.  This humanity and personality have been shown in her quotes: ” I feel most beautiful when I am content. That is for me more important than my physical presentation. “I would suggest laughter, the ability to forgive yourself and experience life as beauty advice”

I support People magazine’s choice in labeling Lupita Nyong’O  Most Beautiful Woman of 2014 because this action is promoting a new way of judging beauty: YOU are beautiful although you are DIFFERENT and BEAUTY is more than just a FACE and a BODY, it’s also a BRAIN and a HEART.

Ou ka Reve men Fok ou Reve ak Je Klè

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Maten an, pandan mwen ap gade yon paj Facebook ke m renmen anpil ki pale sou bèt, mwen wè foto sa ke youn nan manm yo poste pou l montre koman ti chat li a rete byen konsantre ap gad televizyon.  Mwen renmen bèt anpil, kidonk m pa bezwen di nou janm te kontan wè ti imaj sa.  Men imaj sa enspire m yon lot bagay.

Chat la panche tet li ap gade lyon an komsi li anvi nan plas lyon an, li anvi yon lyon tou. Li ka menm te rèv ti chat la pou li ta yon lyon.  Men, eske yon chat ap janm rive yon lyon?! Jamè!  Leson an senp, li bon pou w reve, ou gendwa reve men fok rev ou yo reyalis.  Pa reve vin sa w pap janm ka ye.

Sèjousi, gen anpil diskou ak pawol pou fe moun kwe kelkeswa rev yo genyen…

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When My Feelings Turned Into Extra Calories…

We are in the fifth month of this year and I have already gained and lost and gained and lost again around 05-20 pounds. I started the year with Size 12-14, I got to 16-18, went 14-16, went up to 18 then got back to 16.  I am not a typical yo-yo dieter. I am an emotional eater and it is sabotaging my weight loss plan.

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Eating has  always been my primary coping emotional mechanism but years ago, I would express  my pain, frustration, disappointment, fear through tears.  However, nowadays, my feelings turned into calories.     Whenever I am upset, angry, stressed, hurt or afraid, I eat.  That chocolate melting on my tongue and the liquid making his way through my stomach; that cheesy and meaty food making me feel oh so better- so soothing…so relieving….FOR THE TIME BEING!  Afterward, I am left with double guilt and shame: the guilt of having unhealthily addressed my problems and the guilt of having consumed unnecessary calories that will eventually screw up my weight; the shame of having failed to control my body.

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What’s bad about my emotional hunger also is that it makes me crave fatty foods and sugary snacks that provide an immediate rush- chocolate, pizza, steak and cheese sandwich, velvet cake, etc…

Sometimes, I manage not to eat to compensate my emotional needs and it works just fine-getting better at it actually.  However, on days like today, all I can afford is being an emotional eater: turning my feelings into calories.

Confessions of an emotional eater.

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