This Month on FemmeNoir
Well, it is time for me to step back from
FemmeNoir now and take care of a little pressing business.
After realizing a few weeks ago I could have lost my only
brother, I feel it necessary to spend more time with family, get
a life, and entertain the possibilities of a new relationship.
Recently, two people I love, admire and work closely with
lost a parent within 24-hours of each other. Loving the
ones you're with becomes paramount when you witness devastating
loses such as these and new paradigms emerge.
Additionally, I now have yet another friend who is dying of
cancer. Last year, I lost a friend I met in my new life.
This year, I will lose a good friend from my old life.
You have probably noticed the site has been
scaled back. This helps me in not having to update the
site so often. Additionally, I have grown since writing
some of my commentaries thus, some of what I believed then may
not be what I believe going forward. The beautiful thing
about life is you grow, you learn and you change. I can
certainly see how I have changed and grown in the last two
From this point forward, FemmeNoir will stand as
a witness for young and old, gay and straight, of the
accomplishments and contributions of lesbians of color. As
time permits, I will add new Leaders & Legends, articles,
poetry, and other contributions from lesbians of color
worldwide. But, you will see very little, if anything,
from me. I have not been an out lesbian of color who has
participated in GLBT organizations or events and to be honest, I
probably never will. I am, however, a for-profit thinking
business woman who will probably take over a business that I
wrote the marketing and business plans for and my friend
implemented those plans to create a successful business.
Whether I decide to continue with her business or set it up for
someone else to take on the responsibility, the clock on the
wall has struck midnight and a new day has dawned. It is
now time for me to walk back across the bridge I crossed some
years ago to meet Christine and return to the life I once knew.
Since FemmeNoir is not dependent upon funding
from outside organizations, you can be assured, particularly
now, that FemmeNoir will always be here. I guarantee it.
This Month's Leaders & Legends
This month, FemmeNoir's focus is on the National
Black Lesbian Conference and the women and organizations
involved. Unfortunately, I have so much on my plate I will
not be able to attend this year's conference -- maybe next time
-- but this year's conference is one not to miss. This
year's Elder Speak Project honors our older lesbian sisters and
they have much to contribute. Check out the seminars and
speakers at this year's conference. I am sure, for all who
attend, you will not be disappointed.
Angela D. Odom
Lift Your Voice and Sing!
FemmeNoir is an international site and it is
quite pleasing to see links to FemmeNoir on sites around the
world in Brazil, the UK, Africa, Germany, Italy, France, etc.
Let your voice be heard and contribute your works, words or
ideas to FemmeNoir. Let other women know they are not alone in their
feelings of sadness or joy.
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