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SHE CHRONICLES Video Post: “Like a Woman” by Annabelle Fern

“Pretty little baby, I have raised you like a woman… when you see the crocodiles you will come to your mother and we will laugh at them.”


SHE CHRONICLES: “After Twenty Years” a poem by Jolivette “The Poet Warrior”

upon a time,
you saw me, and I
Moved you, deeply from
places you had hidden the
most sacred parts of your self.

wanted me, but
you could not grow fast
enough to hold, my wisdom
In your heart and hand, so you vanished.

And needed me
So you carried fantasies
of we in your head, promising
yourself to one day make memories
Your aim, to one day find me when you became

A man.


Jolivette Anderson-Douoning is an Educator and Poet from Shreveport, LA. Her research is focused on Race, Space and Place.  It explores the psyche of African Americans in the United States and how their existence has been negotiated according to the racial history of the nation.  Anderson-Douoning is a 4th year PhD student at Purdue University where she is studying American Studies/Curriculum and Instruction.  She currently lives in Indiana with her daughter.  

She has four recordings of poetry and prose: Love and Revolution UndergroundAt the End of a Rope in MississippiJolivette Live: A Bluesy Funk Life Cycle, and She Energy.

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She Chronicles presents “She Is Spirit, She Is Truth” by a Wise Woman

When a Phoenix rises from the ashes

She does not rise alone

She carries in Her wings

seedlings weighted in light not shone


She cradles them upon Her breasts

nurturing them with life-giving breath

She casts down the lies of oppression

they have been taught to believe is their destiny


Instead builds them up in Truth

to know they are to be

so much more than

just a dead epiphany


She strengthens their wings to soar

beyond the world’s interpretation

of who they should be…

imprisoned instead of free


She is mighty, She is fierce

Her wings an impenetrable fortress

protecting Her young from

the deadly arrows that pierce


She will fight and give Her life

She will weep the aches and bleed

the pain that is not Her own

for the seeds of Her womb


Yes, the Phoenix is a Mother

birthing spirits that fly beyond

to lead others out of their blindness

that only sees skin color, poverty, hopelessness


For you see, the Phoenix is not myth or legend

and cannot be seen by the eye of mankind

She is Spirit, She is Truth dwelling in empyrean heights

but upon this earth She is seen, and She is known

by another name…              




Click the link for more works by A Wise Woman’s Journey



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She Chronicles presents, “I Am” by Sandra Rivers-Gil

I Am


I know who I am. I am who I was created to be

Without being who you expect me to be

Who they assume I am

Who I thought I was

                                    I am strong


I have cried and lied and spied and tried

To be that super; that make do, that bag

That pick up the pieces

                                    I am woman


I can roar and I can soar

This may not be in your job description

But it is my prescription, because I have changed

Not short-changed

But rearranged myself

                                    I am free


To be who I was created to be

I am a unique piece to my own puzzle

Intricate, a benefit, not counterfeit

Fitting into grooves

I thought I’d never fill the vacancy

                                    I am determined


If I know who I am

I can respect you, because I respect myself

I can love you, because I love myself

I can respond to you and not react

I can share with you and not be envious

I can converse with you and be real

                                    I am a possibility


A native of Toledo Ohio, Sandra Rivers-Gill is an award-winning poet,
writer, performer and playwright. Her literary work has appeared in or
is forthcoming in Common Threads, Toledo Streets Newspaper, the Toledo
Museum of Art (Online), Flights Literary Magazine and The Kerf. Sandra
served as the 2016 Literary chairperson for the Prizm Creative Community
Art-Affair Exhibition, and has been a featured poet in Toledo and
Dayton, Ohi, and continues to read and perform  her poetry. She
currently facilitates poetry workshops at Naomi Inc., a non-profit
treatment facility for women in recovery from alcohol and drug abuse and
is the editor of Dopeless Hope Fiends, a poetry chapbook featuring the
work of the women she serves. Sandra studied communication and received
a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo.

SHE CHRONICLES Video Post: “Dear Privilege by Amaris Diaz

“When does laughing at my name become part of the curriculum?… my name is not yours to edit.”


She Chronicles presents “About a Girl” by Dawn Edwards

I’m sitting here wondering, pondering, contemplating, deliberating, anxiously waiting for the precise moment where it all becomes painstakingly clear to me.

But so far nothing; nothing that explains why the Universe has brought me to her- her to me- us together in this time and place…

Ahhh… alas, here we are, two old souls reunited, reconnected from some time past…

She knows me, and I know her, yet there’s so much to discover about one another…

What does her laugh sound like?

When she smiles, does it reach her eyes or remain at her lips?

What does her touch feel like?

Where do her stray thoughts lead her?

There is an attraction that transcends the physical- it’s spiritual. It feels good, it feels scary, it feels authentic, it feels… purposeful…

Almost as if it were meant… the Universe brings people together for a reason. To fulfill its own unique purpose, for whatever length of time…

I suppose time will reveal…


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Dawn Edwards wrote her first short story at the age of 8 and has cultivated a deeper love for the written word over the years. She is now a published author, her book is entitled, “Food 4 Thought” and currently has two book projects in the works. She’s a blogger and a political activist who wholly believes that she has the responsibility to use her words, in addition to her legal knowledge and political science background to uplift, motivate and address issues that affect her community. Dawn’s also a mother of 3 boys, and a trained dancer.


SHE CHRONICLES: “To A Women Whose Voice I Like” a video post by Nikki Giovanni

“Show me someone not full of themselves and I’ll show you an empty person.”


SHE CHRONICLES: Nikki Giovanni, a video post

“Talk to me poem, I’m all alone.”