GMO Editors Column (18)
I never read Steve Harvey’s bestselling book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, and I probably never will. I haven’t seen the blockbuster movie based on this book either, and I probably never will. When I first heard Steve Harvey was writing a “self-help” book for women, I thought, wow, here goes another person trying to capitalize off of the insecurities of women—black women in particular.
After snaking to the back of the bus and train because inconsiderate people refuse to move, wrestling with and ducking from over-sized backpacks and handbags and shoving through those who block the exit doors, I look forward to seeing one of my favorite people who works for the city’s public transportation company during the week. He stands there, dressed in his work jumpsuit with a toothpick in his mouth and a smile to greet all of the passengers. Whether it was a wave, a friendly head nod or giving directions, he is graceful and pleasant. He has a special smile and handshake for me as he addresses me by name when he sees me walk up the stairs.
Very few things touch my heart more than hearing real Hip Hop from someone who grew up on the same exact streets as I did. Somehow, when you have that connection, the lyrics, the metaphors, and the beats seem to touch a deeper part of the soul than it would if it was just some one-hit wonder from any city other than Chicago. I know, it may be a tad bit biased, but all of the above happens whenever I listen to Common’s ninth album, The Dreamer, The Believer.
As a Chicago native and an artist (in written form), I’ve been blessed to associate with, befriend and interview some of the most talented masterminds in the creative business. My city and the surrounding area give birth to some of the most gifted musicians, dancers, singers, writers, fashion designers, visual artists and photographers. One of the many things I love about Chicago is the accessibility to speak to the artists, and in some cases, get to know the stories that inspired their creative works.
In the age of an African American First Lady in the White House, Michelle Obama shows the world how hard black girls rock. From her Let’s Move! initiative, which fights childhood obesity and educates our community about healthy living, to her effortless elegance and fashion flair, Michelle makes us proud. Media icon and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey turned a syndicated talk show into a household name and brand known all over the world. She ended an era in television history earlier this year and serves as one of the best examples of a businesswoman and a humanitarian.
In this space, the editors of GlossMagazineOnline (GMO) will write about topics that are important to them. Here, they will explore their passions and give a voice to the issues that move them. Look out for the first colums from your GMO editors in the November/December issue of the magazine.