Photo by Queon “Q” Martin
“It’s time to take back cool.”
It’s time to take back cool. When I grew up, I played basketball and was given a pass by the “cool kids” who could not beat me in the gym. I was labeled “different” as I pushed to get my studies done and play ball. I also was nice with karate thanks to my cousin Toni Lee. My Mom and Dad were respected teachers and leaders in the community. Showing up, paying bills, taking care of your family and going to a place of worship on Sunday was also cool back then. It was what we did in my world. Somehow I feel like we let cool slip into the hands of the hoodlums. Nowadays, you are only deemed tough or cool if you look like you can beat people up or you act like a fool in the face of authority. That’s crazy! Standards are important. The baddest person at the club is not the one who can do the best twerk or breakdance, it’s the person who can hold down that 9 to 5 the next morning. The cool person is the one who has a bank account with something in it besides hope. The baddest people in the room are the people who, in spite of all the obstacles working against them, get up each day and goes out to face the world for their families. They make their house a home. That’s what’s up! That’s cool. It’s time to take back cool.
Accordingly, in this issue celebrating powerful women, we highlight the incomparable Vernā Myers who’s making diversity and inclusion a part of the culture at Netflix. We showcase creatives and designers Holly Byrd Miller, Robin Farmer, Sandrine Plante, and Benita Adams. In our Legends section, we celebrate the historical importance of Vice President Kamala Harris. All powerful women who know their worth and who are taking charge of their stories. Last, we close with Girls For A Change and a new dish from award-winning chef Katherine Thompson. Help us to celebrate the women who make the world go around. You get a new look when you have SoulVision!
“The baddest person at the club is not the one who can do the best twerk or breakdance, it’s the person who can hold down that 9 to 5 the next morning.”