FROGTOWN DIVA

Divas Don't Hop, But We're Hip!

FrogTown Diva

FrogTown Diva
Location
Toledo, Ohio, USA
Birthday
September 23
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Observations From the Swamp Many folks think we live in the nether regions of the earth here in Toledo, Ohio. However, Toledo is the birthplace of jazz great, Art Tatum, not to mention many other distinguished and accomplished AfrAms (African-Americans) who often remain unheralded and unrecognized in their home town. This swamp is a petrie dish swarming with undiscovered talent that the world may never know because there are too many slimey creatures down here in the swamp pulling down anyone who tries to climb out and come out into the warmth of the sun. This diva climbed into the swamp with one purpose - to rid the world of slime!

MAY 10, 2012 3:23PM

I'm 60% human, according to the constitution, but 100% whole

Rate: 6 Flag

According to the Constitution I'm only 60% human. (That "Negroes are only 3/5 of a man" statement was never removed.)

According to some men, I'm supposed to be subservient. According to some cultural dictates, I'm not supposed to be attractive to the opposite sex.

According to the demographics, I'm not supposed to have a job or a life.

According to the people who are supposed to be providing me with support in my doctoral program, I'm not worth their time or effort.

But according to Joanna Jefferson, my maternal grandmother who loved me from the first time she laid eyes on me when I was pulled from my mother's womb with forceps, I am capable, intelligent, beautiful, and destined to do great things.

Although, her dreams for me were limited because her vision was limited by history and geography - black folks could only achieve so much in Central Texas - but she accomplished things her freed slave grandparents couldn't even imagine. I choose not to listen to all of the previous voices and can only hear Grandma's.

Although she was with me in spirit for many years, she's tending to her eldest child, my mother, in her declining years. And that's as it should be.

Like my grandmother, my mother's always been an inspiration. Never occurred to me that I was anything but big and beautiful once I became a BBW because the most beautiful woman in the world, my mother is a BBW.

Thanks, Mom and Grandma, for drowning out the voices that seek to limit and intimidate me. I only hear those who lift me up.

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Diva, I tip my hat to you, your mom and your grandmother for standing up to the naysayers. I did not know the constitution had not been fixed of that abomination.
I guess you can't change it, but the amendment that amended that statement was supposed to right the wrong. Thanks for the comment!
Good for you, Diva!
Rated! Thank god for moms and grandmas!!!

My grandma told the doctor, "Put him back in, I don't think he's done cooking!"

Haha, yeah, I did put her in the bad nursing home !! :D
Thanks, Erica.

Tink, you're nuts!
I love the way that you write this Diva.
For even with the odds stacked against you, you overcame and rose above.
You are an inspiration. With a little help from your grandmother and mother..
Thank goodness for those strong and inspiring voices of Joanna Jefferson, her daughter, her granddaughter! Wishing every child those voices to lift them up. Thanks for sharing this beautiful tribute, Diva!