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Kiva Zip | A and C Books, LLC

Kiva Zip | A and C Books, LLC.

I’m only 5 contributors away from my loan going public on Kiva Zip. This means, my campaign will go live on the site for the public to see once I reach my goal of 5 more contributors. I’d really appreciate it if you could contribute as little as $5 to my loan!

This loan is important because it will allow me to expand my message of social change to an audience of over 30,000 at the Green Festival in Los Angeles, CA. I am also connecting with several Women’s Studies Programs to inquire about being a guest speaker their classrooms. In case you lost the link, here it is again: https://zip.kiva.org/loans/5380/i/u0hr

This is a loan, not a donation, so your money will be returned as I pay back my loan. Your support means a lot to me! Hope that you can help with a loan of $5 (or more) and share this with your network!

If you prefer sponsorship opportunities, visit my Speaker Sponsor profile here.

Thank you!

Feminine Transitions at #EssenceFest

I am more than happy to announce that Feminine Transitions will be included in the Essence Music Festival this year.  It takes place in New Orleans, LA from July 3-6, 2014. This means…it starts today.

Whether you have plans to attend or know someone who will be attending, please share this blog post. It will be available at the bookstore beside the EmpowerU Stage. Pick up a copy for yourself and/or a gift for a special someone.

Find out more at www.Essence.com/Festival. Thanks in advance for your support!

Blessings,

Alyscia

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Have You Ever Dreamed?

Bubbles Beyond Borders, a global campaign to support the dreams of women around the world, launches on August 16th, 2014.

To become a team leader in your state or province, contact Bubbles Beyond Borders. I will be leading the Maryland Campaign and would love to have many hands.

Join individuals, organisations and activists who will take to the streets on August 16th at 1pm local time to blow bubbles for a powerful purpose – to pledge an action in support of girls and women’s rights and dreams around the world. Why bubbles?

•the right to respect
•the right to an innocent childhood
•the right to an education
•the right to express themselves
•the right to independence
•the right to choose their own partners
•the right to equal pay
•the right to protection under the law
•the right to vote, and participate in government

Please get involved and help us take this to the next level!

You can participate NOW by taking a photo of yourself or your daughter, granddaughter, neice and/or friends blowing bubbles with a short written description of your dreams and post it on Bubbles Beyond Borders.

Please support our work by sharing posts using #bubblesbeyondborders and liking the Facebook page. There is also a list of things you can do to help and a list of ideas for a pledge.

Please share this post with everyone you know!

Feminine Transitions Goes To California

San Diego skyline

I am truly excited to be given the opportunity to travel to San Diego, California and engage in discussion about my book, Feminine Transitions. Not only am I in a position to spark necessary conversation about social change but I am passionate about creating positive images that facilitate self acceptance. Wait until you hear about my upcoming project. I am so looking forward to the new journey.

For those of you that may not know me personally, for the past five years I’ve wanted to go to California for two reasons, other than simply visiting this beauty. First, Cali was the first state (I seriously prayed about it) I planned on holding a book signing/discussion before Feminine Transitions was a physical book. Second, I wanted to celebrate my birthday and have arranged it over the years (hotel and everything) but had no choice but to cancel due to financial hardships.

There is no doubt that my prayers have not been answered and I take this moment as a blessing.

Not only was I chosen as presenter for the Aging Society of America’s (ASA) Aging In America Conference 2014 (#AIA14) but it also takes place during my birthday; March 17th. How powerful is that!

The topic of my presentation at the AIA conference is, of course, ‘Feminine Transitions: Embracing Our Natural Beauty As We Age’. I’m looking forward to dialoguing with the audience.

I am also scheduled for a book reading, signing, and discussion with the Women’s Resource Center on March 13th and Women’s Museum of California on March 15th.

If you or someone you know is in the San Diego area, come out and join me for great conversation and purchase a copy(ies) of Feminine Transitions.

Don’t forget I am still holding a crowd funding campaign which helps cover the expense for my trip to California. Your support, big or small, is appreciated. Contribute here.

RSVP here for event at Women’s Resource Center
RSVP here for event at Women’s Museum of California
Read more about AIA Conference 2014 here (can purchase ticket as well)

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Book Signing At Metamorphosis Boutique

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
Maya Angelou

Feminine Transitions is a tribute to that little girl who is constantly told by society that she is not beautiful. For the older woman who hides behind her mask and colors her gray hair. And to the senior woman who feels that her wrinkles are a negative reminder of growing older.

Know that you are all beautiful, just the way you are. Let the radiance you were born with shine through.

Feminine Transitions: A Photographic Celebration of Natural Beauty is a photography book that promotes and celebrates the true natural beauty of girls and women at all stages of life. It includes a portrait series of females faces ages 7 weeks to 103.

Free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 8, 2014
3:00pm-6:00pm
Metamorphosis Boutique
811 Wayne Avenue
(Whole Foods shopping cntr)
Silver Spring, MD 20910

I’m Cutting It Off!

Yes, you read it right. I’m cutting my hair completely off, for the first time in my life.

I’ve cut my hair lower many times but this will be the first time I’m doing the “Big Chop“.

To be honest, I’ve wanted to cut my hair for a few years. Despite the constant headaches and head colds after going swimming (the thickness of my hair makes drying time much longer) I continued to hold onto to it. Then had to remember I AM NOT MY HAIR.

I’m too attached and I truly want to let it go.

For the first time, I experienced fear and doubt about me. Saying quietly to myself, or in my mind, I wonder how I’ll look without my hair?  Very similar to the feelings of the women in my book, Feminine Transitions, having a difficult time being photographed without make-up. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable is not as easy as I thought.

Although it’s a different situation, the idea is similar and I now understood the feelings these women experienced.

Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to a fresh start. Fifteen years of locks shed from by body.

Portrait of Alyscia Cunningham
Alyscia Cunningham

It helps that Michelle Obama’s hair stylist, Mr. Johnny Wright, will be cutting my hair. Not to the mention, The Big Chop to Stop Cancer benefits ZuriWorks’ Exposures Project, an expressive photography program and traveling photo exhibition shot by Kea Taylor and breast cancer survivors. The program provides a rare glimpse into the lives of cancer survivors whose stories would otherwise go untold. To learn more about and support the program visit ZuriWorks.org.

It only feels right that I’m not only doing it for self-gratification, but I am also helping and organization that helps others.

If your in the DMV area please show your support and RSVP here. Event to be held on Thursday, Oct. 24th, 6pm-9pm at 1133 15th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Know someone willing to do the Big Chop?  Please let forward this information.

Not in the DMV area? It’s ok, you can still make a donation. Only 4 days to help make ZuriWorks crowd funding campaign successful. Help by making a contribution today.

On another note I’m going to San Diego, CA! Read more…