What we're about

Welcome to W.O.K.E. 

W.O.K.E.-Women of Kolour Empowered
W.O.K.E. was featured in O Magazine (The Oprah Magazine) in June 2019's edtion in print and in digital.
Here's the link: https://www.oprahmag.com/life/a27457515/these-women-changed-their-perspectives-to-become-woke/
---
I can not stress this is enough--This group is for Women of Color Only! What identifes as such-Black, Native, Asian, and LatinX. If you indentify as such, this group is for you! MEN will be BANNED and REMOVED!

"People of color need their own spaces...We need places in which we can gather and be free from the mainstream stereotypes and marginalization that permeate every other societal space we occupy. We need spaces where we can be our authentic selves without white people’s judgment and insecurity muzzling that expression. We need spaces where we can simply be—where we can get off the treadmill of making white people comfortable and finally realize just how tired we are.- Kelsey Blackwell

“There are many, many different kinds of intersectional exclusions ― not just black women, but other women of color,” Crenshaw said. “Not just people of color, but people with disabilities. Immigrants. LGBTQ people. Indigenous people.”-Kimberle' Williams Crenshaw 

---
I remember as a kid how my mother and my “Aunts” (I put this in quotes because they are not blood related) will gather around the living room and just chat about their kids, church, work, men, and so on. As a kid, I just looked at it as my mom and her friends were just hanging out and just talking. Ask I grow into my own person as a woman, a black woman; I realize that these talks they had were so crucial to their overall being. They were consistent on meeting with each other, every week. What Angela Davis beautifully described is that women of colour carry on so many hidden layers and burdens on their shoulders. And because of that, we sometimes don’t have the privilege to lay it on for someone to hear or take away. W.O.K.E (Women of Kolour Empowered) is a group for women of colour to meet in a safe place to talk about a range of topics together. We will cover relationships, racism, sexism, work-related stress, sexuality, intersectionality, career, mental health, network, current events, pop culture, strengthening current relationships, and forming new ones. Please join us while we create a network that can possibly create a safety net for all.
---
“I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.”  – Audre Lorde

Upcoming events (1)

What is Love? "all about love" by bell hooks...Let's Discuss!

Go Hard Dance

Dear W.O.K.E. Members!

Happy New Year!

We made it another year, and I am super excited for 2023! Thank you all for attending W.O.K.E. meetings virtually during the COVID Pandemic! Although COVID-19 is lingering, with precautions and safety in mind, I am glad to announce that W.O.K.E. (Women of Kolour Empowered) will be in-person for the first time since February 2020! I can't believe it's been that long!

February is a particular month. Not only is the month of love-(Valentine’s Day), I would love to incorporate Valentine's Day and Black History Month! The theme for this meetup will be "all about love, New Visions"- by bell hooks.

I was fortunate to read this book late last year, and of course, anything by bell hooks, I was blown away.

Here's a brief description:

A New York Times bestseller and enduring classic, All About Love is the acclaimed first volume in feminist icon bell hooks' "Love Song to the Nation" trilogy. All About Love reveals what causes a polarized society and how to heal the divisions that cause suffering. Here is the truth about Love and inspiration to help us instill caring, compassion, and strength in our homes, schools, and workplaces.

"The word 'love' is most often defined as a noun, yet we would all love better if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love. Here, at her most provocative and intensely personal, renowned scholar, cultural critic, and feminist bell hooks offers a proactive new ethic for a society bereft with lovelessness--not the lack of romance, but the lack of care, compassion, and unity. People are divided, she declares, by society's failure to provide a model for learning to love.
As bell hooks use her incisive mind to explore the question "What is love?" her answers strike at both the mind and heart. Razing the cultural paradigm that the ideal Love is infused with sex and desire, she provides a new path to love that is sacred, redemptive, and healing for individuals and a nation. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of the "100 Visionaries Who Can Change Your Life." All About Love is a powerful, timely affirmation of just how profoundly her revelations can change hearts and minds for the better.

You don't have to read the book to participate. Questions and themes will be taken from the book for a great spirited, inspirational, and lively discussion!

Some themes that we will be discussing:

  • "Young people are cynical about Love. Ultimately, cynicism is the great mask of the disappointed and betrayed heart.'
  • "When we face pain in relationships, our first response is often to sever bonds rather than to maintain commitment."
  • "All too often, women believe it is a sign of commitment, an expression of Love, to endure unkindness or cruelty, to forgive and forget. In actuality, when we love rightly, we know that the healthy, loving response to cruelty and abuse is putting ourselves out of harm's way."
  • "But many of us seek community solely to escape the fear of being alone. Knowing how to be solitary is central to the art of loving. When we can be alone, we can be with others without using them as a means of escape."
  • "the wounded child inside many males is a boy who, when he first spoke his truths, was silenced by paternal sadism, by a patriarchal world that did not want him to claim his true feelings. The wounded child inside many females is a girl who was taught from early childhood that she must become something other than herself, deny her true feelings, in order to attract and please others. When men and women punish each other for truth telling, we reinforce the notion that lies are better. To be loving we willingly hear the other's truth, and most important, we affirm the value of truth telling. Lies may make people feel better, but they do not help them to know Love."
  • "To love well is the task in all meaningful relationships, not just romantic bonds."

So, let's discuss this on February 19th, at Go Hard Dance Studio-2307 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. BLVD-Ground Floor (Btw 135 &136th ST). The meetup time will be from 4:45 pm-7pm.

Hope to see you there, and bring a friend or two:)
B.Y.O.B. :)

Will you make a small
$5 donation today?

Ways to donate:

  • Venmo-@Amy-Afua
  • CashApp- $AmyAfua7
  • [masked]

All the Best,
Amy Afua, LCSW

1

Past events (53)

Post-Election Day Debrief—Let’s Discuss the Midterms 🗳

This event has passed

Find us also at