According to Jess

  • Jessica Rosado

Updated: Aug 13

Well 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘰 #FirstFriday of #August! Is it just me or has this year felt 20 years long? ⁣⁣

⁣The year 2020 thus far has felt like a disastrous roller coaster while simultaneously proving to be quite the year of transparency and #awakening. I feel overwhelmed and grateful all at the same time. ⁣⁣

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Especially in this time, it is so important that we remember to center our hearts and minds in a space of gratitude. #Gratitude is a #positive state of being that allows us to appreciate the wonderful things we have so that we are ready to accept the #wonderful things set to come our way. In this beginning-of-the-month reflection I want to draw attention to what I am #grateful for. ⁣

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1. I am grateful for our evolved thought processes and conversations. We have had some difficult and uncomfortable conversations. We have checked ourselves, our loved ones, and even strangers on problematic biases, and we have educated one another on a variety of topics that continue to push for social, economic, and cultural #equity. I am grateful that we are still moving and pushing forward together.⁣⁣

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2. I am grateful for the podcast I launched in February called The Digital Coffee Date. This summer, I began a limited series to address prevalent themes with a #spiritual context and I could not be more proud of the messages I’ve shared during this time. Summer Soul Sessions ends Sunday, August 16th so I encourage you to catch up on the latest episodes before the female-forward conversations start back up in Season 2. ⁣⁣

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3. I am grateful to the beautiful people who have remained close to me during this time of distance. You all know who you are and I am so grateful for you.⁣

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If you struggle with gratitude, start with the most basic things you’re #thankful for and I promise you, that list will grow. There are so many things to be grateful for. For me, one post could not do justice for all the ways God has #blessed me. So hold on to your #blessings in the most trying times and watch your perspective change your perception. ️

So we're posting black and white photos huh?

#CHALLENGEACCEPTED As I continue to be nominated by many wonderful #women, I am reminded of the #powerful force we can be when we are a united front. While these challenges can seem to not serve a real purpose at times, I think it’s important to remember what we are really capable of when we #standtogether. ⁣⁣

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That being said, I’ve accepted this challenge with motive behind it and I am compelled to say: ARREST THE COPS WHO KILLED #BreonnaTaylor & REGISTER TO VOTE.⁣

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In solidarity with women around the world let’s continue to use our platform and voices for effective activism that uplifts our communities. ⁣⁣

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➡️ Get on the phone and demand the cops who killed Breonna Taylor are arrested, convicted, and sentenced. ⁣⁣

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• Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer: (502) 574 2003⁣⁣

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• Special Prosecutor, Attorney General Daniel Cameron: Call 502-696-5300⁣⁣

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• Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear: Call 502-564-2611⁣⁣

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• Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Thomas Wine: Call 502-595-2300⁣⁣

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➡️ Make sure you #registertovote! You may not agree with any of the candidates but remember it isn’t just the president we are voting for and it’s imperative to let our voices be heard. If you live in a closed state remember you need to update your political party so that you can #vote for the candidate within your desired party. ⁣

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Know that I’ve got nothing but love for all the women posting their fabulous black & white photos but let’s also remember to continue to uplift one another as we use our voices toward a more #diverse and #inclusive future!⁣⁣

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Thank you @vivir.con.pasion @sheleadsmedia @krizneyland @tiara_michele_ for the nominations. ⁣⁣

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Thank you to @elainewelteroth for sharing info for #JusticeforBreonnaTaylor. ⁣⁣

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Shoutout to the artists and photographers that I shared the first two photos of @aryln.garcia, @themichaelkushner, @deannestewart.⁣


#sayhername #saytheirnames #vote2020 

  • Jessica Rosado

Imagine being an American woman with Puerto Rican roots whose rights and freedoms are based on the ideals of old white men slave owners. Imagine that those very same rights and freedoms that were written without my brown and black brothers and sisters in mind would then be enforced by law. Imagine that those same rights and freedoms would be transformed into judicial precedents that tell me what I’m allowed to do with my body. Imagine that these laws would then evolve into racial criminalization leading to mass incarceration by way of over-policing black and brown communities. Pretty wild to imagine right? The thing is, we don’t have to imagine it. It’s our 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲. ⁣⁣

There have been so many different conversations being had. People learning new concepts that aren’t new at all, people struggling to accept the harmful constructs of our society, people fighting with their own racial biases within themselves, and the list goes on. ⁣⁣

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One perspective I want you to think about today is this: As women, as black people, as indigenous people, as people of color, how can we feel confident in the protection of our constitutional rights when those rights were not originally written with our best interest in mind? More so, how can we feel protected by the enforcement of those laws that never were written to protect us from the beginning? ⁣⁣

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You see, the issues finally being heard are not political. We have a structural problem in the very fabric of our constitution and nationwide policies, therefore those enforcing the law and protecting our rights and freedoms are bound to be flawed because our rights and protections were never included in the original policy conversations to begin with. ⁣⁣

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Our work isn’t over until full reform happens. It’s not just defunding as a solution. We need reform and restructure from county to state to federal policies that include 𝐔𝐒 in the conversation. ⁣⁣

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I encourage you to 𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐃 more, 𝐋𝐄𝐀𝐑𝐍 more, and 𝐀𝐒𝐊 more questions. We need to build a better world and that only happens when we understand the past and how we got to where we are today.