My Thoughts On The Orignal Black Panther Party

I watched the Black Panthers Documentary on Netflix this week. So many thoughts ran through my head about this short film. I don’t even know where to begin. As an African-American dark skin woman, I can say that there definitely are injustices and discrimination that still go on today. It’s just crazy to me. I do agree with people having the right to protect themselves from harmful environments. Not everyone has good intentions, and even good intentions don’t always come out in a good way.

I think it was very sad to see how people were being treated openly. It was sad to see one set of people trying to keep the other at ground level to satisfy their ego and well being. So they felt they had to do things that way.

However, on the upside, I think that the programs that they created were phenomenal and inspiring. It inspired me to want to be more proactive. It was beautiful seeing a community come together in fellowship. It was inspiring to see people getting along for the greater good. It was great to see the poor and unfortunate being helped against a system that was designed to destroy them. It was great to see confidence and an uprising despite the challenges that they had faced. Still today there are poor and unfortunate people that need help. It seems that in today’s society people are least like to care than they once were.

I think what everyone in this world is meant to be free. People want to be valued. People want to live a good life. People want to be respected and treated fairly. People want to be able to eat. People want to be able to raise their children in a world that is mostly good. Most people want the best and some people feel they have to step on and oppress others to get it.

This may be true, I have learned in my adult life that equality and fairness cannot be applied to every situation. How you want to be treated and what another person will allow maybe two total opposites. However, boundaries must be set and a system should be created that is in favor of all not just those who came, saw, and, conquered. I think that the Black Panthers documentary, although it did have its downsides, was a brilliant explanation of what the organization was and what it originally stood for.

The organization wanted to end street bullying (Basically). The organization wanted to help the community’s and their children. There were great motives behind forming this organization. They were fearless, courageous, and they did not have to do what they did. They wanted a better environment and world just like anyone else.

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Why It’s Important To Step Outside Of Your Comfort Zone


I will not say that I am completely perfect in this area. Getting out of my comfort zone has scared me most of my life. We all want to be comfortable. We don’t want to feel any pain. We don’t want to go through any hardships. We don’t want to struggle. Who wants to do any of that? It’s not fun and it doesn’t feel good. Why would anyone want to do that?

Well, believe to or not growth is on the other side of the comfort zone. We cannot grow if we are always comfortable. We cannot gain knowledge, connect with people, build a better life, and in some cases have fun, if we are always comfortable. Life is a balance of ups and downs. Everyday won’t be a good day. What I have also learned as an adult…every path won’t be straight and narrow. Every situation will not be laid out on the table.

Sometimes you will have to figure things out. Sometimes you will have to say and do things that are not popular. Some of the things you will have to say and do will scare the mess out of you. You will never grow if you don’t push through the fear and the “what if’s”. Our minds can play tricks on us at times. It will tell us that we are not capable of doing things and that we shouldn’t do things. We are tricked, by our minds, into thinking that is the right way to go. What I have learned in my adult years is sometimes doing the “right thing” is not the right thing.

I have learned that not all planned things are carried out successfully. You have to know how to impromptu and roll with the punches at times. Getting what you want will never be easy. It will never be a skip across a field of roses. You have to be willing to get dirty and messy (Figuratively and in some cases…literally). Getting out of your comfort zone is necessary for growth, moving forward, and accomplishing goals/tasks. You will ever know what you can become if you never get out of our comfort zone.

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K.SLaughter’s Guide To Measuring Yourself

Measuring yourself is really easier than it looks. It’s a very simple process. So simple that even my six year old knows how to measure herself.

In this guide I am going to take you step by step (With pictures of course!) in showing you how to measure yourself accurately. We are only going to use the basic measurements, the bust, waist, and hips.

You’re going to need to purchase measuring tape to take your measurements. You can purchase this from Wal-Mart or any local craft store for about $0.97-$2.00.

You need to measure your bust area. The bust is the the fullest part of your breast/chest. The fullest part would be the highest part/at the nipple area. Please make sure that you have on a bra when doing this. This will help ensure accuracy. 

The picture below is a picture of the back area. It should be in line with the front area (It should not be high up or very low. It should meet with the front bust area.)

Next you need to get your waist measurement. It is right above the belly button or under. You take this measurement where you want the top of the bottom garment to sit. 

Last is your hip measurement. This area is around the fullest part of your butt. 

The number you will record with all of these measurements is where the beginning of measuring tape meets the ending. Record where the silver piece lays/stops (The piece before the #1)

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Sew Russia:Holiday Table Decor

I come from a world of humble beginnings. I learned at a very early age that I have to create the world I wanted. I grew up watch my mother and grand mother decorating their house and Making the most of what they had. They made middle class living look like luxury. I learned a lot of my creative skills from watch them and many others in my family.

It has been a shame that I have been in my house for months and I have not decorated. There has just been so much going on in Baton Rouge in the year 2016 that it really put a damper on my creative spirit, but I am slowly but surely regaining it.

My first project was decorating my dining room table. I am in love with the outcome. The colors of my kitchen are red and gold. Previously I didn’t really care for gold, but now I am completely obsessed with the color. 

I also did a tutorial on how I created these pieces for my table. Click the link to view it: How to Decorate Your Table For the Holidays.You can tweak it however you want. 

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Sew Russia: Halloween Costume Day

Hey ya’ll! 

I am sewww excited about today! Today was costume day at school for my daughter. Of course with her mommy being a seamstress she wants her special occasion wear always made by hand.

It is an honor and privilege to be able to create something unique for my daughter that she will remember forever (And maybe even pass down. You never know.) 
She wanted to be a witch. The first costume I made her she was a witch although it was more simple that the most current one. I took pride in creating something that would always and forever be embedded in her childhood memory.

Here is a look at the first tutu I ever made for my daughter. I only was able to make the tutu at that time. This year I made and designed everything she has on except the leggings and boots and I revamped her old hat. The look on her face both years was priceless.

Ok. Now that we have seen the before and after, let’s look at today’s photos.

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Sew Russia: Sewww You Want To Start A Business…Here Are The 1st Steps

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Hello! You are here because you want to start a business! That’s great. Believe it or not that’s the first important step to starting a business. You have to KNOW you want to do it.

I am going to list 6 things you need to do to start a business. Lets get into it!

1.Come up with a niche.

You must know what it is you want to do. Do you want to be a seamstress? Do you want to be a carpenter? Do you want to be an interior decorator? Do you want to own a trucking company? Do you want to flip houses?

You have to be clear on what it is that you have a passion for doing. Don’t just pick something because it sounds appealing. Relate what you want to do to what you are passionate about. Trust me. You will need that on the days it all seems too hard, and you feel like giving up. Find your passion, and you find something worth living for!

2.What is your vision?

Where do you see yourself now, and in a couple of years? How far do you want to take your vision? Do you want to work from home? Do you want to own/lease a building? Do you want to enter shows?

You have to know how far you want to go in your endeavors. You will need to know your limits as well as what you are not limited to.

3.Research…Research…Research!

You need to know what you are getting yourself into. You need to make sure that this is exactly what you want. Even through the good and bad times, you have to still want it. Read blogs, search websites, watch tutorials/YouTube videos, and join Facebook groups. You always want to know What you are getting yourself into. Of course you will discover new things along the way, but it is your responsibility to equip yourself as much as possible.

4.Invest in your brand!

Here is the big step to getting everything going! Discipline yourself. Investing in equipment and tools will get you going in the right direction.You will need to read books and to attend seminars too. Group meetings with like-minded people will help keep you informed, and up to date on your chosen industry.  You will need computers and software to keep up with your data. Also, search apps that will help you become successful. These are just to list a few.

5.Come up with and/or find a financial plan.

You will need funding to purchase things you will need for your business. Set aside a savings for that. Invest every paycheck even if its a $5-$10 contribution, it still counts. A little at a time adds up over time!

Cut back on the things that you can. Maybe you can get a roommate and split the cost of rent. Maybe you can go without eating out for a while. Decide what you can do to push yourself into the direction of your dreams.

6. Write it all down.

No one remembers every single thing. We all end up forgetting eventually. It is important to write your thoughts and goals down. Once it is written progression can start. You will find yourself challenging yourself to attain what you wrote down. Also, you can come back to what you wrote down months/years later if you need that information at that time.

7.Believe even when you cannot see.

It will not be easy. Sometimes you will feel like giving up, and you cannot even see your own dream. You have to believe even when it’s not there, or when you can’t see your own vision. You will be your biggest supporter. You will be your greatest friend. You will have to live with yourself forever. Why not make your dreams come true. Why not create something worth living for. Why not do something that even when you are long gone someone thanks you for doing it!

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Sew Russia: 5 social Media Fashion Designers Who Inspire Me

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I am a firm believer in giving credit where it is due! I get inspiration from all over the place but today, I want to list 5 social media designers that inspire me. Although I could go on and on with this, I am only going to give 5 for now.

Welph…here we go!

 

 

1.Brittany DKe’

I have been following this chick’s Youtube for years. I have learned sewww much from her and the best part…I have actually connected with her! Every down to Earth and informative. Check out Btrittany’s channel here.

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2.Shameitria Fernandez

No one words need to even be expressed. This designer’s designs speak for themselves. Check out Shameitria’s page here.

 

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3.Charissa Myers

Skirts for days! I love how professional her skirts look and the different fabric she uses for them. Check out Charissa’s page here.

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4.Beau Je

Is there anything this lady cannot do? I mean seriously! Beau’s designs are out of this world fabulous! Check out Beau’s page here

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5.Dymond Warren

Glamorous! All of Dymond’s designs look like they came out of a magazine! Check out Dymond’s page here

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These designers all bring different styles and flavors to the table. It is amazing seeing positive growth and they definitely exhibit that in every way! Go check them out and be inspired!

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Sew Russia:✂Allow Me To Introduce Myself-10 Facts About Me✂

Hey! Hi! Hello!

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I know that I just jumped straight to the point right? I started writing blogs before I even introduced myself to you all. Sorry. My bad!

My blog is all about me getting to know you, you getting to know me, and sharing information! Yayyy!!!!

Ok…about me…
My name is KoRussia Slaughter formerly KoRussia McCaleb (My maiden name…I really miss it *insert tears here*).  I was raised in Baton Rouge (Red Stick), Louisiana and currently reside here with my husband and daughter.

1.I love to write!

I have been writing since I was about 5 years old. I would right short stories, and short stories turned into poems. I never really like writing page upon page of things. I do plan to jump out of my comfort zone in the future with that.

2.I love to craft!

I have always been crafty. I would create journals and drawings when I was little. I loved origami. I learned basic origami from former classmates.

I am a seamstress and jewelry designer.  I also like to create other things, but these two are my main focus. I love what I do. I love giving people unique pieces. I believe everyone is an individual, and every individual brings something to the world that is valuable.I have been making jewelry and other crafty things professionally for about 4 years.

3.I love positivity!
I am very positive although I am passionate about a lot of topics that you may read in the future, but please know my thoughts come from a good place.

4.I love deep conversations and believe everything has meaning.

It is absolutely impossible for me to not think. In am always thinking of something. The only time my brain gets a break is when I am asleep. Even then, sometimes I dream about the future. I love having conversations about topics that mean something and hearing different point of views. I believe believe that everyone brings something to a topic. It is impossible to always have one answer/solution for every problem.

5. I love to dance!
I am a great dancer. You can catch me on the middle of the isle dancing to a catchy song playing over the intercom of a store. My daughter hates that by the way!

6. Any fears?
My biggest fear is leaving the Earth and had not made any use of my gifts and potential. I think everyone fears that, but only a few are willing to step out.

7. I LOVE soul food!
I am from Lousiana. We have like the best food in the world! I love red beans and rice. I can eat that everyday and never get tired. I am allergic to shellfish (crawfish, shrimp, crab, lobster,etc.). That really sucks because everyone in Louisiana are very big on crawfish. However, I love fried catfish. I love fish period. It’s my favorite meat. I always order salmon when I go out to eat.

8.Favorite music?
I am a mixture. I love upbeat music as well as slow pace music. I love pop music.

9. Favorite pastimes besides crafting?

I love to sit in silence. As crazy as that sounds, it allows you to think and gather your next steps. I love to do soothing things like sit at the levee and let the sun beam down on me. I love solitude.

10.Some of my favorite people in the world?

Some of my favorite people in the world are those that are not fortunate or spoon feed and still make a way to live their dreams, whatever they maybe. No one and nothing is stronger and more brave than that person!

Welph! That’s enough about me…tell me a little about you. Also, do not hesitate to ask me any questions. I look forward to connecting with ya’ll!

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What Is Forgiveness????? How Do We Forgive????

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Forgiveness can be one of the hardest and most complex topics. When offended people often hold in frustrations. They recite and relive previous situations over and over in their heads. They harbor anger that often comes out at the wrong time. They think about what they could have said and should have done. They relive the past so much that it becomes apart of them and their whole attitude.

How do you overcome a deep hurt? How do you overcome rejection? How do you overcome resentment? How do you overcome and forgive? Lets be realistic. Its is hard. Things are easier said then done. When someone has rubbed you the wrong way, your body and mind goes into defense. You want to retaliate and you want to win. You don’t want to feel ashamed, rejected, or betrayed. You want to win and you want it to feel good. Is winning everything? Do you really win when you stoop to someone else’s level? Do you win when you seek and get revenge? Will it really make you feel good after its all said and done?

Forgiveness happens when you no longer have hard feelings towards the person that offended you. Forgiveness happens when you don’t think about what happened to you all day everyday. Forgiveness happens when you don’t make what happened to you a priority. You focus on living the best life possible and achieving your goals.

I don’t believe you have to reconnect to forgive. I think that is a personal choice. I don’t believe you have to hang you with that person to forgive. In some cases you will even have to forgive people who are not sorry. You will have to forgive people that do not feel they did anything wrong. You will have to forgive people who would definitely do it again. It can be hard. It can be challenging. It can take making some very hard decisions.

I believe in distance. There is no rule book stating that you have to keep taking mistreatment over and over. There is nothing stated that you have to sacrifice your health and well being to please someone who mistreats you; by being in their presence.

We have to find peace. I believe that the soul seeks it all the time whether we are aware of it or not.  We have to come to peace with our past and the things that have happened to us. there is nothing that you can do to change the past, but  you can make a better future.

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Frustrations of a Visionary

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It can be quite frustrating when you are the only one that can see your vision. You believe wholeheartedly in your dream. With the right people, time, and, place…it could actually come true. You already believe, but you have to get others to believe too.  How hard can that be? VERY! Why, because everyone has a dream right? What makes your dreams so important that they should come true over everyone else’s? Why should you see your plans and aspirations come to life over everyone else’s?

The truth of the matter is that work ethic separates us all. Knowledge, by how an where we apply it separates us. Willingness separates us all. You have to be willing to do things when you are tired, and when you don’t feel like it. You have to be willing to fit things in even when they can’t. You have to make time and manage time.

Everyone has their own destiny. Everyone has their own will power. Each individual is tailored differently. Some want to work a 9-5, and some just won’t fit in that 9-5 category because it does not fit who they are. It does not mean that either person is more important than the other. Each side has its own challenges and frustrations.

Working 9-5 means that you will have to follow someones instructions. Take breaks when they allow, and however long they allow it. You receive a cut off amount of pay at your pay rate, with or without benefits. Your ideas may often get passed up because it may not fit, or may be a threat. You will have the ease of not having to worry about the company’s daily survival though. You can always go find another job if the company goes out of business. You only play your role and do the functions of your job. You don’t have to do anything major outside of that. You get to go home and have certain off days to be with your family and friends.

Being and entrepreneur means many late nights and early mornings,because the survival of your company depends on you thinking about each move every step of the day. It means you may not have he luxury of having many off days. You may have to work full-time until your business gets of the ground. You will sacrifices time  with family, friends, and self. You have to keep moving even when those around you do not understand what you do, and may possibly give you a hard time. You have to be consistent and not miss a beat in order to profit. You have to gain customers that believe in your products and services. You have to separate yourself from those out there that are already established and doing it.

You have to decide whats worth it in this lifetime. There may not be a second chance. When you have a vision it is hard. Life happens to all of us. It can be very difficult to be optimistic when you have been dragged through hell. It can be hard to stay positive all the time in a world full of actors and actresses. It can be hard to keep pushing when you don’t see it and when people make it hard to go through. Your vision is for you. Whether you choose to share it or not. You have to determine if its well worth going through everything.

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