Organizations for Girls and Women of Color, Authors, Bloggers, Scholars, and Writers

In 2015, we are celebrating, embracing and empowering girls and women of color by launching the National Girls and Women of Color Council (NGWCC) (July 2015).  Accordingly, in collaboration with I Am Beautiful Global, Inc. and NGWCC, the Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS) is inviting leaders and members of organizations for girls and women of color, authors, bloggers, scholars, and writers, etc., to submit essays for a special themed issue of JOCS titled Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color (publication in July 2015).

Join us in celebrating, embracing and empowering girls and women of color. The special issue of JOCS will also be available for purchase in print through Complexity Publishing, LLC. 


Call for Submissions 

Deadline: March 31, 2015

The Journal of Colorism Studies (JOCS)  is accepting essays for a special thematic issue Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color for publication in Volume 1, Issue 2 (July 2015). We are particularly interested in essays that include but are not limited to the following:

  • Trailblazers and torchbearers
  • Change agents
  • Unsung girls and women of color
  • Believing in you
  • Faith
  • Self-validation
  • Girls of color
  • Women of color
  • The marginalization of girls of color
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Specialized glass ceilings for women of color
  • Living life beautiful
  • Self-love
  • Self-pride
  • Self-respect
  • Self-identity
  • Self-pride
  • Standards of beauty
  • Hair
  • Colorism
  • The Color Complex
  • Understanding biases
  • Embracing diversity within the race
  • Health
  • Making good choices
  • Media
  • Relationships
  • Mental health
  • Education
  • Sexuality
  • Music industry
  • Politics
  • Law
  • Communities of color
  • Religion
  • Employment
  • The criminal justice system
  • Relationships
  • Parenting
  • Teen issues
  • Gangs and girls of color
  • Stereotypes
  • Family values
  • Career choices
  • Marketing
  • Racism
  • Prejudice
  • Identity
  • Interracial diversity
  • Intraracial diversity
  • STEM
  • One size does not fit all
  • Love
  • Being original
  • Breaking down skin color and race barriers
  • Racism
  • Sisters in unity
  • Skin color dynamics
  • The perpetuation of colorism by people of color
  • Multiculturalism
  • Multiracialism
  • Identity and racial pride
  • Loving my skin
  • Power
  • Sports


We will also accept book reviews (books about girls and women of color).

To submit manuscripts for review, please register at (you will be required to create a user name and password). Review the Submission Guidelines and then submit your manuscript.

We are looking forward to your submissions. If you have any questions, please contact us at


Continued Success!

Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth


Journal of Colorism Studies

ISSN: 2329-3187

Something New, Something Different, Something Awesome

160_F_50018853_Exmii1PJ9IV6x9Lomu2IdArVALxyuVOy Have you always had the desire to do something new, something different, or something totally awesome but held off because your friends or family members opposed?


Well, the time has come for you to embrace your desire to do something new, something different, or something totally awesome.


If you have always wanted to fly a kite,  buy one and on a perfectly windy day, go out and enjoy yourself.  Change your hair color, your style of dress, take a trip, or eat a new food item. You have earned the right to follow your dreams and live your life according to your standards and your standards alone. Feel free and liberated enough to try something new, something different, something awesome!


Excerpt from the new book: Living Life Fabulous at Fifty: Affirmations for Women of Color

Available for purchase at Complexity Publishing, LLC (paperback) and Amazon (e-book)

On Being Happy

This is one of the Affirmations from my new book Living Life Fabulous at Fifty: Affirmations for Women of Color.

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Being happy is necessary as you continue your journey into the fabulous fifties. Find your happiness and enjoy the moments, people, hobbies, and other things that make you feel complete, happy, satisfied and bring an unmeasurable amount of joy into your world. As you continue on your journey into the fabulous fifties, make new friends, participate in activities and hobbies that bring you the greatest joy.

You will learn that certain music, activities, people and even food that you have never experienced before can bring you complete happiness. Embrace your new experiences and enjoy the people and things that make you feel good about yourself and your journey living life fabulous.  Identify and define your own happiness (Culbreth, 2014).


Take some time and listen to the Staples Singers’ Heavy Makes You Happy  (Sha Na Boom Boom). For some reason it jump starts me – gets me up, gets me dancing, and oh so -HAPPY! “It’s more than just a feeling – it’s a philosophy!”

Living Life Fabulous at Fifty: Affirmations for Women of Color

Available on Amazon (e-book) and Complexity Publishing, LLC (paperback)




Living Your Dash in Style


The dash is the time between the year you were born (sun rise) and the year that you move on to a higher plane (sun set).  Your dash should be lived in style. Find your purpose, your passion and mission in life, your soul mate, the career of your  choice, and a lifestyle that compliments who you are among other things.

Live your dash with great self-love by exhibiting a  high level of self-esteem, defining your identity, taking pride in who you are as a woman of color, and respecting yourself. Your  dash says a lot about you, so take as much time as you need to determine what you will accomplish next, where you will go, and how you plan to arrive at your destination in style.


So, how are you living your dash? Make it meaningful and leave a mark that lets the world know that you lived a significant life.



Source: Culbreth, D. (2014). Living Life Fabulous at Fifty: Affirmations for Women of Color.