Celebrating Women of Color Writers

Our Voices Our Stories Mini Series: Episode 2:  Celebrating Women of Color Writers

Join Dr Culbreth and guests, Ms. Crystal D. Mayo, Mrs. Loretta Moore and Ms Kim-Marie Walker, authors and contributors to “Our Voices Our Stories: An Anthology of Writings Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color.” Discussion topics will focus on how the voices of girls and women of color are celebrated through poetry, essays, plays, novels, fiction, non-fiction, short stories and other writings. Topics also include the healing power of the written word, finding your voice and yourself through writing, passion, purpose, and encouraging girls and teens to write.

Monday, March 18, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST

on Complexity Talk Radio, Inc.’s  program:  Visibility 

Listen Live:  Celebrating Women of Color Writers


Ms. Crystal D. Mayo

Ms. Mayo is a writer, actress, educator and teaching artist.  She is a Native New Yorker whose literary works are rooted  in the African American experience. Her memoir, “Evolution of Me” is a literary collection of snapshots that chronicle growing up in the South Bronx during the 1970’s. Her performance piece “Laugh” highlights her mother’s tumultuous journey through her diagnosis of breast cancer. Crystal hopes her readers will read her memoirs and connect to their essence, the human experience. She is the founder of My Daughter My Legacy, an arts and education company that empowers youth to explore their voice and vision through literacy and the arts.

Submission: Ms. Heriot and Remembering Ma Bea

Mrs. Loretta Moore

Mrs. Moore is a multi-published, African American female writer of novels, poetry, essays and short story collections. To name some published works: From A Narrow Path, The Light Of Day, The Color Of Murder, Saving Grace And Love, The Way Of Love, Bottom Tales And Others. Ghostwriting is another area as a writer she has  enjoyed. Several plays  she has written that have been productions are: Down The Way With Calvin And Boogie, Sharin’ The Spirit, Gossamer’s People, I Been Blest, Churchtime In New Orleans, Riding A Peacock.  She hold a degree in English and  has been applauded for theatrical presentations and as well for successful prose endeavors-I maintain affiliations with theatre and literary organizations.  Mrs. Moore also volunteers in her community and church.

Submission: The Bottom In My Time

 Ms. Kim-Marie Walker 

Ms. Walker is an author of nonfiction and fiction works. She is an alum of VONA/Voices, Rhode Island Writers Colony, and Wildacres Writing Retreat. Her in-progress travel memoir, Truth’s Place, Part I, chronicles her 2016 solo pilgrimage to historic U.S. transatlantic slave trade ports, honoring America’s first Africans of the Middle Passage.

 Submission:  Ruminoni’s La Luz

About Our Voices Our Stories Mini Series

The Our Voices Our Stories Mini Series consists of five episodes presented in celebration of the publication of the National Girls and Women of Color Council, Inc.’s anthology: Our Voices Our Stories: An Anthology of Writings Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color and in celebration of Women’s History Month.


Orders for Our Voices Our Stories: An Anthology of Writings Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color will be accepted beginning on March 20, 2019 via the website of the National Girls and Women of Color Council, Inc. and books will be shipped in April.


Link to Listen Live: Celebrating Women of Color  Writers


Refusing to Settle: Setting High Standards and Expectations

Join Dr. Culbreth and guest, Ms. Sonia Renee Brown for Refusing to Settle: Setting High Standards and Expectations. The discussion will focus on refusing to settle, setting high standards and high expectations on three dimensions: Personal, Professional and Social; and how setting high standards and expectations (for self) make a difference in the lives of girls and women of color from the following perspectives: psychological, emotional, physical and social.

The discussion will be thought-provoking with final thoughts on setting high standards and expectations for yourself in 2016!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 8:00 pm EST

Complexity Talk Radio – Complexity Live 

Listener Line:  914-338-1308  Call in to listen live, comment, share or ask questions!


Link to the show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/complexitylive/2015/12/09/refusing-to-settle-setting-high-standards-and-expectations

Jealousy Is A Wasted Emotion

160_F_74607474_Rqw1iwDXtl5pXYlBtGG6yhw82UjBcOTt    Jealously is one of the most wasted emotions that humans experience because it has no purpose. Instead of wasting energy being jealous or envious, spend time enhancing and improving yourself.  Jealous and envious women thrive in negative environments and radiate negative energy. Fabulously fifty women of color thrive in positive environments and radiate positive energy.

When you allow yourself to become consumed by jealousy, your psychological, emotional, physical and social well-being may become unbalanced leading you to act, react and interact negatively – and without warning, you suddenly find yourself stuck on a page in the book of your life, an abyss, or the murky waters of envy, spite, and anger.  


You focus on embracing other women of color and being supportive. You clearly understand that you will meet women who may be more creative, smarter and prettier than you are, have better bodies, prettier hair, larger homes, better opportunities, class and style, or women who have embarked on awesome careers. Embrace them while embracing you, and never allow yourself to waste time or emotions dwelling on negativity.  Giving someone the evil eye glare, being a crab in the barrel, making nasty comments, or being mean-spirited, all limit your ability to live a fulfilling, happy and significant life. 

Lift each other by celebrating, embracing and empowering each other through words of encouragement, support, and unity. Cheer each other on and be the inspiration needed to conquer the negativity of jealousy.


You are too busy living life fabulous to waste time, energy or thoughts that are not conducive to your overall well-being!


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


Psychic Prisons

As a fabulously fifty woman of color, it is important for you to understand that you live in a society that may not always embrace the beautiful hues of skin tones, hair textures, body shapes, or cultures of women of color. Sometimes people use negative stereotypes and negative perceptions of women of color and try to force you to identify with them or make you believe that you are inferior and that they are superior.

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If you begin to believe the negative stereotypes, they can affect your self-esteem, self-love, self-identity, self-pride and self-respect, resulting in you becoming trapped in a psychic prison. As a result, you will begin to display negative attitudes, negative behaviors, and negative thought processes that can lead to you making choices that may defer your dreams, diminish your hopes, and destroy your ability to live life fabulous. Psychic prisons thrive on negativity.

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Do not believe the negative stereotypes because as a fabulously fifty woman of color, you are so much more than the negative thoughts, words, or beliefs of people who cannot see the beauty in women of color. To avoid becoming trapped in a psychic prison, consider the following:


Remember that you are not inferior, less worthy, or insignificant because of the color of your skin. Show the world that you will not be a victim or trapped in a psychic prison because you are just too awesome to allow yourself to be trapped by the ignorance of others.

The Principles for Living Life Fabulous at Fifty

Join Dr. Culbreth for an introduction to the Principles for Living Life Fabulous at Fifty and a preview of the new book: Living Life Fabulous at Fifty: Affirmations for Women of Color.

Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 8pm EST on The Dynamics of Colorism Talk Radio.

Listen live at:http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dynamicsofcolorism/2015/01/09/the-principles-for-living-life-fabulous-at-fifty-1

Listener Line: Listen live or call in to ask questions or comment by dialing 914-338-1308.


Topics include:

  • The Principles for Living Life Fabulous at Fifty
  • Living Your Dash
  • The What Next Stage in Life
  • Being in a Good Place
  • Be Original
  • Understand Your Biases
  • Sisters in Unity
  • Celebrating and Supporting Each Other
  • Living Life Fabulous

The Principles to Live Life Fabulous

The Principles to Live Life Fabulous

The five principles to live life fabulous were created by Dr. Culbreth to help fabulously fifty women of color embrace the fabulous fifties. The Principles are the foundation building blocks of the beginning of your journey into the fabulous fifties!


Principle One: Fabulously Fifty Self-Love

The first principle of living life fabulous is self-love. The fabulously fifties is a great time in your life to fall in love with yourself all over again. Falling in love with yourself is so easy and refreshing and in doing so, you may discover a fabulous woman of color who knows exactly what she needs in her life, and creatively sets out to pursue those needs.  Remember, it is all about you loving yourself madly. Loving yourself first and foremost is the first principle of living life as a fabulously fifty woman of color. When you love yourself, embracing the changes that are taking place within and around you psychologically, emotionally, physically and socially will be exhilarating.

Tune in to The Dynamics of Colorism Talk Radio on Thursday, October 23, 2014 and listen to Dr. Culbreth explain the first principle of Living Life Fabulous, Fabulously Fifty Self-Love.

The Fabulously Fifty Series will air on the fourth Thursday of each month on The Dynamics of Colorism Talk Radio.




Coming in November, a book for women of color titled “Live Life Fabulous: Affirmations for Women of Color.” A book for every woman of color in their fabulous fifties to own. Full of positive messages to help women of color find balance psychologically, emotionally, personally, and socially, allowing them to live life fabulous. Watch for details and sneak previews.

Two new books for girls and women of color

Join Dr. Culbreth and Dr. Jung-Kim for a preview and discussion about two new  books that focus on girls and women of color.

Live Life Beautiful: Affirmations for Girls of Color


Fabulously Fifty Women of Color


Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Dynamics of Colorism Talk Radio


Listen Live at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dynamicsofcolorism/2014/10/16/live-life-beautiful–live-life-fabulous


#LiveLifeBeautiful #girlsofcolor

#fabulousylfiftywoc  #Livelifefabulous


Create Your Fabulous Fifties Bucket List

160_F_41393150_ZmUY8hjfqoerKdA1qMiBUZfWu3cSU0It  What have you planned to accomplish during your fabulous fifties?  Going to work, taking care of the family, taking care of yourself, etc. are not enough.  Add sparkle and a dash of flavor to your life by creating a Fabulously Fifty Bucket List and add all of the awesome things that you will accomplish during your fabulous fifties. Think about your dreams, goals, aspirations, and desires and start writing! Make your bucket list the bucket list of all bucket lists! Consider including short and long-term goals, things that are fun, spiritual, dazzling, breathtaking, spunky, exciting, and of course, all about you as a fabulously fifty  woman of color. Dare yourself to do something so awesome that you will be blown away by its essence. To add variety to your bucket list, include personal and professional goals.


Your list could include any of the following, among other things:

  • Change your hairstyle or color
  • Lose weight
  • Become a mentor
  • Celebrate you
  • Be a change agent/find a social cause and get involved/start a non-profit
  • Travel within the United States and internationally
  • Start hobby/collect rare items
  • Redecorate your home/get rid of clutter
  • Learn how to sew/be creative
  • Change careers/start a business/consulting firm
  • Dancing lessons
  • Buy a new home/land
  • Yoga/exercise routine
  • Start saving/increase savings
  • Change your eating habits
  • Take a self-defense class
  • Remove negative people from your life
  • Complete a degree or take a course
  • Enhance your self-esteem
  • New wardrobe
  • Write a book/Start a blog
  • Be daring
  • Ride on a motorcycle
  • White water rafting      

160_F_61933211_A8ia1IUXV2WCbjZlYK0vCWG8Umivn7bo  You may decide to write a short story, poem, or perhaps a novel about an awesome woman. Hmmm could it be about you?  You never know until you start writing so turn on the computer or grab a pen and paper, allow your creativity to take control, and write a spectacular manuscript that will intrigue and enlighten.

The following are a few items on my Fabulously Fifty Bucket List:

  • Be a part of the change that is needed in this world
  • Make a difference in the life of someone/help them reach higher ground in life
  • Visit Paris/Africa/Spain
  • Walk barefoot on the beach at sunset in the late fall
  • Tango lessons
  • Write a New York Times bestselling book
  • Self-publish something awesome
  • Buy a larger home in the Appalachian Mountains
  • White water rafting
  • Add a Blonde Naso Tang to my aquarium
  • Wood carving/wood art  

Discover your passion and bring it to life by adding it to your bucket list. Be realistic and a little daring at the same time. Dare yourself to be creative, non-traditional, and innovative. When complete, your list should contain all of the things that you are truly passionate about accomplishing. You will have to create a plan of action and of course, a backup plan just in case.

Which item on your list will you complete first? Enjoy yourself and remember that as a fabulously fifty woman of color, you are rocking the fabulous fifties and living life fabulous, in style! 

It is time for you to get busy writing, planning, and enjoying your Fabulously Fifty Bucket List.

Are you fired up?






Live Life Fabulous!