Unapologetic Black Woman – Takirra Winfield Dixon

Speaker 1 (00:07:40):

So I went to the hairdresser. I said, cut it off, down to the new growth. She about had a conniption. And I was like, no, do it because it wasn’t something that was done back back then. And it was, you know, it was like, are you kidding? Are you, she kept asking me, are you serious? He’s like, have you ever done this before? Do you know the shape of your head? I said, there are hats. And there are weeks.

Speaker 3 (00:08:06):

I mean, look, I it’s, you know, it’s about reaching back to right. My mom, you know, was all throughout the civil rights era and, you know, wore her black Panther shirts and, you know, had her fro out. And she also right. Was a social worker for a minute. Right. And like, that was her way of thinking I can improve the system was like, let me be part of the system so that I can make incremental change so that I can try to sort of advance the black community and realizing right. That there was a lot of emotional toll, right? Mental health, all kinds of things around that. You know, like my mother pushed me like talking about hair. My mother refused to let me get apart. I have never had a perm in my hair.

Speaker 1 (00:08:53):

Awesome. My mother. Right. Like my mother

Speaker 3 (00:08:56):

Laid the way. Right. And like, and she pushed me and you know, she really laid the foundation for me to be the unapologetic back Roman that I am today. Right. And she was part of that. And so I think with all the generations, right, we have a responsibility to reach back and to reach forward and to be able to pull in folks. Right. So I, you know, I have a client who, you know, is in her fifties and is finding her voice and is excited about it. Right. And, and we’re pushing, we’re going together. You know, I’m like, I’m here on this journey with you. We are going together, girl, get there. And it’s never too late to lean into your voice or find a voice. And you know, the way I approach communications is very much about channeling, right? Like I always say, I’m here to channel.

Speaker 3 (00:09:45):

It’s already there. And so I’m not here to mold you into something else or to give you a bunch of talking points that don’t sound like you, or that are about white supremacy and privilege. And you know, I’m not about that. And so I’m like, who are you? We’re going to go on this journey together. We’re going to bring you out. It’s going to be scary, but it’s going to be fine. We’re going to move right. Folks in every time you tell your story, someone will be moved every time. You know, you show up as yourself, someone will believe in themselves and believe that they have permission to be able to move. And that movement building, right? Like we got to build this movement, got to lead. It it’s time. Like it’s time, you know, I’ve done.

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