MARCH 2022
"It doesn't matter who you are, or where you come from. The ability to triumph comes from you."
- Oprah Winfrey 
Wishing everyone a safe and prosperous rest of the Month. Continue to work towards your goals and never give up on your dreams. Changing how you get there is fine as long as you don't lose sight of the destination. I know it's only Mid-March but we don't have time to waste! Stay hyper-focused on what you want out of life and begin putting forth steps to make it happen. Rest when you need to and then keep pushing forward.
History Month
This month is meant to reflect on the overlooked contributions women have made in history. Ideally, this month should give all of us an opportunity to commemorate as well as research, observe, and honor the vital role women have had within our history. We should also celebrate the women who are actively making history as we speak. Thank you to all the women who have helped and are in the process of helping move culture, society, and the world forward.
I would like to highlight Frida Kahlo during Women's Month. Frida has been such an inspiration to my art career. She is a trailblazer as a woman as well as a creative.   
Frida Kahlo was born in 1907 in Mexico City, and from a young age, she was plagued by poor health. After contracting polio at the age of 6, the young painter was bedridden for nine months and as a result of her illness, one of her legs became much thinner than the other, causing her to develop a pronounced limp. 
She was in the hospital for several weeks and even after she was allowed to leave, Frida spent months bedridden and in a full-body cast. It was during this time that she began to paint as a way to distract herself from the pain. She completed her first self-portrait in 1923 and the rest, as they say, is history. Nearly a hundred years later, she would be hailed as the original queen of the selfie.
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Painter Frida Kahlo is considered one of the most significant artists of the 20th century and Mexico’s greatest artistic export. She faced what seems like insurmountable challenges, but still managed to live a rich and full life that most of us can only dream of. Not only was Frida a formidable artist, but she was also involved in politics and was a trailblazing feminist. 
To this day, Frida remains an enigmatic and powerful figure who serves as an inspiration to young women, people with disabilities, Latinx folks, and the LGBQT+ community.


Jermaine Dante' Burse