Celebrity Boujie Girl of the Week: TONI MORRISON

imagesBIO: Born on February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio, Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize- and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, editor and professor. Her novels are known for their epic themes, vivid dialogue and richly detailed black characters. Among her best-known novels are The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon and Beloved. Morrison has won nearly every book prize possible. She has also been awarded honorary degrees.

What can Boujie girls learn from Dr. Morrison?

It is possible to live out your dream. She writes the way that she wants, creates her own style and does not mimic others. In fact, she has been know to read something completely different from her style, while she is writing her own books, so she wouldn’t imitate others. She shows self-confidence when she speaks, doesn’t try to over sell herself, and WORKS HARD. She is the exact example that you can have a happy and successful life with children, being a single mom, and a divorcée. She understands using her intelligence as a way to make money, giving back to the community and rising above adversities. She has earned the title…Living Legend.

images-1Dare to Be Different

Dr. Morrison was not afraid to speak out on Black issues within the community and out. She speaks about people with honesty and in a way that forced people to pay attention to what she was saying. She spoke with authority, class, and grace. That is what boujie girls must learn in a diverse world. If you are standing for something, do not be ashamed of what you are standing for and voice your points and opinions that way Dr. Morrison does, with poise and class all the way.

d2buek453ynwwko6zngyanh7iHer Losses and What Boujie Girls Gain…

Boujie girls must understand that even with success, grief and life target everyone. Dr. Morrison experienced a great personal loss. Her son Slade, an artist, died in December 2010. They collaborated together on a number of children’s books, including Big Box (1999) and Little Cloud and Lady Wind (2010). She continues to speak of him candidly and is honest about how to get through grief. Pain is a given and it doesn’t matter how much money or success you have, no one is excluded from it.

Changing the Direction Of Her Life… (Special thanks to Biography.com)

Boujie girls always are looking for change in the direction of their lives. Dr. Morrison is a woman who has done this. She went from writing, “subject oscillates between the grim colors of love, sadness, racial tortures, beauty and ugliness. Her “ugliness” comes from the deepest depths of a heart, as faces are just homage to temporal looks” (IBL), to writing children’s books. Morrison is currently a senior member of “The Nation” magazine. She was last seen in May 2010, for a conversation with Marlene Van Niekerk, at the Pen World Voices expo.

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