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Children,  Movie,  Non-fiction

My Ebony Princess and Black Panther’s Princess Shuri

As we all know the trailer for the Black Panther has been released and everyone can’t wait until next year to see the movie. At the Essence Festival 2017 my 7 yr old granddaughter, Ebony Princess and I met one of the actresses, Letitia Wright who will portray Princess Shuri in the movie.

Ebony stood in line alone for 5 minutes or so waiting to get her autography, while I stood about 6 feet away from her charging my phone, when a lady called out for me to inform me that the actress wanted to talk with me after Ebony introduced herself as “Ebony Princess.” When Ebony was 2 years old she named herself Ebony Princess and it stuck. Usually princess comes before the girls name, but for some reason Ebony made it her surname. She also had a thing for crowns, always wearing one, even as she slept.

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Letitia informed Ebony about her role in the movie and told her that she was destined for greatness. Letitia told her “Ebony Princess stick with doing the best she can in her life and in 5 years she will be great and in 5 years after that she will be greater and the cycle will continue as she becomes the greatest vision of herself, to always believe in herself and how important spoken words and to keep being Ebony Princess.” I was in tears and now, to have someone speak to my granddaughter in that matter was a gift. I’m so thankful to Letitia aka Shuri !

We all believe that our children are special, but to have someone who hold status in the world to see what I see in Ebony Princess validated what I feel in my spirit. It’s not a greatness of wealth or fame that I see in her eyes, but something greater. Since she was born I knew she was a special soul and I know she is destined for greatness.

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Native of New Orleans, who endured 20yrs cruel Minnesota Cold, I decided at 42yrs old it was time to pack up my then 6yr old and come back to my roots. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a preterm 2lb baby girl born with a disability. With the help of my mother who had her own struggles. We survived the obstacles laid before us. I'm the proud mother of three children with two failed adoptions, as well as a grandmother of three, two grandsons and a granddaughter. I survived two abusive marriages. I successfully ran a soulfood restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I started creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul.  He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute.  I put my all into my cake business over the years as House of Cakes was started right out of my house in honor of him. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, foster/adoptive mother at that, being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me in a sense; but most of it poisoned my heart and soul. I had a broken heart and I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home,  myself, my New Orleans. I'm here and I'm loving it. Even being in the so called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up! I'm down in the boot, but I know I have a nice floppy hat awaiting my destiny...

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