Broken Crayons Still Color

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I remember the first time I visited the Crayola Crayon factory.  I also remember the day when I was given the 64 Crayola Crayons box, then I got the box with the sharpener on the side.  So many colors, so many possibilities.  I also remember hating when my crayon broke because I had pressed to hard.  I had to tear the wrapping to get to the color, and putting it back in the box, seemed to leave an emptiness, simply because I could not see the crayon at the bottom of the box.

The resurrection of this childhood memory happened a few days after I celebrated the Resurrection of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I was in my car, listening to a pastor preach a message on a CD.  I was not really listening to it, my focus being on what was happening in the streets. And then I heard him say “…Out of your brokenness, God had multiplied something… now you have something to be able to share with others…God can’t share something out of you until you’ve gone through brokenness…BROKEN CRAYONS STILL COLOR!!!

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Even now, as look at the picture, despite the fact that I was hurt, mad and upset that my crayon was broken, it really did still color.  I have gone through many broken seasons in my life, broken heart, disappointments, betrayal…When I couldn’t see my way out of situations I put myself in…The pastor reminded me that “Broken Crayons Still Color.” I still have the “same efficacy in me”, my same ability.  I still have the power to color and make a brand new picture.  God never stripped me of the gifting and talents (the richness and nuances of every hue) that He originally put in me when He created me.  My destiny is pre-ordained by God, so it stands to reason that no matter how much I mess up, how many times I fall short, God will still use me, in spite of my brokenness because BROKEN CRAYONS STILL COLOR.

Come Journey with me as I Remove The Veil.

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The Resurrection of Dominique

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On Sunday March 27, 2016, I celebrated the Resurrection of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There are somethings in my life that are dead and buried. Things that need to stay there. Or so I thought.   You see, along with those “things” were also hope, dreams, promises, destiny and purpose.  Buried beneath the molestation and sexual assault,  were my destiny and purpose. Beneath the storms of my life, were my hopes and dreams. Every thing to me seemed like an even plane, defined as a level of existence, thought and development. I did not understand that I was born to live, not just exist.  Buried beneath the confetti of life, lies Dominique. Born Patrice Dominique Kemp. Patrice, as I soon discovered was who and what people thought I should be.  I was trapped in a bubble that was created by others.  My life became a metaphor.  I even looked at the characters of the Bible to find that one person whose life mirrored my own.  The more I searched, the angrier I got because God had I plan, and seemed impossible to achieve.

Hiding behind “The Veil” 

Patrice meaning “Noble”, is the “veil” that I hid behind.  This “veil” is defined as having a power of expression, either in speaking or writing. Being in favor for studying and research. I am clever, clear-sighted and intellectual. I don’t like to let others know my true feelings. I am bold, independent, inquisitive and interested in research. I know what I want and why I want it.  I desire to inspire and lead, to control other’s affairs. I am giving, courageous and bold, action oriented,energetic and strong willed. I want to make a difference in the world, and this attitude often attracts me to cultural interests, politics, social issues, and the cultivation of my creative talents. However, none of this made me happy, because I knew I was still so much more.  I have been on a mission to unveil the person God created me to be. To peel off the layers of hurt, pain, and circumstances of my life. I hid my hurt, pain, anger, low self-esteem behind this veil.  It was safe, and it protected me from facing my destiny.  In my alone time, I would often look in the mirror and try to find “greatness”,  that I could not see, and yet, knowing it is there, waiting on me.

What’s in a Name?

The day I decided to use Dominique was the moment God spoke to me and said: “It’s time to remove the veil, look deep within and break free.  It’s my name right? Not some fictitious name to hide my true identity. It’s a redefinition of who I am, who God has called me to be.  Origin of the name Dominique: Bestowed upon both females and males in France, Dominique is from the Latin Dominicus (Belonging To God), which is derived from dominus (a master, a lord).  There you have it!  I am a true child of God.  I belong to God!   I have always loved my name Dominique.  I always knew that it was powerful.  I was inspired to write my very first blog 8-1…The First Day of My New Beginnings.  August 1, 2015 is the day my name was changed to “Dominique.” The implication is that we all receive “names” from the world–Patrice Dominique. However, God has a promise for our lives as well, and His name for us is different. It expresses our personal relationship with God and the high value He places on us.

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NAS

When God is ready to bring His Chosen in to their true destiny, he changes their names and their identity. For example, Abram became Abraham, Sarai became Sarah, Jacob became Israel.

AbrahamGenesis 17:4-6 “4“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations. 5“No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I will make you the father of a multitude of nations. 6“I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you”…

Sarah: Genesis 17:15-16 “15Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16“I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.”… 

Jacob: Genesis 32:28
Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”

Dominique redefined me.  I use the name primarily for my business and “Unveiled by Dominique” which will soon launch as a platform, a movement for women to remove the veil to reveal their strength.  Dominique symbolizes my Destiny, my Freedom, My Purpose.  Dominique is symbolic of the resurrection of those things that was once considered dead. When people call me Dominique, there is a call to action that is awaken inside of me, a story that needs to be told, my story… Dominique is a legacy in the making.  Dominique makes a bold statement to the world that I truly belong to God and because of that I have survived what only God knew I could handle.  Only God can bring the dead things back to life.

There is a song that I love, that speaks to my resurrection. “wasted enough, of my DESTINY, trying to please those who really didn’t care about me, But I’m trusting You, for you hold the plans just FOR MY LIFE”.  In my desperate need for a change, I am giving it all to God so I can live FREE!!!

For My name means “I am Noble” and “I Belong to God”!

Eyes have not seen, Ears have not heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man the things that God has prepared for me.

Removing the veil.  Follow me and watch Him do it!

Dominique

 

50th Anniversary of the Black Panther Movement, Malcom X and Michael Jackson-Remembered thanks to “Formation”

As I continue to listen and watch the media -four days after the surprise drop of the single AND video of Beyoncé “Formation”- I remain in awe that Bey still has people talking…But was that not the point?

While scrolling through my Facebook Timeline, I came across this video posted by Pop Sugar Celebrity. It gives a break down of the meaning of the video that most people missed and blew the minds of White America. What Beyoncé did in that “Surprise Attack” was put White America on notice that we have had enough. We are here to #Slay racism, #Slay Political Injustice, #Slay Crimes against our people, #Slay Oppression.  That we are here to #Slay because we are Powerful Black Women.  What better way to say it then by remembering The Black Panters. Trust when I tell you it was no coincidence that Formation was released on the 50th Anniversary of the Movement. The Black Panther Movement was formed in 1966. The Black Panther Party for Self Defense was the largest Black revolutionary organization that has ever existed. To learn more about the Formation of the Panthers, their program and activities, but more importantly, what marked the Panthers out to be different from all other organizations, and what led them to be the inspiration to generations around the world to join the struggle against oppression, click on Formation

Not only did Bey pay Homage to The Black Panther Movement, she also remembered Malcom X and Michael Jackson. 

She remembered the State of Louisiana after Katrina. 

This is Black History Month. We Shall Never Forget those who fought for change. Let us come behind the “Veil” of complacency because we “think” racism is put to rest. I urge to really look at our history. We have been fighting the same fight for And since the Abolition of Slavery. Times have changed but the fight never ended. 

Let us continue to Remove the Veil behind which we hide.

Celebrate Black History,

Dominique

Beyonce “Formation” Video Celebrates Black History Month

Everyone is talking about Bey’s “Formation” Video.  Good or Bad, people are talking.  Whether you hater her or love her…you are still talking.  It took me a minute to write this blog, because I wanted to see what was trending.  What I I have yet to read, is the true content of the video.  Or am I being too deep?

This is what I saw: Bey used her image to bring un-apologetically Black images and statements to a usually White forum.   The video Exposed millions to the 50th Anniversary of the Black Panthers movement. (Did you miss that?) During the month, a month dedicated to Black History, she reminds us of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, that left thousands of African-Americans homeless, displaced, disrespected and dead.  Though it was an act of nature, the handling of the after math from our Government was appalling.  It affected more Blacks than it it did Whites.  Did you forget?   Beyoncé’s “Formation” touches on many different topics including the #BlackLivesMatters connection.  Her lyrics, clearly informs you that she is a powerful Black woman; she broke down her genealogy “My daddy Alabama,  momma Louisiana, you mix that negro with that Creole makes a Texas-Bama…”  She let the world know “I am here to #Slay”.  “Formation” was a black woman’s call to arms.  She deified the norm and dropped her single AND video without warning.  Making history…BLACK HISTORY.  Formation reminds us of the blood that runs through our veins and the hoods we grew up in. We’re holding all of those in our black communities who came before us up high.

What Beyonce is doing is creating #BlackGirlMagic, the best hashtag that was created to bring together black women all over the world. And the most beautiful thing to come out of #BlackGirlMagic is this appreciation for self, as black women. In a society that only recognizes our black features and culture, #BlackGirlMagic has encouraged us to own our culture. Black women are becoming even more empowered then they already were — but black women have been slaying for centuries. We simply have more platforms on which to slay. We’re taking up more space. #BlackHistory2016, we celebrate Harriet Tubman, Madam C.J. Walker, Rosa Parks, Zora Neale Hurston, just to name a few. We #Slay!

In the words of Bey: “Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper.”