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About Female Characters in Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One

Photo of African American at Million Women March in 1997

Ensemble, a painting by Synthia St. James

black womyn, a film about Black Lesbians by Tiona M


Ms. Spelman College 2006 and her court with Spelman's President

Blessings All,

The Women of Love's Troubadours are an eclectic blend of womanhood. They have the capacity to wake you up with their humanity, humor, hostilities, healing journeys, haute couture, and hurricane-like personas. Their energy, egos, expressions, ethnicities, and extracurricular activities offer an inside look into the multidimensional lives of straight and lesbian women of color with ancestral ties to Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe. Many are graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUS) such as Morgan State University, Howard University, and Spelman College. Some are actively involved in community service organizations such as the Links, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Their professions are diverse and include artists, yoga teachers, waitresses, administrative assistants, community activists, Reiki practitioners, massage therapists, ayurvedic practitioners, information technology senior managers, hair salon owners, restaurateurs, interior designers, nonprofit organization leaders, art consultants, real estate agents, entrepreneurs, bed and breakfast owners, security guards, psychologists, lawyers, doctors, social workers, therapists, reverends, museum administrators, professors, poets, and spoken word performers.

These "femmes de coleur" (women of color) represent a collective of courageous, caring, chic, complicated, caustic, confrontational, and creative beings. They walk Mother Earth as women who shape their worlds with their thoughts, words, and actions. A couple of these fabulous females proudly wear the crowns of La Grande Dame, Drama Queen, and BAP - Black American Princess.

Quite a few live as urban fashionistas with a multitude of identities including wine and martini enthusiasts; Soul Food, Thai, Mexican, Indian, and Haitian foodies; and Cake Love dessert lovers. Be careful! You might just fall in love with one of these sweet and delicious Godiva Chocolate Goddesses because they are multifaceted and have numerous interests. For example, they enjoy spending time with their financial advisors to make sure they are financially responsible; traveling to the Americas, Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and Asia; shopping at Target, Ann Taylor Loft, Carol's Daughter, Eileen Fisher, Trade Secrets, and stores and boutiques that carry designers like Stef 'n' Ty, Denise Goring, Moshood, Narciso Rodriguez, and Manolo Blahnik; attending and participating in spoken word events; hosting dinner parties; listening to music; appreciating art; visiting museums; playing bridge; reading and discussing Essence and O - The Oprah Magazine, Black literary fiction, romance novels, erotica, and Chick Lit; watching films; going to the theatre to see plays; working on grassroots issues such as campaigns that promote feminism-womanism, health and wellness, HIV/AIDS awareness, and the importance of healing homophobia in the African American community; and sipping tea and drinking coffee with their friends at local cafes such as Mocha Hut and Teaism.

As divine divas, they rely on spiritual practices, positive affirmations, group prayer, yoga, reiki healing touch, meditation, chanting, journaling, ayurveda, therapy, astrology, and Tarot card readings to connect with, honor, and heal their spirits, hearts, minds, and bodies. Most are affiliated with Baptist, Catholic, Unitarian, Christ Universal, Agape International Spiritual Center, and United Church of Religious Science churches; Buddhist organizations; Ausar Auset Societies; and Haitian Vodoun and New Orleans Voodoo practices. Some have incorporated the teachings of Swami Satchidananda (Satchidananda Ashram) and Paramahansa Yogananda (Self-Realization Fellowship) into their spiritual practices.

Several sistaloves struggle with their emotions, choices, experiences, and relationships on some level. After all, they are human! Some choose to be lifelong learners who are committed to healing and accepting themselves by any means necessary. Others are not aware of their power to choose peace over suffering. They end up deeply wounding themselves and others. The great thing about many of these mujeres (women) is that they rely on the support of other women to navigate the emotional, spiritual, and physical terrain of their existence. Their commitment to sisterhood is treasured as a sacred bond.

When it comes to love, some of these women ignore sisterhood bonds and seek to control both females and males. On the flip side, there are a few who have given themselves the permission to love in healthy, life-affirming ways. They celebrate the beauty and blessings they have found as spouses, life partners, girlfriends, and lovers of both men and women. They openly express their sexual orientation and inherent right to enjoy sexual pleasure.

All of these ladies' personalities, passions, and perceptions when mixed together, illustrate a cast of soulful, show-stopping characters who keep it real and speak their truth, no matter what it is or whether it makes sense. Get to know them better in all of their golden time of day splendor by purchasing a copy of Love's Troubadours - Karma: Book One (iUniverse - August 2007 - - $20.95):


Be love, love light, and live as the spirit of life,

Ananda Leeke

PS:  Below are links for inquiring minds.


a. Howard University - my alma mater (HU LAW 1989) -

b. Morgan State University - my alma mater (1986) -

c. Spelman College -

2) Organizations

a. The Links -

b. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. -

c. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. -

d. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. -

3) Spirituality

a. Agape International Spiritual Center -

b. Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations -

c. International New Thought Alliance -

d. Christ Universal Temple -

e. All Souls Unitarian Church -

f. Thich Nhat Hahn's Buddhist Teachings and Plum Village Practice Center -

g. Black Buddhist Community in America -

h. Zen Under the Skin - Reflections of African American Practitioner -

i. Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC - People of Color Sangha -

j. Manzanita Village (a diverse and inclusive Buddhist-Inspired Community) -
k. East Bay Meditation Center -

l. Satchidananda Ashram -

m. Self-Realization Fellowship -

n. United Church of Religious Science - and

o. Saint Augustine Catholic Church -

p. National Black Catholic Congress -

r. Haitian Vodoun and New Orleans Voodoo -

s. Metropolitan Baptist Church -

t. St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church -

4) Books and Magazines

a. Online Black Book Stores

i. Third World Press (40 years old - 1967-2007) -
ii. Akashic Books -
iii. Karibu Books -

b. Online Black Literary Reviews and Magazines
iii. Black Issues Book Review -

c. Online Black Book Clubs

i. A Place of Our Own Book Club -
ii. African American Literature Book Club -
iii. Black Expressions -
iv. Rawsistaz -

d. List of Black Books

e. Romance Novels

g. Essence Magazine -

h. O - The Oprah Magazine -

5) Stores and Designers

6) Bakeries, Cafes, and Restaurants 

a. Cake Love -

d. Sylvia's Soul Food -

e. The Islander -

7) Yoga, Chakras, Mantra Chanting, and Ayurveda

a. kg yoga life practices -

b. Chakras by Shola Arewa, Yoga Master and Life Coach -

c. Sista Shree (yoga and mantra chanting) -

d. Thomas Ashley-Ferrand -

e. Power of One Yoga Center -

f. Yoga Skills (Kemetic Yoga) -

g. Ta Yoga House -

h. Shakti Mind Body Studio -

i. Flow Yoga Center -

j. Yoga Journal -

k. International Association of Black Yoga Teachers -

l. Maruka School for Yoga and Healing and Retail Boutique -

m. Ayurveda - and

n. Yoga Alliance -

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