Shekira

28. Mother to my amazing little man, Jaiden. In New Jersey. AutismMommy πŸ’™ Artist 🎨 #AutismAwareness #Love #GoodVibes

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I learned to be a leader, no desire to follow. I don't mind being called awkward. There's something special in the differences, that turns ordinary into extraordinary πŸ’š #LoveYourself
#hair #hairstyle #twists #blue #diy #naturalhair #protectivestyle #forever21plus #outfit #style #accessories #bandana #makeup #unique #leader #selflove #mentalhealth #blessed #accessories #vibe #energy #colourpop #life #wisdom #growth #love #confidence #BB_SISTARS #blackgirlmagic #melanin

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Showing some love to the looks where real food was used in the making of the them ❀ I used real sugar and a strawberry for the first look, along with some #RubyWoo. And for my @purpleglazedonuts look (an awesome little doughnut shop in my city, Asbury Park), I used real marshmallows, brown sugar, and sprinkles. Yum.
#sweettooth #sugar #sweets #food #fruit #doughnuts #makeup #paint #throwback #art #artist #asburypark #strawberry #marshmallow #texture #lips #bodyart #creative #instalikes #inspired #glam #beauty #photography #blackgirlmagic #melanin

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When it seems like you're not really getting anywhere or you're nowhere near where you want to be...or you think things should be a certain way by now...or even if you wonder how others are where they are, especially when their work ethic/heart/drive/skill doesn't match yours...it isn't about anyone else. And life rarely goes the way we plan for it to go. So imma just continue to put this work in, keep praying, and KNOW that it will all work out. Even better than how I thought it would πŸ’™ We got this. #quote #words #thoughts #inspiration #positivity #optimism #goals #mentalhealth #mindset #speakitintoexistence #push #grind #work #prayer #faith #patience #encouragement #deadline #perfect #timing #plans #purpose #journey #process #life #love #support

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Some more "Joker's Sister" pics aka my trial run. I will be doing an actual Dark Knight/Heath Ledger style Joker look soon. Fun fact: I love me some Batman. I love the complexity of the characters and the storylines. I tell people I'm Batman a lot...I would rather be to myself, away from people, in my Bat Cave. And I love the show "Gotham" 😍
#nofilter #smile #joker #cosplay #sfx #illusion #art #artist #facepaint #knife #prop #natural #naturalhair #hair #halloween #horror #glam #beauty #protectivestyle #makeup #skull #face #braids #creative #makeupforblackwomen #underratedmuas #undiscovered_muas #fiercesociety #blackgirlmagic #melanin

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These are the four causes I've done for the 'Awareness Series' (Suicide, Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Wilson's Disease, and Thyroid Disease) that were not added to the #AsburyParkPress article, or other publications, because I did them after 😊 15+ down. 11 or so more to go. The next two on the list are Selective Mutism and Domestic Violence.
#awareness #cause #art #artist #paint #disease #facepaint #series #sfx #illusion #disability #illness #creative #makeup #photography #naturalhair #protectivestyle #instalikes #love #warrior #support #suicide #wilsonsdisease #pregnancyloss #infantloss #mentalhealth #thyroiddisease #blackgirlmagic #melanin

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These are some beautiful pics from @brighterside2asd art show last Saturday that I was able to capture. The atmosphere was amazing, as was the decor. These were just some of the displays that greeted you in the doorway of the historic "Newsome House" in VA, where the art show was held. All of the Autism themed paintings were raffled off as prizes 😍 I am so excited to go next year, and Jaiden will be an artist in the show as well! He draws practically every day, and may just be the youngest artist there, but his talent and passions are great. It takes a good and dedicated village for our babies, so let's give them one.
#art #artshow #artist #mommyandson #autism #autismawareness #asd #advocate #cause #virginia #beautiful #passion #event #paintings #canvas #balloons #decor #exhibit #color #puzzlepieces #food #sponsors #catering #community #newsomehouse #blessed #grateful #networking #blackgirlmagic #melanin

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When you've been feeling like an extra from "The Walking Dead" the last few days, but look at some older pics and remember the good days πŸ˜‚πŸ’™ #hair #hairstyles #throwback #natural #naturalhair #PROTECTIVESTYLES #diy #makeup #gooddays #woman #glow #highlight #makeupforblackwomen #Naturallyshesdope #ftfsnaps #accessories #bantuknots #beauty #glam #marleytwists #locs #curves #brows #style #mommy #blackkbombshells #blackgirlmagic #melanin

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Soon after I finish the other 11 looks for my "Awareness Series" I will be setting up an art exhibit to display and share them. Speaking it into existence. There will be at least 30 total. Not including the collection of "Autism Awareness" looks that will be included. I love how my "Autism Awareness Zipper Face" looked in the black frame at the "Activism Through The Arts" art exhibit that I was a part of this year. I would love to see all of them done in the same way. Definitely a time where I need to network to make this vision a reality πŸ™ŒπŸ™ So far, I've done: Autism, CPR, Brain Cancer, Lupus, Sickle Cell, Multiple Sclerosis, Depression, Anxiety, Breast Cancer, Vitiligo, Ocular Melanoma, Suicide, Wilson's Disease, Thyroid Disease, and Pregnancy/Infant Loss Awareness. Thank you for all of the love I've received so far!
#art #artist #artshow #exhibit #awareness #series #asburypark #activism #advocate #illness #cause #autism #thankyou #autismawareness #love #support #disability #mommyandson #blackartist #positivity #inspiration #makeup #gallery #vision #sfx #facepaint #photography #networking #blackgirlmagic #melanin

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I was looking at Jaiden laughing, being silly, and smiling with the sun behind him this morning, and I really saw how much his smile is like mine. Cheekbones and all. And it made me smile, cheekbones and all. I can't even put into words how much I love him πŸ’™
#nofilter #sun #sunrise #mybaby #mysun #love #laughs #smile #grateful #nature #morning #silly #genetics #adorable #cute #positivity #myreason #happiness #parenthood #bond #photography #autism #autismawareness #mommy #blessed #blackboyjoy #melanin

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Another set of my "Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness" look πŸ’™β€ The messages I get from people thanking me, and sharing their stories, always makes me so happy and grateful that I can do what I do. Xoxo.
#pregnancy #infantloss #pregnancyloss #awareness #footprints #love #support #art #artist #makeup #butterflies #pink #blue #wings #heart #angels #october #baby #paint #facepaint #instalikes #bodypaint #melanin #blackgirlmagic #undiscovered_muas #underratedmuas #makeupforblackwomen #unconditionedroots #huffpostgram #GiGirlArmy

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October is "Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month" and yesterday, October 15th, was "Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day". The awareness colors are pink and blue. Each year, at least 24,000 babies are stillborn in the U.S. This is for all those who have suffered a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, a still birth, or a loss of an infant. "When a child loses a parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn't a word to describe them." Sending love to you all πŸ’™β€
#infantloss #pregnancyloss #awareness #footprints #love #support #art #artist #makeup #butterflies #pink #blue #wings #heart #angels #october #paint #facepaint #inspiration #positivity #instalikes #bodypaint #melanin #blackgirlmagic #unconditionedroots #makeupforblackwomen #underratedmuas #undiscovered_muas #huffpostgram #GiGirlArmy

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October is "Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month". I've seen a lot of parents grieving a miscarriage or the loss of a baby recently and felt compelled to go back to my "Awareness Series". I've been wanting to for a while now anyway (there's about 11 more on my list). Sending love to those who have lost and remembering all the babies gone too soon β€πŸ’™ More info and pics on this look soon.
#pregnancy #infant #infantloss #pregnancyloss #miscarriage #awareness #series #natural #protectivestyle #creative #footprints #love #support #art #artist #makeup #butterflies #pink #blue #wings #heart #angels #halo #october #baby #instalikes #paint #facepaint #bodypaint #melanin

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*Please swipe and read* Here are some pics of the @brighterside2asd Art Show I was honored to be a part of yesterday, in Virginia. There was such an amazing atmosphere, where these families and individuals with Autism were able to be themselves, without ridicule or judgement or stares. Just acceptance for who they are and a celebration of their talents. All of the artists were on the Spectrum, as well as the cheerleaders and entertainment. So much talent! 😍 I met a young man named Tavion and we clicked before I even realized he was a part of the show. He wants to be an animator for Disney/Pixar one day. And he makes amazing character magnets. I told his mom he needs an Instagram! And the little guy towards the end with his Sonic and Sonic drawing is 11 years old! I bought the drawing he took a picture with, and he suggested I take his pic next to the piano because it "looked best". He was too cute. Oh and I got to meet @latoyias.locks.of.art, owner of "LaToyia's Locks of Art" all the way from Maryland. She contacted me after seeing my post about the art show and wanted to be a part of it too. She offered art classes and gave free haircuts! My heart is so full πŸ’™
#artshow #art #talent #grateful #love #support #virginia #autism #autismawareness #diversity #inclusion #artist #networking #goodnews #youth #acceptance #positivity #inspiration #facepaint #message #advocate #creative #makeup #blessed #humble #potential #puzzlepieces #blackgirlmagic #blackboyjoy #melanin

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I couldn't really take any "good" pics of this look because I was so busy getting ready for and being at the @brighterside2asd Art Show yesterday. I was living in the moments and it was worth it! I'll do this one again though. Called this one "What Lies Within/Potential". The bursts of color at the brain, eyes, mouth, and heart represent all that potential, all the things our kids with Autism see, feel, think, and are trying to say, but so many people can't see or hear it. Or so many people limit and doubt what those with Autism are capable of. I can only imagine how frustrating that must feel. But I see you. And I will try my best to make others see you as well. So, this look wasn't supposed to be super pretty, it was suppose to make a point and make you pay attention. And I'm so happy so many people loved it! A lot of the kids in the show were amazed at the zipper and I let them touch it πŸ’™ I will share all my pics and stories from the art show later. Very grateful. Very humbled.
#artshow #art #talent #grateful #love #support #virginia #autism #autismawareness #diversity #inclusion #artist #networking #rainbow #asd #community #goodnews #positivity #inspiration #facepaint #message #advocate #mommy #sfx #makeup #blessed #teamwork #potential #blackgirlmagic #melanin

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When you see me, you are looking at a woman who turned her pain into purpose.
On my way to VA for @brighterside2asd #AutismAwareness Art Show tomorrow! Can't wait to be a part of all that greatness.
#autism #artshow #art #artist #virginia #advocate #inclusion #travel #exhibit #talent #showcase #love #support #facepaint #purpose #blackartist #makeup #smile #festival #instalikes #mommy #grateful #blessed #inspiration #positivity #newjersey #newyork #blackgirlmagic #melanin

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Plant your seeds and nourish them. With work and with prayer. There will be no harvest if you don't put in that faith and that effort. In all things that you really want. I know it can be frustrating...but the breakthrough can come at any moment.
#push #pray #believe #trust #process #truth #tylerperry #faith #work #words #thoughts #plant #seeds #effort #persistence #patience #encouragement #inspiration #positivity #life #vibes #energy #facts #advice #success #path #journey #grace #breakthrough

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My baby has retired his Mario backpack, for now, and wears his #TeamSupremeCartoon one proudly. He loves posing for our impromptu photoshoots πŸ’™ P.S.- shirt says "History In The Making". #Facts
#mybaby #adorable #support #inspiration #animation #cartoon #illustration #superheroes #art #artist #love #support #mommyandson #blackartist #positivity #instalikes #autism #autismawareness #specialneeds #inclusion #diversity #blackboyjoy #nature #photoshoot #natural #oldnavy #representationmatters #melanin #blackmomsblog

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Thank you for the birthday love! My 27th year of life was full of struggles and stresses, but also full ofΒ many celebrations and blessings. I'm not perfect, but I'm working! And I truly like the person I'm becoming πŸ’™
My family surprised me with seafood and cupcakes and cards and gifts 😍 Wasn't really expecting anything. And my Preschool Class made me a birthday card and gave me a little present. My babies. I really am blessed!
#birthday #happybirthday #thankyou #celebrate #blessed #28 #faith #love #surprise #selflove #support #proud #positivity #smile #grateful #natural #naturalhair #protectivestyle #life #inspiration #mommy #sister #daughter #friend #artist #teacher #advocate #blackgirlmagic #melanin

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I have been too busy to paint for the last week or so, and even when I did the 'Scar x Skull' look, I was sick. So I'll take this time to give a shoutout to @candybug_04! This girl is a Wonder Woman for sure. A mommy of 4 beautiful little ones and she still finds time to bust of these amazing looks, almost every day. Keep pushing and inspiring love! πŸ’™πŸ™Œ Oh and we'll finally be doing a collaboration next month, can't wait.
#blackgirlmagic #shoutout #art #artist #cosplay #blackcosplay #facepaint #makeup #comics #movies #wigs #hair #naturalhair #talent #love #support #protectivestyles #edwardscissorhands #greenlantern #twoface #avatar #sfx #bodypaint #positivity #inspiration #michaeljackson #wolf #halloween #mommy #melanin

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Happy Birthday to my little brother, Zykieme, who turned 21 today! Time flies...I'm so proud of him, and the fact that he stays true to himself, despite what's "in" or "the wave". It took me a lot longer to get there. And I love that he loves anime and can speak, read, and write in Japanese (he's going to school to be a teacher) πŸ™Œ P.S.- I tried to learn Japanese and had a mini anxiety attack after about 5 minutes πŸ˜‚
#birthday #family #love #fun #hibachi #qualitytime #singing #dancing #birthdaycake #21 #celebration #uncle #sister #brother #proud #blessed #time #positivity #inspiration #manga #language #japanese #teacher #anime #interests #gifted #hardwork #respect #staytruetoyourself #melanin

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A little bit of this, a little bit of that. Also did my mom's hair earlier today. I love her grays peeking through all of her natural hair. A genuine natural beauty.
#hair #naturalhair #natural #beautiful #silkpress #curls #pincurls #mommy #pampering #healthyhair #shine #health #longhair #haircare #blessed #family #blowout #flatiron #chi #trim #haircut #grayhair #instalikes #cosmetology #blackgirlmagic #melanin

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