“This is a Man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing…without a Woman”
by PG of Batabazi
As International Women’s Month continues, we appreciate and remember the great things women have brought to this world, but let’s not forget that it includes us because each and every one of us “came from a woman, got our name from a woman and our game from a…..” in the words of the late great Hip Hop royal Tupac Shakur. Women are like tea bags, you never know how strong they are until you put them in hot water. They bare a lot of pain but in the same breath bring a lot of pleasure and happiness into this life. March, is Women’s Month and March 8th is International Women’s Day and as such I want to give a big shout-out to my lovely mother Anne Grace Kiyimba (Kironde) and all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, daughters, sisters and “cousin-sisters” (lol for my Ug fam) out there and certainly not forgetting my band-mates Gera & Tasha and to let you all know that you are appreciated and loved way more than you know! This is your month to shine but you don’t need 31 days because you shine every day and God bless you!
However, there is one other lady I want to give special mention to and to salute this Women’s Month and that is my father’s sister, better known to me as “Ssenga” (auntie) Katiti Kironde. She was the first Black woman and model to grace the cover of a major fashion magazine, Glamour. Originally from Uganda but having studied in America, she stumbled upon an opportunity that would open doors for many others after her. In August of 1968, as a teenager in college, she was encouraged by a family friend and editor-in-chief of Mademoiselle Magazine to apply for Glamour’s Top Ten Best Dressed College Girls. To her surprise, auntie KK won and was placed on the cover, which paved the way for women like Michelle Obama, Beverly Johnson and Tyra Banks. This particular issue is their biggest seller to date… 40 some odd years later.
I believe in giving people their flowers while they are here to smell them so shout-outs to you Auntie KK for making Black History! She now owns a label and self-titled clothing line “Katiti – The Essential White Shirt” which is available at Nordstrom and other department stores… for more information about her and her clothing line visit her website: www.katiti.com
HAPPY WOMEN’S MONTH!!