"Tasha Jones has been a program partner for the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana for many years. Her passion, her poetry, and her message of empowerment, compliments our commitment to building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. It was only natural that when we hosted the 2008 National Girl Scout Leadership Institute – a two-day conference on healthy living for more than 1700 teen girls – in Indianapolis that Tasha Jones be involved. Her Hello Beautiful workshops were some of the best attended at the conference – serving more than 250 girls from across the country and around the world. Tasha Jones’ impact on youth is so profound that three years after the conference, girls still site her workshops as one of the turning points in their personal journey to empowerment and strong self-esteem".
Holly Elizabeth Herbert
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana
Imagine one person, at the right time saying the right thing to transform your being, Hello BeautifulTM! One Poem written to garner hope in the lives 26 public schools students is now transforming the world.
Tasha Jones presents and represents Hello Beautiful, the two words with one mission, to affect change! What began in the classroom as Jones solution to counter act negative programming and self sabotaging behavior(s) has become a movement. Hello Beautiful in the classroom the deepened the educator/student relationship, became a path lit to outline the future to revitalize/motivate an inner strength. Hello Beautiful . . . induced self respect, built character, prompted a new expectation in the classroom and began to cultivate a self-love. In a tri-fold scenario the Hello Beautiful Movement challenges educators to set higher expectations for the classroom and refuse negative degrading language in the classroom. Focus on each students strengths and exploit them, while at the same time strengthening each students weaknesses. Another aspect of the Hello Beautiful Movement, extracts the negativity that surrounds youth in disadvantage communities, by using Hello Beautiful to replace misogynistic terms easily accepted and have become norm and/or terms of endearment (Bitch/Whore syndrome). The final aspect of the Hello Beautiful movement equalizes the disparities presented to the general public through media (billboards, magazine, television) imaging, which in turn, leave children feeling inadequate and/or abnormal, so we use Hello Beautiful to amplify the beauty in diversity. Ultimately, I am asking persons to try Hello Beautiful for 21 days. Start by halting all negative words coming into your personal space or coming out of your mouth and/or out of your personal space and replacing any and all things negative with POSITIVE words/energy going in and ultimately coming out. This includes all negative people who are harming you and your space.
Join the movement, Surround yourself with words of destiny like Hello Beautiful, and document the outcome, journal your results and tell me about it. Then go beyond the 21 days and use Hello Beautiful for LIFE!
Tasha's Views on For Colored Girls
"Jones' work in public space works to provide an alternative cultural self object, image and message to survivors. By speaking the truth of sexual violation and encouraging women to write, write, "speak your truths"...she offers herself as a cultural selfobject with whom survivors can experience themselves as acknowledged, honored and emphatically cared about. In this way, Jones' work engages the sociological, and psychological dimensions of women's healing needs. Her willingness to speak, write, see, show, and hear incarnates God's concern for the wounded to be holistically healed through communal interactions...allows women to receive unobstructed views of images and messages that holistically empower them in the fullness of their embodiment, and find courage to use their own voice to become agents in their own sacred healing. Jones picks up where Ntozake Shange left off when she wrote For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is not Enuf"
- Dr. Stephanie Crumpton
Surviving in the illusion has been the reality of so many women across the world. We find ourselves lying to ourselves just to fit into the illusion. To be perceived as what we want to be and not what we are. Our natural ability to nurture others, some times cripple the healing process for ourselves ~ the love and affection we must show ourselves. My Mother use to say all the time to me as a child, "See yourself, Tasha," whether it was said to help me visualize whatever I desired or if it was said help me be true to my values and motives, and/or not be so judgmental, it was said as a command pure untainted...See Yourself!
Tyler Perry's adaptation of Ntozake Shange For Colored Girls, did just that, allowed women to view women, in ways that many had not or refused. For Color Girls helped women all across the world to see SELF through characters and dramatizations that could better help the viewer atone or want atonement. The poetic medium used as the healing instrument has definitely been my source of power. Poetry and Spoken Word has allowed many of us to heal from within and retrain the mind to achieve wholeness not only for those we nurture but essentially ourselves. Therewith the Hello Beautiful Movement, For Colored Girls Hello Beautiful! I AM Whole, I AM Love, We Are LOVED, I AM power, We Are Powerful, I AM forgiven, We allow ourselves to be forgiven, I AM ME ready and willing to be honest and open in LOVE!" View this powerful poem Vagina Monologue by poet laureate Tasha Jones ...