About the Author

Charlotte Simpson, aka the Traveling Black Widow is a retired guidance counselor and special education teacher. After losing her husband of 31 years, she made solo-world-travel a central part of her retirement and has traveled all seven continents and 50 states. ​

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  1. Saw this in action over the last month. Women supporting one another through grief unimaginable in the loss of a child or parent. Our sisterhood as women of color is remarkable!

  2. I grew up in a gated white Catholic community in Seattle WA. I was always the only black child in my class, as well as the baby of the family.

    I married a black man we were a very successful power couple and retired at 50.

    Black women especially always mistreated me, and I treat people no matter who you are with respect. I was raised to treat others how I want to be treated.

    I owned restaurants, cooked for 3 sitting presidents and First Ladies, as well as numerous celebrities.

  3. My story is about two sisters. My mother and her sister provided for the five of us. They both decided they did not want us to grow up in a small town, my aunt moved to KC, to make a better life for us all. My mother kept her son, with the four of us, and when she found a place, we all came to town. Their relationship was great! Their mother died while they were young, so my great grandfather raised the two of them and their brother.
    We lived in a three story house. My aunt would work days, so she would be home with us in the evening. My mother worked a swing shift and mostly nights, so she would be home while we were at school. This worked for us, until around the time of the riots (1968), but their connection kept our family together.

  4. Showing up, support and praying for one another, encouraging one another going out on a limb, learn how to forgive, communicate, love, lean and have boundaries 🙏🏾❤️

  5. This piece definitely strikes a chord with me because there have been several times in my life where being a part of a sister circle of friends (found family) literally saved my life. And these safe spaces were often created when I, and other sisters like me, felt like an outsider–in an environment that was, at times, both alien and unwelcoming to us. I thank God everyday for the gift of my sister friends. Thank you for sharing your experiences and the reasons why these sisterhoods are so vital to our community.

  6. I am 70 years old, and I still have a sisterhood with friends as far back as elementary school. Although we may not see or talk to one another regularly, getting together never feels like a time gap. Women who do not have a girl friend relationship, are missing out on a valuable and memorable sisterhood connection.

  7. Greetings;

    I enjoyed my new sisterhood with Mahogany. It’s rewarding, inspirational and motivational. I cannot express my gratitude to see the talents, gifts and creativity of everyone’s writing. I am proud of you all. At Mahogany, we also get to encourage each other.

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