Sisterhood, the Blog

Sacred Space for 21st Century Women

Saying goodbye to this blog today

Blessings All,

I started this blog last year to document my next book project.  It has been a great place to get my feet wet.  However, I recently decided to streamline my online presence by having one blog that encompasses all of my identities as a yoga teacher, author, artist, coach, and innerpreneur. That’s why I am blogging to say goodbye. The good news is that you can join me on my WordPress blog:

Thank you for reading my blog!

Peace and Sisterhood,

Ananda Leeke

May 21, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Christian MOMMY IN TRAINING CONFERENCE – April 24 in Alexandria, VA


…a Calling, a Purpose, a Privilege

Welcome to the land of the free!

Please join us for the day on Saturday, April 24, 2010 in Alexandria, Virginia at the inaugural Mommy in Training Conference and Exposition for a candid reflection on the WHOLE TRUTH about motherhood. No matter where you are on your journey—balanced or barely keeping your head above water—you will gain valuable perspective and practical tools for overcoming challenges of motherhood.Mommy in Training is a place where a SISTERHOOD of mommies defies differences in race, class and culture, and reminds you that you are not alone.MIT’s educational workshops will impart practical tools and spiritual principles for use on one’s journey through motherhood.

Early Bird Special before March 15: $49

After March 15: $69

Onsite Registration: $89

For more information and registration please visit

March 9, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Sisterhood, the Blog celebrates Nonprofit evangelist/digital diva shero Rosetta Thurman

Rosetta Thurman

Greetings All,

Sisterhood, the Blog is celebrating digital diva sheroes during National Women’s History Month.  Digital diva sheroes are women who use the Internet to do great work online and offline.  They are also women who will be featured in Ananda Leeke’s next book Sisterhood, the Blog: Soundbytes from the 21st Century Women’s Online Revolution. 

Today, we are celebrating Rosetta Thurman, a D.C.-based “nonprofit evangelist” who shares her gifts and talents as a blogger, entrepreneur, writer, speaker, professor, and leadership development consultant.  Rosetta currently serves as president of Thurman Consulting and teaches nonprofit management and leadership at Trinity University’s  School of Professional Studies.  In addition, she hosts All Nonprofits Considered, a weekly show on BlogTalkRadio. Her blog promotes  next generation leadership for social change.  You can follow Rosetta on Twitter too.

Be sure to check out two of our favorite posts from Rosetta’s blog:  28 Days of Black Nonprofit Leaders and Shine While Your Light’s On: Top 10 Young Nonproftessionals on Twitter.

Did you know Rosetta is writing a book? The title is Getting from Entry Level to Leadership: 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Nonprofit Career.  She is using her blog to chronicle her book writing journey.  We are very excited about the book and look forward to its completion! 

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Black Women Leaders, Sisterhood the Blog book, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Happy Holidays from Sisterhood, the Blog

Happy Holidays!

Sisterhood, the Blog’s social media project on WordPress,, and Facebook Group will return in March 2010.  Until then, check out a video of me reading a poem “Sisterhood, the Blog” below.  It is dedicated to you and all the women I connect with online and offline.

Thank you for your support and online friendship! Enjoy your holiday season!

Many blessings to you and your family,

Ananda Leeke

PS:  Be sure to check out Healthy You Now, a new online magazine, which launches on December 8. Visit

December 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Tyler Perry & “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide”



Ntozake Shange

saavy sister

Many thanks to The Savvy Sista for posting the news about Lionsgate hiring Tyler Perry to write, direct and produce Ntozake Shange‘s 1975 play for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf: a choreopoem.  Click here to read the news: Be sure to sign up for The Savvy Sista’s newsletter so you can stay on top of news impacting women of color.  Click here to register:

Have you seen for colored girls?

If yes, who is your favorite Lady?

Sisterhood, the Blog loves the Lady in Red because she said:

“i found god in myself
& i loved her / i loved her fiercely.”

What do you think about Tyler’s new gig?

September 4, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Looking Back at Spike Lee’s She Gotta Have It and Nola Darling


Do you remember Spike Lee’s first movie She’s Gotta Have It from the mid 1980s?  Click here to read about Lee’s movie:’s_Gotta_Have_It.

It premiered to international audiences at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival and returned home with the Award of the Youth for Foreign Film.  It tells the story of Nola Darling, Continue reading

September 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sisterhood, the Blog stands with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor


Poster by artist Favianna Rodriguez – created for (you can buy it for $20 –


“I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences.”

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor


Happy U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Saturday!

It feels so good to offer that greeting.  It makes me think about last summer when many people in America and around the world chanted,

“Yes We Can. Si Se Puede.”

This memory kept me company today as I sat around  the dining room table eating breakfast and watching CNN’s coverage of  Justice Sotomayor’s swearing in-ceremony with my parents.  Our hearts were filled with the same joy we had when President Obama was elected on November 4, 2008, and sworn into office on January 20, 2009. Once again, we were witnessing a landmark day in American history.  I will always remember it as the day a “wise Latina” stood with judicial elegance as she repeated her oath in front of a portrait of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States of America.  My chest protruded with fierce pride when I saw Justice Sotomayor calmly raise her right hand, gently lay it on the Bible her mother was holding, and clearly state she was prepared to take the oath.  The words she confidently repeated tingled my spine:

“I, Sonia Sotomayor, do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as an associate justice under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”

After Justice Sotomayor completed her oath and Chief Justice  John Roberts congratulated her, I yelled:  Supreme Court Justice Sonia Maria Sotomayor!  Si Se Puede. Yes We Can.  In that moment, I realized how her very presence ”as an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences” can be used to inspire women and girls to live authentically and fully, dream big, learn, grow, achieve, create, and serve.   That’s also when I realized Justice Sotomayor had set the 21st century women’s revolution on fire.  Yes I said revolution!  And the revolutionary question we, women and girls, must ask and answer from this day forward is:  How will I as an ordinary person seek, have, and share extraordinary opportunities and experiences that allow me, my family, my community, and my country to live and thrive better?

Enjoy your day and weekend!

Peace, Sisterhood, and Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Shining Light,


August 8, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Congratulations U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor!


Join Sisterhood, the Blog in celebrating yet another moment in American history – the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor!!!! WWWWWWWWOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!! 

What do you think about this moment in history?

What else do you think is possible for women of color in America?

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Sisterhood, the Blog Celebrates National Poetry Month with Signature Poem




Welcome to Sisterhood, the Blog!


The Sisterhood, the Blog social media project will launch in late June.  Until then, celebrate National Poetry Month by reading the project’s signature poem below.  Feel free to leave a comment.


Sisterhood, the Blog by Ananda Leeke

Copyright 2009 by Madelyn C. Leeke


Excerpt from That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir (Summer 2009 – iUniverse, Inc.)



Have you heard?

There’s a new feminine frontier where women’s voices emerge from the silence without fear, shame, or judgment.

Where women plant seeds of thought and infinite possibilities in gardens that promote freedom of expression.

Where women reveal their dreams and tell their secrets because a sanctuary of safety has been birthed by each woman’s soul.


Thanks to the Internet and an expanding portfolio of social media tools, women have discovered common ground.

They have become the architects of their own lives.

Their blogs, videos, podcasts, and social networking sites are prime real estate in online neighborhoods that form communities of support.

Their conversations build relationships and bridge gaps.

They make their own news and tell their own stories

The end result is a plethora of networks that serve as launch pads for personal and spiritual empowerment, information sharing, creative expression, healthy living, new friendships, social justice advocacy, career reinvention, and business opportunities.


All of their energy and efforts illustrate one truth:  women are standing in their power and reclaiming their sacred feminine on and offline.

They move with a power not seen before.

It is rooted in being fully


P – Present when they

O – Own their lives as

W – Women who believe they have

E – Everything they need to live out their

R –  Revolution of authenticity.


One thing is for sure, women know their investment in themselves will yield a high return.

So get on board and join the revolution of Sisterhood, the Blog before it’s too late.

April 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment