Editor’s Note: “The World Is Behind You”


“You are on the eve of a complete victory. You can’t go wrong. The world is behind you.” -Josephine Baker

This past weekend I attended HolistiCitiLyfe‘s Unmask Your Natural Beauty event at House of Juice Brooklyn.  It was a lovely gathering of women who mixed and mingled and learned about amazing natural body products, jewelry lines, and waited anxiously for tarot card readings.

I took my braids out a few days before, and to my surprise I found a garden on top of my head!  Besides the fro behaving well, one of the highlight of the evening for me was catching up with Sharon Beason, Founder of Womeneur.  Sharon has become a force to say the least when it comes to encouraging women entrepreneurs to work at their highest possible level.  I have a special place in my heart for Sharon because right after we launched our very first photo series, she reached out to me and asked if we could do lunch.  Her sole intention was to get to know me and to find out where I was taking the BCB brand.  I had no idea what was next or that it was even a brand.  This website wasn’t a thought since I was still using my personal blog as a platform.

But Sharon’s interest in the movement, along with the other amazing people who praised the project, helped me to see that we couldn’t stop where we started.  We had to keep things going and create greater visibility for Beyond Classically Beautiful.  When I decided to create this website, Sharon gave even more support, sending me templates to write a business plan and set budget.  She also helped me brainstorm how to approach building a social media following.

I’m forever grateful to Sharon for all she’s done, not only because she helped me, but also because she is one of the many manifestations of Josephine Baker’s quote in my world, which has become my mantra.

We live in a world where people love to focus on the idea of the “hater.”  Over the years I’ve learned not to give energy to even the thought that “haters” exist.  First of all, I find it to be a self centered way of thinking that serves no real purpose, and two, giving too much space to the idea of such people is self defeating.  It is weakness disguised as power.  It is where victimhood ferments and takes over.  Furthermore, a lot of the time your biggest “hater” is…you.  How many times have you convinced yourself that you’re not good enough or you can’t win or reach your highest potential?  Don’t get me wrong, there will always be people who don’t want to see you win.  But why even allow them to take up any space in your world?  The idea is to work on that inner voice that has more hold on you than anyone else ever will.

So if ever you’re doing something worthwhile, focus on finding your tribe and putting out enough goodness in the world so your tribe can find you.  Focus on locating the people who pour out their love for you whether it be personally or professionally.  Allow those people to be your “world.”  That is how you thrive.

People like Sharon are a constant reminder of Josephine Baker’s quote, which has become one of my mantras.  Let it be yours too if ever you find yourself feeling like you’re not good enough or the world is against you.

Abi Ishola
Abi Ishola


Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

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