Rachel Lyndsay – 2017 Bachelorette

Rachel Lyndsay is the first African American Bachelorette in the franchise history. She got chosen by the nation of fans who have kept this show so popular for over a decade. This evening (air date June 26th) as she was evaluating one of her pursuers, admitted to being in the shadow of her sister, who was out there as the prettiest and more popular before she came into her own. That process kept her self confidence from blooming at the same rate as her beauty and charm and may have kept her from showing more of her feelings instead being a skeptic. Despite all of this she had come full circle, showing us her realness, ‘keeping it 100’ by opening up completely to a group of men with an open mind and heart. This takes courage folks.

She is showing us what it takes to confront, dig deep, be observant, curious, questioning, while peeling back layers of the personalities who present  them best selves to her. It is not entirely clear how she feels about each person, as what we speculate from what is seen on camera. All one can do is watch her actions and project which guys are preferred.

The beauty of this show are the number of ‘brothers’ (black men) who are willing to come onto a program of this nature to risk a high level of exposure to compete for her affections. It also gives up a glimpse of their unique qualities and personalities. On the other side of that coin are the young white men who are equally as open and vying for Rachel’s love. Most are solid too and open to finding love.

Rachel has done an amazing job of weeding out the players, sorting her true feelings, and bringing a value system in conjunction with her lawyerly skill set to evaluate, listen, and trust her instincts. While there may have been breakdowns, frustrations, disappointments, and tough decisions, she has definitely shown a great amount of poise. All the men say she is the complete package: beauty, brains, and personality. She is also has a very charming look and is by nature seductive in her style. She says being physical is important which means a lot of kissing and hugging. She is doing what so many women struggle with and that is being open without prejudice to find a husband amongst qualified guys.

She has shown intent and integrity in her voyage expressing self reflection, and her self assurance. Rachel is not just the first this or that on the Bachelorette, she is perhaps one of the best that has been on the show. I hope she finds the true love of her life that will make her very happy. I understand that she is already engaged as we watch weekly on delayed TV viewing. This means she found someone who met her criteria of ‘not boring’ her, and offering a fun filled  life of excitement and adventure.

I am so proud of this version of the Afro Woman Protagonist, beautiful, charming, authentic, strong, clear headed, and mature. Go Rachel Go! Thank you for having the courage to take the Bachelorette to another level. We appreciate you. (Drawing by Lillianonline) lillianonline.us 

‘Badassboz’ Self-Branded Instagram Sensation

Bozoma Saint John, became Chief Brand Officer at Uber June 8, 2017. A power house marketing super star rises from within Pepsi to close a deal with Beyonce, then moves into Beats before a three month later Apple acquisition. Bozoma Saint John increased Apple Music’s subscriber base  by 20 million during her three year tenure, before moving on to Uber. Her claims of seeking danger and being a change agent puts her squarely in the eyes of many who have come to expect great things.

It is clear to those who admire Saint John, like recent Uber CEO, Travis Kalanik, quoted, “Boz has a long track record of successfully creating emotional connections between people and the products they love…” “Her creativity and deep understanding of consumers will allow us to build the same love and appreciation for Uber’s brand as we’ve built for Uber’s service.” This challenge with Uber is within Bozoma’s ‘danger’ zone where the arrogant male dominated leadership culture’s unfair treatment of women (even drivers), had become legendary.

Our protagonist (leading lady), Bozeman Saint John, along with her own brand on Instagram as ‘Badassboz’, is a force to be reckoned with. Being the opposite of the culture she now represents, in almost every way (‘have you seen her?’), naturally makes her as disruptive as it gets. Let’s watch and see how her brand reinvents Uber. We have confidence that Saint John’s influence will raise the bar very high for Uber in appealing to a wider consumer base. Bozoma is showing us that a personal brand could supersede any job, and this new trend according to LinkedIn is where top professionals are going. “Hone what you have inside” is a quote and advice from Saint John. At Lillianonline, we declare her next level executive. Visit our website at lillianonline.us.

A National Hero! – Crystal Griner

Crystal Griner, Capital Police Agent, was just doing her job, the day she yelled, ‘drop your weapon’. A very private person became public. She attended Hood College where she played basketball. She is an athlete at 5’9” height and stature. Many say all we experience and learn comes together in one moment. The gunman from Illinois brought forth that moment for Officer Griner, who’s competitive spirit under pressure, raised her voice yelling at the shooter to ‘drop his weapon’, thereby bringing attention to herself, distracting the gunman, and taking a bullet in her ankle.  By springing into action, running towards the gunman, and just doing her job, Crystal saved the lives of many U.S. House Representatives.  Her actions were epic .  Crystal’s moment of truth prevented a massacre of ‘monumental proportions’ exemplifying unparalleled bravery. 

Crystal is our protagonist!  She is an example of a lead character coming from obscurity into the national limelight. Her demeanor, discretion, focus, and commitment makes her a national model and overnight sensation and shows the best of what America has to offer in the mist of crisis!   Lillianonline acknowledges Crystal Griner as an ‘influential’ woman and deserving of appreciation and recognition. Thank you for your service to our nation. (Drawing by Lillianonline.) See more art at lillianonline.us.