Note: The Inspired Woman Series features a snippet from the Legacy Letter of a contributor along with information about her and what she does.
“As long as you stay true to your core values and morals, some of the challenging things you encounter in life will deflect off of you like menacing objects off of a protective shield. Now, I never thought I would have to warn you about these things, because when I was your age, I may have been slightly naïve in thinking that as long as I was nice to others, they would be nice to me. Well, in theory, that sounds good, but let me warn you – this is not always the case. I am here to warn you that when you cross paths with people who treat you poorly, you need to stand up for yourself. I’ve seen it, so I want you to be ready. There will be people who will try to take advantage of your skills. People will also take advantage of your kindness, and mistake it for weakness; there will even be people who will treat you poorly out of ignorance. I remember one time, just after Journalism school, I was working at a magazine. There was an employee there who discriminated against me by mocking my ethnic background and my dad’s country of origin. Boy, did I set him straight! And then, something unexpected happened. I found out, moments after it occurred, that my immediate boss had told Human Resources what had just happened! I didn’t even have to say anything! They told me that my boss had witnessed everything and that I could file a complaint if I wanted to. Of course, I did, because of the principle. There will be ignorance in the world, but there will also be goodness. This story demonstrates both sides. I can tell you that you will not have all of the answers in life, but that you can seek them.”
Kendra Kabasele earned a BSc. in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Concordia University and having founded her own public relations firm called New Bein’ Media, she was eager to take on new challenges. From working in the marketing department of KCET Television (PBS) to assisting in production for one of the 2005 Los Angeles mayoral debates and for the 2005 NAACP Image Awards, Kendra has already worked in a range of areas in media and television in Los Angeles. In 2008, she co-produced her first stage play, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” by Ntozake Shange, which celebrated full houses each show. In 2009 she was 1st Assistant Director for Filmmaker Manny Mechan’s short film, “Fall”. Learn more at www.kendrakabasele.com
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