Brandi Sellers-Jackson is a giant sunbeam of a person - both online and in real life. That is a rare and special find these days. Her warmth, wisdom, positivity, and vulnerability make her a woman we greatly admire. Brandi is a doula, an advocate for women’s health issues, co-founder of Moms in Color and mama of three. She welcomed us into her vibrant home with a warm kindness and electric energy. We couldn’t be more honored to feature her as our latest Well-Chosen Woman. Thank you Brandi for all you do and how you make us all feel the joy and hope and love you radiate. We can't help but dance along with you! xo, Kelly + Paige
We are living in a very potent time. How are you talking to your kids about the pandemic and the current Black Lives Matter movement?
In our home, we believe in conversation. When the pandemic began, Jon and I were just as confused as everyone. We had no clue how long the pandemic would last. How long we were going to be quarantined. There was no schedule or timeline. During this time, we found that the best thing that we could do was be super transparent with our kids. Whether it be talking about the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic to the racial pandemic that this country has been experiencing long before 2020, we knew that continuing to create a pathway of honesty for our children would by default create a safe space.
We had a historical moment with this Presidential election! What are your feelings about the results and having Kamala as VP?
I am so very excited regarding the results of the election. I am proud of Black women for making it happen. I am proud of the organizers who rallied in order for our country to hopefully move forward in a different direction. With that being said, there is so much work to be done. While I am excited, I am also fearful. I am fearful that so many may view the results of the election as a moment to rest. Almost as if because we voted out Trump, racism no longer exists. Not true. Trump didn't invent racism. He is simply the manifestation of this country’s racist DNA. There is still so much work to be done.
You are a champion mama and doula. Tell us about Moms in Color and what inspired you to start it.
Moms in Color was birthed out of necessity. My colleagues and I were tired of attending motherhood events where we were invited to fill a quota. We recognized that there needed to be a safe space for Black moms to gather + for us to feel seen and heard. We were looking for safe spaces.
Your instagram is full of light, wisdom and positivity! It is truly joyful and soothing to check in with you there! Tell us two things you hope your followers take away from your social feed.
I hope that my followers see joy. I hope that I am able to provide a moment of recess. A deep breath.
What people, living or deceased, would you call your muse or guru or biggest inspiration?
Wow! I'm not sure if I can designate this to a person, as opposed to a feeling that certain muses / folks and their art makes me feel. For example, Stevie Wonder...his music has always played a role in some of my happiest and most joy-filled moments. I always want to feel the way I felt when I heard my favorite Stevie Wonder song for the first time.
What do you want your children to remember about you?
I want our kids to know that they are so very loved, heard and seen. That they absolutely matter.
With an hour of free time what would you do?
I would first have to fight the desire to do something ”productive”, and simply know and lean into the fact that rest is productive. Sometimes doing nothing is productive. If I had a hour of free time, I would eat a really yummy meal, and do nothing!
If you had one quote to live by…
One of my favorite quotes is by Rumi, ”The wound is the place where the light enters you.” This quote has allowed me to hold space, honor, and pay reverence for past wounds and the wounds of others.
Beautiful photography by Ashley Randall.