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Love. This enchanting, frustrating, and often consuming experience has fascinated people throughout human history. Love is such a powerful emotion that, in a great number of ancient religions, it was personified as an actual deity. Venus, was one of the most important deities of the ancient Romans. Often compared with the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, Venus had a few traits that Aphrodite did not- being recognized as a goddess of victory, fertility, and in some parts of Italy, gardens (growth). Throughout Rome, Venus was a very important goddess, worshipped by lovers, romantics, and hopefuls alike. She could be vengeful, she could be alluring and sweet, she could present as cruel or mischievous or kind. As a Goddess, Venus could be frustrating at times but love was at the epicenter of her existence….

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Notes From Venus is a haven for my internal dialogues, Libra conflicts, and life as a melanic force on the journey to love. In the midst of an individualist society and inspired by my ruling planet and the Goddess of Love, Venus, I aim to covet the confounding notion that we…… need each other. This is also a nod to Venus Noire, Sarah Baartman, whose sexuality and female embodiment was misled to ridicule the figure of the African woman and to muddle black sexuality. Society often supports the notion that African American social, sexual, and romantic relationships are haphazard, sexually irresponsible, unhealthy, and void of intellect or intimacy.

I challenge that.

Now I may have faith to make mountains fall
But if I lack love then I am nothin’ at all
I can give away everything I possess
But left without love then I have no happiness
I know I’m imperfect [I know I’m imperfect]
& not without sin [& not without sin]
But now that I’m older all childish things end… [Lauryn Hill]

These are life and love notes from me to you. Enjoy.

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