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About Rhonda Bayless

Rhonda L. Bayless is the Executive Director/Founder of the Center of Wellness for Urban Women (CWUW) in Indianapolis and an HIV/AIDS advocate. Through addressing the intersection of race, class, and gender and other social determinants of health, Ms. Bayless works to empower women and their families to live healthier lives.
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Being Homeless

By Rhonda Bayless In mid-August, I knew there was a possibility that we would be at risk for homelessness. Of course, we sought services and assistance but we learned that it’s easier to receive assistance for a utility ...

Dear Prince

By Rhonda Bayless I’m in mourning. Feeling lost, alone, and confused. Can’t find the words to put to a blog about your impact on culture, art, music, fashion, and life. I don’t know what to say. I hurt. I kno...
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I’m Not His Girlfriend: Sexism in Leadership

By Rhonda Bayless As a community leader, you’re blessed to enter many different spaces and come across various types of people. This is the joy of doing the work in the community and of being a servant leader. When you &...
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A Mother’s Love: Part Two

  By Rhonda Bayless Understanding the impact of trauma and abuse on my own mental health, I am determined to promote mental health awareness amongst the women in my life and in my community. As someone diagnosed wit...
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Freedom: The Revolution from Within

By Rhonda Bayless Two years ago I started my own road to Freedom. It started with a tattoo on my arm simply saying “Freedom” with a small bird. I believe that birds are one of the freest creatures ever create...
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My Love Letter to Black People

By Rhonda Bayless I see the Black community differently than some. I see a group who survives in the best way it possibly can under decades (centuries) of mental, physical, and spiritual abuse and terrorism. I see a peop...
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Social Media and Self-Esteem

By Rhonda Bayless Social Media is an interesting creature. ONLINE: We’re all so brilliant. We’re all so healthy. We all are so religious. We love our mothers. We are perfect parents. Well, I’m here to t...
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My Love is Better than Your Love.

By Rhonda Bayless The interesting thing about being a heterosexual cisgender Christian female who supports gay marriage is that I understand the Constitution and how it is supposed to work in this country. As a Christian...
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And I Cry…

By Rhonda Bayless I don’t cry much. Usually, I lock my sad moments away with music, a note book, and my thoughts. I think of myself as a quiet, introspective person. I feel deeply, but do I cry? Not me. …