“When I got married I had a party for the family in New Orleans. At the party, my grandfather Deville said, “Well there goes the acting career.” He was right because I gave up so many opportunities. My husband was not supportive of my acting career, he wanted me to be his secretary and have babies. I stayed married for 12 years and left when I was 30. If I were a man I wouldn’t of had to ask anyone’s permission or question any of those opportunities.” – Bambi DeVille owns a vintage clothing shop in New Orleans.
“I lost my son, Bear. Absolutely the most joy in my life came from him and the most pain I’ve experienced came from losing him. And that experience will never be matched. In Bear’s birth and in his death he saved me. Joe Biden said, “You get to a point where the memories make you smile more than the pain hurts.” He was my only one, and I’m too old to have another. ” – Alexandria Cmaylo is an artist and lives in New Orleans.
“I come from a background of women who didn’t know their worth or see themselves as goddesses or know that they were goddesses. They didn’t even have standards set for men to even meet. It’s been interesting stepping into my own. There’s no self-sacrificing that I am going to do. Too many women don’t know how to keep to their standards or how to live their standards. I am the table, you bring the gift. I am the Queen, not you. In ancient stories the woman came first.” – Mina McCree is a musician/writer who lives in New Orleans.