In kindergarten we were told to color within the lines. It was like some invisible judges were standing over our shoulders watching every stroke of our crayons and if we happen to veer too far right or too far left this unforgivable act would follow us until high school.
And that’s where it all began.
Our fascination with order, timing, perfection, being the best, and doing the best. The world set the rules and we followed unknowingly into the land of the “majority.” The only thing that remained of our uniqueness was the birthmarks that tagged our faces, feet, butts, backs, and hands and even those were starting to look like the kid next to us.
Somewhere along the way we developed a competitive appetite to score higher, run faster, and excel far beyond those around us. Making an “A” was more important than making friends. Being trendy was more important than being a trendsetter. Fitting in was more important than standing out. We were afraid to embrace our natural style (whatever that was) for fear that our quirkiness would ruin our chance at “cool points” and so we did what we had to do to make waves but just enough to stay within the qualifications of our cookie cutter pedigree.
Denisha Hardeman otherwise known as “Crazie DeDe” is on an upward spiral to success in the entertainment marketplace! With acting, filmmaking and the National Black Film Festival under her belt, she can also add Amazon.com “best selling author” to her list of accomplishments. “8 Lanes” reflects her life as a former track star who silently suffered from domestic violence during the prime of her sports career.
Today the SURVIVOR is committed to helping other women overcome the frightening circumstances of physical and sexual abuse with the work of her charity UnHushed Foundation. DeDe firmly denotes that women are beautiful, powerful and resilient. Her journey exudes graceful boldness, vivid ambition and humanitarian efforts in the areas of arts and entertainment. Gone are the days of timid women who are statically held as victims of societal views. Denisha and UnHushed Foundation encourage abused victims to use visual and entertainment arts as a healing vessel. Writing and sharing her story aided her healing process. She is dedicated to showing others that they too can successfully move on. Denisha Hardeman is now available for motivational speaking engagements at universities, conferences, book tours, festivals and other women’s empowerment events.