Say Something #24/7/365

Say Something

This may not be the most unified piece of writing but it's one of the most honest and transparent on my blog.    I appreciate your mourning with me and finally seeing my pain but I’m really going to ask that you change your actions every day. While the police are killing Black men, what’s killing Black women all the time is the little micro aggressions that we’re getting from you, our mom peers. Please listen to me and get this: Black women have lower health outcomes when it comes to every … [Read more...]

Why Spelman College was the Birthplace of #BlackGirlMagic 135 Years Ago

Spelman #BlackGirlMagic for 135 years

135 years ago, Spelman College was founded by two white missionaries with a dream to educate African American women in Atlanta. These women just a generation removed from slavery in 1881 and they held their classes in the basement of Friendship Baptist Church beginning with $100 and 11 students. Reflecting on the challenges our nation has faced over the past 135 years, I couldn’t help but think about how these women built a legacy that now has a global reach. These women were birthing … [Read more...]

Why America Owes an Apology to the Family of Dr. King

An Apology for the family of Dr King

This is a personally inspired post. It was only through my own experiences as a family member who felt the hatred of America on a minuscule stage that I really came to this conclusion. I was living with the knowledge that if something tragic would have occurred in the aftermath, all the voices of support would be reduced to setting-up a Go-Fund Me account while my family would be left to pick up the pieces once the news cycle moved on. America owes the family of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. a … [Read more...]

Choose JOY

JOY

I feel like we’ve had this New Year’s haze in the air. Everyone is happy with the expectation of newness. I know I was part of the “Looking Forward to 2016!” crowd last month. However, with only a few days into the new year, things are just as busy and full as they were at the end of last year. I have been slammed with unexpected challenges that have tried to knock me off of the “New Year, New Things” happy vibes. It was in the midst of this that I realized it’s about the choices I made and what … [Read more...]

#THXBirthControl – My Thanks

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It’s the season for thanks and I’m so happy to say #THXBirthControl. It might seem like a weird thing to be thankful for but I am very happy to say “Thanks Birth Control” today. I’m going to be totally transparent and say I would love to support abstinence only programs but the data says that 95% of Americans had premarital sex. To not share information in light of this fact would be irresponsible. I believe in supporting strong families/communities and see preventing unwanted pregnancies … [Read more...]

How to Start a Month of Blogging – #NaBloPoMo

  Today is November 1 and the official mark of the November 2015 NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month). I’m not sure if I’ve tried to participate before but year is one that I plan to. I’m going to be honest and say that not every post will be written on that day, or even during this month. I have so many posts that are in draft that I’d like to share with you. My posts will be a mix of the personal (like why I quit my job last week!) and the informational (I can’t wait to share a few … [Read more...]

Yes New Friends – How to Bridge the Racial Gap

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In the aftermath of racial events, there are these wonderful blog posts that are written about how people want to share and open their worlds etc, etc. “Yes New Friends!” I am never against people opening their worlds to see more and understand better. I strongly support lifelong learning and it’s a key part of why I blog. I want you to see the world through my eyes. Here's my thing, I want genuine friends, not just people who want to hear me when something has happened. I want people who … [Read more...]

The No More Excuses Diet Book: Fatshaming or Tough-Love Motivation?

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My personal theme for this year is Make It Happen. I haven’t done everything that I’ve wanted to do but I am making some changes and things are surely happening in my house. Of course, weight loss is on that list so when I was offered the chance to review The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang as part of the From Left to Write virtual book club, I did it right away. Like my wordplay there? Maria Kang might be best known as the mom that people loved to hate last year because of her post on … [Read more...]

How to Practice Self-Compassion – #1000Speak

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Today I’m honored to join bloggers all over the world in raising their voices for compassion today. I jumped right into it because I think the world needs a little more compassion or as I like to think of it grace for each other. Being totally honest, I am not always the most compassionate person. I think I am but I don’t extend it equally and I sometimes forget this compassion when it comes to those who I perceived who have wronged me in some way. I know that usually something that happens … [Read more...]

The Emotional Impact of a New Playroom

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I’ve been rather busy lately with trying to make our house more functional for our needs. (The irony is that we’ve only been in the house for 8 years to get this done.) In an effort to corral all the toys that we have collected over the years, I’m creating a playroom upstairs in our house for my boys. We moved them into a single bedroom with bunk beds and are in the process of turning the other room into a play room. We really don't use our family room on a daily basis and their toys end up in … [Read more...]