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Uncle Obama: Not Just Because He’s Black, but Because He’s Black

It is believed that people create their best work when stressed, depressed, grieving, or just plain ol’ hurt. Well, just like many others across this country (across the globe) I am in mourning. Uncle O and Tee Tee ‘Chelle leaving, y’all. They can’t pass go. They can’t collect $200. There will never be another and if there is, they won’t be quite like the first BLACK family. I was still wet behind the ears when Uncle O took office. I had turned 18 four months prior to him being voted as the president-elect so with 2008…

Why I Chose to Commit to Minimalism

Photo Cred: minimalismlife.com “Tis the season of Netflix and getting lost in a good book” – that was a declaration I made for my winter break off from graduate studies. One of the many films I checked out this past month on Netflix was titled, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. Minimalism – at least according to the film – is “a tool that can help you find freedom” from the things that cause bondage to your life whether it be clothes, shoes, jewelry, video games, food, etc. In a nutshell, doing more with less,…

Why My Child Can’t Sing Pop-See-Ko and Neither Should Yours

This is a call to action to all of my parents with school-aged children. Actually, this is a call to action to every girl who has spent time on the blacktop during recess in elementary school. I’m still baffled about this new craze permeating primary school classrooms.  Let me tell y’all a story… Average day, nothing special. I pick up my daughter from school after leaving my own campus. My daughter’s name is Addyson. First grade. Seven years old. We get home and the first thing she does is grab her tablet and asks me could…

How Fantasia Ministers More than the Average Sermon

I, for one, am all for unorthodox ministry.  Every time I hear Fantasia Barrino sing, I feel as though that is exactly what she is doing: unorthodox ministry. Back in June, a Facebook Live video that Fantasia posted went viral across the social media platform with her and her background singers in ten minutes of pure worship. She begins the video wiping her eyes with tissue and states: “this one of those days when you’re tired, you’re away from your family, and he just came right in the room and got on the piano” (talking about…

For Those Who Thought I Had it all Together – Let Me Tell Ya Somethin

I’ve always been a go-getter. Elders in my family like to call me a “busy-body” and insist that I learn how to “go sit down somewhere because I do too much” but I always shoo it off and continue to go about my business. For those who know me, even if they don’t know me a great deal, the accolades I’ve received and the many things I’ve accomplished over the years aren’t a surprise to anybody. From my role as a graduate student to an entrepreneur all while being a single parent – I’m not doing anything…

Black Parents Raising Black Kids in America

“Mommy, but kids can’t die right?” That is the question my daughter asked me as we were walking up to the vigil for Jamyla Bolden, the 9-year-old girl from Ferguson who was fatally shot while sitting on her mothers’ bed doing homework by a man who shot into the bedroom window. Just two streets over from where Mike Brown’s body laid slain for over 4.5 hours in the hot sun just a year before. After hearing the tragic news, I wanted to come and give the family support for the loss of their loved one and…