Do More


Since the untimely death of Prince Rogers Nelson, we all have shared so many images, clips, and quotes of the icon known as Prince. Yet, of all the clips and posts that I shared about Prince, this has to be the most touching. I pray that this resonates with you as much as it did it with me. Van Jones explains Prince’s ideology—in everything that you do, “do more” for your community.

Many times, people do things for the fame, the fortune, and the glory. That thing may be success and accolades in your career, a gift to a friend, or a charitable donation. All of these will receive a return of a thank you, and some may even have a financial benefit.  But, what are you doing when no one is looking? Would you do those things if no one ever thanked you?

Are you doing things to better the community, or are you just sucking the last of the clean air boasting about yourself? People may mourn for you when you take your last breath, but  what will  be your lasting legacy, if any? Can you say that you helped improve your community, and what about the communities halfway across the globe? Now, that’s a true impact. If not, then it’s time to do more. And, if so, guess what? It’s still time to do more. Why? Because we do not live in a perfect world, and there’s always room to do more.

March To Your Own Beat

Always march to the beat of your own drum. 

Peace & Love,

Aronya (aka herownbeat)

A Tribute To Prince

We will party like it’s 1999 as our guitars gently weeps tears of purple rain. We may lay face down as we feel for you. We may get a little delirious, but this is a sign “o” the timesWhen doves cry and we mourn your passing, your legacy will live here on after. And that is worth more than any amount of diamonds and pearls. Prince, you were are legendary musician, an innovator, and an icon. Rest in peace Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958-April 21, 2016).


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5 TED talks that will change the way you think about Africa

From the Blog:

5 TED talks that will change the way you think about Africa

We’ve chosen five thought-provoking TED talks that will change the way you think about Africa in just one hour.

From the dangers of stereotyped perceptions of the continent, to entrepreneurship and business, to health and education, these five inspiring speakers have got you covered. Check them out:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – The danger of a single story

Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanise. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity.

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Dear Bethenny…

Dear Bethenny,

I would like to thank you for taking the opportunity for pushing women back, particularly black women, at least 30 years. I thought we were past the age of needing to sleep our way to the top, or at least having to give a little Lewinsky every now and then (sorry Monica). Darn it…those dry cleaning bills are going to rise again as women will need to remove the evidence of those infamous stains. In the same week that we nationally fight to close the gender wage gap, we discover that you still believe the key to success is through a man. How do you expect women to get equal pay by laying on our backs?

You were given this amazingly empowering opportunity to be the keynote speaker at Project Entrepeneur, a women’s entrepreneurial summit. How could you tell black women to hire white men to represent their businesses? Do you realize how racist and sexist that is? One of the attendees, Mary Pryor, tried to call your attention to your faux pas, but she was silenced.

Thankfully, she and other attendees did not remain silent. And I will not either. As a black woman and an entrepreneur, I stopped having other people representing me the day I stopped working in corporate America. The face of my business is me, with my caramel skin, natural hair, and thick thighs. If per chance, you cannot guesstimate that I am a not a minority by my name, then I also have my picture on my website. I have never slept my way to the top, and I’m sure enough not going to start be somebody’s Sally Hemmings to get a contract. I have my God-given talent, creativity, and intelligence for that. And what I lack, networking will fill in.

For many years, women, whether they consider themselves feminists or not, have been cracking those glass ceilings, and a select few have been fortunate enough to break them. Yet, with your one incredulous appearance last weekend, you have filled those cracks with Gorilla Glue and superglued the broken pieces back together. I have always been interested in time travel, but this is not what I was thinking. Next time, Bethenny, do us all a favor. Stay on Real Housewives where your lines are scripted, and you can feel free to lay up with whomever you please. Just stop messing with the lives of self-made women like me.



Community Quote

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank

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When You Can’t Vote for Daddy

I promise this won’t be a blog just about Donald Trump. Yet, right after I posted my previous blog, I found this wonderful article on NBC News, which blasts the Trump kids inability to vote in time for daddy because they didn’t change their party affiliation in time.

Carrie Dann reported:

Trump conceded Monday that two of his children — Eric and Ivanka Trump — failed to register as Republicans in the state in time to be eligible to vote for him in New York’s April 19 primary.

“They were unaware of the rules and they didn’t register in time,” Trump said on Fox News. “So they feel very, very guilty. They feel very guilty but it’s fine.”

Hmm…it makes my previous post even more likely.

If Trump Becomes President…

I have been wondering what would happen if Donald Trump would become president. Some options for me have included moving to Mexico or Belize. You wouldn’t have to worry about a wall to keep people out; rather, would you need it to keep citizens in? But then I wonder if this Trump campaign is all a joke. It’s been publicly advertised that Trump was a huge liberal. Could you imagine if he gets elected, and then does this major flip-flop back to liberalism? One could only imagine. I am still too scared to even begin to support him, but oh how I would laugh.

Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna Accepted At All 8 Ivy League Schools

I had to share this incredible story before I went to bed. It’s always great to end the night on a good note. Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, 17, who is the class valedictorian, has until May 1 to decide whether she’ll attend one of the Ivy League Schools. She has a 101.6 GPA and was also a finalist in the prestigious Intel Science competition. She credits her success to her parents and teachers.