The Affluenza Defense for Police 

Betty Shelby is pleading not guilty because she said the stress of Terence Crutcher caused temporary deafness, resulting in her not knowing that another police officer was going to tase him. What kind of mess is that? Is this going to be the affluenza defense for police officers? Can the families of murder victims use … Continue reading The Affluenza Defense for Police 

More Love…Less Hate

Taken today at the opening of the National Museum Of African American History And Culture (NMAAHC), we can see that true friendship can cross party lines. I hope that the friendship between First Lady Michelle Obama and former President George W. Bush can be used as an example in politics and life.  Original image from … Continue reading More Love…Less Hate

FIVE Latinos were shot and killed by cops in the past week…and we barely knew it.*

FIVE Latinos were shot and killed by cops in the past week…and we barely knew it.* While the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile occupy the news waves, the shooting death of five Latinos this week slipped by.Since last Sunday Vinson Ramos, Raul Saavedra-Vargas, Melissa Ventura, Anthony Nuñez and Pedro Villanueva were shot and … Continue reading FIVE Latinos were shot and killed by cops in the past week…and we barely knew it.*

Lecrae Quote

Take a knee...people riot.  Take a bullet...people quiet. —Lecrae #TerenceCrutcher #BlackLivesMatter #StopKillingUs #LoveWillWin

A Prayer of Comfort and Hope–Dr. Alyn E. Waller

It seems that every week we, as a community, are grieving another life lost. I continually say, "I am more than a hashtag." Yet, it seems that we may be one mile, one block, one step, one breath from becoming the next hashtag. Good people from both sides have lost their lives, and we have … Continue reading A Prayer of Comfort and Hope–Dr. Alyn E. Waller

What Does a “Bad Dude” Look Like? #TerenceCrutcher

I am constantly amazed about the police shootings that occur throughout this country--black, brown, yellow, green, orange, purple, and white. Every time, I think I have seen it all, another hashtag is created, and I am left sitting here shaking my head. My heart heavy. My soul just a bit more empty. Wondering what more … Continue reading What Does a “Bad Dude” Look Like? #TerenceCrutcher

Maya Angelou Quote

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.—Maya Angelou

Remembering 9/11

On September 11, 2001, we all died. Our lives were never the same. Many people lost their lives on that day because of hate. Many more sacrificed their lives to save us here and abroad. Whether a physical death or an emotional death, we understand that loss.  It is now 15 years later, and though … Continue reading Remembering 9/11

Embracing What Makes You Unique

Her Own Beat's Note: I'm posing these questions as an extension of my post, Redefining Yourself. I became interested in knowing what others were doing.  What makes you unique? What makes you stand out? Share how you embrace what makes you unique. How do you march to your own beat?

Redefining Yourself

“I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness. Embrace what makes you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable.” ―Janelle Monáe Yesterday, a memory from two years ago popped up on Facebook showing my new ‘do. I had just cut off my beautiful Sisterlocks … Continue reading Redefining Yourself