Be You

"Be authentic...not unique." —Unknown #inspiration #beyou #loveyourself

Words from Pop-Pop

I am a product of a village. I could have had all the lessons, experiences, and adventures without the community who raised me. Some of my village is still present on this side, but many have gone on to be with the Lord. It is so hard to see the people who you always saw as strong warriors slowly slip away. The hardest ones for me were my grandparents. I lost three grandparents in just under four years. Two were during this same week in March, just different years. Today's story is about my grandfather, affectionally known as Pop-Pop.

Take Some Time for You

"Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare."—Audre Lorde Even the greatest among us must remember to take some time for relaxation, a necessary component of self-care. Stepping back and taking a breath does not show weakness; rather, it shows your intelligence  and wisdom to let [...]

La Cristina Dice: The Mother/Daughter Tree

I imagine that my mom, my daughter and I are all part of a tree. My mom is the roots, sturdy and strong, keeping us grounded. She is for the most part unseen, but the rest of the tree wouldn't exist without her.  Please read this beautiful post from La Cristina Dice about the connection [...]

A Journey of 50,000 Words #NaNoWriMo

For the month of November, you may see less of your friends as they participate in the annual event known as NaNoWriMo. Writers—veterans and newbies—vow to spend the month of November writing a book of 50,000 words. I've thought about participating before, but 50,000 words seemed so overwhelming. These past two years, however, have proven [...]

What Is Your Purpose?

I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, "Because of you, I didn't give up."

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 [...]

Maya Angelou Quote

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

Jesse Williams: 2016 BET Humanitarian Award Speech

"Peace peace. Thank you, Debra. Thank you, BET. Thank you Nate Parker, Harry and Debbie Allen for participating in that (video). Before we get into it, I just want to say I brought my parents out tonight. I just want to thank them for being here, for teaching me to focus on comprehension over career, and [...]