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Women’s March: Lessons for my Niece

Last Saturday, the women of the United States sent a message to Donald Trump and his administration…WE’RE NOT GOING BACK! Those of you who know me know I’m really quiet about my activism. My activism is to help those in need and support what and when I can. As big and bad as I may…… Continue reading Women’s March: Lessons for my Niece

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Confessions of a Binge Eater

I sit at my desk at the corner of vulnerability and exasperation. This year as everyone starts their weight loss resolution, I start a resolution to have a healthy relationship with food. You see I’m a binge eater. While I put on a smiling face in public and seem to have my life somewhat together, I’m…… Continue reading Confessions of a Binge Eater

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Get Your Fingers Out of There!!

Let’s face it, we can’t control all people who break social standards. We’re not raised in the same homes, communities, schools, etc. Therefore, it’s only natural you will encounter someone who doesn’t share the same courtesies you do. Once we rolled over into the year 2000, I noticed women of color wanted to showcase their…… Continue reading Get Your Fingers Out of There!!

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A Dream in Birmingham

What’s there to write that hasn’t already been written about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? So to honor him on this day, I will share some quotes from his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”. “Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. Anyone who lives inside the US can never be considered an outsider anywhere in the country” “All too…… Continue reading A Dream in Birmingham

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Loss & Found: An Open Letter to Myself

Dear Janelle, I’m so happy you have found the time to sit down and reflect 2016. I’m also more than proud you’ve set your goals for the upcoming year and I’m confident you will meet them. I want to share somethings you’ve done in the past that’s not been positive and has hindered your journey.…… Continue reading Loss & Found: An Open Letter to Myself