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Here’s Why It’s Okay to Take Time for Yourself

We are all busy people and this is a busy world. We are mothers, fathers, parents, sisters, brothers, cousins, grandchildren, professionals, friends, and so many other roles. We make time for the people and things that matter most to us and often at the expense of ourselves and our personal priorities.

Now in an era where self-care is critical to your peace of mind, sanity, and ability to function, how do you take care of yourself? Do you carve out…

Fallen – A Memorial Day Tribute to Black American Soldiers

When you find yourself traveling to tourist destinations such as France, Germany, Vietnam, Korea, or anywhere there has been conflict, take a moment to recognize that you are standing on hallowed ground; marked and unmarked memorials. Do your research in advance so you can fully understand the conflicts and appreciate why it happened. Try to imagine what standing in that spot would have meant had you been there during the war. Consider what the world would be like if…

A Dozen Great Ways to Keep Your Relationship Fresh

As I reflect on my relationship (which I have been in now for over 16 years, more than a 1/3 of my life), I am so grateful for the fact that it doesn’t feel that long. In fact, the longer we’re in it, the better it gets. And as I take a step back to reflect, there are definitely some intentional things that we did that have kept us both happy, fulfilled, and feeling like the relationship is still fresh,…

Meet Goodr: A New App Offering Solutions to Feed the Hungry Using Food Industry Surplus

First the Facts:  Every year in the United States, 35 million tons of food is thrown out, how wasteful!! Americans throw away approximately $165 billion worth of food each year, according to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The cost to taxpayers in terms of disposing the food is roughly $1.3 billion per year.  Then hold that up to the statistic that in America today, approximately 1-in-7 people go hungry.  For children in marginalized, low-income communities…

Honoring Trailblazers – 5 Women Who Have Made Real and Lasting Change

It’s March and one of my favorite months of the year because it is Women’s History Month and my mama’s birthday month.  In the spirit of Women’s History Month and my mother, we are honoring five trailblazers who blazed a path for all women (and humankind) to follow.

With so much attention paid to high-profile women, it’s easy to lose sight of lesser-known women who are blazing a trail in big and small ways.  The women I have chosen for…

Book Review: Ahni and Her Dancing Secret

The Facts:  Ahni and Her Dancing Secret, written by Shereen Rahming, Illustrated by Jeff Vernon, published 2016 USA, 32 pages, $11.95 paperback, ISBN-9780982651339 (HB), 9780982651346 (Pbk)

The Review:  If you’re looking for a book that teaches perseverance, self-love, self-confidence, goal setting, and persistence then look no further than Ahni and Her Dancing Secret.  Beautifully written and illustrated, each page is captivating and tells the story, which is great bonus if you have little ones (ages 1-4) or early readers.

I read…

10 Current-Day African-Americans Who are Making Black History

Black people are and have been doing it big, not only for African-Americans but for the nation and the world.  Below are ten African-Americans who are making history…right now.

Be inspired, be empowered, chase your dreams, and don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do. We are great, we are powerful, we can do anything we set our minds too…we can do the impossible.  This list serves to  remind you of your greatness and of who you are!  Happy…

WHO IS MATAMBA AND WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW HIS NAME?

 

 

If you haven’t heard the name Matamba yet, you soon will. Matamba is a Bolivian roots reggae and hard rock artist (he performs and creates music in both genres), who in the last few years has become a household name in Bolivia and will be the first Bolivian artist to “break” onto the international scene. Matamba has performed throughout South America, Central America, parts of Europe and will soon participate in the 9 Mile Music Festival in Miami, Florida,…

Fellas: 9 First Date Tips that Will Make Sure You Get a Second Date

You’re on the first date and it is going well.  You know you are attracted to her and you want to impress her.  But, it’s hard to gauge how she is feeling about you. And so you’re trying to figure out how to finesse things into a second date.  Don’t worry…I’ve got you covered.

Men I am about to drop some insider dating gems on you that you should immediately add to page one of your dating playbook … you can…

Annoying Habits that Wives (and Husbands) Need to Let Go

In order to make married life truly “work”, it requires responsibility, dedication, communication, and compromise on both parts.  No one is saying marriage is always easy, it isn’t, but there are things that can help lighten the load.  And this includes letting go of annoying habits that, over time, can drive a wedge between you and your partner and can add unnecessary tension and friction.

Ladies, this one is for you, (and husbands you can let go of these habits…