Lessons from a Legacy

Editorials, Everyday Musings, Inspiration

 Every man of humane convictions must decide on the protest that best suits his convictions, but we must all protest. -MLK

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A mural depicting the life and times of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminds all of the protests for justice during the Civil Rights Movement. It adorns a building outside The King Center in Atlanta, GA.

Protests. This word carried much weight in the latter part of 2015, evoking emotional responses and heated debates between friends, loved ones, acquaintances and social media frequenters. Social justice advocates declared that we were in a revolution. The skeptical questioned if these gatherings were necessary and actually impactful.  The optimists argued that mere social awareness was a success.  The unbothered pretended no one was talking. 

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Black History, Editorials

Poet and orator Dr. Maya Angelou died May 28, 2014 in her home in Winston Salem North Carolina.  She will forever be remembered for her wisdom and inspiring spirit that led others to be someone else's rainbow in the clouds.

Poet and orator Dr. Maya Angelou died May 28, 2014 in her home in Winston Salem North Carolina. She will forever be remembered for her wisdom and inspiring spirit that led others to be someone else’s rainbow in the clouds.

I’m a woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.” –Maya Angelou

 

15yrsBeautiful is my favorite word in the English language
It towers bold and triumphant
Transcending realms
Not needing clarification
Welling up from within
Reaching from the depth of a soul
Pouring fluidly from cracks and pores
Becoming transparent in actions
Making it a description, one’s character trait

#BringBackOurGirls: Despairing Hearts still Clinch at Hope

Editorials

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I can’t imagine being in a parent in that room, onlooking a video screen which depicts my daughter along with more than 250 others Nigerian young ladies whom bear statuette grim looks on their faces. The heads of the daughters are adorned in morbid grey scarves that mirror the bleakness of the situation.  These parents feel happiness to have visual proof that their daughter is alive, yet bear heavy hearts at the realization that their daughter, who a month ago was in school finishing exams, is now a prisoner to the terroist group Boko Haram.

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#DenimDay: It’s More than a Piece of Clothing

Editorials

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#DenimDay is a nationwide reminder about the rampant cases of sexual assault and works to dispel erroneous myths surrounding the topic.

The National Institute for Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one out of every six American women has either been completely raped or attempted to be raped at one time in her life.  They institute also finds that over half of these rapes will not be reported.  Of those reported, only one out of four cases will lead to an arrest.  If that’s not gloomy enough, only one out of four of those arrests will lead to an incarceration.

Happy Birthday Trayvon Martin

Black History, Editorials

Trayvon Martin, a teen who was murdered in 2012 because of the way he looked, would have celebrated his 19th birthday Feb. 5, 2014.

Trayvon Martin, a teen who was murdered in 2012 because of the way he looked, would have celebrated his 19th birthday Feb. 5, 2014.

You had no way of knowing a bullet would have pierced your body the night of Feb. 20, 2012 causing your last breaths to escape from your body, your chest to rise and fall for the last time and your heart to no longer produce the rhythm of life.

All you wanted was some skittles and tea.

A Call for more Education during Black History

Black History, Editorials

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Civll Rights: On February 1, 1960 these NC A&T freshmen staged the first sit-in in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. This statue commemorates them at the University.

When I hear an African American child say with a matter-of-fact tone that Martin Luther King Jr. freed the slaves, I can’t help clutch my heart with distress.  The ignorance of black history is disheartening.  However, hearing from our own youth is downright painful.  I can only imagine that this lack of knowledge stems from the fact that we, as a community, have just become lazy with our teachings.

Mandela: An icon has passed away but his legacy lives on forever

Black History, Editorials

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.  People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for loves comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."  Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for loves comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela 1918-2013

The whole world is in mourning after the news that South African revolutionist Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela died Dec. 5 at age 95 in his home.

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Former South American President, anit-apartheid leader and human rights advocate Nelson Mandela died Dec. 5 at age 95.

Over the last few days we have heard lots about the life and achievements of a man who spent 27 years in prison due to his opposition of apartheid then went on to become the first black president of South Africa.  He won his political seat in a democratic election, a system he believed in and fought hard to make a practice of in his country.

Mandela’s life is a story of freedom and forgiveness.  In a era filled with a plethora of racial hatred, he endured much abuse.  Yet his determination never favored.  The real inspiration, however, was ,despite it all, he advocated not to lash out at his enemies, but to use love as a means to overcome life evils.  Mandela believed in the inner strength of a person saying “when people are determined, they can overcome anything” and to look to our own selves to create change.

This icon’s life is not only a legacy, but a moral compass and a blueprint for true leadership.

What is a true leader?

A true leader is someone full of beliefs- a believer of themselves, others and the greater good.
A true leader is sacrificial.  They are not above the cause, but an insert into the cause.  
The cause is not a task but a life mission.
A true leader appreciates the advantageous differences in persons, because it brings about different ideas and plans.
A true leader values the human emotion of fear, and see’s it not as an hinderance but another obstacle to overcome.
A true leader walks in confidence with strides of wisdom… whether that’s in front of or behind the crowd.  
A true leader is Nelson Mandela.  

Rest in Peace Mr. Nelson Mandela. Your legacy and spirit is with us forever.

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Just Doing Me

Editorials, Everyday Musings, Inspiration

A few weeks ago I turned 25.  As this life landmark approached, instead of growing excited for this momentous day, I found myself indulging in many sessions of self-doubt.  I doubted my worth because I was a young lady in my mid-20s who had not reached a single of my goals.  As a matter of fact, I was unemployed without any career prospects, living with my parents, surviving off rice because groceries were outside my budget and unable to pay for “the simple things” like gas.

Be Present by Propaganda

Editorials, Everyday Musings, Inspiration

Time waits for no man, I was once told.  Yet, I didn’t heed the warning and kept blasting through life at full speed.  I was stuck staring in front of me, eyes blinded to what was around me me, because ahead of me was my destiny.  I wanted what was mine.

And then there was the fact that I could be sitting still in the same location as a group of people and be more present in cyberspace than I was in that room- laughing at at video, updating my status, liking photos or smh-ing at the latest twitter ignorance.

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The Semicolon Project

Editorials, Inspiration

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I have never wanted to cause harm to myself, but I know person’s who have. Young ladies with beautiful smiles, bright personalities and a long life ahead of them.  They were cursed with a pain buried deep in side that steamed from the turmoils of life- a pain they couldn’t see past or understand.  As a release, they drew blood, an outward manifestation of  that hidden feeling.  Their own little secret, masked by smiles.  Yet underneath were bodily cuts made with everyday sharp objects, hidden by long sleeves.  Self harm was a coping mechanism for the upcoming day.