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6th Annual Books & BBQ Recap

6th Annual Books & BBQ Recap

Black Business Feature, Empowerment, Inspiration, Review
On Saturday, August 17, 2019, I had the opportunity and privilege to support and volunteer at the sixth annual Books & BBQ in Edmondson Village. To describe the feeling in one word-AMAZING! I was invited to attend and share some of my resources by Shelley of Shelley's Helping Hands and the Our Children Need Their Dads Moment. Now that I've attended my first Books & BBQ event, I plan to attend and support each one in the future. So, what is Books & BBQ? From Shelley Stephens: On January 24, 1989, Mayor Kurt Schmoke unveiled "The City That Reads" as Baltimore's new official slogan. We're bringing That slogan Back!! FREE BooKs In Bbq Will Unite The Masses, Bring The Community TOGETHER, Squash Beefs, Inspire Kids & SAVE LIVES!! We're raising…
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Music Moves Me

Music Moves Me

Inspiration
A little bit about me-I LOVE music. Like LOVE LOVE music. It is a part of my daily routine. It is my go-to no matter what I'm feeling, thinking, or going through. I regularly choose soundtracks for the point of my life that I'm in. Genres I listen to include gospel, hip hop, and r&b. My husband and son's music palette is a little more eclectic, and they sometimes add to my list-but those are my top three. I also believe that the things our mind consume are just as important as the things our bodies' consume-including music. Now don't get me wrong I will still listen to my favorite rap albums, but these days I'm much more conscious of it. So below I've listed a just a few songs…
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National Book Lovers Day

National Book Lovers Day

Book Lovers
Today, August 9th is National Book Lovers Day! National Book Lovers Day sounds just like the name. It’s a day to celebrate books and promote a love of one of my favorite things-reading books! “Books are the purest form of escapism. They can take you to any time, place, or culture. In honor of National Book Lovers Day August 9th, we put away our smartphones, pull out a good book, and simply read. (Well, an audiobook will suffice too.) From clay tablets to today’s eBooks, literature has played a crucial role in preserving cultures, educating the masses, and storytelling.” - https://nationaltoday.com/national-book-lovers-day/ Although I love printed books, one of my favorite things right now are ebooks. I typically order books through Amazon to download to my Kindle app or borrow them from my local library…
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My 3 Day Cleanse

My 3 Day Cleanse

Review, Support Black Business
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, nutritionist, personal trainer, or any other medical professional. This is MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE with a juice cleanse that worked for ME. Consult your doctor before beginning any new program/activity. I recently lost weight and was looking for a way to sort of jump-start the next phase. I worked really hard during the school year, and when summer break began, I got kind of loosey-goosey with the eating. Luckily, I didn’t go too overboard and decided after a month to get back on track. I had seen a few friends online post about a local juicing company and decided to follow them to get ideas. After seeing their content, menus, and options for a cleanse, I decided to reach out and ask a few questions.…
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Year 2019-Just Saw The Lion King

Year 2019-Just Saw The Lion King

Review
  I contemplated back and forth about putting a spoiler alert message at the beginning of this post. Only because according to my family, friends, and social media pals-I’m the only one in the universe who hasn’t seen The Lion King. But, I’m not judgmental like them (LOL) so I’ve inserted a spoiler alert for folks like me for whatever reason haven’t seen what has been described as a Disney classic. As of publication I have seen both the original movie (shout out to FreeForm) and the new one with King Beyoncé, (LOL!) First to answer the million-dollar question?-Why haven’t I seen Lion King before 2019? Answer: I don’t know. I haven’t seen a plethora of Disney movies, but now that they’re doing all these remakes, I know what I’ve…
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Q&A W/ Carlos J. Avent-Author of “10 Extraordinary Lessons from an Ordinary Dad”

Q&A W/ Carlos J. Avent-Author of “10 Extraordinary Lessons from an Ordinary Dad”

Book Lovers, Review, Support Black Business
Last year a friend from college (Thee GREAT Morgan State University) published a book about the lessons he's learned from his father throughout his life. I knew when it was released that I would be supporting simply because he was someone I knew from school, and he was doing something positive. I was not disappointed with my purchase and support of author and self-development mentor, Carlos J. Avent. About the Book: 10 Extraordinary Lessons from an Ordinary Dad is about Carlos' experience growing up with his father in Baltimore City and the lessons he advertently and sometimes inadvertently taught him from childhood through adulthood. Carlos' goes into lessons he's learned about love and respect, the importance of discernment, self-control, and personal effort to name a few. At the end of…
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Book Review: I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl

Book Review: I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl

Book Lovers, Empowerment, Review, Support Black Business
A few months ago, I went on an intentional search for books written for and about black girls and women. While I did find a few books with black characters, I was shocked to find upon further research that quite a few of the authors of those books were not black women or even black men for that matter. I won’t dive into my theory and disappointment on this post because what I did find made several girls that I teach and me very happy, and that’s the book I’m A Pretty Little Black Girl written by Betty K. Bynum. I absolutely fell in love upon my first reading. I thought to myself- where had this book been when I was a little girl? My son, who shares my love…
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Affirmations To Speak Out Loud Daily

Affirmations To Speak Out Loud Daily

Inspiration
I believe in the power of speaking over your life and your situation. One of my favorite bible verses is Proverbs 18:21. Each day it is essential to not only set intentions but to speak over your life. Speak things as if they already are. I have gotten in the habit of writing out my affirmations and speaking them out loud to myself. This daily practice helps to shape your day or can help when you have a not so good one. I start many of my affirmations with I am. Here are a few general affirmations to look at yourself in the mirror and speak out loud every day. I am beautiful.I deserve happiness.I deserve love. I deserve respect.I am worthy.I am intelligent.I am a successful __.I am healthy.I…
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A Few Teachers Changed My Life

A Few Teachers Changed My Life

Education, Inspiration
Happy National Teacher’s Day! Being in the classroom for the last eleven years, I have gained millions of stories, trials, tribulations, and OMG stories that I can tell you right now! But, that’s not what this post is about. Instead, I want to tell you about some fantastic former Baltimore City Public School teachers who developed and nurtured my love for reading and writing. It all began at Mary E. Rodman Elementary School #204. I was in second or third grade, Ms. Gilmore’s class to be exact when I discovered my love for creative writing. Back then it felt like we were writing a new story every day, the whole time I think it was because we had finished all our other work. I enjoyed writing and creating all types…
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This Is Us: The Experience

This Is Us: The Experience

Review, Support Black Business
Let me start by telling you that I was not at the This Is Us Conference wearing my blogger hat. I was there to support and assist in ensuring the day went as smoothly as possible. It was such a phenomenal experience that I knew I just had to write about the beautiful day. The flyer Let me take you back. Last year I began volunteering with different organizations at least once a month. I had been following the This Is Us social media page, and when I saw the advertisement for the conference, I considered attending as a guest. A little while later I saw they needed people to volunteer for the entire day and I thought that would be my March service, so I reached out and volunteered…
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