Remembering Mommy…16 Years Later

Remembering Mommy…16 Years Later

Black Excellence, Empower & Inspire, More About Chanee’
As of today, my mother has been gone for sixteen years. Sixteen years of her not hugging me.Sixteen years of not getting her advice.Sixteen years of her not fussing at me for not answering my phone while I'm out.Sixteen years of ups, downs, pain, and joy. It's hard for me to talk about her because I hate thinking about her in the past tense. This year I knew I wanted to put something out on the blog, but I didn't know where to start. I started googling ideas and found a list of journal prompts for grief. I decided to use a few to reminisce about the best woman I've ever known. It helped a little. So, here goes… In a few sentences, what was your mother like?Mommy was fun-loving,…
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I’m Grateful For My HBCU

I’m Grateful For My HBCU

Black Excellence, More About Chanee’
I have seen more appreciation for historically black universities and colleges on social media because of our new vice-president-elect, Kamala Harris. If you're new here, I am a proud HBCU alumnus. In 2006 I graduated from the National Treasure, Morgan State University. I am so grateful for not only the education I received at Morgan, but the family and friends I've gained, the experiences I had, and how I grew as a person. To check out why I only applied at Morgan, check out my previous blog post- Why I Only Applied To Morgan State. To get a small glimpse of my experience, check out my post, where I share some photos of my experiences- I'm So Glad I Went To Morgan State.
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National Black Business Month

National Black Business Month

Black Excellence
August is National Black Business Month. If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I regularly support and post black businesses. Check out a few of my favorites here. Here are a few more of my favorites below. Common Sense Cafe - catering, private dining, and plate sales SkinXO by Candice - Facials, Waxing, Eyebrow tinting Amor Beautique - online boutique Pressed Baltimore - all natural cold pressed juicing company Dose of Serenity - handcrafted wooden wick candles Crabs Down Under - delicious, hot and heavy crabs The Cheesecake Cafe - offers 18 flavors of cheesecake, milkshakes, and hot chocolate; while still offering custom cakes made to order Glitz Mixed Drinks - Glitz Mixed Drinks come get Lit with Glitz *Must be 21 or older Taste of Excellence…
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Black History & Current Events Resources for Children

Black History & Current Events Resources for Children

Black Excellence
As an adult, I often think about the things I didn’t know until I was well out of college. Things about the history of my people, things that should be taught in schools all over the world.I continue to research and teach about our great heritage and what’s going on in the world.Below are a few resources to get you started. Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti HarrisonLittle Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti HarrisonHidden Figures by Margot Lee ShetterlyWomen & The Civil Rights Movement: Standing Up For ChangeThis Jazz Man by Karen EhrhardtChild of the Civils Rights Movement by Paula Young SheltonLeontyne Price Voice of a Century by Carole Boston WeatherfordPortraits of African American Heroes by Tonya BoldenMarley Dias Gets It Done: And So…
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Black Excellence: Supporting Black Business

Black Excellence: Supporting Black Business

Black Excellence, Empower & Inspire
A LOT is going on in the world, and none of it is new. There is a lot to learn, read about, write about, and process.While I’m still in process mode, I’ve created a list of a few of my favorite black-owned businesses and organizations to support. Many of the businesses Maryland based but offer products to ship. Take a look and support black business. HustleT2020: Customized t-shirts and hoodies Organics by Ellie: Skincare line made with all natural ingredients Royal Achievement Tutoring: First through Fifth Grade tutoring in mathematics and literacy Lorraine's Cleaning Service: Offers green cleaning for commercial and residential customers Flight Baltimore: American Fusion Restaurant and Bar (Vegan and Vegetarian meals avaialble) Tips and Toes by Tia: Maryland nail professional Spiced Living: Home, Kitchen, and Bath Products…
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Meet Kira Ming

Meet Kira Ming

Black Excellence, Empower & Inspire, Writing Tips & Info
Kira Ming is a writer, author, editor, business content creator, and magazine owner. If you are a writer or an inspiring writer, she is somebody you want to get to know. I had the pleasure of meeting Kira a few years ago at a PR Brunch I attended. From the day I met her, she has been inspiring, encouraging, and willing to help me, a fellow writer, in any way that she can. I recently asked her to share some of that inspiration, encouragement, and knowledge with my readers. I know and love and have been following your work was a writer, author, and business person for a few years now, but in your own words, tell us about Kira Ming, the person. (Kira wanted me to let you know…
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Reviews for No, I Don’t Have To

Reviews for No, I Don’t Have To

Black Excellence, Book Lovers
As many of you know, I released my first eBook, No, I Don't Have To almost two weeks ago! Since then, I have received so much positive feedback. People have been able to relate with characters, their stories, and overall being invested in characters and their outcomes. The love has been overwhelming and real! Check out some of the reviews below and download your copy from Amazon! Thank you for all of the downloads and feedback! If you haven't go order and download your copy now to verify the reviews for yourself. If you've already ordered, please leave a review on Amazon after you've read. Order and download No, I Don't Have To here. Be on the lookout for an extension/part two in April 2020!
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Celebrating the release of No, I Don’t Have To

Celebrating the release of No, I Don’t Have To

Black Excellence, Book Lovers, Empower & Inspire, Writing Tips & Info
The past few days have been filled with such a mixed bag of emotions. I've wanted to be a published author since at least eight years old. And over the years I've written so many pieces that the world hasn't seen (YET.) A few years ago, I published my first blog, and from there started sharing bits and pieces here and there. The people that did read what I posted, sporadically, loved my writing! I was happy and shocked. I mean, I love writing, but it's so personal to me. Whether I'm writing about my life, giving advice, or creating stories like the ones in No, I Don't Have To-my writing exposes me in ways I wasn't entirely secure in sharing-until now. Even now, I don't feel ready, but really…
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New Release Date for No, I Don’t Have To

New Release Date for No, I Don’t Have To

Black Excellence, Book Lovers, Empower & Inspire
*New Release Date: December 28, 2019* ANNOUNCEMENT: New release date for No, I Don't Have To: December 28, 2019. New pre-orders are available here. Hello! Welcome back to my December posts. The last time I updated the blog, I was in the middle of participating in Blogmas. While Blogmas was a blast, it was time-consuming, and I had to focus my efforts on continuing the self-publishing process. And a process it has been! I have learned so much throughout this journey, and one day I will share all of those lessons. My first ebook was initially set to be released tomorrow! I chose this date because I'm into numerology, and 12/19/19 felt right. Plus, it's a Thursday, my favorite day of the week. There was a miscommunication with Amazon, and…
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My Favorite Jay-Z Songs

My Favorite Jay-Z Songs

Black Excellence, More About Chanee’
Listing some of my favorite Jay-Z songs in honor of his 50th birthday. Welcome to Blogmas Day 4! It’s December 4th and today my favorite rapper for the last twenty plus years turns fifty years old. I’ve been a Jay-Z fan since 1996 when I heard his single with Foxy Brown from his first studio album, Reasonable Doubt. Since then I’ve owned, listened to, and sometimes related to many Jigga songs, albums, and interviews. I could be here for the rest of Blogmas listing my favorite Jay-Z songs, but I’ll keep it short with a list of twenty. It was hard to narrow down, but here they are. 1. Regrets (Album: Reasonable Doubt) 2. Song Cry (Album: The Blueprint) 3. Soon You’ll Understand (Album: The Dynasty) 4. Streets is Talking…
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