I remember being in the middle of a panic attack while alone in my apartment. The walls were closing in on me and I had the urge to just start walking. I grabbed my gray sweatshirt and keys. Skipping the elevator, I took the back stairwell hoping to avoid overly friendly neighbors-I wasn’t in the […]Read more "Do What You Love-It Just May Save Your Life"
When I accepted my then boyfriend’s proposal to marriage -my mother sat me down. She wanted me to truly grasp what was going to happen. Marrying my boyfriend wasn’t just about us. He had a child from his first marriage and my mom wanted to make sure I understood that I could no longer lounge […]Read more "“Family: DNA Not Required”"
I remember a former co worker from my retail days shared with us how many people in her church did not receive her dramatic weight loss well. They gave her dirty looks, questioned her intentions around their husbands and gave her backhanded compliments. She soon realized in that moment that some people can only take […]Read more "Blood Doesn’t Always Make You Family"
I’m literally half way through the Surviving R. Kelly documentary on Lifetime. I’m watching these women cry on camera as they relive the sexual, physical and mental abuse they experienced from R.Kelly. I’m glued to the screen as they share their truth. And then-I listen to R. Kelly’s older brother being interviewed while incarcerated. With […]Read more "Something’s Wrong-And It’s Not Just The R.Kellys’ Of the World: It’s Us."
Not too long ago I found myself having to justify my abilities. My written justification brought me back to a time when as a high school junior, I was asked to justify my abilities to successfully take on an advanced placement English class for senior year. Way back in the late 1990’s our high school […]Read more "“Perseverance Is Stubbornness With A Purpose”. -Josh Shipp"