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MLK Day: Change Is Necessary

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – MLK Where do I begin? In the words of Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On?”, is all I can come up with. Today is the day we commemorate the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He stood for Nonviolence, Unity, Equality, and Love. Dr. King was all about Change and it came with some Controversy. Change is NEVER easy, for anyone. However, in t

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2020 has afforded me the opportunity to slow down, reassess, review, and most importantly, write things down! This is a photo of all my planners. As a writer, one would think that journaling would have already been a habit for me, but it was not. I have not journaled in years. But since the pandemic, and since discovering @staciapierce #successjournals #blackownedbusinesses , I started journaling again AND planning! I’ve always been a sucker for planners but now I’m doing it way more strategical

Throwback Thoughts: Love Thy Neighbor

I originally wrote this as a Facebook status update in 2018 to express my frustration with America. It’s 2020, and we’re on the eve of a contentious election, our democracy on the brink of disaster. In the last 4 years, we’ve seen hate, the likes of the 1960s, rear its ugly head, once again. I figured I might share this post again, with a new audience in the hopes it might inspire someone to love. Been working in Higher Education for 20 years this year (1998-2018, I know scary right). The thing

The Kamala Effect

A couple of months ago, former Vice President Joe Biden announced his running mate for president as the current Senator Kamala Harris. Harris already made history as the first Black woman to run for and be elected to become the Attorney General of the State of California, the largest legal system in the United States. Harris has made history as the first African American woman to run for and receive the nomination for Vice President on a major party ticket in the United States Harris has made

RIP to The Notorious RBG

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought for women’s rights during her entire career, both as a lawyer, and as a judge on the highest court in the land. And while her passing is sad as well as a big yikes during this very volatile political climate, as we head to the polls to vote for our next president, let’s remember the rights she fought for that benefit not only women, but children, and the many men who have benefited from and supported the women in their lives. Also, as you take a l

Back To School Shopping. Old School Edition

As parents prep to send kids back to school (or not) during this pandemic, I thought I would share some memories I think some of you might appreciate. Back to school shopping back in the 1980s, was an annual event, that involved parents taking their kids to local popular department stores to get the best deals on clothes, shoes, and school supplies for their growing boys and girls for the new school year. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and shopping local, was a thing, long before it was a thing.

A Favorite Professor

I’m 47 now, but 23 years ago, 1997 to be exact, my senior year, a group of students from #KentStateUniversity , got on the bus headed to the first ever #MillionWomenMarch in Philly, PA, accompanied by Dr Adilene Barnes-Harden (pictured with us in the Kente cloth outfit, I’m next to her, holding the sign) . During my time at Kent State, I switched my major about 5 times, had some interesting experiences (we’ll just leave it at that, thankfully before the Facebook lol) , and I had some very awesom

The Age of Digital Activism

I was a huge Nike fan back in high school when I ran track and played volleyball, but it’s been a while since I’ve bought a pair of the sneakers with the swoosh. In 2019, Nike created a huge endorsement/marketing/sponsorship deal with activist football player, Colin Kaepernick. With one fell swoop, many of us pledged to make our next pair of sneakers, a pair of Nikes. Since the dawn of the 21st century, it seems that becoming an activist has become extremely easy. No longer is it a requirement

A 50th Commemoration. May 4th, 1970

If you are my age, 47, and if you especially attended Kent State University, you for sure, know the date, May 4th, 1970. That’s the date that four students at Kent State, were shot and killed during protests over the Vietnam War. As a student at Kent State University, every year, the university provides a retrospective of that day. If May 4th fell on a weekday, like today, classes would be postponed at 12 noon so that students could participate in educational remembrance events and activities wi

20 + Years As A Higher Education Professional

-Director of Alumni Relations, Kentucky State University, 2/2019 - 2/2020 - Assistant Director for Campus Relations, Ohio University Alumni Association, 2011 - 2019 - Coordinator for Student Leadership & Development, Central State University, 2009 - 2011 - Adjunct Instructor, Cuyahoga Community College, 2008 - 2009 - Resident Director, University of Maryland, 2004- 2008 - Resident Director, SUNY Oneonta, 2002 – 2004 - Resident Director, Ohio University, 2000 – 2002 - Resident Director, Upward Bound, Kent State University, Summers of 2000 & 2001 - Coordinator of Student Development, Multicultural Affairs, NC Wesleyan College, 1999-2000

GUEST BLOGGER. Doubling Down With the Derricos: An Overabundance of Family

” is definitely one of those women. I started watching this show, about a real life Black family with 11 kids, many of whom are multiples and all of the children are so stinking cute. Some women are meant to be mothers, some more than others. Karen Derrico, from the reality show, “ Let me first say, that I do like the show and appreciate it, because it is a chance for America to see a real Black family on TV with a mother and father taking care of their family and the craziness of looking afte

GUEST INTERVIEW: #4 Not Like My Parents' Life!

Kellea Tibbs, is a 47 year-old, single woman living in KY. Kellea compares and contrasts her life to her parents (who have been married for over 60 years). Kellea gives humor to the highs and lows of dating in your 40's, her frustration about women judging each other, and chimes in on her anxiety about nursing homes! Ms. Tibbs gives a unique perspective about girl power - even when society spins the narrative that being childfree and single is not the most popular lane. Kellea is the host of sev
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