Consummate Your Work

dream_land_by_dark_demon_lilith-d5eg0itWe live in a dreamland – we wake up wearing Chinua Achebe’s shoes; We mount the podium and receive Wole Shoyinka’s Nobel Prize; we win global attention with Chimamanda Adichie’s charm and even rule the world with Anthony Joshua’s gloves.

We desire the prize but not the price. Continue reading

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Maya Angelou: Still I Rise

 “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou

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EARLY YEARS

Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928. Angelou had a difficult childhood. Her parents split up when she was very young, and she and her older brother, Bailey, were sent to live with their father’s mother, Anne Henderson, in Stamps, Arkansas.

As an African American, Angelou experienced firsthand racial prejudices and discrimination in Arkansas. She also suffered at the hands of a family associate around the age of 7: During a visit with her mother, Angelou was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. So traumatized by the experience, Angelou stopped talking. She returned to Arkansas and spent years as a virtual mute. Continue reading

Women Are Heroes

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As we celebrate the International Women’s Day, here are twenty (20) motivational and inspiring quotes by strong beautiful women.

Be inspired!

  1. “You are the one that possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.” – Diane Von Furstenberg
  2. “I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.” – Joan  Rivers
  1. “Knowing what must be done does away with fear.” – Rosa Park
  1. “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.” – Beyonce Knowles Carter
  1. “You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.” – Shonda Rhimes
  1. “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” – Peggy O’Mara
  1. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton

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THE X GENERATION: OUR FREEDOM CAN’T WAIT

malcom-xToday, February 21, 2017 marks the 52nd anniversary of the assassination of one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century, Malcolm X El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.

THE MAN CALLED MALCOLM X

Malcolm was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1925. His father was killed in a mysterious train accident and his mother was committed to a mental institution. Without a rosy background, he was convicted of multiple crimes, and sentenced by a Massachusetts court to ten years in prison. There he met a long-serving ex-thief who introduced him to the prison’s uncommonly well-stocked library, which became his “university.” It was there that his intellectual odyssey began. He read everything, from philosophy, history, and fiction to the words (all of them, in alphabetical order) in the Merriam-Webster College Dictionary. He also encountered the sacred texts of Christianity and Islam, and, in 1948, was converted to the faith of the Nation of Islam, the Black Muslims. Continue reading

REMEMBER ROE v. WADE?

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Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S, 113 (1973) is the historic Supreme Court decision overturning a Texas interpretation of abortion law and making abortion legal in the United States. The Roe v. Wade decision held that a woman, with her doctor, could choose abortion in earlier months of pregnancy without legal restriction, and with restrictions in later months, based on the right to privacy.

It was decided simultaneously with a companion case, Doe v. Bolton. The Court ruled 7–2 that a right to privacy under the Due process Clause of the 14th Amendment extended to a woman’s decision to have an abortion, but that this right must be balanced against the state’s interests in regulating abortions: protecting women’s health and protecting the potentiality of human life.

What led to this decision? Continue reading