Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Big Props to Chiara de Blasio

I know this is the time of year when we're supposed to talk about all things merry and bright, but everything isn't merry or bright.  Sometimes we need to talk about what's real.  Especially in the African American community.

Which is why I was so impressed by Chiara de Blasio's candid YouTube interview about her struggles with depression and substance abuse. 

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's daughter doesn't just have her own personal style, she has a lot of courage.  I hope that her personal story will be the catalyst to open up continued discussion about the challenges facing young people, our young people, today.

We've been keeping secrets for far too long. 

Here's the youtube clip of her interview.  What a strong young woman!


We support you, Chiara!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Ex-Mas from Victoria Christopher Murray

After you've wrapped all the gifts, and put the kids to bed, this is a cute little read for the season.

There's no lack of drama in this novella and if you're dreading the holidays with your own family, this book might make you count your blessings.

A guilty, harmless, yet enjoyable pleasure from Essence Magazine's Bestselling Author, Victoria Christopher Murray.

Book Description:  

Six years ago, Sheridan, Kendall, and Asia each had an "ex" in their lives. From a broken marriage, to the shattered bond of trust, to the destruction of a bright future, all three deeply felt the loss of their men. To help cope with the pain, their pastor organized a support group for the trio, which blossomed into a strong sisterhood. Although it has taken years, they have slowly rebuilt their lives.

But now, their exes are back--at Christmas! And the wonderful holiday season is flipped upside down when Sheridan has to sit down with her ex and his fiancée, Kendall has to break bread with the two people she hates the most, and Asia has to make nice with her ex's wife.

None of the women want to be there, and they let everyone know it! Three dinners, three disasters, one Merry Ex-Mas.

Available in paperback or on kindle.

I downloaded mine on the kindle and finished it in two nights.  

Available at Amazon.com

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013

Former Minnesota Viking Gene Washington Named Recipient of the Big Ten's Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award

Texas native, Minnesota resident and Michigan State alum,  Gene Washington was named the recipient of the Big Ten's Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award.

The awards recognize Big Ten football players that have achieved success in the areas of humanitarianism and leadership after their college careers have ended.

The award will be presented to the College Football Hall of Famer, on December 7th, in Indianapolis, on the field, (after the 7:00 P.M. Kick-off) during the nationally televised (Michigan State vs Ohio State) Big Ten Championship game. 

 For more information on these awards,  visit www.bigten.org.