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Fall Season at Emory University’s Backyard
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It may sound strange for me to say, but Monique did NOT win the Golden Globes this week on telecast. She actually won decades ago, but no one knew but she and her husband.
How so? The evidence was in her acceptance speech:
“I am in the MIDST of my DREAM…and when I look into the eyes of the man that I stood next to at 14 years old, and I said to him ‘One day, we’re gonna be STARS,’ and he said ‘You first.’ And we walk this red carpet tonight…”
The lesson? Our dreams don’t come true with the day see physical manifestation…it begins with our words and declarations. Below is a video of Monique’s press session after the ceremony. I transcribed a powerful part of the video for you to read in case you don’t have time to view the whole segment:
Journalist: “I remember you…telling me things about being younger and not having it all. And now you seemingly are getting every dream coming your way. But I know you’re heart is still with those girls that are 10, 12, 13, that want what you have now. So the message to every little girl who wants the ‘Monique Dream’ what is it?”
Monique: “Dream the Impossible Dream. And Don’t Believe the Sky is the Limit…Go Above It“
I’m convinced that 99.5% of Amy Winehouse‘s lyrical content is about some misfortune, regret, or pain. There are tons of underrated Winehouse songs I’d like to feature on the blog, because musically they’re awesome, but they’re all so darn depressing! Don’t believe me? Listen to the (amazing) Back to Black album- none of them were cheery songs. Nothing but Addiction, Denial, Tons of Heartache, Regret, and Lonliness…and the only fun song on the album (“Me & Mr. Jones”) was about Disappointment!
So you can imagine how surprised I was today when I listened to the under-the-radar tune “Brother.”
Absent were the forlorn tales of bitterness, misbehavior, and misfortune that brought Winehouse to heightened fame: for the first time I’m listening to a musician with wisdom and a wholesome message. The throwback, neosoul-tinged track has a structure much like The Roots’ musical ode to then codeine-abusing member Malik B called “Water”in 2002′s Phrenology. Winehouse gently but firmly admonishes a loved one (her actual older brother Continue reading
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Over the years, I’ve been guilty of ignoring the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Most would admit along with me that for the most part, it’s been just “a day off” from work and school, and an excuse to go shopping or travel for 3 days. Today, I have kindly forgiven myself of my past attitude, for with a new state of mind I’m responding to the holiday in a different light. And I encourage you, fellow readers, to participate with me.
MLK Day is more than a holiday…it’s a DREAM day.
Do you have a lofty goal, vision, or master plan in hopes to change the world? And if you don’t…why?
Do you think it’s “impossible”?
“never been done before”?
I would love for naysayers to transport themselves back to the time of a wet-eared pastor in his 20′s, conducting underground meetings in high heat for long hours, listening to him talk about America being drastically desegregated and people of all races mingling together without contempt for one another. No more “Colored Only” signs. No more prohibition of college students of color. And with a more accepting nation, possibly opening doors for America to have a future black President.
King’s lofty dream was to dramatically change the deep-rooted racial climate of America into a more accepting, equal, Continue reading
“I was supposed to be a doctor… so what am I doing talking into a camera?”
Have you ever had friends or family push you into a certain career, though it wasn’t your own passion?
NBC News Anchor Bettina Boateng knows all about going against others’ opinions and staying true to self. “Even though I had the passion to help people, I was really pursing the path of M.D. for my mom. My mother raised me to be a doctor, despite the fact that I came out of the womb running my mouth. In grade school I’d get in trouble for talking too much in class. So, it was not a big surprise when my mother learned that I switched my major from pre-med to journalism.”
Soon after she switched to journalism her junior year, she landed highly coveted and competitive internships with Fox Atlanta, ABC News Radio, and CNN. Continue reading
I chuckle everytime the whole city of Atlanta shuts down…with 1/5 inch of snow on the ground.
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My January 7th birthday was, in simplest form, amazing. I launched the blog & website at midnight (Thursday), with uncontrollably-shaken fingers and a post-sprint heart rate. I was so pleased to receive an overwhelming response (400+ views in one day) hours later, and I appreciate everyone that offered congrats and support for my debut!
The other amazing portion was treating myself to something special: joining a lucky group of people for an exclusive tour of a high-rise luxury hotel in Midtown Atlanta…months before it opens to the public.
Those that know me know that I’m a lux-oholic, especially with the real estate/hotel industry. The 12th & Midtown Continue reading
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Do you sometimes feel the hardest part of a project or business is the beginning? You’ve had the ideas rummage through your head, you’ve scribbled down rough plans on sticky notes, and lost maybe an average of 90 minutes of sleep per night thinking about the possibilities. The excitement of lofty goals being actualized keeps your drive high and strong. And then that day comes when you have to execute what you’ve planned. That’s when that gung-ho spirit is hit with feelings of uncertainty, doubt, and fear. Wait, am I really ready? I don’t know how to start. How will people respond to my project? Am I missing something? I don’t want to fail. I think I’m feeling overwhelmed. AM I REALLY READY?!
Fear, as I’m experiencing right now, is extremely annoying. It’s an internal response that confounds all of the passion, motivation, confidence, and certainty of purpose packed in one’s spirit. Some people let fear consume them to the point of Continue reading