Remembering Dr. Maya Angelou

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

Maya Angelou

 

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Inspirational Quotes Series: Rosalind Russell

The Vortex Of Coonery Strikes Again: Black Women & Rape Jokes Are Not Funny

 

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU FALL FOR ANYTHING

For months there was a bit of a public shaming attempt at getting SNL creator Lorne Michaels to hire a black woman comic. It had been a number of years since the cast reflected the diversity of the country and one of the black male comics didn’t want to perform female characters in drag anymore. SMH. I was very wary about SNL hiring a random black comedienne with no parameters. Not to mention that SNL was never that diverse, especially compared to other sketch comedy shows like Mad TV (see Deborah Wilson for the level of quality SNL “could not find”). I tuned the show out years ago given I was NOT represented – and if we’re going to give an honest evaluation – when were black women really represented well there?

With much fanfare, SNL announced they were adding a new black woman writer AND performer. A two-fer!! Call me unimpressed, as their recent additions weren’t going to compel me to automatically start watching. Behind the scenes talk had indicated SNL had auditioned numerous funny ladies for several years but would ignore them when it came to making a hiring decision. There was even some intentional deflection and insulting speculation (by the performing dummy in drag) that black women were somehow not qualified! Given that sense of disdain and the poor quality of the black male talent they have on the show, I’m not sure they want¬†stellar talent since the attention could serve as a launching pad to an enterprising performer.

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Inspirational Quotes Series: Tony Robbins 2

These People Made Game-Changing Moves After They Were 30. So Can You.

And you don’t have to wait until after you’re 30 to do it! Whether it’s a life change, a rebirth, an awakening or a newly-executed life trajectory not everyone will follow a straight A to Z in achievement. Many people don’t accomplish things until well past a junior life epiphany — but early enough to avoid the potential mid-life crisis that causes distress to others. So, it goes without saying that (in the most favorable outlook) it’s never too late to BE.

Just look at this list of achievers and the ages when they had their breakthroughs to take comfort that if you are still looking for your niche, YOU will FIND it. And if you’re settled in life then be the encouragement to someone else! You never know what how valuable a supportive network is in feeding the fertile ground to someone’s dream no matter what their age or their current life circumstances.

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An Evening With Nikki Giovanni

Watch and learn people!

 

Inspirational Quotes Series: Dr. DeMartini

You won’t attract an opportunity without a challenge, and happiness comes hand in hand with sadness. The moment that you realize this balance and observe the perfect equilibrium around you is the day you become liberated. At that moment you will know that the world is perfectly balanced, both within and without. It is then that you are able to manage your own life and no longer be controlled by the praise and blame that often run the lives of those who remain unaware of this mystery. That is when you begin to forge your own destiny, and allow the enlightened part of you that knows this mystery to direct your life; rather than allow the part of you that hopes and fears to run it.

~ Dr. DeMartini

 

 

The Kind Of Luxe That's Just For Us!

If you’re paying attention to the label artists with the buzz lately then you’ll know what song I got that line from. If not I’ll tell you it’s Royals by Lorde.

Discussion on Champagnes

 

The next best thing to flying private.

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I'm Back From My Blogging Break

Hello Friends!

I’ve been working on a few offline projects that needed my attention. I also haven’t really stepped away from the blog for an extended time since I began in 2008. I needed to recharge. Mind, you I still create status updates and talk to plenty of folks at the blog’s Facebook Page and Twitter feed. In fact, you’re missing out if you don’t pop in over there from time to time.

But it was time to at least leave a little something here at the main site. I’ll probably share a few of those conversations we’ve had in the other social media spaces as I try to use content exclusive to each medium. Hope you’re having a great 2014 so far. Leave a comment and let me know what’s on your mind and what you’re up to these days. You were missed.

 

 

Before You Know It 2015 Will Be Here. Make 2014 Count!

 

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Hello Everyone. I’m still taking a mini-break (although you can go to the blog’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for real-time updates). I will share why I half-forced myself to step away for a breather after 6 years of non-stop posts when I resume the new schedule. It is a good thing to reflect and recharge and – relax when you are juggling multiple responsibilities all at once.

I will quickly add that I want everyone to think about where they want to be in approximately one year. While there’s no guarantee of being there and leaving room to change one’s mind is always wise, we can map out a rough draft of monthly steps we can take to at least hit the ball in the arena. Just start by thinking about what you want. You don’t have to have the answers when correctly identifying what makes you tick eludes many people to begin with. Let’s do this!

Twelve Steps To Progress

  • Month 1 – Month 12

  • Quarterly Updates and Pivot

  • Month Six Redefine and Zone In

  • Final Quarter Home Stretch and Prep