You Matter

Feeling unappreciated or like you don’t matter is detrimental to your confidence. I am here to let you know that you matter! Every person, animal, or thing matters. From the president, to the CEO, to the housekeeper, YOU MATTER!

If your boss treats you as if you are invisible and gloats about other co-worker(s) that bring him breakfast or lunch to get in his good graces or get that promotion, just know that you still matter. Keep doing what you are doing. Your light hasn’t been dimmed. In fact, it still shines  brighter.

If your spouse doesn’t appreciate all that you do then stay positive and make a decision on whether it’s beneficial to keep doing it. You could have a conversation with him/her to let them know how you feel. Because at the end of the day, YOU MATTER!

As we go through life’s ups and downs, dealing with people that try to take credit for your hard work to feel better about themselves, look at it as doing them a favor, because they probably need it more for their confidence booster. There will be plenty of opportunities for you because positivism breeds positive. You keep thriving because YOU MATTER!

Until next time, love, peace, and positive vibes all day, everyday!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ghetto Blues

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I was elated and honored to know that my niece’s friend, Lakeisha had chosen, “The Ghetto Blues” for their book club read. My niece received a lot of positive feedback from the group and they are very interested in more of my work.

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The Ghetto Blues took me approximately one year to write, and I poured my heart and soul into the book because I wrote it for my children and grandchildren. I wasn’t going to publish it until my children and niece recommended it because a lot of people needed to hear my story, and there’s a lot of women out there that can relate. I went back and forth because it’s my personal life and everyone knows how judgmental people can be. But since the release of the book in March 2018, it has helped me tremendously deal with things of my past that I had locked away. It has been therapy and I can say that I feel free. My skeletons are out of the closet and I’ve have helped other women in the process.

I would like to thank LaKeisha and the rest of the ladies/gentlemen that purchased and read my autobiography. A lot of the ladies said that they could relate to my story. It was beautifully written and their emotions was all over the place.

The Ghetto Blues makes you laugh, smile, cry, and be inspired. It’s not a woe me book. It’s a captivating story of perseverance, determination, and never giving up!

Stay encouraged and your light will shine bright.

Until next time, love, peace, and positive vibes all day, everyday.

 

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Lakeisha chose the theme: (musical notes) I love it! So beautiful. (makes me proud)

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The Ghetto Blues synopsis:

My legacy is important to me. I want to leave a legacy that my children and grandchildren could be proud of. A legacy that would be a blueprint for future generations to tweak and make better.

I write this book for future generations to learn, grow, and inspire to be a better you. This book is the story of my life and based on true events. It’s about a young lady that struggled through her identity crisis and was raised in unstable environments and poverty.

A story about a life of tragedy, trepidation, but triumph. I never accepted the ideology of a victim. Instead, I embraced strength, resilience, and a warrior’s philosophy. I fit the perfect description of Tupac Shakur’s meaning of the saying, “a rose that grew from the concrete.” When the odds were stacked against me, I continued to grow mentally, physically, and spiritually.

I believe that you are only a victim when you have no choice; otherwise, you are an enabler. I had no choice being born into poverty, but I had a choice on whether to rise above my circumstances.
My desire was to break the mental and physical chains plagued in our communities and instill new ones for me and my children.

My story goes out to all the people that suffered and survived, The Ghetto Blues. I hope to transform and inspire you to never give up on you.

 

When They See Us

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Left (Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana Jr, and Yusef Salaam)

I watched the documentary, “When They See Us” on Netflix on Friday night. I’d never heard of this case, and to my recollection, it wasn’t covered in Texas media outlets. Words can’t express how I felt watching five innocent young (ages 14, 15, and 16) boys being humiliated and sent to prison for a crime they didn’t commit. I try to be a positive person, but in a world filled with hate and structured racism, it’s like pulling teeth.

If you haven’t seen this documentary, I would advise you with caution. It’s so heartbreaking. It’s definitely a must see if you don’t know about the injustices done toward these young boys. This is a story that needs to be in our history books and never forgotten, like the 911 Attacks, Pearl Harbor, and the Jewish Holocaust. The Central Park 5 should be alongside these travesties. Our children and grandchildren and so forth need to know about the injustices of Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Korey Wise, and Raymond Santana Jr.

Imagine walking home from school at the age of 14 and being picked up by the police, interrogated, beaten up,  prosecuted, and sentenced to 14 years in prison for a crime that you didn’t commit. The only evidence against you is the color of your skin. Imagine how your life would change forever. Well, this is the reality of these five young men seen in the picture above. Each one of them spent from 6-14 years incarcerated. And what about the District Attorney that prosecuted the case and knew that all five of these young men were innocent? Prosecutor, Linda Fairstein lived her life like a queen, until the movie was released on Friday. Fortunately, she has resigned from the board of trustees at her Alma Mater Vassar college. The talks of her book deal is hanging in the balance via the outrage of social media after seeing the movie. Linda Fairstein’s life deserves to be changed forever just like these young men. Especially, how she knew they were innocent, but to her, it was about winning! What about humanity? linda-fairstein-when-they-see-us

Prosecutor, Linda Fairstein of “Central Park 5”

The sad part about this injustice is, that it’s still happening to this day. There are thousands of innocent people in prison for crimes they didn’t commit.

America is the home of the brave, and the land of the free is what I’ve heard all my life. I see the total opposite. It’s a nightmare in a cage for people with darker hue.

I’d ask anyone that’s reading this to stop what you are doing, understand, and put yourself in others’ shoes. It’s the only way we will have compassion and see the human in humanity.

Until next time, love, peace, and positive vibes.