Community/world

3 Reasons We Love Prince

I have been in a bit of a purple funk since Thursday April 21st. The untimely passing of the  musical genius Prince has left me numb and deeply reflective. Why was his life and death so meaningful for so many people? Why is it hard to find other artists to compare him to? Why does it seem that his death signifies the end of an era? I had these questions and so...
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3 Ways to Introduce Black History Month to Your Child


February is Black History Month. This is the month designated to remember and highlight important contributions of African Americans in the history of the United States. It is a time that African American individuals reflect on the importance of famous African Americans and particular events regarding African Americans. Often times parents struggle with how to discuss African American history with children under a certain age. I have listed 3 different ways that parents can...
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General

10 Strategies to Do Something Nice


Today October 5th is “National Do Something Nice day.” It would be supreme if everyone lived their lives doing something nice, or doing nice things, on a daily basis and without thinking about it.  However, that is not the culture that we live in. We live in a culture that is more obsessed with self than others. Nevertheless, today serves as a reminder to us all, as it is easy to get caught up...
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Sleep: The Best Medicine


Picture this. A long day of working from 8 to 5, you probably skipped breakfast or had a rushed lunch. Finish work only to get home cook dinner, help with homework and act as chauffeur to soccer practice. Where is the time to regroup, meditate and become one with yourself? You guessed it, there is no time. Just more tasks to complete. Americans have a...
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Racial / Ethnic Issues

Understanding Police Racial Violence

The recent rash of police killing unarmed black men has brought national attention to the ongoing problem of policing and racial violence. These most recent cases were initiated with the well-known and highly controversial death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August of 2014.

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3 Creative Ways to Say Something Nice

Today, June 1st is National Say Something Nice Day.  It originated in Charleston, , ironically, the place where I was born. The purpose of the holiday is to counteract bullying and the lack of civility that is ever so popular in society today. Americans can be busy, self-centered and rather rude, so today is the perfect opportunity to practice a new normal. I have listed some simple but creative ways to say something nice to family,...
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What is Asperger’s Syndrome?


Since today is World Autism Awareness Day, I thought that discussing a specific disorder on the Autism spectrum would be appropriate. Many people hear the term Asperger's syndrome but don't always understand what it may look like. Asperger's syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the autism spectrum. Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors.

Some...
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History

5 Relevant Black History Month Facts We love

Black History Month acknowledges our past as a foundation for us to build upon so we may become better citizens and, together, form a better nation. Let’s turn our attention to accomplishments by famous Black American that you should know.

The first African American woman to fly in space is now inspiring the next generation to reach for the stars. Dr. Mae Jemison is a trained engineer, medical doctor and an astronaut who...
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3 signs that you are a Facebook Narcissist


Over Sharing

- You share your thoughts about random elements daily

Your daily posts about how you feel about news, folks in Wal-Mart and the children’s hobbies and friends can be a bit much.

- Daily or almost daily selfies

If I just saw your selfie yesterday, I don’t really need to see it again today. Heck, I wouldn't even want to see daily selfies of Idris Elba and I really love, love, love Idris Elba.

-You take...
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3 Things That Everyone Needs to Know About Ferguson

Ferguson Missouri has been in the spotlight since August 9th, when African American teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed. There has been anger and tension in the community the past few days as we await the grand jury decision.

1. Race relations in have been bad for a long time. Race relations in St. Louis were more complex than many other places because the city was located in a border state that permitted slavery. Slavery...
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