From awesome to outrageous! Click the images in the gallery below to find out which television programs I cannot stop smiling about.
Toward the end of last year, Oprah put a challenge to her team: What did they want 2017 to bring to their lives? What should it show them, teach them, and inspire in them?
Living on the edge is what Oprah desired to do with her precious time this year, particularly in the Grand Canyon.
Although I adore exhilarating new experiences and broadening my horizons, I've already had enough adventure for awhile in Trump Country. So, I knew I wanted something different: to enrich my life by accomplishing things I had once aspired to do and couldn't due to others bi-directional influence on my life.
Oprah made 2017 the Year of Adventure but I declared it the Year of Empowerment.
For the last six months, I've worked diligently to acquire my Master of Social Work Degree, which I was humbled and honored to receive last month from The USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.
But this educational accomplishment is not solely about being "book smart". According to Martin Luther King Jr.,
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
Keeping that in mind, I plan to continue pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone, in terms of intelligence and character, similar to the new book I cooked up a few months ago, Afrikan Eats in the Diaspora. Publishing my own cookbook was unfamiliar territory for me; nevertheless, I embraced the challenge and faced it head on. Upon completion of the book, I was surprised at how much I enjoy autonomy. Also, discovering the degree of my self-determination was motivating.
For the remainder of 2017, I'll be traveling, working on creative projects, planning my annual writing retreat, studying issues in LA County around housing to help end senior homelessness, and living happily in the moment. I want to keep my pulse racing; only dead fishes go with the flow. So, I challenge you to live out the rest of this year with me. Speak up for yourself, engage others, do what you planned to do, or create a new plan altogether. Break out of your comfort zone and break from your routine to find balance. Check out this video to get started empowering yourself:
I do affirm that through my work:
I will help all people in need.
I will reduce the social problems in our society.
I will challenge injustice particularly to vulnerable and oppressed individuals.
I will respect the inherent dignity and worth of every person.
I will enhance the well-being of individuals, groups, families, organizations, and communities.
I will strive to increase my professional knowledge and skill and to advance the knowledge base of my fields of profession.
I shall conduct myself in a professional and ethical manner.
Introducing Erin: she chopped off all her hair for a great cause @wigs.for.kids
Erin has been growing her hair out for four years in preparation to donate for the second time to this awesome cause!
She told my cousin at the age of four that she wanted to give another child her own hair when her aunt started loosing her hair while battling cancer.
Our family stands in awe of Erin; we're so proud that she stuck with her promise not once but twice to donate a total of over 4 feet of hair!!!!! That is equivalent to her height in hair!
Please share Erin's awesome advocacy story with your network; she'd love other people to follow in her footsteps to help many more suffering with similar issues to her aunt and grandmother! #seeaneedfillaneed
To find out more on this awesome cause, please click here!
View the slideshow below and guess which decade I was reared in...
Starrah (26) is an upcoming songwriter who is reinventing hip-hop and R&B music behind the scenes. In the past two years, she's written for the following artists:
It's National Minority Health Month; this is a time to raise awareness on issues that impact health disparities and health equity in the US.
This year's theme is Bridging Health Equity Across Communities, which emphasizes the collaborative, community-level work conducted nationwide, in order to help achieve health equity.
In honor of this annual observance, I'm highlighting two helping and healing professionals that make a difference. These women take action in empowering communities to achieve their full potential for health.
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