Girls Call The Shots

I’m going out on a limb here. I’m going to say that you’ve seen the story in the news. The one where a group of girls beat a classmate to death in the bathroom at school. It was over a boy. It hurt me. These were girls who thought that a boy’s attention was more valuable …

Be Your Own Servant

Be Your Own Servant

Anika Madison, one of our partner bloggers, interviewed someone she greatly admires.  Here is her interview with Mrs. Cassandra Sheppard, President and CEO of Youth Impact Ministries, Inc. in Miami-Dade, Florida. — Mrs. Cassandra Sheppard, head of the Youth Impact Ministries, Inc., received her undergraduate degree from Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL. She received her Master’s in …

Be Your Own Ambassador

We caught up to Rachelle Salnave, director of La Belle Vie: The Good Life, between multinational trips and film festival screenings, to discuss the vision behind her filmmaking. — When Rachelle Salnave lived in Harlem with her family, she had a hard time convincing other Haitians that she was one of their sistren. Haitian had a certain …

A Smart Picture of Dr. Jones

Be Your Own Educator

Anika Madison interviews hometown hero, Dr. Billy P. Jones, a dedicated educator who uses his classroom as a springboard for more than just learning. We’re happy that Anika discovered his story! — My interview with Dr. Billy Jones took place in his office where he is always surrounded by treasured memories and an impressive library. …

Be Your Own Caregiver

Bern Nadette Stanis (stahn-es) is best known for her groundbreaking role as Thelma from Norman Lear’s series Good Times. As the first black teenage girl with a recurring role on prime time television, she had the benefit of two families, her real-life family with her mother, father and siblings, and her TV one. The call …

A New Series: Be Your Own [Fill in the Blank]

A New Series: Be Your Own [Fill in the Blank]

I was accepted as one of the fellows for the Founders Institute. It means that I’m getting invaluable mentorship from some badass business pioneers who have launched, helmed, and sold multi-million dollar businesses and then launched something else. One of the tremendous benefits I get from it (outside of getting my creative genius butt kicked …