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Best Moments of 2014!

I truly left behind 2013 in every way imaginable. I started this year with new hope and an expectation of something great and great new beginnings, new opportunities and new blessings is what I received. I am reminded of how powerful our words are for we speak our futures into existence every day with every conversation we have both with others and ourselves. No, I did not achieve all of my goals or reach the insurmountable height I sought after but my decisions, risks and courage did move me forward in my journey. I’ve been professionally challenged from the growth that was necessary to get me through this year. I have lost loved ones and beautiful souls that have transitioned on to the next life, leaving me with great memories but an emptiness that I’m not sure will ever dissipate. I’ve witnessed joy, excitement, elation, defeat, sorrow, pain, humility and devastation but these are the emotions that make up a life well lived and I would not have it any other way. As I look to 2015, I am relentlessly optimistic as I know I have sowed good seeds and I’m looking for my God to grow them and send the harvest but first I must continue my ‘own’ tradition of looking back on some of the greatest moments of 2014. Come along for the ride!

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The increasingly alarming numbers of Black men killed at the hands of law enforcement has broken my soul. I cannot help but think that any of those men could have easily been my husband or Lola’s Boyfriend or maybe just another Black man that I love. History proves that the US Justice System has never been on the side of black men but technology and cell phones and social media has brought these facts to greater light interrupting all of us in our tracks and commanding that we at least give these brutal acts a second look. When I witnessed the senseless killing of Eric Garner as he pleaded for his last breathe as an alarming number of police officers stood watch moved me beyond my brokenness and into action. I called on my best girlfriends and asked them to interrupt their holiday plans, disrupt their schedules and pause of some of their planned holiday activities with their families to join me for we needed to make our voices heard and our presence felt. On December 23rd, myself along with Sheree Fletcher, April Daniels, Sandra Campbell and Treiva Williams hosted #UnitedForJustice – a fundraiser to benefit the widow of Erica Garner. We received a tremendous amount of support and criticism which both prove that our efforts were perfect for this moment in time.

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