Tell It Tuesday: Homeless to Harvard Teen Knows Real Success


Richard Jenkins
By Ta-ning Connai 

Sometimes the road to success is littered with disaster. For 18-year old Richard Jenkins, homelessness and lots of humiliation tried to obstruct his path. Yet, while living in a shelter surrounded by hopelessness and despair, he reached for books as his way of escape. As word spread at school regarding his obsession with reading, bullies taunted him relentlessly and called him “Harvard” as a joke. But his enemies had NO IDEA they were actually prophesying his future ‘cause baby boy can now officially say, “Whaddup Harvard University! I'm on my way and my scholarship is PAID IN FULL!” My my my, look who got the last laugh on his way to real success!

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This Harlem Woman Loved Hats So Much She Bought a Hat Factory

Photo of Georgiette Morgan-Thomas by Hillary Swift for TheNewYorkTimes
By Winnie Gaturu

Georgiette Morgan-Thomas is a woman who wears many hats, literally. She is a pastor, an entrepreneur and a pretty good manager. Over the years, Georgiette has been able to seamlessly incorporate hats into her daily lifestyle, and has a hat for every occasion and wears them just about everywhere. Due to her "hat obsession," she currently owns more than 100 of them. That's not all. She also owns a hat factory called American Hats LLC.

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This Video of a Teenage Tiffany Haddish Talkin' 'Bout How She Got Her Start Will Inspire You

Tiffany Haddish 
By Erickka Sy Savané

A common misconception that a lot of us have when we see new celebrities is thinking that it happened overnight. Sorry to burst any bubbles, but ain't no overnight success. By the time a person is in front of us doing their thing at a high level they've already put in years worth of work that we'll probably never see. Major thanks to actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish- who has had her share of life's tough breaks from foster care to homelessness- for sharing this video via IG because it's proof that not only does hard work pay off, anyone can live the dream! Now let's go out and be somebody!

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Tell It Tuesday: Denzel Washington & the Positive Impact of Mentorship

Denzel Washington 
By Ta-ning Connai

Summer is almost here, which means the movie Equalizer II is in our near future! This is where we get to see Denzel Washington play a good guy who does bad things to bad people for good reasons. Oooh now that's gonna be good!

Greatness seems to come easy for this 63-year-old actor; everything he touches turns into award-worthy gold. However, he's quick to credit his childhood mentors and the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. He says the program provided him an alternative to the prison life that snatched up quite a few of his friends, and he's been an avid spokesperson for the club. Imagine if that program hadn't existed, the world would be void of the many brilliant performances that reached deep into our souls.

5 Winning Magazine Covers With Black Women to Cop Right Now!

Amara la Negra covers Latina magazine
By Erickka Sy Savané

I remember the first time I saw model Kirsti Bowser on the cover of Elle magazine when I was around 14 years old. To see a black woman in such a prominent place gave me the courage to say, maybe, just maybe, I could do the same thing. I eventually moved to New York City (from Toledo, Ohio) to follow in her footsteps, and though I never quite made it to cover girl status, I would have never taken such a leap of faith had she not planted such a seed in me with that one image. That's the power of a magazine cover. It can make a little black girl believe that anything is possible. We salute the following ladies, gracing covers, making it look easy, and inspiring the next generation of magic!

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This Formerly Incarcerated Author/Publisher is Helping Other Imprisoned Women Tell Their Stories


Dorothy 'Serenity' Hall
By Roseann V. Warren

Returning to some level of normalcy after incarceration is difficult, especially when the system is designed to perpetuate a disadvantaged state of living. Dorothy Hall, an Augusta, Georgia-based author, dispelled the stigma of being prescribed to poverty and crime when she discovered her calling to write and assist others in getting their stories heard.

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The Discomfort is Your Miracle in Disguise


The discomfort is the shift. It’s your miracle in disguise.

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Tell It Tuesday: Between a Rock & a Hard Place? Here's How to Get Away!

20th anniversary of Lenny Kravitz's hit 'Fly Away' 
By Ta-ning Connai

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of a song that broke down barriers between Rock and R&B simply by coining a popular lyric we've all sang at least once or twice in our lives. Lenny Kravitz is the King of Cool and when he brazenly strung his guitar while chanting “I want to get away” back in 1998, he had no idea that both Headbangers and Hip-Hop Heads alike would give homage to the words from Fly Away in over 50+ songs (whew, I literally got tired of counting). And in 2010, he even stumbled upon the Voices of Praise Choir belting out a churchy version on the streets of New Orleans! No, he didn't exactly invent the term, but he sure as heck made it his own. Lenny, you da man!

What about you? Ever feel like getting away? No, I don't mean like a vacay getaway, although that would be nice. I'm talking about getting away from the things that hold you hostage. If I'm talking to you, just keep on listening, I wanna help you solve that problem...

The Rebirth of Brownstone’s Nicci Gilbert: From The Bottom Up


Nicci Gilbert 
By Mwabi Kaira

Twenty four years ago, Detroit native Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert burst onto the music scene with her powerhouse vocals. She, Monica "Mimi" Doby, and Charmayne Maxena "Maxee" Maxwell were the founding members of Grammy-nominated Brownstone, the first group signed to Michael Jackson’s MJJ Music record label. Brownstone had 2 successful albums that spawned the hits including “If You Love Me,” “Grapevyne,” “I Can’t Tell You Why,” and “5 Miles To Empty.” The group won a Billboard music award for “If You Love Me.”

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Finding A Way In Trump's America Through MLK's ‘Drum Major Instinct’



Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 
By Erickka Sy Savané via Essence.com

When it became official that the Electoral College had voted for Donald Trump my stomach dropped. And it's been dropping every day since. Unfortunately, no amount of protest has changed that. But during times like this, it’s the voices of the great leaders who have come before us that speak the loudest. In this case, Dr. Martin Luther King’s sermon, ‘The Drum Major Instinct’ speaks like a light in a dark tunnel.

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