This Grammy Award-Winning Drummer Wants To Inspire Young Black Girls To Play An Instrument


By Erickka Sy Savane

Terri Lyne Carrington was just seven years old when she started playing drums. It was immediate love because it was something that she was good at. With practice she got even better, and by the time she turned 11 years old she had already lined up a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and was holding her own with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Fast-forward to her early 20’s and Terri cemented herself as a beast behind the drums when she became the house drummer for 80’s late-night talk show King, Arsenio Hall. From there she’d expand her skills to include musical director, composer, teacher (she’s currently a professor at Berklee College where she also holds an honorary doctorate degree), and record producer. She’s a three-time Grammy Award-winner, and the first female artist to win a grammy for Best Jazz Instrumental recording.

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Here's The Beginner's Guide To Investing In Black Art

Pictured: Legendary artist, Jean Michel Basquiat
By Erickka Sy Savane

Whether an art lover or not, you'd be hard-pressed to have missed reading about the recent record-breaking sale of Jean Michel Basquiat’s “Untitled” painting for 110.5 million. Or maybe you've heard about Chicago artist Kerry James Marshall who is selling in the millions and boasting lines around the corner for his museum exhibits, and let's not forget late abstract expressionist, and Harlemite, Norman Lewis, whose work was largely undervalued when he was alive, but recently sold at auction for close to one million.

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For Black Girls Tired Of Running Themselves Ragged


By Erickka Sy Savané
I've been thinking a lot lately about stress. First it was singer Brandy who recently collapsed on a plane due to the stress of traveling and working incessantly, says her publicist, and not long ago it was modelpreneur Tyra Banks who confessed that while she was at the height of her career, she was also exhausted and sad. Just today I saw a video that's been making the social media rounds of former ‘In The House’ actress Maia Campbell turning down LL Cool J’s request to get her help. It’s no secret that the once stunningly beautiful actress is addicted to drugs and in the footage she’s running a mile a minute. I couldn't help but wonder what will make her stop.
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Here's Why Old Is The New Young


Photo Credit: @NaturalSilverSista
By Erickka Sy Savané
I’m standing in the mirror with a tube of mascara, covering grey hair.
I promised myself that I wouldn’t be caught dead with grey hair. My mom started going grey at 16, and by the time she was in her 30’s she was so tired of constantly coloring it that she let the whole thing go white. It was and still is beautiful, I have to admit, but I’m not going there, even at 45. I might as well break out the walking stick and cruise right into old age.

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The Woke Woman’s Guide To ‘Financial Literacy’ From Money Expert Lola West


Written by Erickka Sy Savane

Actress Kerry Washington, who is working with the AllState Purple Purse campaign which works to fight against financial abuse for women who are experiencing domestic violence and can't afford to get out of the relationship, recently raised the question of “financial literacy.” It brings up a very good question for many African American women who are particularly vulnerable because we aren’t traditionally taught about finances in the home.

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How A Single Mom Of Four Gained The Courage To Earn Her PhD

Sharita Mathis-Lawson earns a PhD from North Carolina A&T State University
Written by Erickka Sy Savane

When Sharita Mathis-Lawson found herself a divorced mom of three teens, with a fourth child from a recently failed relationship on the way, it would have been easy for her to throw her hands up in defeat. Just a few years shy of her 40th birthday, this is not how she envisioned her life would turn out. But instead of giving up, she turned to her go-to in times of crises and uncertainty: School.

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