Heaven Bound

Are you going to heaven?

Throughout life I can recall myself always saying “I’m going to get baptized at 25″ Smh…let’s just say I’m no longer 25 and haven’t been for a while now. It’s been on my heart to get baptized for over 2 years and  tomorrow I will dedicate my life and strengthen my relationship with Christ; with the help of the holy spirit!

I AM GETTING BAPTIZED AND I AM EXCITED! !!

Baptism-is an external demonstration of an internal decision to completely immerse yourself into the life of christ.

As I look back on the last few years of my life, I must say the progression is undoubtedly evident. The negative feelings, toxic relationships, wicked thoughts, and stress are not as prevalent as before. I thank God because when I turned to run away from these things, people and situations He was there and received me with open arms. I need him right now! I needed him in that moment, not another second or minute later and He was there for me and I was safe.

I consider getting baptized the climax to my life, not the beginning or end but the highest and most intense point in the evolution of me. My internal and external transformation is ongoing but this (CIP) Christian In Progress is well on her way to the pearly gates.

The journey, to this moment was not an easy one by any means. However, I believe now more then ever, my lord was and is preparing me to reach my potential, realize my purpose and live his plan for my life and he wants to do the same for all his children especially you.

Looking forward to holistically living my life for Christ…

If it were easy everyone would do it…

The Power of a Dream Gala 2013, Hosted by Wayne Brady and Sheryl Lee Ralph

Tonight, was a night to remember! The 12th annual Power of a Dream Gala’s yearly fundraiser was held at the J.W Marriot Hotel in Washington D.C; supporting the U.S. Dream Academy!

The Dream academy celebrated 15 years of service to the many children who benefited from their organization. They celebrated 15 years of keeping at risk youth in school and off the streets, providing them with hope, when they face despair and reminding them not to just dream, but to dream BIG because dreams do come true.

Helping students realize their dreams is a significant goal of the dream academy. Dream academy scholars learn skill-building, character building and dream building; which are the three major components forming the programs philosophy.

The gala was hosted by Primetime Emmy Award-winning Actor, Singer and Comedian Wayne Brady and Tony Award Nominating Actress and Singer Sheryl Lee Ralph. The dynamic duos jovial exchange and upbeat presence added a nice flow and continued interest in the evening’s festivities.106

I witnessed many dignitaries enjoying the glamorous evening as I glanced around the dining hall. The honorable Alexis Herman (former U.S. secretary of Labor), Elijah E. Cummings (U.S. Congressman (D-MD), Wes Moore (best-selling author), and (Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning Anchor) Cynne’ Simpson.
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The Founder of the Dream Academy Wintley Phipps is a positive influence in the lives of many at risk youth.

If you would like to learn more about this show stopping organization or make a monetary donation please visit: http://www.usdreamacagemy.org

Below are moments I captured during the event…..ENJOY!!!

The Real House Wives of Benning Road

Do you like to laugh? Well… I sure do! My sister introduced me to the new web series written by Mike Brooks and directed by Hard Head Films “THE REAL HOUSE WIVES OF BENNING RD. And let me just say this is the funniest thing I’ve seen in a while! It’s RATCHETNESS is conducive to good reality t.v.

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The series has released 3 episodes and they need to hurry up with my next fix because a sistah is waiting on episode 4. It’s only been a month and they’ve had over 4000,000 views on you tube. Yes, if you aren’t from my city you will miss out on certain punch lines and dc references however, there is still much to be enjoyed.

My favorite lines from the series:

Ree Ree “when I step on the scene, I own it”

Lil Trina “dis D.C., errie body’s Moe”

(PSA)

This show is strictly comical, so… if you are going to watch, please do so with a sense of humor! Next episode is May 21st. Be sure to watch!!

Watch Episodes 1-3 below.

How do you feel about the show? Is it funny or does it give dc a bad rap. Leave a comment…((express yourself))

Hero: Doyin Oladipupo

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Doyin Oladipupo

This young teen, 15 years old, from Cali was brave during a break in at her house. She was able to hide and call the cops, who caught the three teenage thieves. I can only imagine how terrified I would be, but this young girl is truly brave. Check out her story here at http://gma.yahoo.com/quick-thinking-teen-helps-catch-home-intruders-131814317–abc-news-topstories.html

The link includes the story and a video.

The picture came from http://www.karmaville.com/?page=karma&id=6091&sid=6397.

Shout outs to young Doyin Oladipupo :)

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The DMV’s Got Talent!

The first annual, Kissed by Destiny, Talent Showcase at the Bowie Center of Performing Arts proved, there is still great undiscovered talent in the DMV!!! Many young amateurs braved the stage, bearing their souls and swallowing their fears while taking the first steps to achieving their goals.

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Many performances were lined up for the night and all the acts delivered. The dancers, singers, steppers and poets brought the house down! The Fashion show and models had the benjamin’s ready to jump out my hello kitty wallet, pleading for a shot to have some of those gorgeous custom made pieces adopted into my wardrobe.

The “Rohanna Dance Production’s” nostalgic piece brought back childhood memories of The Nutcracker while “Humble Existence” dance routine put the Hip in hip hop. I’ve never been much of a dancer but I was moving to that one.
I enjoyed all the talent but, the Lady Raiders, a high school step team that performs all around the DMV and out of town; was the best performance of the night! The Raiders were dressed in blue jeans, white tank tops with plaid shirts, tied in a not, and 3 inch heels. They looked so cute, instantly reminding me of Zendaya and Bella on the Disney channel’s hit show Shake it Up. However, those girls held no prisoners. Their routine was hot, fresh and sleek. The Lady Raiders could give any college step team a run for their money with their meticulous precision; hitting every beat with the dust rising from their feet. I was impressed and I wish the Lady Raiders the best!

This was the first time a talent show held my interest from being beginning to end.
The show was great, entertaining and most importantly for a good cause. Kissed by Destiny (KBD), gate 12 Inc. & dreamz do come true are responsible for this dynamic show, recognizing the need and importance of preserving outlets for performing arts; at a time when many schools are slashing or cutting their performing arts budget.

Kudos to you and keep on doing what you do.  I am eager to see what you put together next year!
If you didn’t know now you know, Kissed by Destiny (KBD) Talent Showcase is where you need to be next year!

Zendaya Demolished DWTS Competion S16:Ep2

Dancing with the stars is back and better than ever with a lineup that is surprisingly entertaining!

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Disney’s Shake It Up star Zendaya is one to keep an eye on. The 16 year old dancing star steps on the floor and kills it every time, causing many parents across the country to grant bed time passes because Zendaya is a must see in the kids world. How do I know? My 8 year old tells me so lol

TEAM ZENDAYA ALL THE WAY………

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I cannot wait to see the evolution of Zendaya on this show, there is nowhere for her to go but up!!

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Thank you for introducing me to a great African American I sadly knew nothing about. It was beautifully written and i look.forward to reading up on other unsung hereos!

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I told myself I would write about some unsung heroes. This month is Black History Month a month when heroes of America known, and unknown, are remembered for their amazing contribution to the world we live in. Although black history should be celebrated all year round, this month is still important and it is an amazing opportunity to learn about new heroes. I want to give a shout out to this thread

Garrett A. Morgan

 

Many of the world’s most famous inventors only produced one major invention that garnered recognition and cemented their prominent status. But Garret Augustus Morgan, one of the country’s most successful African-American inventors, created two – the gas mask and the traffic signal.

Born in the last quarter of the nineteenth century to former slaves, Garrett A. Morgan was only formally educated to a sixth-grade level. Fortunately, like many great inventors, Morgan had an innate mechanical mind that enabled…

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Single on V-day? Who cares, shut up and HAVE FUN!

Valentine’s Day is no longer the day of crying, reminiscing and wallowing over what was or could have been. So, to all my single people out there, you better get fly and enjoy your day. Ladies, wear your red lipstick and fellas put on that button up with a vest. If you’re in a waiting to exhale kind of mood, ripping pictures, prank calls or whatever else you do, save that for another day or their birthday; not Valentine’s Day!

If you have no one to shower your love on, shower yourself DAMMIT!

This time last year I was in a relationship that I knew I needed to get out of. I said those 3 precious words “I love you” and didn’t mean it. I did special things because I felt obligated and not because I wanted to. While we made promises and plans for our future, I knew all the while in my heart that it would never come true. I found myself guilty of the very same things many women accuse their men of doing. (SELF CHECK) SMH I know. Why go through the motions when your heart is not in it.

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 (A year ago)

I can’t remember what I was doing and honestly I don’t care! I ran across this quote that hit the nail on the head. I was not happy and I had myself to thank for it.

“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” H, Jackson Brown, Jr.

Wow, just wow, that quote really hit my core. Everyone was telling me to leave this guy and I just couldn’t see why. If I allowed this tumor to fester another 4 years, I would be giving up all the love I do have for love I don’t need. We eventually realized we needed to go our separate ways.

Tomorrow is Valentines Day and I can say I am happy. I’m in a much better place than I was this time last year. I do not have to make anyone watch a movie, expect meaningless gifts and lie about my feelings. I look forward to wearing my red dress and black pumps tomorrow just because I’m fabulous. I will get photo-shoot fresh for ME. I will hang out with my girls and have fun. I have a valentine that I truly love and want to do everything for. She will get flowers and chocolates tomorrow. I got us tickets to see a show on Saturday and we will dine at a nice restaurant on Sunday.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY FROM MY VALENTINE AND I

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Kayla and Mommy

Reality T.V. Junkie Revived!

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I love the VH1 show Black ink Crew and I love Dutchess!! She is a beautiful black tattoo artist in Harlem NY at the Black ink Studio (formerly Black Ink Gallery). As the only female artist in the shop, she demands respect while navigating the neoteric city she calls home. She is not only a pretty face but the embodiement of a story many people can relate to.
My message to Dutchess after the other night’s episode!!dutch

Another show I have the hotts for is Washington Heights. Any show displaying real people doing real things can count me as a viewer, and all their cast members are trying to survive. In an ideal world, young adults can depend on their parents for financial support while desperately trying to make their mark on the world. That is the case for some but unfortunately, not many. They have big dreams and the show draws me in with every episode.
We all like to party and have a god time but the real struggles in life have yet to be realistically portrayed on reality TV.  I.need more than stupid fights an drunk nights. They may not be struggling the most but dammit they are struggling. From the outside looking in their struggle may not seem like much but when you are going thru tough times, your struggle is felt just as bad as those who may seem to have it worse.
Before you go crazy, my momma didn’t raise no fool and I’m well aware that majority of it is scripted. But if you’re going to do it, do it right. These two shows are doing it right!!

Washington Heights, Wednesday nights, @10pm on MTV

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