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I'm an insomniac who spends more time thinking than sleeping.
Interests: i spend most of my time writing whatever comes to my mind, whether it is a poem, a song or just my personal thoughts. i also enjoy volunteering and spending time with my husband, a short story, james.
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Don't worry, we're not gone for good. We just moved to a new address, on the web that is. All of emPower magazine blogs and opinion articles have migrated to our newly redesigned site: www.empowermagazine. So check it out! Peace. Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By DeShuna Spencer Like many of you, instead of enjoying the unseasonably warm February weather on Saturday, I spent four hours cooped up in my house watching the funeral of Whitney Houston on CNN. Any of my close friends and family will tell you that I'm not the emotional type, but I wept during the funeral. I didn't know her personally, but I felt like I was one of the 1,500 people sitting in the New Hope Baptist Church pew. I saw similarities of family members and friends who died tragically within her story. Since learning of Whitney's passing, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Matt Amaral The discourse in education always disproportionately focuses on teachers, as if we are the root of all school evils. We never talk about ineffective Superintendents who make $250,000 a year but still need an $800 a month car allowance in a recession. We don’t complain about our School Boards who hire these Superintendents to five-year contracts, fire them after two years, then still have to pay out their remaining contract. We remain silent when they hire a replacement Superintendent to an even more lavish contract who they will also fire prematurely yet pay out for years. We... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Adrienne, the Soul Power Coach™ One of the hardest lessons to learn is the lesson of taking personal responsibility for your life. Owning responsibility for exactly where you are and what your life is headed is a daily challenge. Even when you have a strong intention of being responsible for shaping your world, you can find yourself mired in negativity, blaming others, and spending all your energy fighting what you don’t want instead of working for what you do. Don’t miss this. It may seem like a very subtle distinction – it is a very important one. What you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Adrienne, the Soul Power Coach™ Life is short. Life is fleeting. Life can end coldly, abruptly, and unnecessarily. We know tomorrow is not promised to anyone. We are painfully reminded of this each time someone who has touched our lives is suddenly gone. We are all connected as one so you don’t have to have met someone or have known someone for their death to impact you. It is shocking, tragic, and sad. You may feel anger, denial, depression, frustration, or even fear. My childhood musical heroes are dying and each one is more painful than the next. It... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By kat calvin Last week I moved from a swanky apartment in a recently re-gentrified neighborhood to the basement of a house in a neighborhood that is about one year into the re-gentrification process. These are your options in DC. I loved my old neighborhood. Columbia Heights has gone from being a part of town that was too dangerous to walk through at night to the home of a Target, a community fountain, and condos and apartments bordering New York prices. While they have by no means finished developing the neighborhood—and while many of the poor and minorities in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Leah Trotter D’Antonio Note: Last month, Leah Trotter D’Antonio wrote an objective article on abortion in the black community. Now, she is offering her personal insight on the issue. Are we eliminating the potential of our people? Forgoing the hopes and possibilities of parenthood for career advancement and financial gain? How are we to build a nation when we continue to destroy the seed of our future at an alarming rate? Are we traveling on the road toward extinction? Is contraception truly out of reach and unaffordable for African-American women or are we simply making a conscious decision not... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Adrienne, the Soul Power Coach™ Consistently living in your purpose and power is how you create more meaning and satisfaction in your life. The more consistently you are on purpose, the greater happiness and joy you feel even when things are not exactly where you want them to be. You create greater confidence, organization, work-life balance, time management, joy, focus, relaxation, clarity, and calm in your life when you live in your purpose and power. Here are six steps to help you get into the habit of living in your purpose and power. 1. Take An Honest Look At... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Chaplain Tyree Anderson In a lecture entitled, The Power is in your Possessions, I presented to the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church during our series entitled, the Sacredness of Stewardship, I proposed that if you and I are ever going to become prosperous (spiritual, financial, physical, intellectual, social, and cultural) then it is incumbent upon us that we understand the power of First Fruits offerings. This is not an indictment on other preachers who have taught on this from a personal wealth position. The focus on this is not personal, but out of concern because I don’t want to be... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Adrienne, the Soul Power Coach ™ 1. What if you decided to take what’s bugging you about that other person as a sign of something you need to work on within yourself? 2. What if you began to move forward despite the fears? 3. What if everything you need is already inside of you? 4. What if you believed it was given to you before you asked? 5. What if you are good enough? 6. What if you did more of the things you say you want to do? 7. What if you decided to stay present in every... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By kat calvin This weekend, thanks to an amazing fellowship from Bloomberg Businessweek, I attended the Sandbox Global Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. For those of you who don't know what Sandbox is, it's a community of international entrepreneurs under the age of 30. I love being in Sandbox, it's an extraordinary family of dreamers, thinkers, and doers who are changing the world every single day. It's an honor to be in the same organization as them, and spending the entire weekend at the summit was one of the most ephiphanous (I made that word up because it's the only one... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Monique Gamble As we know, the good old 1950s and 60s weren’t so good for Black folks. Somebody needed to do something, and it had to be done in a way that would rally national support for kicking Jim Crow in the nuts. By the way, ever wondered who this cat, Crow, was? I thought so. His name was Thomas Dartmouth Rice, a.k.a “Daddy,” a.k.a. “T.D,” an actor and comedian living in New York. One day, Rice came across a crippled, slavish-looking Black dude who was singing and dancing to this song: “Come listen all you galls and boys,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Adrienne, the Soul Power Coach™ Yeah, I’m a little busy today so I’m letting you do the heaving lifting. Oh, but there is a great reason for this. Did you know there are two basic types of motivation? There is motivation that comes from outside of your – extrinsic. This is motivation that comes from others like a boss or a parent, or a partner, or a client, even a mentor or coach. This motivation can be positive, powerful, and encouraging. And there is motivation that comes from within you – intrinsic. Guess which one is more powerful. Yep!... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Marian Wright Edelman “There is nothing new about poverty. What is new, however, is that we now have the resources to get rid of it. Not too many years ago, Dr. Kirtley Mather, a Harvard geologist, wrote a book entitled Enough and to Spare. He set forth the basic theme that famine is wholly unnecessary in the modern world. Today, therefore, the question on the agenda must read: Why should there be hunger and privation in any land, in any city, at any table, when man has the resources and the scientific know-how to provide all mankind with the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Matt Amaral My uncle is a Republican. He says he is a Democrat, but then begins defending rich people like they are going to be thrown out of their houses and begin starving any minute now. This is common Republican reasoning—defending people who own most of the wealth instead of defending actual people who have already been kicked out of their homes and are starving as we speak. Have you seen the recent studies? 50% of Americans now live in poverty. It increasingly seems like we are in a Depression, not a Recession, and like the last Depression, we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Adrienne, the Soul Power Coach™ As I started to write another message of motivation for you today, I realized that it’s time to let someone else take a turn on the mic. I want to honor and recognize the birthday of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I’d like to highlight his speech from August 16, 1967 addressing the Southern Christian Leadership Conference titled “Where Do We Go From Here?” So often, we fall back on his “I Have A Dream” speech as his defining moment. His words delivered to the SCLC on this particular day outline a comprehensive... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Denisha Jones Once when I was growing up in New Jersey, I was at a shopping mall when a lady from a newspaper asked if she could interview me for a story she was writing. She wanted to know how I was spending the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and what the day meant to me. I had actually forgotten it was a holiday and that’s why I was at the mall instead of school. Some of my coworkers at a local fast food restaurant did not even have the day off from school. I told her that the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By kat calvin I didn’t get a chance to follow politics that much this week—partially because I’ve spent more time on planes than on the ground in the last eight days and because if I hear one more blatantly racist rant from a “serious” 2012 candidate I’m going to lose it. But mostly, because I have been dealing with personnel issues. No, not personal. Personnel. In between shouting “Get off my lawn” to neighborhood children and passing cats, little old men (and women) like to complain about the youth of today and how irresponsible, lazy, inattentive (insert synonym for “not-as-good-as-we-were”... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Rick Bartlett Note: According to a new study that was the subject of a recent report by the New York Times, almost one out of three Americans are arrested for a crime by the time they reach the age of 23. Youth Pastor Rick Bartlett makes the case for giving young people another chance. One evening, before I was to lead a youth group, “Brian,” 14, walked into the room and asked me to explain the theological concept of predestination. We started talking, and I was amazed at the insights Brian shared. The next week I approached Brian for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Adrienne, the Soul Power Coach™ We have all had moments in life when we needed to get something done that was not being done. You may have even experienced a time or two recently when you were upset with yourself for being so unfocused and undisciplined with an important task. It is no fun to be under a tight deadline for a task that could have been accomplished hours, days, weeks, months, or yes, even years ago. Take a look a these 5 reasons why you cannot focus and what to do about it: 1. You Think You Cannot... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By DeShuna Spencer I recently learned a lesson in an unlikely place, while watching a mediocre movie that my husband and I saw with some friends on Christmas. I specifically chose this movie because I didn't want to think; I wanted laugh and not worry about the 50-plus long to-do list that I was trying to tackle between December and January. But instead of mentally running away from my problems with a few jokes, I ended up spending half of the movie reflecting on what one character said, "What would you do today if you knew you couldn't fail." We... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Monique A. Gamble In advance of the punditry sure to bubble up and over in the next several months, I've gone ahead and drawn my line in the sand. What follows below are issues that will likely play a significant role in the 2012 election. I loathe them, and I thought you ought to know about it. Apathy You're "disappointed" with politics. You're sick of selecting "the lesser of two evils." You feel like government is "corrupt" with a gang of "career politicians." You know who's to blame? You are. Because Citizens United is barely a toddler, and all... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Charles Jones Back when I was growing up, Michael Jordan’s shoes were extremely popular. Since their first release in 1989, the shoe series has only grown in notoriety, especially amongst young people. Unfortunately, so has the violence that haunts these shoes. Within hours of last week’s re-release of the Concord, Jordan's most popular shoe, news sources reported a number of fights and shootouts, including a fatal stabbing in the UK (which may not even be related to Jordan’s shoes), as hordes of people crowded stores to get their hands on a pair of the famous sneakers. All of a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By Adrienne, the Soul Power Coach™ Happy New Year!!! Woooooo 2012!! Hopefully your enthusiasm for the new beginning has not worn off yet. If so, do not worry this is not going to be a big fuzzy hug full of hope and pipe dreams about this first day of the rest of your life. I want to talk about change. If you read my motivational pieces regularly, you know I love to issue challenges. So today I want to challenge you to change your mind. Ledisi, one of my favorite artists, sings a song called Everything Changes: Oh, it’s time... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at emPower Magazine Blog
By DeShuna Spencer I hate to burst the bubble of my conservative sisters and brothers, but Jesus would be a socialist and listening to many of the Republican presidential candidates discuss their ideas on poverty proves my point. Usually I don't waste my energy writing a critique every time a political figure says something that I disagree with, but this time I am making an exception. Before a crowd in Iowa a few weeks ago, Rick Santorum promised to significantly cut funding for food stamps, even going as far as to question the program's necessity if he wins the presidency.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at emPower Magazine Blog