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Seeking Passion

This semester has been a real mess. I have been sick, stressed with work, and moving into a new place. I can’t seemed to shake the stress and the associated depression. But I am still fighting!

So this post is about finding passion. I have somehow, on my journey through life, loss my passion. I realized this sombering fact after interviewing a former classmates who is a very prominent contemporary artist, for a class assignment. Of the many awesome things we discuss, the one thing that hit my core was the sense of “freedom” he got from making art. I completely understood what he meant by that feeling. It is a feeling I have been searching for years to get back.

There was a time where I ate, slept, and breathe music; I loved music so so much. It filled me when I felt empty, alone, and unloved. It still has an effect on me  but not like before. It different… Distant.  After a series of struggles and life setbacks, I stop creating music, I stop being myself and started to become something else. Fuled by fear and unhappiness, I started to search for safety and security. Thus my ambitions to be a lawyer. The artist in me dimmed a bit and I was empty.

I tired to find anything to fill this void… But I was still empty. Until one day, one sad and awful day, I felt creative. I need to create. It was the day the verdict for Trayvon Martin tragedy. I was so upset, I was so angry, and in so much pain. I took out my guitar and for the first time in years poor out that emotion into a song… After it was complete I was whole; I was free. I felt better, I felt like I could breathe…. Then I was terrified.

I remember thinking why I am I afraid? Why can’t I just be in the moment? I realized that I have grown comfortable with my discontent. It is still a struggle, thus this post. I love art and music. I love to create and learn.

These past two months have been rough; however, I learned a lot. I need to take control of my life and follow my passion. I need to become fearless again and stop worrying about falling and just do it. Like the Nike commercial just do it. So I will finish out my 20s with some passion, growth, and strength!

This is just the beginning…. Seek your passion!

 
 

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Project Serve: A Call to Action

Happy Monday everyone!!
I just want to inform you guys of a service project that I am currently working and promoting. It is called Project Serve: A Call to Action, which is a mobile outreach initiative dedicated to feeding and providing resources to the homeless population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As you are aware this is an important issue for me being a survivor of homelessness. Without the kindness and support of others, I am not sure if I would be here today. My co-worker and I decided to help a population that the world has forgotten and bring awareness to poverty. 

Below is a flyer of our first event: 

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Please review the website for more information on donating, sponsorship, and volunteering. If you are local, I encourage and urge you to participate as well as make an impact on someone’s life. You have the power to inspire change in this world!

Below is the website, Facebook, and direct fundraising campaign links. Thank you!!

http://projectservephila.wix.com/projectservephila

http://www.gofundme.com/cxd3u4

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-Serve-A-Call-To-Action/654865991269701

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Changing the World, Writing

 

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It has been a long time…

Hey everybody! Sorry that it has been a long time! I was super busy with school, work, and my personal life. I just wrapped up the summer session on 9/2/14 (precisely this morning a 2:30 am). The fall quarter starts on 9/22/14, so I have a little break… Sorta. Remember that annoying perquisites I needed to take before the financial art accounting course, well I just started that today(9/3/14). I just hope I can get through this class, I am not great at math, but we’ll see.

Anyhoo, I have officially completed one year of grad school!!! Omg!! Yay me!! Now on to the hard parts, thesis. About two weeks ago I had a “pre-advising” session with one of the advisors and the professor for my seminar class this fall. I informed him of my topic and he was delighted and encourage me to pre-research prior to class. This was a huge ego boost and I definitely feel that I have grown since starting this program. I will do a separate post on my thesis process and topic later. Trying to focus on starting this class, accounting. I am going to try to do better with updates and topics for this blog. I just want to Thank you guys for your continued support!!! Good luck!

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2014 in Grad School, Thesis Building, Writing

 

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Dr. Sheena C. Howard Wins 2014 Comic Con Eisner Award for Book “Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation”

Love this. Will be providing a grad school update soon! But enjoy the reblogs for now…

GOOD BLACK NEWS

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Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Treehouse Partners with Girls Inc., ChickTech and Clinton Global Initiative to Change the Ratio of Women in Tech

Treehouse Partners with Girls Inc., ChickTech and Clinton Global Initiative to Change the Ratio of Women in Tech

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PORTLAND, Ore.Aug. 13, 2014 — Following a pivotal national education and job placement commitment with the Clinton Global InitiativeTreehouse is putting its movement for economic equality into action with today’s launch of “Change the Ratio.” In partnership with Girls, Inc. and ChickTech, Change the Ratio is designed to inspire and empower young women around the nation to pursue careers in technology.

Computing jobs are growing at twice the national average and pay 75 percent more than the median annual salary. Women hold less than 25 percent of high-paying computer-science related positions, so there is a need for technology companies to close the gender wage gap and help place more women in technology positions.

“Nationally, women earn 77 percent less than men across all industries,” said Ryan Carson, co-founder and CEO of Treehouse. “That doesn’t work for us and we want to do something about…

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Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

And the struggle still continues…

This has been a very difficult semester. It has been a combination of a lot of things… Some procrastination and excuses included. I am just struggling to stay focused and energized. Hopefully, I can get this accounting perquisites out the way this summer but I am thinking about taking it in the fall. I feel like I need a break and my fall is super busy… Three classes…. In grad life that hard, in my fulltime and part-time working  life that’s insane!!!! I just need to get it together. I am just in a weird place; where I want to change jobs, where I want to do adult things like buy a house, and where I just want to not struggle internally anymore. I feel like I just want to either quiet this fire in myself or release it and not be afraid of it. I feel like I have so much built up in me that I just want to release it. A former coworker once said to me you should write a book. I often go back and cringe at my response to this notion… “Who would read my story”…. I always do this, self-doubt. It’s one of the things I struggle with along with procrastination. But maybe I will write a book or books about my life and views as an art administrator (in training) of color. I need to proclaim my right to be heard and recognize my own power to inspire change and hope!  One of my guilty pleasure movies that give me a “pick me up” and courage to push through things as well as motivation,  is Legally Blonde… I know, shocking. This movie is ridiculously awesome and hilarious… Yet it inspires me to be and do better.The fact that she has the confidence to say ” I don’t need a back up, I’m going to Harvard ” makes me want to have that confidence and assurance that, yes I am the shit!!! And will accomplish what I want. I love this movie for its feministic views and the promotion of staying true to yourself. However, this film is “interesting”  in the continuing conversation of black feminism and people of color in higher education… But that is another discussion and post. Although I love this movie, I still have issues with it. But like the world everything has its flaws. Just venting and perhaps procrastinating… 🙂

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Black Females, Grad School, Writing

 

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Latest Research Shows Why Minorities Are ‘Beyond Broke’ As Racial Wealth Gap Persists And Threatens U.S. Economic Security

Latest Research Shows Why Minorities Are ‘Beyond Broke’ As Racial Wealth Gap Persists And Threatens U.S. Economic Security

Curious to see if the research expansion will include wealth statistics by levels of education. That would be an interesting comparison. As a person of color with a degree, I would probably be considered working class (or working poverty) and definitely lumped into the percentage of not having any liquidated assets.

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Experts Recommend New Savings and Housing Proposals to Stem Inequality as They Prepare for Summit at U.S. Capitol

Screen-Shot-2014-04-28-at-4.49.23-PMWASHINGTON, April 29, 2014—New analysis of 2011 Census data reveals an acute racial and ethnic wealth gap that is causing a group of leading experts to call for important policy and regulatory changes. In the recovery period following the Great Recession, the average African American and Latino household still owns only six and seven cents respectively for every one dollar in wealth held by the typical white family, an increase of a penny per group since 2009.

The gap is especially noticeable when it comes to access to immediate cash. Over two-thirds of African Americans (67 percent) and nearly three-fourths of Latinos (71 percent), but only one-third of whites (34 percent), are considered “liquid asset poor”, meaning that they do not have cash or assets readily converted into cash that will cover…

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Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Scholarships, Uncategorized, Writing

 

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