December 6, 2019

Ruth George's murder happened in my second home. From 2001 to 2016, I attended school, worked, and remained in affiliation with the University of Illinois at Chicago. Throughout my tenure as a student and employee, I parked my car in the exact lot where police discover...

November 1, 2019

You’re going to be a senator. I would vote for you!” I remember hearing those words when I was about fifteen years old. For whatever reason, those two brief statements came from an older lady of my community. She made those comments in passing, but they stayed with me...

October 18, 2019

We must learn to let our egos die. Yes, we must embrace courageous actions that include accepting failure and rejecting foolish pride. In TD Jakes's book Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose, he writes we must interpret failure as an incident and not a conviction on the val...

September 27, 2019

Are you listening to your instincts? If you follow an internal compass that guides you to places only you can see, the chances are that you and instinct share an intimate relationship. Instinct gives you the courage to respond to a higher calling because it is part of...

September 13, 2019

Is it essential? This simple question is something we must ask ourselves. We must remind ourselves to stop trying to do everything and to focus on one thing. 

I am sure you are familiar with this idea of narrowing your attention to what matters. In the Bible, several sc...

August 16, 2019

Maxwell and Sharpton could not be any more different if they tried, but in their writings, they express similar views about leadership. John Maxwell is a former church pastor turned business leadership consultant. Al Sharpton is also a minister, but many of his insight...

They say anger can’t fuel creativity. I say watch Director Ava DuVernay’s docuseries When They See Us. I found myself experiencing every emotion from complete rage to incomplete bliss as I watched DuVernay’s four-part Netflix series and wrote a draft of this piece.

Each...

The weather is warm all year long. Palm trees line many of the streets. The traffic is notorious, but people flock to the city every day.  This is Los Angeles.

Two bedroom houses for sale at 1 million USD, home school mom meetups at local playgrounds, and of course Star...

April 19, 2019

It has not been perfect. I will continue to face some challenges. Regardless of the circumstances, I commit to making this work.

As you know, the transition from life in the United States to abroad has not been easy for my family or me. We have battled financial problem...

April 12, 2019

After finishing Capoeira class last week, I heard the name Nipsey for the first time. A student of mine said his name after I announced that classes would resume when I returned from visiting my parents in Los Angeles.

She said, “Rest in peace Nipsey.” 

Another student,...

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