These Hips, These Lips, These Hands

“Be good to your body and it will repay your journey.” By Samantha McKenzie Our bodies are beautiful soul carriers that bring life and love into this world. Believe that. Our hips, our lips, and our hands have raised us well. And with them, we have raised children and families and communities. These hips have…

We’re Fighting for Access to Education

By Samantha McKenzie This is Samiyah. She is a freshman at a public high school in Raleigh, NC, and enrolled in a Math III Honors class. If she passes this class, she will only need one more math class to graduate high school. This means that she is two years ahead of her peers in…

Who Do You Say You Are?

By Samantha McKenzie Evolution only happens when those among us are brave enough to shed away the old, create the new, and walk into the path of the unknown. ~ Rudolph Angel Most of us are given our belief system at birth. We were told, nudged or highly encouraged to become something successful when we grow…

Mind over Matter

By Dawn Onley Two years ago, I was supposed to run the Marine Corps Marathon, but I didn’t. It wasn’t that I suffered an injury or that some type of emergency came up. I didn’t run it because I couldn’t get my mind right to train so I could run it. For months, I was bummed…

A Compliment a Day, Goes a Long Way

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~ Dr. Steve Maraboli By Samantha McKenzie Our lives are so busy. We’re often so busy that we don’t have much time to be nice. I know, it sounds a bit ridiculous, but offering kindness, or a compliment to others, sometimes doesn’t fit…

My Heroes Live with Me

By Samantha McKenzie My heroes live in my house. They fight for me on a regular basis. They will run to my rescue at the drop of a dime. They have saved my life and my soul on many occasions. They are my family. My heroes aren’t in the movies. Neither are they told about…

The Power of Testimony, the Blessing of Struggle

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” – Frederick Douglass By Dawn Onley When I was younger, I use to cringe during testimony time in church. In the Black church, this was the time when the preacher would ask if anyone had a testimony they’d like to give about how good God had…

Today is no dress rehearsal

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” ~ Warren Buffett By Samantha McKenzie Today is not a dress rehearsal. Matter of fact neither is tomorrow. There’s no easy way to coax this conversation. It’s just one of those reality busters, in-your-face, whatcha gonna do about it…