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July 2014

Where Are We Now?

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This weeks blog is a flashback to my 24 year old self. It was January 2009 and Obama had just been inaugurated, and I was on cloud 9:

“From slavery to abolishment, from sitting in the rear of the bus, lynchings, beatings, fire hose, colored vs. white, sit-ins, pickets, marches and not being able to vote or count as human beings, to civil rights. From segregation, to integration. From Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X to Rev. Jesse Jackson, one thing carried them through all the pain: HOPE! From fear to strength. HOPE! Hope begot drive, drive begot strategy, and strategy begot results. HOPE!
Results lead us to a man, a man who rose above all expectation of him with pride, faith, dignity, drive, and confidence. His was a message of unity and togetherness to get us through the tough times, and an urgent craving to live as one race and to embrace our differences. Barack Obama has done the inevitable; he’s done something many thought they’d never see in their lifetime. He became the 44th, first African-American President. President Obama has a long journey ahead of him, but he believes we can make the difference, all of us, not just for the present time but for the future. What he asks of you? To unify and embrace one another and help those we can; to coexist with each other and to bear our fellow mans heartaches and joys as if they were our own.
There’s hope now. Hope for my brother Samuel, for Noh, for Alem, for Lulia, for Henok, for Naomi and for all children regardless of their color/creed/faith. A hope that was once only dreamed has become a reality. January 20, 2009 marks a day where dreams and aspirations are encouraged and doubt is nowhere in sight. On this day, as an African-American woman, I feel invincible.
We have overcome.”

As I sit here and re-read this idea of my 24 year old self I ponder the past 5 years and wonder if that HOPE is still alive. Have there been any changes? You decide. And if the answer is no, do something about it. Don’t remain silent.

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Wonder As I Wander

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“The Kunama are a nomadic people” Well no wonder I can’t sit still in one place.
For as long as I can remember, I have always sought adventure. Whether through fantasy or making an actual move, it’s always been the thing I’ve craved. Until very recently. I’ve found that life has become rather stale and stagnant. It’s no one’s fault other than my own. I’ve found a comfort in LA and have stayed in that comfort. But, alas, fate always has different plans and when you veer too far off course, it has a way of bringing you back. On my recent annual trip to MN I was given the opportunity to go to the UK next year! The friggin’ United Kingdom!! Yes, please! England to be more precise but still! I went through every emotion you can imagine. Excitement, fear of the unknown, excitement, anxiety, excitement…..you get the idea. No matter what negative feeling came over me, it was followed by in insurmountable feeling of excitement! That’s how I knew that was fate giving me a second chance. What many don’t know, is that before moving to Los Angeles, I was actually going to backpack through Europe. When advised against it, I took the LA route. I think I’m all the better for having lived in LA for the past 6 years but I also feel that my journey here has come to its end and it’s now time for me to seek journey elsewhere. It’ll be tough leaving LA, I’m sure a very sappy and lengthy blog will surface days before I leave but for now the only thing in my line of vision is taking life by the horns and making it the best I can! So cheers to eating life!

Aladdin knew what’s up: ♪ All you gotta do is juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuump! ♪

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