Casualty of War

Destroying the image of self and others products of the social trending times mental slavery perpetuating the decline of the black family and community some don’t care but others don’t want to know.

They have us brainwashed not seeing anyway to escape the maze everybody believing it’s uncontrollable like a phase, selling drugs to our brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers because of their self hate.

Stuck in the inconceivable reality to the the sleep daze working a 9 to 5 breaking your back afraid to work hard AND demand a raise from your boss, others come home from a cell refusing to accept irrelevant labels like lame only wanting the hood fame & praise sacrificing yourself to death row.

The outlier I was the one you ignored I would never sell my soul my conscious came in to bold the player you never knew was playing but the strongest and smartest on the board, our life’s destiny is to realize we’re gods patiently waiting our turn to proclaim check mate because we control our fate!

Aris Miller and her Journey to Become a Digital Marketer!

Aris Miller believes in conquering every obstacle with a strong work ethic, patience and dedication! As a creative, she aspires to build brand identities and gain experience in social media management and digital advertising. She is interested in contributing and collaborating with businesses and influencers to create ideas, manage common goals, narrate stories, and design graphics, websites, and promotional merchandise.
When she is not working on a design project, she loves curating motivational music playlists, planning social events for creative entrepreneurs, sewing, and volunteering with local non-profits for the arts and social sustainability.

I recently interviewed Ms. Miller where she talked more about her interests, career goals and collaborations. Check out the interview below:

Can you tell myself and the readers a little about yourself and your upbringing?

First I’d like to start by thanking you wholeheartedly for featuring me. I’m humbled and truly honored to feel this important, even if only for ten minutes, lol. My name is Aris Miller. I’m a 26-year old digital marketing strategist and visual content creator. I had a bit of a double life during my upbringing. I can remember living “down the highway” in Pine Hill until I was about four, but yet, at the same time I went to Headstart and then Parkside Elementary School. I also spent a lot of time with my Aunt Bernice, who also lived down the street from my elementary school. She watched me everyday in first grade, up until the following school year when we moved to Lindenwold.

Where I lived in Lindenwold, it was super boring on my block! Nobody i knew besides my next door neighbor, lived on my street went to my school, and the only girl my age to play with lived like seven houses down, so go figure. I spent a lot of time playing sports in Camden so majority of my friends lived in the city. But thankfully, once i got to middle school i made friends with people who lived closer to me in my area who still lived far, but it was a major difference to go from a car ride to Camden just to “go outside” to then riding a bike ride a mile up the road to hang with my friends.

I went back to Camden for school, enrolling at MetEast High School, now known as Big Picture Learning Academy. I was a student-athlete all throughout high school on the CHS Girls Track & Field Team. And then after graduating in 2011, I attended Hampton University, a historically black college/university in Hampton, VA. There, I joined the band, as a member of the Ebony Fire dance auxiliary, and in the fall of 2013 I became a finer woman of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated. So…yea that’s me in a nutshell i think i covered everything, lol.

Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations/mentors? How did they impact your life?

My family – instilled in me the importance of rigorous community service and the responsibility of never forgetting where you come from. I get my hustle and confidence from my dad, my resilience from my mother, and I developed my style and determination to never settle for anything less than what I deserve from siblings. I definitely owe my style to my sister Alyse for sure though, hands down. After years of getting yelled at for stealing her clothes like little sisters usually do, I was forced to find my own style. I think I’ve finally come into my own as far as fashion is concerned though. I like to describe my wardrobe as “Tomgirl Chic”.
My aunt, Imani Greene, a veteran advertising exec based in Washington, DC, and and my cousin Carl Smith, who’s traveled all over the world while working for Facebook, have both inspired me to stay disciplined and grounded.

My high school advisors, principle and guidance counselor, all of whom I respect tremendously both professionally and personally, taught me the value of optimizing my passion for longevity. And that you can be as unorthodox as you want in your approach, as long as it’s conducive to sustainability as a fully functioning independent adult. I also owe a lot of my mental growth to my big cousin Shanyse, who’s taught me to be accountable for my fears and facing them head on, even when its uncomfortable.

I’m also heavily inspired creatively by my fellow Aries, Q-Tip and Marvin Gaye, and by pop culture icons like Tupac, Lola Falana and Berry Gordy, and by people who inspire me professionally, like Steve Stoute and Karen Civil.

When did you discover your passion/purpose to become a creative director/designer?

I first got a taste of the entrepreneur life in 2006 in middle school, where I was inspired by Miskeen (based in Philadelphia) to make my first “Merch” concept — i used fabric paint to hand paint cartoons on t-shirts and sold them for $20 a piece. Around that time MySpace was popular too, so I got my start with graphic design and coding to reflect my personality and the things I was interested in at that time on my profile layout.

However, it wasn’t until 2014 when my Aunt Imani hinted at the fact that I [had an eye for typography] that i seriously considered it.

In 2018 you had a year of breakthrough/establishment you can see it all began there for you, in February learning to see them in August landing an internship with Milano Di Rouge, how did that seven month period change your life?

Well, to explain the breakthrough, i have to explain the mindset i was in leading up to that point when I got it. In November of 2016, a dear friend of mine since high school had been murdered and that coupled with depression from ongoing grief I had already been dealing with since the sudden loss of my Aunt Bernice, right at the most crucial time in my young adulthood in June of 2011, made me fall into an even deeper and isolated depression.

I wasn’t really honest with my friends, family and the ones who cared about me most, and i hid it for a really long time. People who knew me in college might remember me as being really stand offish and mean, but i just didn’t understand my emotions at the time. And i was literally making myself sick — not eating, not leaving my room for no other reason except to use the bathroom or occasionally to eat. I was missing a lot of classes, days at a time sometimes, and when it got really bad even weeks…and it wasn’t always just because i didn’t feel like getting out of bed. Some days i literally felt like sleeping & not waking up was better than living in reality.

I ran through about four therapists and by the time March 2017 came, I had a complete breakdown. After many years of struggling through, I ultimately decided to leave Hampton all together to free myself of my own self sabotaging behavior. Then, after another failed attempt at trying to consistently go to therapy, I found a temporary job, but by December 2017, I was back in another self-sabotaging slump. With the help of my grandmother, I started Supply & Command Denim Co. in February 2018, where I hand crafted and distressed denim clothing. That gave me the creative outlet I desperately needed to feel like I had something to live for again. After coming across a post on her timeline, my friend told me Milano Di Rouge had posted a flyer looking for graphic design interns. I didn’t think I was qualified to handle the position, but to my surprise it really all came naturally and I got it!

I also started curating playlists with music to get me through all the tough times of not having any money, not having confidence & feeling worthless because I had all this potential, but no degree to show for it after spending 6 years in Virginia. And in doing so, I started using song lyrics to express the things I was either too afraid to say or as motivation to do the things I was afraid to do. One lyric that comes to mind when i reflect on this past year is a line from the fourth track on Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap where he talks about the transition of coming into your own, he says, “First you over dedicate, then you notice that you great. And you been the whole time, then it slap you in the face. Then you stack it in your safe, got it cracking, it was fate. Now you the definition n—a laughing to the bank.”

During your internship with Milano Di Rouge what are some key techniques you’ve learned and continue to integrate in your career?

I started designing on my iPhone, using apps. Then moved on to more professional software. I found different training programs that pertained to design and communications. Currently I’m enrolled in an online Digital Marketing Cert program. And honestly I don’t regret leaving Hampton at this point in my life. I know that once I have the financial stability, I’ll be able to go back and finish. But in the mean time, the real life experience I’m getting everyday coupled with the respected certifications has me feeling content right now.

Today, many digital marketing certifications carry even more value and credibility than many university degrees. One reason for this is that large multinational corporations are recognizing the value of these professional courses and are entering into agreements with certification providers. The ultimate goal is to definitely go back to Hampton to finish less than 35 credits to graduate. But when i left I had a 15k balance. Right now working and saving to go back is my plan. The most valuable thing I learned from my experience on the digital marketing team at Milano is that content is everything, but at the same time, it’s nothing without effective strategy and the knowledge to understand how they correlate and work together.

About how long after your internship ended did you get the inspiration to go into business for yourself?

I always wanted to be in business for myself, getting the internship was just confirmation that I could use graphic design to get my foot in the door and establish myself.
I’ve had this entrepreneurial spirit in me since I was 13. Everything I’m doing now is just “evidence of a design presence” like Nip said. It was destined for me to create something that would impact my community. In fact my dream has always been to curate an educationally based initiative in efforts to provide opportunities to black and brown people of color in underserved communities. And through the grace of GOD, and my guardian angels I’ve created a lane for myself to do so.

Can you tell us about your company Supply Cmnd and tell us what services you provide?

We supply + command digital experiences needed to create manage narrate + develop authentic content. As a creative director, I use digital marketing design strategies to tailor customized optimization for print, social, and web platforms.
In the future i plan to expand to schools to teach Ed-tech entrepreneurship, and teach them the skills I’ve learned and developed at 25, while they’re still in elementary/middle school and high school. I think it’s important to do so because the industry is growing everyday, why not pass that knowledge down and help a young girl who grew up like me having all this untapped potential, but not knowing what to do with it just yet.

Since working with different brands/campaigns is what you do what are some of the brands/organizations you’ve worked with and support?

After completing the internship with Milano, I was inspired by the love she had for her city and how well Milan represents where she comes from. I took that as an opportunity to apply that same mindset to my business, and established myself as a change agent for economic empowerment in Camden, a city where my roots and values are deeply planted and invested in.
I spent the majority of 2018/2019 as VP of Cultivating Camden 501(c)3 working with my business partner, and friend La’Shae (CEO and Founder) but presently I’m working on expanding my client list and taking on larger projects focusing primarily on social media management and content marketing for brands in the entertainment, health/beauty, and fashion merchandising industry.

One project I’m most excited about is Supply CMND’s new partnership with Billboard Bound based in Pennsauken, NJ. The owner and CEO, Jade Futch has been a huge inspiration and supporter in every aspect of my career, not only as my cousin, but as my mentor. So now everything is just really coming full circle with us both at this time. It’s been amazing to see her grow over the years, and now being able to work with her full time is a dream come true.

After starting your company what are some of the positives and negatives about ownership and working for yourself?

Digital Marketing is a very new but extremely profitable industry, and yet, a lot of people still don’t understand the value of authentic content and content strategy. The hardest part starting out was actually educating people about what exactly design can mean to their business growth, and getting my pitch and time management skills in order to market myself as a creative.
The best part is having the ability to determine the trajectory of my own career, the amount of time I’m able to spend doing the things I love and with the people I love. The most rewarding part is the impact my ideas and concepts have and will make on other content creators and “the culture” in general. It’s also a bonus that I’m able to take what I know, teach people, and I’m able to set the foundation to leave a legacy behind for generations to come. Generational wealth is what this whole game of life is really about…hustling for your last name, and earning respect for your first. I find reward in knowing that my family supports my vision but most importantly their proud of me and believe in me.

What are some great words of wisdom and advice can you offer people looking to pursue their purpose/passion?

Find something you love and want as bad as you want to breathe. Become so invested in yourself and your goals that you starve yourself of your self-sabotaging behavior. Stay consistent with it, (one day it’ll pay off and become your normal routine). Learn a trade and educate yourself to master that trade. Pass that knowledge down, then repeat! And remember to check yourself when need be: remind yourself that you MUST constantly learn in order to grow constantly. Stay conscious of where you fall short, then attempt to change it! And lastly, in the words of NH the Great, “KEEP YOUR HEART PURE”.

Halley’s Comet

Power to the people say it loud like a bell ringing in the steeple grabbing the attention of our people out spoken they label the generation for questioning desegregation trying to bring unity to our community.

They rather us be scared of brutality and believe it’s deserved because our skin but never an acceptable reality we couldn’t digest the fallacy, we’re not reserved they can’t deceive us so stop it.

Have you ever heard the saying “pride cometh before the fall?” Choose a side on where you reside because sheep we’ll not keep and we’ll decide and this is a once in lifetime phenomenon no negotiating peace treaty’s.

400 years to long no more waiting to be saved so no I refuse to behave I am not your slave graduated outta mind control no longer mentally paying the toll tired of the abuse we’re going to sodomize the system Lorena Bobbitt.

The Power of poetry, words, and expression!

Originally from Washington, DC, and inspired by her grandmother, Luki has always been a writer. Through the years she has been using her pen to express her feelings and communicate with others, all the while pushing love, acceptance, and freedom to everyone she meets.

Focusing on black women, she tells her stories in the hopes that it will inspire, uplift, and remind black women of their power and ability to change any circumstance they find themselves in. She’s performed throughout the DMV Area, New York, Philly, and much more. Featured at Busboys and Poets,The Lincoln Theatre and WKYS 93.9

While teaching poetry in DC Public Schools, she is also encouraging the youth to use their words wisely and confidently express themselves at all times. Continuing to remind herself of the beauty in her struggle and the positivity in every part of her being, she realizes that self love is key. Her motto is, “It’s ok to love, to hurt, to feel sexy, to be vulnerable and to be patient with yourself because through all this, you’re still beautiful organically.”
I recently interviewed the talented spoken word artist where she chatted more about her mission, vision and purpose in life.

Can you tell myself and the readers about yourself?

As far as my upbringing goes, I was born and raised in D.C. in the 90s. I was raised by my father and the women who raised him. I was taught to be proud to be black and how to be a lady to the best of my father’s ability. My grandmother is a writer and my mother is a business guru. I was raised to be thirsty for all knowledge and not just knowledge from the streets I grew up on; and to do my absolute best in everything I tried. Ultimately it’s my upbringing that pushes me to this day to be the best version of myself at all times.

Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations/mentors?

My grandmother will always be my biggest inspiration. She has always been a writer and a lover of books. She encouraged me not only to read, but also to start my writing journey when I started high school and I haven’t put my pen down since. She also published a book of her own writings and knowing how much she’s gone through, if she could speak her truth I knew I could too. It sticks with me that she was unafraid to go on that journey. Now, I challenge myself and face my fears every chance I get. I’m also inspired by Maya Angelou, Jasmine Manns, and Rebecca Dupas, just to name a few. These women and their stories showed me the way, showed me what it means to be a woman and chase the life you see for yourself, and not to lose yourself in the process.

What inspired you to go into a career of teaching?

It really started with a child development class I took in school; it sparked my interest in teaching children. As I continued my short School career, I learned that there’s so much our children won’t learn if we don’t teach it to them. So much of our history will die if the stories aren’t told. So, I learned and then I learned some more. That way I could teach, do it correctly, and using the right information.

Your writings are powerful. What inspired you to get into writing?

I’ve been writing for a while after being encouraged to do so by my grandmother. I started performing in 2016 when Orville The Poet gave me a friendly nudge in that direction. He’s been a brother to me in this profession and when he read some of my work that year he said, “These are good, you should perform a few. Imagine who needs to hear this”, and since then I’ve been saying what I think needs to be said on certain subjects.

What inspired you to start performing on stage?

The only thing I expected was to perform that one time just to say I did it. Just to face the fear and continue to write. I wasn’t expecting for people to want to hear from m; to be empowered by what I have to say or inspired by my art. I didn’t even think people would like or understand it. But when the change happened it made me take what I do more seriously. People are listening and my job is to give people something worth listening to. My job is to grow as an artist and be open to change but ensuring that the message stays the same.

You have reached such an illustrious position in her poetry and writing. What all have you accomplished and how was the journey getting there?

Let me start by saying I don’t think I’ve reached an “illustrious role/position” just yet. I have performed for the mayor, became an educator in DCPS, and was also featured on 93.9 WKYS a few times. I have been featured in events, joined a group, wrote for a magazine and so much more. The journey into all of these things has been based on me finding the answers to many questions, such as, “Why do I write?”, “Who is my audience?”, “What else can I do with poetry?”, “Where else does poetry exist?”. Finding or creating spaces where poetry can be heard and felt is what the journey has been.

You’re an amazing and talented artist! Where can people catch you perform? Do you have any events coming up?

Wow, thank you so much!! I’m really excited about both of the events I have coming up this month. On the last Friday of the month, I’ll be featuring in Baltimore at Be Free Friday’s. Then the next day which happens every last Saturday is Spirits and Lyrics Open Mic in Manassas, Virginia.

How can spoken word help people overcome a fear of public speaking?

I think spoken word does give the speaker a certain level of confidence. Public speaking is one of the hardest things for people to do, even if it’s to an audience they know and understand. So after writing and practicing, the expression and confidence should go hand and hand. The maturity and growth come with time and experience. Different types of Poetry, different poets, various art scenes, and lots of reading. I believe books are the keys to so many things and the more you know the more you grow. Super cliché but also a fact, all knowledge can be applied and used for the bettering of any situation.

What word of advice can give you to our readers and other spoken word artists and writers?

Just do it: write that book, take that trip, start that relationship, end that relationship, go to that studio session, pick up your paintbrush and make your ideas realities. Life will happen, people won’t be worth the two cents included in their opinions about you, dark days are real and sometimes a struggle to get of out of BUT within you there is light and power over all things so use it, somebody needs you to survive and keep hope alive.

The Land Before Mine

Things feel outta place uncomfortable in this day race just trying to keep pace losing face I guess everything’s not what it seems.

I look back without any regret across history as you look deeper you’ll see it’s no mystery nothing ever came easy the struggle is our brass ring.

Ever since their bold feminine energy graced the scene and the creative glow from the womb they shall forever be crowned beautiful black Queens.

The God like masculine protector the initial culture projector a materialistic neglector the good wasn’t my sector so as the visions flow we’re crowned strong black Kings.

Our Children’s Story

Dealing with a family member or child with special needs can be a challenge, which is why having a support system is critical. Libra J. Hicks is the founder and president of Our Children’s Story, an organization that assists families in finding resources for their loved ones with special needs.

I recently interviewed Libra J. where she chatted more about her organization and inspiration behind starting it. Check out the interview below:

Can you tell myself and the readers about yourself and your upbringing?

I am a social introvert (if that makes any sense lmao). I love being social; however, I also love my alone time. I grew up in a very loud house. If we weren’t arguing, we were laughing or listening to either my dad’s music or LP’s when my mom cleaned. I have two very strong willed parents that made nothing into something. They took the knowledge they had and did their best with me.

Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations/mentors?

This is an easy question. I didn’t have inspirations. No one around me was doing anything worth me idolizing. I didn’t have mentors. Life was my mentor, my parents (both good and bad) were my mentors.

When did you know you had a passion for entrepreneurship and social advocacy?

My oldest son Anthony Jr. is my reason and my youngest son, Lyric is my how! I never knew I had a passion for this. I just knew that I wanted something more for my son and that would require me to thing big. There isn’t anything worth leaving him to here in the state of Georgia. All the services here are not to my standards and because of that I need to create an entity that will stand in my place, his dads place when we are no longer. My love for him and his quality of life is what drove this movement. My desire to honor him while he’s here and gift him with my very best is why I am here. Other’s get a chance to benefit from the love I have for my boys.

How did you first get involved in social advocacy field?

I started out as a small support group in Dekalb County Library. Moms would come together and exchange ideas, vent etc. It morphed from there.

What gave you the motivation to start your organization “Our Children’s Story”?

My oldest is the reason and my youngest is the how. My oldest Anthony Jr. is 100% dependent for all needs. He has Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. He relys on his family to care for him. He’s the reason I am here. My youngest son, Lyric Ja’Dore has Autism and has shown me how to let go and live free so that Our Children’s Story can manifest into something unimaginable.

Can you tell us about your organization and what are some goals and expectations you have for it?

Our Children’s Story is a 501c3 organization that strives to serve families who care for loved one’s with disabilities. We assist in finding resources, waiver application assistance, inclusive events etc. We desire in the near future to offer grant opportunities, support for North Metro GNETS in Atlanta, GA. We need money to help us continue our efforts.

You’re also a motivational speaker, how did you get into motivational speaking field?

It comes with the territory. In order to heal my people I have to educate them and speak life into them. Otherwise I wouldn’t be fully obeying GOD. You can’t serve the community partially. You have to be fully involved and that requires speaking. Speaking comes naturally for me, I enjoy using my words, inflections in my tone, etc. to drive a message to those I am supposed to reach.

How does motivational speaking bring a spark to your life?

It doesn’t bring a spark to my life, it brings a spark to someone else. I’ve traveled and still traveling roads so that I can educate and help others. Knowing that I am able to plant a seed fuels me because I know if nothing else my words stuck.

The 3rd annual Purple and Green Gala just past last month September 28th, how was the event and how much did the event raise?

The event was PHENOMENAL. It was better than I expected. The stories, love, inspiration that was in that room was insane. I am very pleased with how the Gala turned out. I am looking forward to next year 2020. We raised a total of $500 which was low; however, I am confident that will change.

What influenced you to start a fundraising Gala on behalf of your foundation?

When I felt the need to bring awareness to Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. I also know how important it was / Is to honor those who are in the fight. Those who don’t get the acknowledge for their efforts have a chance to be seen and heard. Through the Gala, my son is being heard and educating others.

What great words of wisdom and advice can you offer our readers and youth advocates everywhere?

Everything you do MUST align with your vision for your life. It’s achievable if you fully stop caring about the thoughts and opinions of others and fully let go and live. Every desire will begin to manifest.

Curious About What States Are Legit For Medicinal Cannabis

Change is on the brinks for many states for the year 2020. As far as 2019 goes… I kept up with the ever-changing laws thru a site named DISA which provides a interactive map with information on legalization, medical use, recreational use, and anything much more information. For a break down of state by state follow this (LINK) .

It’s important to know the rules across the U.S. regarding medicinal marijuana. Rather your a tourist, or a resident the information this site provides will give you a break down of the laws. Scroll over each state to learn more about their individual legalization laws.

A Dream Deferred

Since birth we’re thrust into the fight of our lives that can get you arrested and ultimately the loss of your life but the price of the righteous.

Oppressed for centuries beyond extreme measures over insecurities and fears of our hidden treasures nothing could suffice the plight.

Everything stolen the land claimed from the natives, the builders and laborers stolen from Africa and other countries, most of their inventions, music, and fashion more thefts from our culture likeness.

Before this generation the dream was assassinated on a balcony nothing but darkness loomed no hope until Obama and now I shed the light freedom only thing left in sight!

Loyalty just needs a little bit of your time I promise I’ll be worth it after all you manifested me

Ginajay Peace Queen To the world I am Loyalty now as we embark on this journey 1st wash your hands with cold water it instantly strips spiritual dirt away then off with your shoes relax .The only reason I don’t work a 9 to 5 is because the 40-40-40 rule work 40 hours a week for 40 years then retire earning 40% of your wages . Running your own business is tough I’m a psychic my site is ( me and my son started a clothing line instagram is blexcellence_. So back to why your shoes are off you walk everywhere during the course of your day you walk over so many negative vibes so don’t bring them in your home get a shoe rack keep some house shoes by the door for you and company physical dirt from the bottom of you & guests shoes Will ruin your carpets or floors spiritual influences of negativity are left in your home far after your company leaves. Now get a nice glass of lime water and close your eyes .Induce Alpha by curling your eyes up in your head where only the whites of your eyes show and program yourself say I receive all positive information from loyalty I am no longer concerned with letdowns or lies from people in my past I embrace my elegant tomorrow now I love myself so much now you are ready for sandalwood incense light it up . Sandalwood brings wealth & most important a wealthy mindset. Now release the burdens of hate who ever and why ever tell your new self I’m too busy loving on me to hate anything and smile let me take that hate from you now your light as a feather now we can communicate feel my hand as our spirits shake hands and hug . Remember not only have you made it this far in life you won before hand life’s race you are sperm you beat 99,999,999 million other sperm cell to make to our world each sperm was in your likeness some male some female yet you made it you came out a winner!!!! Our parents and friends teach us fear and failure with their beliefs and religions Remember if it’s not your ideal life your living become the powerful sperm again and win !!! Actually see your self as that tiny sperm battling and refusing to quit. When we spoke on inducing Alpha a good book is by Jess Stern the power of Alpha Thinking. Hey friend how are you block the noises out demand personal time tell the family I’m communicating with an old friend. I want you to not only win I want you to love you love the winner in you sure we know the pain now we are friends our friendship includes embracing the winner in you . So jump out the bed left foot first it’s your heart side your sending signals that your whole day is filled with love & power! Sprinkle some lemon grass over some water let it sit room temp water for 10 minutes then drinks it boosts your immune system up so much. To induce a normal blood pressure reading drink clove tea mixed with 1/2 cup of milk almond or coconut or regular milk look as we are vitamin D deficient we need vitamin D to make vitamin D effective take it with vitamin k-2. Now before you go to bed get either 1/2 or whole teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of milk cold hot or warm you can add black pepper to introduce it into the system if black pepper is available use what you have before bed it fights all inflammatory problems in the body your temple fights like a warrior to heal you while your sleep. The fact that your on here with the Queen Ginajay is utterly amazing so I’m going all out .Before you leave your house pour libations out to all your loved ones you’ve lost and to ancient ancestors Nipsey Hustle you will feel their energy with you make a request as you do so.I pray that you realize this is not normal Queen Ginajay is such a Powerful beam of light in my life the force behind change the molecular make up of you can do it you will do it. My last day at my 9 to 5 I left on my lunch break I was in collections I would call you and lie about how we would take you to court garnish your wages by time I was done you would have thought you were a fugitive one day I called an elderly sister and forced her to pay her bill with her last bit of money went to my car and cried on break I’m a warrior no tears over here ever somehow I believed without this job I would die child support bills car insurance I was stressed. I went on my lunch break into Camden New Jersey a book store called la unique cultural books and museum and brought a book called the Egyptian book of the dead by Dr Muata Abhaya Ashby then flew back to work I was late every day to the job from break but never late leaving or going to break . I rushed back so much so quickly I forgot I left the book on my roof of my car I worked in Cherryhill New Jersey and drove from Camden google the distance to rt 70 a few cars beeped at me I had no clue why then a white woman beeped and drove after me I pulled over she said something flew off your car I looked around where’s my book I spotted said thank you a white man ran it over ripping the back page off I picked it up other than the tire marks and back cover it was fine I taped it up instantly it resembled a scroll this book is so deep you have to read a prayer inside before you continue to read it I quit my job that day and my life was never the same . So if you ever get harassed by bill collectors tell them this this is the 10 th call I have received I’m aware that 10 calls gets me a lawsuit of $10,000 tell it to the supervisor once you ask for one they will more than likely hang up so call back you won’t receive anymore calls unless laws in your area are different if so look the harassment laws by bill collectors it really works .Now if you want to increase your spirituality quickly get two quartz crystals before you sleep put one crystal in each hand the magic is waking up with both in each hand keep doing it until you wake up every day with each in your hand oh my goodness this technique is powerful watch. Oh yeah when you buy your candles first run cold water over them then peel off any stickers then take a knife scratch off anything to do with the company with the tip of the knife 🔪 glass pull out are the best. Grab a black permanent sharpie and write your goals on it take a pencil carve your request on the candle be happy smile cook with a smile it makes your food taste better. Remember this no man or woman broke up with you not did they cheat on you your energy pushed them away because you needed better with your life your energy did that !! This has been a wonderful journey I appreciate your time peace Queen Ginajay big screen here comes the Queen. from Loyalty Ancesters & the universe May you fall completely InloveLoya with tomorrow because tomorrow is completely inlove with you . Maat Hotep

Sense 2 Cents Financial Literacy

A recent article on states that too many young people don’t understand money. Growing up, the generations before us, as well as society, as shown as that “it is okay to live in debt”. From college loans, auto loans, and credit cards—-we as millennials MUST change the narrative so that the generations under us are able to be financially free.

Debt a’int cute and it prevents us from enjoying the things that we really want to do in life. Financial freedom first starts with financial literacy. And this is what Sense 2 Cents is teaching our youth. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the founder of the organization where she chatted more on money matters and our youth.

Check the interview out below:

Can you tell myself and the readers about yourself and your upbringing?

I was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia by my parents with my older sister. As the baby of the family, I am my parent’s pleasant surprise. My parents were both involved in my day to day activities and exposure. My parents stressed the importance of possessing a solid character, intelligence and a great personality. My mom taught me to smile and laugh daily. My dad taught me the importance of doing what you love by his involvement in his hobby of cars. 

Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations/mentors? How did they impact your life?

My family is close knit and has a major impact in my life. 
My mentor is and always will be my mother. I have fortunately witnessed her entrepreneurial spirit since birth. I’m amazed that I have the opportunity to utilize her business savvy and expertise in my own business. I account my work ethic to my father. My father has always been a hard worker and provider. My father’s grind along with my mother’s ability to see beyond the normal income sources has provided a great foundation for who I am as a business woman. 

My sister was my first best friend and still is. She is my go to when I have an idea or am feeling unsure. She always seems to know how to walk through the process of bringing my ideas to reality while reminding me of exactly who I am and what I’m capable of. Having her opinion is very important to me. 

My inspiration comes from a very supportive husband and my children. My husband believes I’m the best at everything and reminds me often. My daughter and my son believe that their Mama can do anything. They motivate me daily. 

I received a major push from two of my best friends for Sense 2 Cents. When I told my long time friend, Candace, I wanted to start this business, she purchased a desk for my home office and said, “Go for it”. My friends are the BEST accountability partners. 
A few years ago, my friend Jowona came to me frustrated with her finances. Helping her create a better financial position for herself and her family came naturally to me. As I helped her, I realized many of the basic financial fundamentals that many people aren’t aware  of. Jowona encouraged me to help others professionally.

When did you realize you had a passion for finance and teaching?

As a child, I loved numbers and money. I can remember being thrilled when my Dad came home with a roll of dimes just for me. I was also an enthusiastic collector of state quarters as they were released. In a tenth grade economics class, I discovered a love for Finance. I became enamored with studying the origins and exchange of money.  

I know that educating others about finances is one of the reasons I’m on Earth. I also know that I have a special knack for teaching children currency basics. As I work with children, I am often amazed me by how eager they are to learn. My students and I have fun which makes the job even more satisfying. When I operate as a financial teacher, it’s as if life keeps affording me the awesome feeling of being that happy little girl who just received a roll of dimes from her father. 

What was your first position in the Financial Field?

My mother had a mortgage office when I was in college. I helped there. My first position in banking which became my passion was as a Teller. 

Do you believe that financial literacy is circumstantial in the foundation of equality?

Absolutely. Money availability it’s possesses the freedom to purchase goods and experience life in whichever way that brings them joy. Financial freedom aids in solidifying individual and collective equality. 

How did you make the decision to transition into children’s financial literary?

While sharing myself equipping my children with financial literacy on social media, others took notice.  Many asked for products and classes to help them the same for the children in their lives.

What influenced you to start your brand Sense 2 Cents?

My best friend, Candace, and I were talking about how much people do not talk about money, although it’s a huge part of our lives. We talked about how much further we all would be if we simply talked about money. Sharing information that we have learned over the years with friends, family and our children can have a huge impact. That conversation made me realize that I needed to be the change. 

As I said my mother is my mentor so when I presented the idea to her, she said GO FOR IT! That’s is all it took for me to start planning on launching. 

Can you tell us about your brand Sense 2 Cents? What are some of your short term & long term goals and expectations?

As of today,  Sense 2 Cents offer classes, flash cards and activity books. The short term goals are to create more resources for a wider age range of children. The long term goals are to make Sense 2 Cents the go to brand for financial education for children. That will include touring and hosting classes, domestically and internationally. It will also include an online portal and school curriculum. 

How do you come up with the finance material and curriculum?

Simply put, I think of lessons that I want my children to know and/or that I wish I would have known sooner. As a banking professional, I often hear questions repeatedly asked. I write those questions down, see how I can simplify its answer and incorporate it in a lesson. 

Your classes/courses include the side of your very own learning tools to help make it fun, what are the tools that you provide?

LEARNING is optimal when it’s fun.  We have fun! Our classes are always high energy. We play games that teach. One of our students favorites are our life size flash cards. We use those cards for races, matching games, live board games, etc. 
The resources provided by Sense 2 Cents assist parents and teachers in deliberately fostering fun learning environments wherever the class my be.

What you’re doing is immensely important and will the change the culture for generations to come, how does that make you feel being a culture shifter?

Wow. A culture shifter. I’m appreciative to have  decided to live in my calling and on purpose. I am certain we can make sure our children have an even playing field when faced with financial situations. I am open to changing as many lives that will allow me to be a part of their experience. There are no limits.

What great words of wisdom and advice can you offer our readers and educators?

“When you help other people reach their goals, you will in turn, reach all of yours.”-Zig Ziglar

Ask God First

Remember in life people are not your assignment. Your life destination determines your given purpose. If your called to help others make sure the answer was granted from The Higher Power. To many times people block their own blessings by simply trying to assist others. Don’t feel guilty for saying no to people or situations that will not grow you. Meditate or Pray on every dealings if you believe in the higher power. You have free will but be sure your choices are aligned according to your purpose. If your social media addicted don’t praise or look for life answers from influencers or entertainers. Build A relationship with the source. Challenge yourself to pray for 14 days before opening any social platform or contact with another individual. Let me know how things may or may not of manifested for you via email!

Love Me Nina

Underrated some of the most hated niggas arrived to early just ahead of the conscious curve, this is our plight just wanting more than a acknowledgement we’re gifted and black mastering crafts investing in ourselves our only stock.

We just want to be black and legendary only expressing the real raw us in a class such as Malcolm, Kanye, Wale, Me, and You some of the most outspoken words full of emotions the most potent so we’ll never be alone.

Shoot from the same guns but you get a different perspective if you’re the semi-automatic I must be the Glock, they refuse to accept what’s uniquely different but if everyone got sprayed it would be to much of a culture shock.

Our personalities complicated but the only ones seeking resolution surpassed by no other civilization descendants of kings and queens, as you desensitize as they’re killing our children we pledge to use our words to disarm the the stigma by any means necessary until we get called where we get praised more after we physically fade home only realizing to the world we’re a loan.

My Sister’s Circle of Christ

The statement, “Women go through a lot”, would be an understatement. With the world on their shoulders, sometimes all they need is a good support system. From relationships to children to work life, it can be quite draining when you are trying to balance them all, especially when one of the elements is not as healthy as it should be.

Life Coach, Ana, helps women by teaching them how to connect, create and crown within themselves. Ana is the founder of Ana The Life Coach, LLC and the Co-Founder of My Sister’s Circle of Christ (MSCOC). She seeks to assist like-minded sisters to feel esteemed and have peace through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“I have a special place in my heart for women who are in toxic relationships with incarcerated men,” Ana states.
Ana obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology at Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC. She later received her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. With her degrees she is a Life Coach and specializes in resume development, cover letter development, interview coaching, goal setting sessions and time management sessions. She also works as a therapist with people in substance abuse recovery. 
I recently interviewed Ms. Ana where she chatted more on her God-given mission and purpose in life. Check out the interview below:

Growing up and still to this day who are your inspirations/mentors? How did they impact your life?

This is a tough question. Several people inspired me to write. My mother Venus was a poet and songwriter. She also wrote a book before she passed away that I hope to publish someday. My father Robert Ax is also a phenomenal song writer and guitarist. I remember when I was in kindergarten, I had to retell a classic fairy tale. I retold Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I verbalized it while my father transcribed it like a perfect stenographer. I was ridiculously long-winded. Then my father made me handwrite the entire story. My hand was hurting right up until bedtime. In this moment I knew that I would be a storyteller for life.  I also want to give a shout out to my current mentors; Nia Sade` Akinyemi (author coach) and Emily McKnight (business coach). I had clinical supervisors that helped me become a licensed therapist, as well. I even have my own therapist/life coach.  Additionally, I really look up to Dr. TK who is a licensed psychologist.

Finally, I would be remiss if I did not mention Sister Souljah. She writes about real issues occurring in the Black community. I admire how Sister Souljah can write about relationships, violence and spirituality in urban areas, but her writing never comes across as ‘hood’. Sister Souljah helps people to transform with her writing and I hope that my book “Dweller In The Valley” can do the same. I especially want to help women transform who are in toxic relationships with incarcerated men. (No shade to my brothers who get out of prison and positively change their lives). 

When did you realize you had a passion for therapy?

I come from a family that has a history or alcoholism and depression. I saw this problem early in my life and knew that I wanted to be part of the solution.

What influenced you to take a liking to and get into the therapy field?

I love people and I love helping people. God saw me fit to position me to be a therapist. I believe that being a therapist is my calling and I answered the call. Seeing people take control of their own lives motivates me to continue serving others.

After you graduated with a degree what was your first job in the field? Was the job everything you expected or more difficult than imagined?

After I got my master’s degree in clinical counseling I worked as a housing specialist for state parolees. I spearheaded the kickoff of this program at a previous organization where I worked. The program I worked for helped state parolees by finding them permanent housing. We paid their security deposit, first and last rent. We paid six months of rent in total for each individual to help them get on their feet after being released from prison. I personally went to see the homes, negotiated leases with landlords and facilitated home plans with parole officers. I loved it but it was A LOT OF WORK.  This position was not what I expected. I worked a lot of long days and nights. Sometimes I cried my eyes out due to the stress, but I knew that I was helping people to change their lives. It was very a rewarding role. I felt at peace when my season shifted, and I moved on to a therapist position. Often when I told people that I worked with state parolees for a living they were judgmental of those who have been incarcerated. However, the individuals that I worked with were good people who wanted to change their lives and avoid returning to prison. These people are parents, spouses, spiritual leaders, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, musicians and so much more. They are not JUST state parolees.

In society and our culture today mental health awareness is becoming more popular, how important is therapy to the neutralization of mental illness?

It is important for us to take note that there is a difference between mental health and mental illness. Everyone has mental health which is one’s overall psychological wellbeing. Everyone does not have mental illness, however which indicates a psychological diagnosis or disorder. Therapy can help those with disorders to manage their challenges and live happy and productive lives. You do not have to have a disorder to seek therapy. Anyone can benefit from therapy. Therapy provides a safe and non-judgmental space to process life’s problems. A therapist is a third-party who will not give you advice like a family member or friend will. A therapist can provide unbiased feedback, but a therapist cannot “fix” a person. A person who seeks therapy can be empowered to take control of their own life and improve it.  
One day do you see yourself ever starting your own practice?

One day I may start my own practice. I would feel so empowered to start a group practice with other women who are wellness professionals. What I know for sure is that I will spend my life serving others. If God calls me to a purpose, I want to be obedient to His will.

Aside from being a therapist you’re also a writer, what inspired the process of becoming a writer?

My mother was a writer but passed away before she published a book. I wanted to continue her legacy with her work.
 I also felt compelled to write to serve women in need. When I was in graduate school, I noticed that a lot of my girlfriends were dating abusive partners, unemployed partners, spiritually dead partners and/or cheating partners. As for me I dated an emotionally abusive man for about 3 years. He was in an out of jail. He was narcissistic. I went back and forth visiting him in jail and putting money on his books. Eventually he got out of jail but got shot and found himself hospitalized. By the grace of God, he lived through this trial. During this time, I found out that he had several ‘baby mommas’ behind my back. This knowledge broke my heart. Through spiritual cleansing I was able to find healing. I am no longer in that toxic relationship. Despite living through these circumstances, I am a survivor. I am now happily married to a man who loves God and treats me with love and respect. We are currently planning various business endeavors. By writing about such complex issues, I hope to show women that they can overcome pain and live fruitful lives.

Your book is titled Dweller in the Valley, what’s the message you’re trying to relay to the reader?

I did not write about a valley between hills and mountains. I chose to write about the valley that can exist in our own minds. “Dweller in the Valley” is for women who have gone through some stuff! Have you ever begged your man to act right? He still acted a fool. Have you ever written letters to jail? You received demands in return. Have you been cheated on and lied to? You kept going back to the same old relationship. Have you acted as a mother to a grown man? He didn’t grow up. “Dweller in the Valley” depicts Sussudio’s world.
Sussudio is a college graduate trying to establish herself in her career. She is reaching high heights but something or someone has a stronghold in her life. Sussudio’s world gets overtaken with new things she has never experienced before. Suddenly, Sussudio’s world is filled with guns, drugs, incarceration, infidelity and everything else on the spectrum with her boyfriend Slade.
Writing my book about the fictional Sussudio was one of the most important things I could have done to further my mission to help women heal from poisonous connections with men, and I’m so glad to have you join me on the ride.

Can you tell us the impact you want your book to have on society? 

My book “Dweller In The Valley” is a novel with fictional characters. Despite the book being fiction, I bring up many real issues that can arise in toxic romantic relationships. Many of us have been through relationship trauma making this story is so relatable. The main character Sussudio needs catharsis. Sussudio wants a voice but her vocal cords are constricted. She wants to walk into her God-given purpose, but her legs feel stuck. Buckle your seatbelt for a tumultuous ride of trauma, sex, pain, exhilaration, spirituality and reconciliation. This is a sinister love story, but I hope that it can be part of your healing to become a better you.

What great words of wisdom and advice can you offer our readers and aspiring therapists? 

For my aspiring authors out there; If you have a testimony, then you have a book inside of you. Your testimony can help someone heal. Birth the book! If you want to be a licensed therapist, find a helpful mentor/clinical supervisor. Beware that applying for licensure is a paperwork-heavy process but worth it.
No matter what your goal is; Nothing is impossible. Many of us experience some form of oppression or discrimination, however we have the power to control our own lives. We may not be responsible for systemic oppression; however, we are responsible for our own healing. We can choose to change our lives at any moment. We all can reach ANY goal with consistency, tenacity, perseverance and grit. So, get out there! Connect, create and crown yourself! 


Growth I knew my story wasn’t finished I use to beat the pavement my home and solace was the corner, the place we ate broke bread with all our meals no matter how frigid the temperature made us feel all we wanted to do was post up and chill blunt after blunt we became stoners.

I turned to my ancestors for strength and guidance surviving lashing, lynching, hosing, and sit ins irony we stood up to adversity battling underhanded government tricks to my mentor the revolution will not be hidden.

Like all other leaders we suffer peacefully alone the things you don’t see the stress, the ware and tare on our mental health, the establishment’s persistence of resistance, and the supporters chants no time for compromise but I lay bare on the cross a loner.

I write, speak, and fight for the best culture, history, and poetry that has not yet been written.

K.H. Creates Marketing Savant

The term “Jack of all Trades” is widely used; however, today women of been proving to do it all and have become a “Jill of all Trades”. Ms. Kris LeAnn is a creative genius who has made her mark in a variety of different industries—-from the medical field to the music industry to marketing. What can’t this woman do!
I was highly impressed by this dynamic young woman that I had to do a spotlight on her for the magazine. Check out the interview below.

Can you tell myself and the readers about yourself and your upbringing?

I grew up in a small Texas town where creativity wasn’t always welcomed. The big industry was oil and gas and I felt like somewhat of an outcast because I loved music, creative writing, and inventing silly things around the house. I left that community after high school and started college still clueless as to what my passion was (I started off as a chemistry major, lol). I took a mandatory public speaking course and have been hooked on Communication ever since.

I immediately changed my major and included marketing into it because I was always into commercials and advertising. I obtained a Communication and Marketing degree, as well as a biology degree because I had so many science credits. I became an Account Executive in the Medical Diagnostics industry, but still felt unfulfilled. This inspired me to start a marketing company that focused on telling the stories of cultures that often go unheard.I also left the medical industry and feel better holistically.

Growing up and still to this day who are your mentors and inspirations? How did they impact your life?

My biggest influence was my brother. When born, he had Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and three holes in his heart. My mom was told he wouldn’t make it past 14 days. With her resilience and family support, my brother celebrated his 30th birthday in 2005. He did pass that March when I was 16, but he lived such a huge life when he was expected to fail. I look at life from the perspective of, ‘If my brother was able to thrive on doubt and minimal hope, surely I can overcome my small obstacles.’ Also HUGE shout out to my mother who had the strength to have my sister and I after receiving such news about my brother (he was the oldest).
Business wise, I love Spectacular Smith, Haim Saban, and Rihanna (that woman knows how to sell a product!)

When did you realize your passion to be an entrepreneur?

I can’t say that I have to this day. I didn’t grow up in a household that focused on owning your own business. It wasn’t until around 25 where I stepped out on faith and decided to build a business and lead a different life. So, entrepreneurship may not be my passion in the definition of the word. What I do know is that I’m great at what I do, and I want to share it with others, so if that lane hasn’t already been created in the way I see fit. I’ll create it myself.

You’re a woman of many talents having worked in the music industry, photography, medical field, and marketing industry, where do you see your career going next?

I don’t want to limit myself by saying I’ll be doing “XYZ”. I never thought I’d be doing video shoots with Lil’ Flip, interviewing Biggs Burke, or selling cardiology tests to the industries top physicians. So who knows. Maybe I’ll do the the first live interview on Mars while promoting my own debut clarinet jazz album, lol jk. My point is, I’m more go with the flow, and I believe our stories are already written, so who am I to predict the future.My career will go in the direction that has already been planned for my life and I’m just enjoying the journey.

As stated earlier you’re also a photographer as well, how does that add another dimension to your arsenal?

Great question! It allows me another perspective and medium to create with. I can see the image a business may want to personify in my head and bring it to life. It’s also a hobby and allows me release built up creative angst, which allows me to keep pushing out ideas.

What ultimately drew you to the innovative network marketing field?

Telling the story of those who did or still don’t have a voice. My brother wasn’t able to speak for himself, and as a black woman in corporate America, I too feel left out of the conversation. Knowing this, I found my passion in using my gift to help those how aren’t able clearly state their desires, frustrations, and ideas.

How does having a degree in communications and marketing help you articulate your creative passion?

Honestly, my degree just gave me the framework on taught me how to read non-verbals, and different communication theories. It’s the icing on a cake that has been baking in the oven since I was a child. I think if anything it gives me the credentials to state that, “Yes, I do know what I’m talking about and I love this so much, I spent thousands of dollars to learn about it”.

Recently you launched your marketing company K.H. Creates, what was your driving influence and inspiration behind this achievement?

I had a company before this that was heavily influenced on the opinion of others. I failed it. It wasn’t mine and it lost it’s visions and passion. Failure is so key in entrepreneurship, though.I took those lessons and decided to create my own persona. K.H. Kreates is all me. From the logo to the color palette. I’m doing this and I’m honestly proud that I’m stepping out again to do what I love. This brand is influenced by my life and how I got here. It’ll be my greatest creation, please quote me.

Can you tell us some of the goals and accomplishments you have your eyes and expectations set on with your business?

I want to become a household name and have a network of fellow creatives. I want to be completely behind the scenes pulling puppet strings and doing interviews to influence the next generation of creatives. Those that are in small town and don’t quite fit in. I want to talk to them and give back in ways that I’m able to. Oh and I want to interview Michelle Obama #BigGoals!

How important is it to you to have a company of your own, as well as for the female gender and culture?

Extremely. Culture is a running theme in my business. As a first-generation college student, black, female, etc. there was a lot I had to discover on my own. If I can help someone out there know that there’s so much more out there to reach for, then I’ve accomplished something you can’t put a price on.

What are some great words of wisdom and advice you can offer our millennial females and readers?

Remain true to your values and morals. This world will try to change you and everything you stand for. You’ll meet people along the way who have your best interest. It’s almost inevitable. Just remember why you started on the journey and everything will be fine. Also coconut oil. Use it and embrace it.

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