Saturday, August 27, 2011

A Cow I would NEVER TIP!!!

This heifer is only 150 calories and 3 grams of fat or less! WHEW! There's NO COW-TIPPING HERE! *smacks lips*

I can enjoy this (only one) and still be good with my 30 Day Cardio Challenge. PRAISE MOSES!!!

What are you favorite low-calorie desserts??

Thursday, August 25, 2011

ONE call & that's not ALL...

This afternoon I was able to take part in a Conference call with the ONE Campaign organization, its members, NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, Cindy McCain, and artist Knaan Warsame. I cannot express the emotions that came over me while listening in on this call.

Confusion & Anger are the top two that I could not get away from. WHY ISN'T THE MEDIA TALKING ABOUT THIS??? Where are the responsible journalists that can help spread the awareness? I am utterly pissed off at our government as they continue to ignore what goes on in our backyard and what is going on in the HORN OF AFRICA.

Our attention must never stray away from helping our brother or sisters in Africa. Yes I know you have heard it all before. Africa needs this... Africa needs that... but do you seriously want what is going on in Somalia to turn in to what happened in Rwanda??

 "Somalia is a very direct problem" stated Knaan on the conference call.

"Women and Children are low on the totem pole" stated Mrs. Cindy McCain on the conference call.

"One Mother... One Child... BOTH WILL DIE!"
image from un.org

"We have a responsibility to care about each other and that means we have to try and help people", stated Dikembe Mutumbo.

I will continue to spend time, money and my talent to bring awareness to what is going on in Africa. Trust me, I know you have your own daily struggles and things that you have to endure but there are people who have been in refugee camps for 20 years and have lost hope. You live in America where HOPE is where the American dream lives. The refugee camps that people find themselves in the Horn of Africa are killing their hopes of ever making it out and what is left are their dead bodies.



image from bpicampus.com
 This is not the fabric of Africa, and I wish that our media would help educate our country on that. Knaan encouraged the listeners on the call to continue raising awareness on our own. People are unable to feed themselves nor are they able to grow or produce anything to help feed their families.

"This is what happens to people when there is no central government", stated Knaan on the conference call.

Continue to help bring awareness of what is going on in the #HornofAfrica by:

1) Make this issue a trending topic on Twitter
2) By changing your profile pictures on your social networking sites to images of the Famine in the Horn of Africa
3) Read more about what is going on in Africa by doing your own research
4) Send editorial requests to your local newspapers and favorite magazines about their coverage of the Famine
5) Donate $10 to http://futurefortified.org/ and help feed a family!!!

There is no reason why you cannot help change what is happening in our world.
All it takes is ACTION!
 Now GO!!!!!!
 *waving flag*

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The TOWN Brookhaven in Atlanta

Boutique

Restaurant

Restaurant


Restaurant
A Black-Owned Business: Coffee Shop w/ Gourmet Cupcakes
Frozen Yogurt

Restaurant
A Mississippi Restaurant
Boutique




As an Oglethorpe Alum, I am in love with this newly developed area here in Atlanta.  Me & my boys strolled around the area and met with the owners of Newk's Cafe. It is a really nice neighborhood and I frequent the Publix because I can do curbside service after I order my groceries online! How awesome is that!? Let me know when you get a chance to swing by this new area in town. You can thank me later :)




A Mississippi Dream Deferred: THANK YOU!!!

"They ask no favors, they desire; and must have; an equal chance in the
race of life"
stated John R. Lynch on Civil Rights


A teacher back at W.L. Smith Elementary school in Petal, Mississippi once asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I replied, "A Miss Mississippi pageant queen turned housewife with a Master's Degree that will eventually run for Governor of Mississippi." My teacher jokingly replied, "Well I think I have heard it all!"

She may have heard it all that day, but God has a funny way of working things out his way! The closest I had gotten to a Miss Mississippi pageant was being the runner-up in the city of Ellisville Miss Hospitality pageant. I am absolutely positive that I didn't win because I didn't want to attend Jones County Junior College and a scholarship there was a part of the winner's package. My dreams would take me outside of Mississippi.

I am currently studying for the GRE so that I can obtain my Master's Degree, while being a working housewife. I am a resident of the state of Georgia so my Governor dreams have simmered down. BUT thanks to Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree my dream may become true.

He is my hometown hero who now has the world watching what will happen in the state of Mississippi. A decade ago he was elected the first African-American mayor of Hattiesburg, and that was an amazing feeling! I feel as if he will make my dream come true because God did not give me this race to run. He gave it to Mayor Johnny Dupree. I have known him for years and this Christian man is all about his family, community and state.

Thanks to Hiram Revels, Blanche Bruce, John R Lynch, James D Lynch, Charles Evers and Henry Kirksey we knew that this day would be possible. These African-American politicians paved a way for August 23, 2011. This was the day that Mayor Johnny Dupree captured the Democratic party nomination for Mississippi Governor. A feat this big has not been done since Reconstruction, and all of those African-American politicians from Mississippi were Republicans during that time.

Just over two months ago, James C. Anderson was killed by white teens due to their hatred of African-Americans. Yesterday proved that the entire state does not feel the same way these teens do towards African-Americans. "Mississippi has more African-American officials than any other state," states the Huffington Post. One act of ignorance will not define the state of Mississippi's future. Our state's past will not change the direction the state is currently headed towards.

People always doubt the state of Mississippi, its people and their capabilities. We may not have the same opportunities as other states do, but Mayor Dupree wants to change all of that. I know that this was just the state primary, but come November the 8th we shall see who will come out on top!

Sometimes a dream that you have for yourself will end up becoming a reality for someone close to you. I wanted to be Homecoming Queen, but my sister 4 years later was elected the First African-American Homecoming Queen at our high school alma mater South Jones High School in Ellisville, Mississippi. I wanted to become Governor of Mississippi, but now Mayor Johnny Dupree has the stage set for his victory speech on November 8th, 2011. DON'T STOP BELIEVING!!!! STAY TUNED!!!





Sunday, August 14, 2011

My Cover Feature in KORE Magazine

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

I had the wonderful opportunity of working with KORE Magazine here in Atlanta, and they put me on their double cover in their latest issue.

I am sharing the cover with Actor Lance Gross & we both bare it all for KORE Magazine's readers.

It was a challenge doing this implied nude shoot with the magazine, but they had WATERMELON on set so I was at ease. LOL! A lot of women shy away from the cameras during this time in their lives and I truly embraced it. I enjoyed being pregnant, full of life, and feeling beautiful in my own skin. What I don't enjoy is the postpartum depression I've been feeling, but hey it will not beat me. Please take the opportunity to check out my feature on http://www.koremagazine.com/ and make sure you get your hands on a printed issue.

I want to thank the staff at KORE Magazine for taking a risk in my feature. Also to my agency, HD, for everything that they do to support me. This was an experience I will never forget!

My FOODIE weekend!

 Atlanta has some of the best restaurants in the SOUTH. I absolutely love good food, and a nice drink to compliment it. My husband and I decided to try two restaurants that one of us has not eaten at yet.


On Saturday, we went to FLIP Burger Boutique (no they don't sell clothes) on 1587 Howell Mill Rd. We were in the area and I've been to FLIP before and my husband has not. HE LOVED IT! He tried the Shrimp burger and Sean & I split the Country Fried Chicken burger.


His drink of choice was a martini & then after his meal he had a PATRON MILKSHAKE! I had two sips of it and it was DIVINE!!! My drink of choice was a WATERMELON MOJITO! God help me! I LOVE WATERMELON, and this drink will continue my love affair with this fruit.




Today, we went to the Big Easy Grille & Bar on 1193 Collier Rd. I FELT LIKE WE WERE IN NEW ORLEANS for an Hour & a Half. My husband has been at this restaurant before and I haven't. I fell in love with the atmosphere & the beignets! He had the Alligator Omelet while I had my usual choice for brunch: SHRIMP & GRITS!!!



You all know how I feel about GRITS and this restaurant gets a B+. I will make sure I go to this restaurant during COLLEGE FOOTBALL season because the owner is a LSU grad & Fan! My husband's drink of choice was the Hurricane & I had the Southern B*tch! WHEW! I had to ask God to forgive because that drink was the BOMB! LOL!

Tell me a few restaurants that you like visiting in ATLANTA, and I shall venture out with the hubby & try them!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

This is MUCH BIGGER than MISSISSIPPI

David Banner said this in his recent interview on The Big Tigger Morning Show with Free. I have in a post below the video that shows James Craig Anderson being targeted and killed by white teens in Mississippi.


It is very important that AMERICA pays attention what is going on in our own backyards. We help the world when we can, but we tend to forget or overlook what is going on here. We have a Poverty Tour that seems to leave out other minorities, a DEBT Deal that only benefits the wealthy, and hidden skeletons that only seem to surface when a video arises.


I am from Mississippi. I am proud of it. I dare you to challenge why I love my home state, and why I am proud to speak on where I am from. I have dealt with my own racist encounters, and I have tough skin because of it.

Image by Allen Cooley MUA Jada


What I don't understand is how one simple-minded individual had the nerve to say negative things about my home state and it causes an UPROAR on social networks, yet a man dies due to hate and NO ONE CRIES OUT FOR HIM. WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA??


David Banner also stated in his interview that he is one person. I am one person. This makes two of us trying to see why our generation will not SPEAK UP! WE HAVE TO DO BETTER


Please check out David Banner's interview at:


http://wpgc.radio.com/2011/08/11/david-banner-speaks-to-big-tigger-free-about-senseless-racial-murder-in-home-state-of-mississippi/


Monday, August 8, 2011

Modern Day Lynching in MISSISSIPPI

VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED





Yall know I am from Mississippi and this is disturbing. I tweeted,
"I hate to say this but I thank GOD I was raised in Mississippi. I was taught how to deal with Racism head on and how to stand my ground."
YOUR THOUGHTS....


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Little Dresses for AFRICA

Do you have old pillowcases laying around and want to throw them away?? DON'T!!!!!!!!!!



Please take them to
Big Bethel A.M.E church 220 Auburn Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
this Saturday at 10 am - 2pm


Orphan girls in Africa wearing their dresses!

The Women's Missionary Society at Big Bethel A.M.E. Church will be taking the donations and sewing dresses to send to Africa.


A YPDer from Big Bethel A.M.E church modeling a Dress


Post Preggo Fit #30DayCC

 I started the 30 Day Cardio Challenge with other twitter followers on last Monday. I weighed 157 lbs. when I started and on Saturday morning I weighed 152 lbs.

My goal is to lose 10-12 more pounds and to build my strength up. I had my son 7 weeks ago, and I have been having a difficult time since his birth. I am dealing with postpartum depression and with many insecurities that have threatened relationships with people around me.

I have decided that in my Decree I would work on being more Spiritually Fit as I go through this transformation with my followers and fellow mothers. This has been hard but the BEST IS YET TO COME!

How are you doing with your FIT GOALS??

Me at the ART FUSION event by Photographer Drexina Nelson
Dress by Charles Lynch
ACTUAL Lipstick by MUA Tierra Burrell
Watch by Staci Harrison w/ Phosphor Watches
Hair done by LaShaundra at Make Me Over Hair Lounge
Hair Color by Danie at Spoiled Opulence


Thursday, August 4, 2011

2011 AIDS WALK ATLANTA

This walk means a lot to me. I am able to raise money, raise awareness, and spend time with family & friends in remembrance of my late uncle Rev. Kimball Smiley. My uncle was an amazing man. He was a man of God and he love helping people. Even when he couldn't help himself. Shoot, the man could put $1.50 in his gas tank and drive allover Petal & Hattiesburg, Mississippi and not run out of gas. LOL, those were the days!

Me (aviator sunglasses) along with Be A Role Model founder Cristal & our friends
Please show your support by signing up and/or donating at least $1.50 in his remembrance. I used to think he was driving on air, but I realize he drove on FAITH. Cause there is no way that man could drive allover town like that without God as his passenger! Support a great cause as we walk for a cure!





Be A Role Model Organization & Supporters

OUTREACH FOR THE HORN OF AFRICA!!!

Thank you for reading my first post on what is going on in the Horn of Africa! Make sure that you are tweeting & facebooking your thoughts so that you can help spread the word!

I was able to get 7,100 people to view my post in 12 hours. I hope that each and every one of you have figured out a course of action that you will take to help the people in Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia.


Mother & Child have walked for 20 days from Somalia to Kenya...Image from Baristanation.com 

One church here in Georgia is stepping up. The Seventh Day Pentecostal church in Scottsdale, GA has informed me of their Outreach for Africa. I am asking that if you cannot send water, food, or clothes to please send money orders for $20 to this church.

Seventh Day Pentecostal Church
P.O. Box 853
Scottsdale, GA 30079

This church is making sure that we have a way to help the people in the Horn of Africa. It is time to take ACTION and this is one way you can help! Please leave a comment of what you will be sending to the church for their Outreach for Africa! I would like to email you a personal thank you letter for your donation! 

Special thanks to Camille Taylor for passing along this outreach information.

Please read the below articles on the Famine in the Horn of Africa.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-leadership/a-famine-in-somalia-and-a-chronic-political-failure-on-humanitarian-aid/2011/08/03/gIQAPaOgrI_story.html

http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/food-supplements-airlifted-into-1048638.html

http://opinion.latimes.com/opinionla/2011/08/somalia-africa-famine.html

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

#PrayForSOMALIA #HornOfAFRICA

I don't know what is more disturbing... The lack of coverage or talk about what is going on in SOMALIA or the fact that aid is not reaching the area. I would have to say that both are sickening and I want my followers to CRY OUT.

"Somalia is facing its worst food security crisis in the last 20 years, " states Mark Bowen. He is the United Nation's top official in charge of Humanitarian aid in Somalia.


Image from NewOne.com

"Babies are dying because of the lack of equipment and medicine," states NY Times writer Jeffrey Gettleman.


Image from Redgage.com

“If this were Haiti, we would have dozens of people on the ground by now,” said Eric James, an official with the American Refugee Committee, a private aid organization.

*SIGH* Many of you know that as I face being Bipolar everyday I have been dealing with Postpartum Depression since I had my son in June. One of the many things that cross my mind as I deal with the depression and sadness that come post-pregnancy is the thought that I have the nerve to feel bad and sorry for myself when women in SOMALIA are losing their lives and their children. That realization pisses me off and makes me angry that WE aren't doing more for them.

They deserve more and just because the area is chaotic that does not mean that their people do not need help. I see many trending topics on Twitter, and none of them are #PrayForSOMALIA, #PrayForEthiopia, #PrayForKenya, or #HornOfAFRICA. I want to see how many of you will read upon what is going on, donate, and then be able to
TWEET ABOUT IT. HELP OTHERS BY SPEAKING UP!

Please educate yourself before you comment or tweet on something that you have not completely read about. Below are articles available and as I continue to educate myself on what I can do I will pass the information to you as well.

1) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/02/world/africa/02somalia.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=Famine%20in%20Somalia&st=cse

2) http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/29/world/africa/29briefs-Somalia.html?scp=10&sq=Famine%20in%20Somalia&st=cse

3) http://www.unicefusa.org/work/emergencies/horn-of-africa/?gclid=CJKom7OxsqoCFUiW7QodZnjm9Q

4) http://mashable.com/2011/07/29/africa-famine/

5) http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/08/02/somalia-africa-famine.html

Search the INTERNET for more articles and information about the
Famine in the Horn of Africa
May God bless the people in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia

Monday, August 1, 2011

Spiritual Exercise: SHUT UP & PRAY!

While I am training myself to be more physically fit during the
30 Day Cardio Challenge,
 I will also dedicate more time and energy in my SPIRITUAL fitness.

When I pray and meditate that brings me closer to God. When I cry out to him and thank him for his grace & mercy that brings me closer to God. Reading and studying the bible strengthens my relationship with God. Having Faith and Trust in him helps my relationship with God.

Other ways to practice your faith is by loving & serving others. Be willing to confess your sins and be able to forgive others and yourself. CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS!

Have you taken the time to do these things regularly throughout your day?? Try using your social networks to become more SPIRITUALLY FIT. Don't just tweet or facebook your faith. PRACTICE WHAT YOU TWEET! LIKE WHAT YOU SAY! BELIEVE YOUR OWN WORDS! And watch how after 30 days the energy you put out has changed!


30 Day Cardio Challenge is done by www.mrshutupandtrain.com and you can join by emailing him at info@mrshutupandtrain.com! THANKS RAY & ShutUpAndTrain FAMILY!