The Hate Runs Deep

I remember walking away from my family when we visited Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. I was so overcome with sorrow as I walked around and thought about the nine people senselessly murdered during their worship service on June 17, 2015. I cried like a baby as I tried to makeContinue reading “The Hate Runs Deep”

Read Baby Read: My Reading List Is Almost Complete

I am ALL IN! Gretchen Rubin has inspired me to create a 21 in 2021 reading list. I have so many books I want to read, but I know there are many great books out there I know nothing of. I need your help with completing my list. As you can see from the 14Continue reading “Read Baby Read: My Reading List Is Almost Complete”

How Do You Respond To Expectations? “The Four Tendencies” Personality Profile

Sometimes I spend a lot of time in my car. When I am not putting on a concert from my seat, I am tuned in to my favorite podcasts. Jay Shetty’s On Purpose, by far, is my favorite. Last week I tuned in to hear his conversation with Gretchen Rubin about her book “The Four Tendencies”. IContinue reading “How Do You Respond To Expectations? “The Four Tendencies” Personality Profile”

Oxytocin Anyone?

I always wondered why my mood drastically improves after one of my “highway driving singing sessions”. For me, a “highway driving singing session” involves a little more than turning the volume up and singing along. A “highway driving singing session” means I am putting on a full concert from my seat for everyone I driveContinue reading “Oxytocin Anyone?”

Happy Black History Month: Thankful To Those That Began Clearing the Path

I wanted to take a moment to honor my ancestors and all of those that came before me. I know that many doors and opportunities were open to me as a black woman because of them. I am so grateful for all of the sacrifices made. Not only do I speak gratitude, I consistently tryContinue reading “Happy Black History Month: Thankful To Those That Began Clearing the Path”

Cicely Tyson, Today I Honor You

I was so stunned when my friend texted that Cicely Tyson died yesterday. I know she was 96 years old, but her poise and presence made me believe she would live on forever. Ms. Tyson was the epitome of greatness to me, so today, I must take a moment to honor her. I had theContinue reading “Cicely Tyson, Today I Honor You”

Who Am I?: When Is The Last Time You Have Asked Yourself That Question

As you know, October 15, 2020, is my self-love anniversary! So, I have naturally been talking about self-love a lot lately. You know how it is when you start a new relationship with someone. You walk around all giddy and happy and drive your friends crazy, talking about how wonderful and perfect that person is.Continue reading “Who Am I?: When Is The Last Time You Have Asked Yourself That Question”

Vulnerability Has Value: I’m Still A Believer

Somehow this has turned into TED TALK Tuesday! This was not my intention, but every time I focus on writing for Tuesday’s, I think of a TED TALK that has resonated with me. Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness. Brene’ brown If youContinue reading “Vulnerability Has Value: I’m Still A Believer”

Celebrating My 25th Episode of Vibin’ With Tonza: A Conversation With An Attorney Who Joined In The Fight To Abolish The Death Penalty

I believe the death penalty should be abolished throughout our country. State-mandated killing is barbaric. So, how appropriate and exciting is it that my 25th episode of Vibin’ With Tonza would be a conversation with Madhu Swarna. Madhu is a staff attorney at The Center for Death Penalty Litigation(CDPL). CDPL is a non-profit law firm composedContinue reading “Celebrating My 25th Episode of Vibin’ With Tonza: A Conversation With An Attorney Who Joined In The Fight To Abolish The Death Penalty”

Should We All Be Feminists?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Chim-muh-MAHN-duh en-GOH-zee ah-DEECH-ee-(ay) The “ay” is soft) is a boss. Several years ago, after hearing her Ted Talk entitled We Should All Be Feminists, I immediately ordered the book and read it at least three times before moving on to my next reading endeavor. We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition,Continue reading “Should We All Be Feminists?”