Let The Celebration of Black History Continue Beyond February

Usually I do something big to celebrate Black History month each year. However, this year was different. My mindset has shifted from solely utilizing February as the only month in which I adequately take the time to pay homage and respect to the work of my ancestors. I have been pushing myself to not only build upon their legacy but remember it daily while I am enjoying the freedoms and liberties they fought so hard for me to have.

Today, one lead teacher told me that it was cathartic for her to see me teach my studenya. She went on to say how refreshing it is to see me interact with them and provide a postive example. I am so humbled by that and by no means take that lightly. Being in the forefront each day is no easy task but I have learned to become grateful for the opportunity. I can make a difference by helping them to accomplish the goals in which they aspire to accomplish. You may not be a teacher but there is someone near you who could benefit from your shared story. Someone in the world is listening, are you speaking?

Music, Sports, & Entertainment: Is R&B Music Still Relevant? The Resurgence of Babyface

Anyone who considers themselves a fan of R&B music probably has a favorite song or melody that was composed by the Indiana crooner. For nearly three decades, Kenny Babyface Edmonds, has been dishing out the hits for music listeners to enjoy. Some of his most famous records include “Love Shoulda Brought You Home,” “Not Gon Cry,” and “Waiting to Exhale (Shoop),” just to name a few. His poignant ability to write songs inspires a vast array of people to be engulfed in love. His songs touch on sensitive issues ranging anywhere from divorce or a teenage affection. Babyface is truly one of the greatest music writers of our generation, if not of all time.
Now, after a brief hiatus to allow new artist to emerge, he is back and he has brought familiar company with him! In 1992 he and fellow singer Toni Braxton emerged on the scene with a certain sensuality in their music that survived through the rough melodrama musings of the New Jack Swing Era. Together, they have been able to garner the attention of millions of fans across the world and skyrocket their way to super stardom. Very few artists have had the success that they have been able achieve. Successfully, they have merged the gaps among generations of music lovers alike. Their most recent song, “Hurt You,” Has climbed up the charts and is sitting nicely at the #1 spot on the Billboards R&B charts. Their new album is slated to hit stores on February 4, 2014 just in time for the Valentine’s Day holiday. Fans can expect to hear more hits on the topics of “Love, Marriage, & Divorce.” This album is sure to mend a few wounds and rekindle some forgotten sweet memories.