2017 In Reflection

I cannot remember how I entered the year 2017 . I imagine that I was in bed waiting on the clock to say 12:00 AM and worried if I would get enough sleep to make it to church the next morning. I however could have exactly prepared for what would happen in 2017 . And although I thought each moment was much more difficult than the last thing that I faced ,  I made it  and in the midst of it I realized , I’m still breathing , I’m still laughing , I still have the same smile and my family his healthy and happy. In the words of Celie from the color purple,  I’m still here. That only means one thing… I miraculously survived 2017 . And because I made it , I am thankful for every  obstacle I endured  and every successful moment I achieved in 2017.

There were a lot of life changes in the last year. My husband had joined the Air force the previous year ( I know , who does that in their late 30’s …its some wonderful advantages ) that along with his civilian job allowed us to only spend 3 full months together . I didn’t know that I would actually enjoy that moment that he left but we managed, we made it and we survived.  He will possibly do some of the very same things this year. Fortunately I won’t endure that blindly I will know what to expect and roll with the adventure.  And even though the military keeps us informed on things to do its more of a calming situation to already know what will happen before it happens.

This year I launched my first website. I have been blogging since 2006 but I never knew that it was bigger than my wordpress blog page. I never knew the road trip I would go on in just a few short months . I have really enjoyed learning ,  reading , discovering other blogs, finding people who are just like me living life and enjoying life has made my life so interesting and I have to say that it was the peak of my year. Sometimes you have to take risks and invest in your life. I am so glad that I took the risk and met so many wonderful people along the way.

One of my good friends moved out of the country . She is now a Canadian . I didn’t realize that a country that was attached to us would be so different than we are. She’s had to learn so many things from how to fill up her car to how to buy groceries using the metric system. She sent me a receipt from a normal drug store visit where she spent $60 on tylenol and rubbing alcohol.  And though we consistently talk about our gas prices at least we don’t have to spend a lot of money for simple tylenol or be forced to keep a certain amount of money in our checking account that is well beyond $5 ( LOL ) . I’m praying that she enjoys her adventure in Canada. It has already been a great adventure. And the best part is that she has made friends already. Don’t you love it when you’re easy to make friends?!

2017 marked the ending of my eldest son’s high school career. As we count down the months until he walks across the stage I cannot help but imagine the day 17 years ago when he was born . I never knew that those nights he stayed up teething and crying would only be a short time in reflection to this time in his life. I pray that he makes great choices and that his life goes above and beyond what his father and I have done.

I’m ready to take on 2018 . I pray for much success for all who reads this and for my entire family.

Loving life…Basically


I’ve Been Nominated for the Britain Award

So excited to have been nominated for the Britain Award. What an honor and I owe it all to Louise Connor. She has an amazing blog named https://itslouloublog.wordpress.com/ . In your spare time check her out. One of my favorite blogs from her is about her Birthday . I so loved how she showered herself with love and gifts.

Also big thanks to Amber the author of BasicallyBritian for creating such and award for those like me who has a niche and would love to share it with the world. I will update this blog and add the five people that I would like to nominate for this award as well.

I don’t have a favorite blog post of my own I actually consider it like my children . I love each one of them and I want everyone else to love them as well .

Here are a list of questions that Louise asked me to share with you .

  1. What is your Biggest Pet Peeve  ? One of the things that can just ignite a fire in me is to hear someone eat. Its something that gets into the core of me and makes me hate a person that I’m actually fond of.
  2. What is your favorite way to relax? The way I would love to relax is about 3 hours away from my children with some sort of reality show on , my favorite blanket, and some sort of chocolate near.
  3. What sort of dessert or pudding would best describe you ? I would probably be a hot fudge Sunday . I’m both hot and cold and full of enjoyment.
  4. What do you hope to achieve next year? I would love to publish a book next year. I want to continue expanding my blog and increasing my blog traffic.
  5. What are you passionate about ? I want to also become a better person than I was yesterday. I think I am passionate about living the best life I could possibly live.

Births, Birthdays and More…

Image result for 17  years ago around this time I found out the sex of my eldest son. I cried, so did my mom, my dad was there he probably cried too. Not really sure if I even told his dad, I wasn’t really into being a mom and you know , whatever. That’s exactly how I thought about having Peyton…you know whatever. As long as he’s healthy and has all his digits the rest of that stuff could wait . It wasn’t just his birth I felt that way about all my kids. With the exception of PK , I was in a different place with her but I still didn’t go overboard . I never had a baby shower, we didn’t do a reveal party , we never took photos to commemorate the time I was carrying my children either . I had too much to worry about and pictures wasn’t one of it. I was too worried about not gaining a boat load of weight and still being able to eat the food I desired . LOL

But now as I am faithful to social media subscriber I have noticed all of the pump and circumstance for every event of life .  There is a party to announce the baby, a gender reveal, baby shower with every baby ( although tradition says otherwise) . We watch as they search for the perfect car seat and ask for your opinion of bottles to use . And even want advice from breast feeding to cloth diapers  and then once the baby is born they won’t even let me see it . I mean I experienced the entire pregnancy with you , to me this baby is my niece or nephew. I watched your baby grow with your social media updates , I was there when your baby was a grape and then turn into a lemon and a cantaloupe … and you wont even let me see the baby. I’ve invested time with you during this pregnancy ,  LOL

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Can we take a moment and talk about the first birthday of this baby who already has a line of tee shirts that were made before the birth. Now when I had my first 4 children for their first birthday we did something small. Like very small , I may have invited some people from our church youth group. I purchased them a shirt from Carter’s. Bought a regular cake from Walmart with whatever cartoon character they were into and moved forward. But when I had my last son , his godmother decided she wanted to plan his birthday party. She came to me in a honest voice and said what kind of tee shirt do you want?  I was like what do you mean? Tee shirt for what?  She explained to me that we would all get tee shirts with our roles on there. I was like they cannot look at me and figure out that I’m this kid’s Mom . Why do I need a shirt to say who I am ?  And then she showed me a picture of a birthday party for a one year old and my entire world changed.  I was like what in the one year old is this? And why ?  I mean I know my parents probably had a birthday party for me , but guess what I don’t remember it . And I know back in the 80’s when my Dad was the only one working they didn’t have matching tee shirts to commemorate the day I was born. I probably didn’t even have a birthday outfit. Like I never had a birthday outfight even in my adult life. I can promise you that none of the one’s before him remembered their first birthday either .

Remember he is my struggle baby . So I only planned for some hotdogs and a cake . He was born in the summer , so we can turn on some water and he would be in one year old Heaven. Literally ! We compromised , she had a shirt made for him , bought him some Jordan’s and we had lunch at a local restaurant. Guess what ?  He remembers none of this.   I can ask his 4 year old self what he did in the last two hours and he won’t remember . You know what he will remember …the last episode of Power Rangers. He obviously doesn’t remember the last time he ate because he ( 4 years old ) just called me from his Dad’s cellphone for something to eat . AS IF I DIDN”T Just feed him . 🙁

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I said all of this to say sometimes we invest too much in the wrong things. At the end of the day the things that we are doing are more about us and less about that child.  Or more about what other people may think , and less about what we really want for ourselves.  The amount of money it would take to create and feed people for these parties could go toward education, sports training, or securing a future for your child oh yeah and that monthly shoe bill because their feet grow faster than weeds. I love to see kids happy but sometimes its the little things that make a lasting impression . Currently I am looking at my girls who have made a tent under a chair to watch a movie before bed. They have a princess Tent that their sweet godmother purchased for them but instead they chose a blanket as their tent. It costs nothing to make them happy …well Basically


Sexual Misconduct


For the last two years or so we have read or watched the news about highly influential individuals who are in our minds guilty of Sexual Misconduct . After all you won’t file suit against anyone who is innocent. And because its something that no one should endure ever you wonder , what kept them in silence so long. And then what exactly is Sexual Misconduct? And how can we stop this , especially in the work place .  Why are we afraid to speak out ?

Just because its a new story that is gaining a lot of attention I decided to sit down with my teens from my youth group ,just to discuss some things about what a male can and cannot do to a lady. We went down a list of things that were generally things that we ( those born in the south ) typically did but now we have to be aware of it because after all it could be sexually enticing or sexual misconduct. Finally after thinking about the repercussions of even the slightest thing that a male could do to lead to some awful allegation, I just finally said …” guys just don’t acknowledge women and girls never go anywhere alone with a guy , period .”  I looked into their eyes and I thought what kind of world will they live in when it is inappropriate to open a door for a lady?

Today I took some time to read the allegations that these men faced .  And inappropriate is not the word that I would probably use. I also read Jenny Lumet’s ( Lena Horne’s Granddaughter ) letter about Russell Simmons. I took the letter , which was so professional,read it slowly leaving out any detail that we may have missed. Even though it seemed like there were some things that I wondered about  .But needless to say she got her message out . And bc she’s a lady , I immediately had compassion for her. And I felt like Russell Simmons was a horrible man that took advantage of a 24 year old woman. And then I read the end, which she said she put her clothes back on and took a taxi home .

See the beginning of the story it talks about their chance meetings, and the time he sent her 100 balloons with a silly note that said Please , Please , Please. She blew him off , thinking nothing of it. After a chance meeting with some of her friends she ran into Russell again . This time he told her he would take her home and she agreed. When she stepped into his truck , she told the driver her address, Russell said no , she said it again , and again Russell said no . Now she never mentioned if the truck was moving at that point . Now considering the nature of things and having used a car service , a truck is not going to aimlessly pull out unless it knows where it’s going . At any point she could have opened the door and got out . I sat there for the longest wondering if her decision to not leave the truck hindered her from not telling what happened for 26 years. She only gained strength to tell her story after others shared their stories.

Now her story seemed like a lifetime movie compared to some of the indiscretions caused by Matt Lauer. And then women were drugged by Bill Cosby , grouped by Donald Trump ,  Billy Bush, Ben Afflect and Bill O’reily. Harry Weinstein greeted women with a robe on , and others sent disturbing emails, awkward stares and immature words. And though I understand that this is a problem, I need to know what is sexual misconduct? And how can we stop it ?

See educating our daughters goes before they are even in middle school . I have two girls and with the clothing that is available for them has caused me to shop more sensitively for items that won’t make them appealing . I had the talk with my mother well before I left for college and I find myself having that talk with my girls. This includes how to act around their brothers. Not that I think my sons are weird its just teaching them the appropriate way to handle themselves in front of men.

We need to know how to handle these situations before they become too much and before they result into a letter.  Never go anywhere that makes you uncomfortable . Learn the buddy system. Guys think a candy bar equals a relationship, use your words and say no I don’t like you, no I’m not interested. Drive your own car, keep your phone charged.  Never walk into a room a long. Make conscious choices. Don’t drink things you didn’t pour. Never leave your friends , and if you face a tough moment RUN . And just bc an outfit looks wonderful on you , learn your limitations on how you model your outfit. I know all of these won’t always stop the inevitable but Hey these things helped me . I’m just trying to help someone …Basically



So I don’t cook…Why is it a Problem

I don’t cook. Actually cooking makes me anxious. I’m too worried about how its going to turn out so it’s not a pleasant experience to say the least . Needless to say I have a family and there are times that I have to prepare food for them . Thank God they have inherited my palate and will eat anything and it doesn’t have to taste like much yet they still will enjoy. It makes me feel pretty good when they say thank you for fixing us this food . And then I get company and they say things like …did you cook that ? Can you cook? You’re not supposed to do it like that …do it like this. I then want to hand the spoon or fork over to them and say …you handle it . I’m DONE…LOL!

I kinda enjoyed my freedom of not having to become what people wanted me to become and just fall into a roll of being a wife, who cleans and cook. Although I would prefer a clean house over some smothered steaks. I have other skills and I love the uniqueness of my life. Adding another skill is just not as important . Plus my mother loves to cook and she comes up with all sorts of recipes and she has so much patience that she is currently teaching my daughters how to cook some foods. And because of this my girls think they can out cook me…go figure. And they’re only 5 and 6.

Why didn’t she spend time with me teaching me how to cook.Two things I can attribute that to, 1 She worked a lot when I was younger , and dinner was always prepared for me once I was out of school and 2. I wasn’t interested , somehow I knew that one day I would marry a man that would love to cook . God answers prayers . For a few years in our marriage my husband was the general cook for my family . I just wasn’t interested.

Every year brings about a different change . And this year something came alive in me . And no it wasn’t because my DAD keeps saying , your daughter can cook better than you . Although that had a little to do with it . I thought about being someone who really takes care of their family and what they would provide for them . Would my children remember me for the salad I made them or that entire dinner I made for them . And though I loved everything my mother fixed for me , I do cherish those things that were personally made for us by love .

So with all of that said , no I’m not going to start cooking tonight or any time this week but I can assure my thoughts of cooking have changed and I will successfully learn how to become a better cook . In January I will began a journey of cooking . I plan to make public some of the wonderful recipes that my mother has stored up from her mother . I look forward to sharing all the wonderful updates of my basic food journal.

Swallowing my pride and learning how to cook, basically



He’s Home

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It has been a long 7 months since my husband set off on a new adventure with the United States Air Force . And while I’ve been very supportive of his new adventure I didn’t really understand how different life would be once he returned home. I mean my in laws are both military and they didn’t even tell me the change that I would experience once he came home for serving.

Since he’s been gone we have had

1 kindergarten graduation

2 May Birthday’s

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

2 July Birthday’s

Two Vacations

1 week end getaway

The First Day of School

New Teacher orientations, Open houses

Memorial Day , 4th of July and Labor Day

My Birthday


And the start of the Basketball Season

He’s missed a lot . And though we spent months writing letters, exchanging pictures , and texting it’s still not the same . There was excitement and fear when I saw him for the first time in the airport. Everyone was saying , I know you’re going to be happy when he comes home , he’s going to come and help you with those babies , I know you miss him. I know he misses his kids , I know you cannot wait till he gets home .  And though all of these words were true no one prepared me for the change. No one told me he was going to be so different and there was a period of adjustment that we both had to make. No one told me that the military would turn his free spirited attitude into something else. I didn’t know that the moment I dropped him off at the Airport would be last time I would know “that,” man.

The military has taught him a lot and there is a lot to appreciated from this experience. So far he has rearranged my bathroom 5 times . He has also rearranged my closet and I can’t seem to find anything . He doesn’t hold too many conversations . He talks , gives orders, tells us what’s on his mind and then he’s done. He’s extra busy too . Always looking for something to do . And then he does it , alone . He spends a lot of time alone . I think his happy place is being alone . And I’m okay with that , but the fact that he is so rigged less emotional is the part that stings just a little.

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The day he finally returned to my hometown  , we visited the school to have lunch with our daughter and her teacher asked me , “is it like dating a new guy?” She was saying exactly what I was thinking. I felt like I had just picked up a new guy. And unfortunately because of our lifestyle I guess I have to stay. I can’t just say… yea on to the next . This is a time of testing for us. We are getting to know each other all over again . And though it may not be a honeymoon this adjustment is an experience I won’t take lightly. And I’m thankful that he’s finally home…well



Can I Pause For Church …

I’m a church girl . I cannot begin to tell you how much church has been a part of my life. And the thing about it is that most bloggers don’t like to comment on posts about the church. But listen I cannot help that I was born a Pastor’s Daughter, so all I know is church .Just today be with me as I just pause for church.

As some of you know I grew up in a full gospel holiness church . We were that church that believes in speaking in tongues, dancing in the spirit. We are the radical saints, we run around the church , yell and throw things at the pastors. We clap our hands , and play tambourines during service. And it’s not unusual to find some of the strangest instruments like washboards in our churches. We had feet washing services, we use oil to anoint our heads and falling out was or is the norm.  Needless to say church has evolved. And like I mentioned before we have become more civilized. We have educated ourselves in the word. And although our prayers are still similar to those of the time of slavery we sure don’t look like we used to look . Did I mention we act different too?

I have to be honest I don’t mind that we look all that different . I must confess that if my parents church still did not believe in pants, make up and getting your hair cut, I definitely wouldn’t be serving in ministry right now . Sounds superficial but that’s bondage NOT to look normal. Or look your NORMAL. But I have to ask the question that has our changes made the church more watered down ? Are we looking too normal ? Are we too worldly?

There was a time when people just appeared in churches. We would hang out on the streets and invite and in one Sunday it was normal to have those people heed the call of God. And then they would testify , I once was lost but now I’m found. Now we use gimmicks. We actually have to give things away to get people to attend an institution that is in place  to help them . No longer are we just having prayer meetings, bible studies, youth ministry. We are currently having coffee dates, festivals, party nights and other attention getting campaigns just to get people to walk in church . Things have changed and I blame the church for the majority of the changes. And no longer are we finding lost sheep but we see more sheep transitioning from one flock to the next.

Which brings me to fact that we are a commercialized industry. My parents church comes on local television and before the time that we first aired ,  I don’t think I ever had to think about our Brand as a church before . People can and will judge you on everything and because we live in such a judgemental society so the consistency of having a proper Branding for your church is crucial. But has this allowed us as a church become more commercial and less a place of refuge , compassion and peace.

With the television as well as the internet being our source we have watched our churches evolve from this

To this

And clearly there is nothing wrong with the evolution of the church . Because all things evolve and all things change. Well all things but God. But does that make it okay to experience church without changing your life? Does that mean that the church needs to continue on without lives being changed, people being saved healed and delivered. Does that mean church is all show and lacks the anointing.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God,

Where do we go from here? When will we go back to our foundation , where church was about church and less about a brand. I’m sure I will have a part two on this , in the meantime I’m off to Pier’s basketball game.

Is the church’s evolution a good thing?

Basically Tesha


When Rage Builds

The older I get the more I am glad that I was born the ONLY girl in my family. Don’t get me wrong some times in my life I have wondered how life would be if I only had a sister and then I had two girls.  And I had to buy two of everything, and if it isn’t the exact same dress and around the same shoes , they are not happy . The funny thing about it is my eldest daughter hates to dress like her younger sister , who’s just 12 months younger than she . Needless to say after a day of screams and pinches , and moans and groans, I feel blessed to have been born the ONLY daughter.

My brother’s and I got into it when we were younger. There were some days that we just wanted to be alone . I didn’t want them in my room, times where we didn’t wanna look at each other , But the thing about it , all you had to say was something silly and the fight was all over.  And we really have never had problems with each other , other than the usual fights and disagreements that you have when you are siblings. The wonderful thing about it is that we never held grudges against each other. Well known that I know of and if I find out anything at this point I will stand corrected as well as not keep it going . I do believe that we have the kind of relationships that love goes further than our hate.

I said all of that to say that all of these REAL HOUSEWIVES Shows have created a false reality for regular people. We have thought too much and have created scenarios around events that aren’t a current reality for our life. We have made up stories in our heads to be mad for and many times these stories don’t even exist. We have painted a portrait of people that isn’t exactly their reality . It’s the worst feeling to be mad at someone that isn’t even thinking about you . We become angry because someone didn’t recognized you  in a car driving down the street. We are angry because someone is thinner than you, taller than you , has a better head of hair than you . And then in our minds we let the estrogen that God has put on the inside of us and abuse the rights to hold it in our bodies.Yes we are abusers of estrogen when we allow our emotions to control us.  To saturate our thoughts and consume our worlds.

I can remember a time before social media and before they were fighting on reality shows, that people just talked about you behind your back . And if they were true about the way they feel about you , they didn’t speak to you when they saw you . And if you were okay with your life and where you were going with your life , you didn’t care, life would move on . And then one day out of the blue they would start talking to you again . BUT NOW we hold things in and we wait to the most inappropriate time to have needless outbursts about things that we have held in for weeks, months and years. WHY? Well we have let rage build up in our hearts and put it on our minds . And if we are not successful at expelling waste , we end up exploding at the wrong times. We have allowed the Real Housewives, Love and Hip and other unhealthy reality shows be our compass for solving problems.

I have to tell you , I have faced some of these moments . And have said things that you didn’t know was on the inside of you . The worst part of it is, once you say it you can never take it back . And once you’ve said everything you thought you wanted to say or needed to say you then have to deal with what was said . Chances are you have made something that could have been fixed a situation that’s possibly ruined forever .  And then there are people that will look at you differently because they suddenly see a part of you that they have never seen before . Now you are in a position that you have to apologize to them and the person you hurt. Well only if you are the bigger person . Chances are you don’t apologize to anyone and then you are stuck in a place where you don’t wanna be , not trusting , bitter and possibly sick  .

Ever watch those shows snapped. When one day the wholesome housewife snaps and kills their husband , the kids and the cat. And they run away thinking that they won’t be found , feeling scared and wondering why they didn’t just take a coffee break. Yet they are found and placed in prison for the rest of their lives only because they could not control their “rageful” emotions.

Let’s take some time and think before we speak . Life is bigger than fights and outbursts and being mad at people …Basically



So What Does it Mean to be Christian

A major decision was made at my son’s Christian private school and it had me questioning what it really means to be Christian. I won’t go into what was done , maybe in a later post but not today . Anyway as a parent , I was quite concerned. See my kids are in this Christian school to allow the freedom of their Christian rights. They pray before and during school. They also study the bible and learn bible verses per week . They visit chapel once a week and play Christian songs during most pep rallies and assemblies. But is that enough to make them Christian?

So I looked up the definition of Christian . You know you can really be blessed by the reading of your dictionary.  It said to be Christian , you must have received the  Christian baptism or  be a believer of Jesus Christ and believe in his teachings.  Professing Christianity and believing in his teachings.

So in order to be called Christian I have to believe all the things that he taught and more importantly I have to believe that he actually existed. I have no problem with any of this but I’m finding it hard to understand how can people be called Christian and don’t believe all the teachings of Christ. How are you Christian and you don’t believe in the bible? How are you Christian and you don’t love ?  See as child growing up faithfully in Sunday School I did learn a few things about Christ and His teachings. One thing that stands out to me is that all of his lessons were simple . Simple enough that my 4, 5, and 6 year old can understand. Yet though they are simple teachings we have made them impossible to follow.

Compassion- Jesus taught on compassion . He said we should have love for those who were poor, despised and the outcast Matt. 4:24-25;9:9-13). Jesus taught about being sincere. He also taught on becoming child like in order to enter into Heaven . So with all of his teachings , are we sincerely Christians?

A scripture that has always stuck with me was as a man thinks so is he. So no matter how we say we are practicing the good deeds of Christ by giving to the poor , talking to the despised and the outcast and being sincere when we speak , all of that is in vain if we have bad thoughts . We are every thought, every curse word, every evil feeling merely by our thoughts . You know you can commit adultery even if you think it , its not just the physical act, it’s thinking it that makes you sin.  So even though we never opened our mouth , we are just as guilty , just as sinful for thinking something that we did not say . Makes you understand why  David wrote, Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

The bible gives us specific ways to live our life. It teaches how to eat . How to treat our spouses.  How to get along with our neighbors. It gives us directions on how to love and live daily  . The bible even gives us stories and examples of things that we may face in our life if we live a life full of hate, envy, strife , maliciousness , jealousy and people who try to divide and separate relationships.  And though there are a lot of man made rules that we do out of tradition , living a Christian life is more a matter of the heart        ( mind) rather than just going to church weekly and believe that Christ existed.

Being Christian is a daily practice, we are all equipped for Basically…



What’s Going On in Our World

For weeks I’ve been teaching a lesson on empowerment to my youth group. I talked about how successful people make money. I’ve encouraged them to go home and study successful people. And every week we walk away having talked about professional athletes, youtube stars and reality television personalities. I myself had to back track and try to find anything relevant in their age range. And yes I found a lot of people in their 20’s who have actually become successful doing things that some of us may have not even thought about . If youtube was around when I was younger and was making up songs about food daily…I’d probably not be blogging right now . Well maybe not , I digress.

The problem is …I have a room full of young black men . And all of the wealthy individuals I found were young white individuals. So what’s the problem? How can I tell them to think bigger , and want more when they don’t see themselves. How do I share with them that life is bigger , when all they see of themselves is getting murder. They are praised for their ability to play sports and discouraged because of the color of their skin .

The bright side of this is that , they still have some athletes to look at , and there are still people making moves in law, becoming doctors and fortunately the previous 8 years there was a black man in power to show us that we too can achieve.

I have reached out to other youth Pastor’s and asked them what they do to empower their youth . It’s funny the pastor’s I’ve reached out to don’t have that problem. They have youth who only need God . I wish our only problem was seeking a closer relationship with God. It’s funny that with all the scriptures I give them , all the faith confession we make our reality is that we have to face major obstacles before we can be successful as a black male.

Look at our statistics:

54 % of black males graduate from high school

Nationally African American male students are 2x more likely to get suspended from school.

48 % of black males attend college and out of that 48 % only 17% actually graduate with a degree.

The median earning potential for a black male is only about $37, 000 .00 and anyone that lives in a city like mine , that’s nearly poverty.

Fortunately there is a lie that says that there are more black men incarcerated than are in college. Only 6% of working class black men are incarcerated.

Back in the 1950’s and before our people, my people fought for equal rights in education. We wanted better jobs, we wanted to live in better homes in better neighborhoods . The college I attended has a statue up of a guy who was a trailblazer being the first black to attend the school . And you would think that after all these years we would have made bigger strides in success.

I’ll continue to teach a lesson on how to dream bigger. I will still have colleges visiting our kids. I will still have people visiting , I still we search for successful people that my kids can relate to . I will still speak prosperity and blessings over their life…Basically