One reason why George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, etc etc hits home with me…

Each name with a hashtag opens old wounds for our family

This post originally appeared on my personal Facebook Profile right after the Ahmaud Arbery video was released. After George Floyd’s murder and all that has followed, I had to share it here on my blog. This post is raw and only contains minor edits (adding George Floyd’s name since I originally wrote it before his murder).

It was 1987, and I was 12-years old. It was Indiana High School Basketball tournament time and my older brother and his teammates had just won the semi-state championship and were heading the following weekend to play in the Final Four.

Faith Leaders Protest in Indianapolis

That weekend was a time to celebrate for our family and our city. Semi-state champs in Indiana High School basketball was huge!

That same weekend my uncle (my dad’s brother) was arrested. A few days later he died (at the age of 39) after being taken to the hospital while in police custody (he was never released from jail…not even sure if he was fully booked/processed in).

We found out later he was beaten by the police while in their custody.

3 Ways to Love, Lead, and Launch Your Kids

Do you feel you've done a good job in preparing your kids to launch?

This is a guest post from Jaicey Bledsoe. Jaicey is a film student (and my daughter!), with a passion to share stories through writing, acting, and film production. Jaicey will be going on her first missions trip next month and to say I’m proud of her is the understatement of the year! Check out Jaicey’s blog where you can catch up on her latest film and missions projects.

How much influence do you think you really have on your kids?

Have you ever wondered what long-term impact your parenting is having?

Ever been worried about the kinds of choices your kids will make when they are on their own?

7 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts That Are Guaranteed to Arrive on Time

Last-minute gifts for your spouse that aren't cheesy

I’m in the middle of my annual ritual of last-minute Christmas shopping. For someone who doesn’t like shopping when the stores aren’t packed, you’d think I’d do all I can to avoid shopping when the stores are jam-packed with Christmas shoppers!

Last-minute Christmas gifts for your spouse

But, nope, here I am still trying to get it done! By the crowds at the mall yesterday, I’m not the only one. You might be in the same boat. So, I’ve put together a list of last-minute gifts that you don’t have to go outside of your house and are guaranteed to arrive on time.

Merry Christmas!

St. Jude Celebration of Hope Seminar

St. Jude Research Hospital - Celebration of Hope Seminar Weekend

Photo credit: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

I’m excited to be a special guest of the amazing St. Jude Research Hospital at their Celebration of Hope Seminar Weekend. St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

The St. Jude Celebration of Hope Seminar is an annual meeting that recongizes some of the top African-American St. Jude supporters, including: radio industry representatives, inspirational music artists, celebrities and corporate partners.

Join me by following my live tweets throughout the weekend.

Date: October 10, 2014—October 11, 2014
Event: St. Jude Celebration of Hope Seminar Weekend
Topic: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Sponsor: ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Venue: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Location: 501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN 38105
Public: Private
More Info: Click here for more information.