Tip Tuesday: Be Your Own Boss!

Today is the day that we celebrate the bosses in our lives. Being my own boss is a dream of mine. What I’ve always wanted to start my own business. Not one of my direct sales businesses, I’ve been doing those for years. When I was young, I wanted to work as a lawyer. While I’m not going back to law school, working in the legal field is not out of reach. So that’s exactly what I plan to do. Come back and watch us build a legal career and write a blog to share how we made it happen. The blog will share our journey, life events and way too much about our lives. That starts today.

This business will provide a service to the community; allows me to do what I do well while helping others. This business will excite me, so waking up each morning leaves me anxious to start the day. This business has an office that isn’t the four walls and hardwood floors but the people I serve. This business will be hard work and sacrifice. But the short-term sacrifice means a long-term gain!

So Happy Bosses Day to all those bosses out here making sacrifices and building a future every day. See you at the top!

Sneak Peek

Transport yourself to an isle of paradise with Kaia, a silicone clitoral vibrator with six rhythmic speeds and pulsing patterns. Designed to cup perfectly in your hand, Kaia can be equally enjoyed by land or by sea, tantalizing your clitoris with flexible, uniquely shaped wings.” That’s how this lovely product is promoted.

Have you ever just wanted a moment to feel great? Maybe a little foreplay with your partner? Just because I’m a mom doesn’t mean that I don’t like grown-up things. This is one of them.

Remembering Arthur Mitchell: A Monumental Legacy

NEW YORK (AP) — Arthur Mitchell, who broke barriers for African-Americans in the 1950s as a ballet dancer with the New York City Ballet and who would go on to become a driving force in the creation of the Dance Theatre of Harlem, has died. He was 84.

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Our Story:  My daughter auditioned and was selected to attend the world-renown Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH) Summer Intensive program.  DTH has helped her improve her dance acumen, hone her technique, and learn more about the history of dance, dancers and “pretty brown dancers.”  This summer, her friends from Studio A Academy and Sudbrook Magnet Middle School attended with her, and it is a treasured memory that she will cherish for a lifetime.

Oliva_DTH (2)I am so grateful to Arthur Mitchell for not moving to Europe 50 years ago.  They say that everything happens for a reason.  Well, Arthur Mitchell was leaving New York ballet to start a dance school in Brazil when he learned of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.  He decided that he did not have to start a school in Brazil for dancers who look like him when there were dancers right here in America, in his hometown of Harlem.  Mr. Mitchell, along with Karol Shook, founded Dance Theatre of Harlem “to give the children of Harlem the same opportunities Mitchell had as a teenager.”  There were very few opportunities for classically trained dancers of color at that time.  Arthur Mitchell paved the way.  He did what no one else had done, and it still lives today!

My daugher, her friends and lots of young ladies and men are better dancers, better people today because of the vision and work of Arthur Mitchell.  I salute you Mr. Mitchell.  I salute the wonderful company dancers, administrators, teachers and mentors of Dance Theatre of Harlem for your hard work and dedication to developing dancers and leaders in our community.  Thank you!

To learn more about Dance Theatre of Harlem, please visit their website at Dance Theatre of Harlem.

Little Known Black History Fact: Arthur Mitchell — Black America Web

The late Arthur Mitchell’s dancing talent was discovered when he was a teenager in Harlem, on his way to becoming the first Black male permanent member of a major American ballet troupe. Mitchell was born on March 27, 1934 in Harlem, N.Y., and he attended the New York City High School of Performing Arts. He found…

via Little Known Black History Fact: Arthur Mitchell — Black America Web

Little Known Black History Fact: Arthur Mitchell — Black America Web

The late Arthur Mitchell’s dancing talent was discovered when he was a teenager in Harlem, on his way to becoming the first Black male permanent member of a major American ballet troupe. Mitchell was born on March 27, 1934 in Harlem, N.Y., and he attended the New York City High School of Performing Arts. He found…

via Little Known Black History Fact: Arthur Mitchell — Black America Web

Exclusive: Russ Parr interviews Will Packer & Kevin Hart about Night School — Black America Web

Russ Parr & Alfredas talks with Will Packer and actor Kevin Hart about ‘Night School’. Night School is about a man’s life takes an unexpected turn when he accidentally blows up his place of employment. Forced to attend night school to get his GED, he must now deal with a group of misfit students and…

via Exclusive: Russ Parr interviews Will Packer & Kevin Hart about Night School — Black America Web

Monday Motivation: Baltimore City’s Finest

These young people blew us away today. As a speaker at the 2018 Home and Community Based Care (HCBS) Conference at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, I was expecting a fairly academic and ordinary day. I was pleasantly disappointed.

Scheduled to speak and participate on a panel discussion representing the Money Follows the Person (MFP) project award that I manage as a federal grants officer, I was just happy to be out of the office and meet my grantees. Lunch turned out to be the best session of the day! When we finished eating lunch, we were expecting the normal speeches. People were openly discussing getting caffeine to stay awake! HCBS made our lunch period unforgettable with the attention of this children’s choir to the program. This is just a small snippet of the mini concert during lunch.

These children are amazing! They were clearly enjoying themselves and the standing ovation freely given by the audience expressed how we felt! They are exactly what I needed on a day that started somberly with the news of death in my family. Monday Motivation has a whole new meaning! These young people are truly Baltimore’s Best!