#day17 is late but it’s worth it. I have a fresh hair trim and I’m feeling great! I’ve been inspired countless times by my hero, Whitney, and this time is no different. I just hope I did the song justice. Can’t wait till I can sing the big parts effortlessly.
Run To You - Whitney Houston
It’s my Mom2.0’s Birthday!!! She’s officially 70! As dope as I am, I don’t think I am half as dope as she is. Even when she thought I wasn’t listening, I was. Even when she thought I wasn’t watching or paying attention, I was.
She’s the reason I am the woman and mother I am today..the reason that I expect nothing more than people to be themselves, not to take it personal when they do, to graciously side step, forgive and continue doing me - chin up, faith strong, goal driven and focused.
I have strong genes because I have strong roots.✊🏾🙌🏾 #FamilyOverEverything#GreatnessNurtured#Legacy#MomDukes#Love#Mom#Parents#Lillian#Birthday#BirthdayBeauty
m y l i n e a g e ⠀
One of the best books I've ever read is Cane River by Lalita Tademy. The historical fiction novel tells the story of four generations of slave-born female ancestors and the obstacles they faced to establish an identity and independence of their own. ⠀
This is one of the first books of the last decade that has sparked a new fire in me. After reading it, was inspired to begin really tracing my family roots. When my great-grandmother departed, I was given all of her research on our family including original birth documents, land deeds, military badges, and even her father's tribal birth certificate/enrollment document from the year 1908 to the Cherokee and Creek nation. ⠀
I've discovered some amazing things since I've began exploring and I'm getting closer to piecing more of our tree together. ⠀
How do you connect to and honor your lineage. ⠀
How will it impact your legacy?⠀
My great great grandfather Ephraim Hanks spent a lot of time on the exact spot I am standing. This town has a lot of my family’s heritage and energy in it. I feel a distinct mission connected to this place. Even so, I have a love / hate relationship with this weird little city.
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What's The Right Thing To Do?
The last chapter in my upcoming book, I suggest to my son that if he is able to answer this question in any situation and act accordingly, he will be a better man for it.
The right thing to do, may not always seem like the right thing for YOU. There is also no guarantee it will be easy.
For example owning your mistake, being honest with someone even if the truth is going to sting and you don't wish to hurt them..... these aren't always easy.
When we are able to hold ourselves accountable to do the right thing despite the cost, then we know we really are living the best version of ourselves.
Thank you to those who have joined me in this conversation about Legacy Living on IG and FB. The direct messages gave me fuel because daily i was reminded that our experiences are shared and we are on this journey together.
Join me Jan 23, 2019 at 1pm EST for the launch of my book. I will be sharing the link on the day of. It is my pleasure to make the book available for that launch for free and I hope to see you then.
The most important thing is to always try something for yourself. Everyone will always have an opinion if they think an idea is good or bad. Nobody really knows. The only way to find out is to actually do it. Your idea, your vision, your passion, your execution...it’s all unique to you. Be smart, but be you. Never be over influenced on someone else’s opinion. And...never fucking settle. 💪🏼
Rick Rubin is one of the top record producers and music industry executives of all time. He’s amazingly creative and is a master of getting the best out of people. He has an amazing philosophy on life and is someone that has truly created his own path. Do yourself a favor and check out some of his work.
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🎨 Things that make you go hhhmmm.
What are the factors that contribute to the rift between Blacks in the African diaspora and what can we do to close that gap?
HANNAH-JONES: You have, on one hand, people from the continent saying, “We’re not all in the middle of a war, we’re not starving, we’re not all that, don’t judge us.” But then they come to the United States and judge 40 million people as being one way as well. So we’re both doing it, because we both don’t want to be on the bottom. -Essence magazine
NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES: What often gets erased [in discussions about immigration] is that we are literally one generation out of legal apartheid in this country. My dad was born into Jim Crow. We don’t acknowledge that the gains African-Americans have made since the end of legal apartheid, which was 1968, have been tremendous. Look at our graduation rates, our college attendance rates, our foray into middle-class jobs. What’s said is, “You’ve been here forever, and you guys got your freedom, and why aren’t you doing anything with it?” - Essence Magazine
In pic: Founder of @dividedandconquered working on one of my paintings
Never give up on people who never gave up on you, and never give up on dreams that you are so passionate about, you can’t stop thinking about them. .
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