WRAPPING UP THE SUMMER WITH HERITAGE

There is no better way to wrap up the summer than by highlighting and celebrating Black Heritage. The Houston Black Heritage Music and Arts Festival will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday, August 11-12th, 2018.

This will be the 4th year that the festival has food, art, and music from talented artists including Grammy Award-Winning Lalah Hathaway, as well as Stokley Williams, J Paul Jr., and Earl Detrick (DeeSmuve). This two-day experience has something for everyone: Health & wellness education, financial empowerment, self-expression all within the unique blend of African and African-American style!

For more information on tickets, sponsorship, vending and other opportunities, visit http://www.houstonblackheritagefest.com.

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“There’s Something Special About Louisiana”- Dr. KaNisha Hall Recognizes The Excellence In Education at TM College Prep

All across the state of Louisiana, you can find young people who are enjoying the summer- those ten or so glorious weeks where no books beckon and a teenager can answer the calls of their bed until all hours of the afternoon. In Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, however, you’ll find students still at work, still pursuing excellence.

You see, at TM Landry College Prep, the students only get a five-day break for summer. One week, and then these hard-working students are back in the classrooms. The independent, coeducational year-round school has garnered attention for its students’ impressive academic achievements, including a 100 % graduation rate and a 100% acceptance rate to four-year universities.

Dr. KaNisha Hall, Howard University College of Medicine alumna and executive board member, was recently invited to speak at TM Landry College Prep. Hall is passionate about bridging the gap in education in Louisiana. She has longed to see advancements in the Louisiana education system since her matriculation from Louisiana Tech University for her undergraduate degree.

While visiting, Dr. Hall was astonished to see the shift in the curriculum at TM Landry and the impact it has had on the students. The programs at TM Landry require rigorous work ethic – in and out of the classroom. This college prep school is contributing to the success of young academic superstars and is a perfect fit for those who think outside of the box. TM Landry has proven to help its students accomplish their goals in college and beyond. Dr. KaNisha Hall went to Breaux Bridge to reach and teach students, and while there, she learned just what TM Landry expects.

So while there are children complaining of the heat or their boredom, some of Louisiana’s most advanced students are back at work. Here’s a recap of Dr. KaNisha Hall’s visit to TM Landry College Prep:

 

 

 

I Was Never Daddy’s Little Princess

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The journey to self-awareness and mindfulness is great, but it can also force you to address a few suppressed or subconscious wounds. Many of us are strong by default….I know I am. I’ll share with you that I’ve uncovered a few emotional scars that I developed from growing up not without having my father in my life. We would see each other in passing and I had to accept that he could not interact with me in public. He would drop by to see me for about 30 mins every other year. I felt rejected, worthless and I always felt like I had something to prove. My early relationships were a direct reflection of this. My father passed away 15 years ago and it’s even more painful to know that I’ll never have the opportunity to get close to him or hear him say I love you. This explains so much about my life and my reluctance to attach to people personally. If I never discover anything else…I’m happy to check this innate characteristic. I’m happy that those circumstances don’t determine my future. I stand for every fatherless daughter. We are too are worthy of a crown. ❤️❤️ #Transparency #ThisIsMe #Jen

REMEMBERING THE LEGACY OF ALFRED HALL III -APRIL 18, 1953-MARCH 12, 2008

The Legacy

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Happy heavenly birthday to Mr. Alfred Hall, III; Today would have been his 65th birthday.  He was known as a dedicated steward who selflessly served his community by providing scholarships and leadership to those who needed guidance. He believed that education was the key to success. Mr. Hall made a life’s work of encouraging the next generation to set their sights beyond the glass ceilings of the past by means of higher education. He took the time to mentor young families to help put them on the path to homeownership. He also offered affordable housing to his community of West Shreveport.

The Alfred Hall, III Foundation was organized in 2008 with an effort to sustain the philanthropic legacy of Alfred Hall, III. They have provided thousands of dollars in scholarships to high school and college students.

The Honorarium

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The Alfred Hall, III Foundation will celebrate its 10-year anniversary during their upcoming annual scholarship gala! This year’s inspirational keynote will be delivered by Physician and Amazon Best Selling Author, Dr. KaNisha L. Hall.

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The Hall family extends the invitation for the community to attend their 10th Annual Scholarship Gala on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  The event will be held at Hilton Shreveport located at 104 Market St Shreveport, LA 71102 from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm.  During the honorary program, a special group of extraordinary leaders and businesses based in the Shreveport, Louisiana area who have shown admirable contributions and dedication to their community will be awarded as “Community Champions”. Among the honorees are Louisiana State Representative Barbara Norton; Mike and Tracey Landry, founders of TM Landry College prep; Pastor James E. Green of Union Mission Baptist Church; Marco French, principal of Queensboro Elementary School, Jessica Hall and more. The foundation will also recognize former scholarship recipients and the 2018 scholarship awardees.

Find out more about how you can support the foundation and its efforts at https://www.ah3foundation.com/.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ah3f-10th-annual-gala-tickets-(https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ah3f-10th-annual-gala-tickets-41808241576)

What does it mean to be fierce?

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Being fierce is more about confidence than what you look like on the outside; it comes from within. Being fierce means changing the narrative that women don’t work well together and women of color carry baggage and are difficult to work with.  It’s about knocking down walls when doors are closed and windows are locked.  It’s about having a vision, a goal, a dream, and not letting any person, place, or thing get in your way.  It’s about creating lanes for the women that are coming behind you.  Being fierce is being transparent and sharing your testimony knowing that through your heartache, tears, and suffering other women can be healed. Being fierce is understanding where your help and strength comes from and leaning on God for everything (every decision, every step, every idea)…

Continue reading on  The Amazing Adventures of CACH

 

Use Your Words

IMG_1654There’s a popular phrase amongst parents of preschool and elementary aged children: “Use your words”, they say, when their child is moody, whining, or struggling to express their juvenile needs or worries.  This simple phrase sends somewhat of an electric shock to the brain of the child which almost always results in the kid quickly straightening up and attempting to verbalize their emotions.

After having somewhat of an unpleasant confrontation with a fellow co-worker involving her rolling her eyes and me exiting the room, I had a thought:

What if adults coined the phrased “Use your words” when dealing with other adults?

Why is this lesson only good for elementary aged children, when adults are the ones that struggle the most with communicating their needs and wants?

What if the physical emotion that we were acting out quickly turned to words filled with less emotion but more truth?

 

Read on at:  The Amazing Adventures of CACH

 

You are the Master of Your Fate!!

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It is almost the end of the first quarter of 2018.  January was the month of “new year, new me”, New Year’s Resolutions, just saying ‘No’ to sweets, tobacco, and just saying ‘Yes’ to exercising, eating right and on and on.  January was also the month of restructuringdownsizingrole eliminationsdisplacedlaid off and whatever other corporate jargon companies use nowadays to dismantle the balance of human lives.  I’ve been seeing a lot of posts over the past few months related to mass layoffs and the fear of not knowing if you might be next up on the plank.

In 2001, I was an intern in the IT department of a pretty well-known company.  One morning just a few weeks into my internship, I was greeted with the word restructure.  I went throughout my day as normal but I started to see boxes being carried around, office chairs moving from cubicle to cubicle, folks huddled in corners and others folks in the breakroom with concerned looks and a few tears in their eyes. I didn’t know what restructure in the corporate context meant but nothing about it sounded fun.

By the end of the week, several desks were empty. I was sharing a desk with a team member who was out on leave. He was displaced by the restructure so his desk became mine for the remainder of the summer.  After a few weeks the huddles dissolved just as quickly as they had formed and it was business as usual.  By the end of the summer, I had forgotten about those folks that were once there but then gone. I did wonder what came of them but based on the restructure conversation that my then manager had with the other interns and I, the folks would be setup with workforce agencies and could even apply for other positions within the company not to mention they would be compensated for some of the weeks they would be without employment. Didn’t sound bad at all.

It has been a little over a year since I lived through my restructure and I am in a reflective mood. I was never afraid of losing my job. I was very competent in my role as a Program Manager and I knew that I could walk into any company and kick ass.  This isn’t me being cocky this is all confidence because I know my worth. It took a while for me to really feel comfortable at a company and in a role so much so that I wouldn’t feel the least bit of shade if an employer decided to downsize.  The one thing that I felt and still feel is disappointment with how the leaders of my last company handled the communication and professionalism surrounding the job eliminations of roles within the company.  During my exit interview, I shared a letter with the HR representative explaining my displeasure.  Checkmate!

When decisions are made in large rooms with people in suits there is no way for them to understand the crippling affect their decisions have on their employees.  Babies are still being born, life threatening diseases are still being diagnosed, college tuitions have to paid, and families need roofs over their heads.

Yes, life goes on, but lives are impacted.

Layoffs are sometimes the last resort for companies but no matter the initial disturbance that led to the decision, this type of situation should be handled with care. I think the company that introduced me to restructuring did an okay job of handling such an uncomfortable situation, however, my last company…not so much.

My advice to those of you who have recently found yourself without a job or those of you who are waiting to hear your fate:  Remember that God placed you in your particular situation for a reason during this season.

Learn from it.

Grow from it.

Don’t get stuck.

Remember that you are enough.

Walk in confidence knowing that God is simply taking you on a detour. Enjoy the scenic route and when you’re done get back to work!

Doors may be locked.  Windows may be boarded up.  Don’t become fearful, just grab a sledgehammer and knock down a damn wall. Create your own path and when you’re done bring a bunch of Fierce folks with you!

You are the master of your fate. You are the captain of your soul.