Speaking the Truth……. with Leila

About the author: She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology.  She is an Entrepreneur, a Speaking engagement coordinator, a Personal Style Integrator and owns a boutique in Kenya, Africa.
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Reader, adventurous, life’s student, loves real talk, dream-chaser, passionate about life.

Are Women Really Empowered?

  “Women empowerment has indeed done a marvelous job on increasing women’s economic and political capacity.

   The 21st Century has seen more women contributing more to a country’s GDP than any other century in the life span of the human race.
Behind the glamour of the empowered 21st Century woman is a lady struggling to define ‘self-worth and dignity’.

   I was having a conversation with a friend who is a counselor and it was so devastating to hear that despite being well educated, women are not emotionally empowered. Her clientele’s age-group target is women in their 20’s. In this era where we are told that women need to have their own careers, very few are telling the young women that they need to love themselves first.

  The young women are still allowing men to define their dignity. When it gets to a point that a woman can permit anal penetration just to keep a man… There is a problem!

  I was seated in a restaurant next to a group of women whose conversations were irresistible since they were loud so I was guilty of eavesdropping. They were discussing a lady whose husband isn’t only violent towards her but also towards the house help. The lady in discussion, has a business but the man controls when she runs it. If he is home after a night-shift and wakes up in the afternoon, she’ll have to close her business to go and attend to him. The domestic violence has affected her ability to run the business hence cannot increase the family’s income because her husband controls her every movement. How low can her esteem be????
Whatever happened to male protection of the female species? It has now become male violation of the female species.

  That is just a tip of the ice berg of the question on ‘What was the point of women empowerment if women polished their outside and forgot to take care of what is inside?’
  Output is a result of Input. When a woman doesn’t love, respect and invest in her personal growth, everybody around her will experience the anguish.

Let’s face it, a woman’s emotions cause a ripple effect.

  Whatever is in a woman’s heart affects her immediate environment.
The very first commandment of women empowerment should have been:

WOMAN…… LOVE THY SELF!”

 

To read or comment on this or more of Leila’s writing click here Leila’s Blog

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Strawberries and Rock-n-Roll……

   Me and my husband attended this great festival tonight featuring the bandStyx

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    “Styx” an American band from Chicago formed in 1972. The playlist included songs like: Mr. Roboto, Too Much Time On My Hands, Blue Collar Man, Lady, Renegade, Miss America and more!

Here are some photos from last nights concert…..

Band members included: Tommy Shaw, JY Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips.

Check out the Festival if you are in Florida it has great vendor foods, rides and games for the whole family along with rockin’ music. Enjoy!!

 

Spotlight for March 2019

    This month I am so honored to feature not only a great business lady and mother but a women who has been like a sister to me and a great friend for over 7 years.  We met in 2012 when I was looking for a natural hair braid specialist and she was remarkable with how she did her work that ever since she has been my go to person for everything from braids, sew-ins, curly hair and the recent bold short styles are just many of the styles she has “Slayed” for me and others.  Introducing my girl with the magic touch……
Danielle Renee Julian

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 “Great hair doesn’t happen by chance, it happens by APPOINTMENTS”  Renslayedhair

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Me:  “What is your name?”
Danielle:  “Danielle Julian but everyone calls me Renee”.
Me:  Where are you from?”
Danielle:  “I am from the beautiful island of Antigua. Located in the Caribbean”.
Me:   “Tell us about yourself and your beautiful family?”
Danielle:  Omg 🥰🥰😊😊! I am a family of 5. I have 4 beautiful children. 3 princes and 1 princess! Love them more than life itself.”
Me:  “Tell our readers how you started with your business and what your plans are for 2019? ”
Danielle: When I was younger my career goals were to be an Immigration Attorney, I started school and while going to school I hated it. I said this is not for me. I was bored and didn’t want to fail so I went and got my braiding license since I already knew how to braid hair. And I fell in love from doing hair! I would watch other stylists in the salon that I worked and I would get so inspired! So i stop going to school and invested in my new career! I gained clientele and grew more as a stylist! I decided to go back to school and obtain my cosmetology license and I now currently rent a suite inside of a Barbershop where I am doing great as a cosmetologist. For 2019 I plan on preparing to open my own upscale salon offering hair and aesthetic services and also provide professional products.”
Me:  “What is your greatest accomplishment to date and why?” 
Danielle:  My greatest accomplishment are my children! They are my motivation to do what I do and to grow as a stylist and good person.”

 

Me: “Do you consider yourself pessimistic or optimistic when it comes to your business?”
Danielle:  “I consider myself optimistic, I am a person who sees so much potential in myself! I picture a vision of what I want for myself and for my business and I can see great things in the future for me as a professional stylist and a successful business woman.”
Me:  “Is there anything in your business you would like the opportunity to change?”
Danielle:  “Not really but I plan to do more in this business than stand behind the chair. I wanna have my own products as well an educational system for future stylists.”
Me:  “What do you love about your business and why?”
Danielle:  “I love putting a smile on my clients face and what gives me more drive is that fact that they are all super supportive of me.”
Me:   “What was the most difficult thing you ever had to deal with when it comes to your business?” 
Danielle: Unsatisfied and Problematic clients and working for people who were envious.” 
Me:“If there was any advice you would give a young entrepreneur starting out, what would it be?”
Danielle:  “Yes of course! Stay focused, take classes to always perfect your craft and your client is your main priority in this business it always helps to keep them happy! And always be reliable I had to learn that tremendously!”

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Me: “What social links and websites can our readers connect with you and your business?”
Danielle:  “As of right now I am working on connecting more to other people on a broader scale but as of right now Instagram (@renslayedhair) is my main connection”.

 

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“One of many satisfied customers including me…thank you for having a Passion for hair and your customers!”  LaFrieda Smith

I want to thank Danielle Renee Julian for being my spotlight for this month and if you have not checked out her website do so on instagram by clicking here Renslayedhair.

Interview by: LaFrieda Smith
Guest: Danielle Renee Julian

Family Meeting….Take 2…Action!!

So we left off last month with the Smith Family learning a new way to communicate in their family meetings called Zoom.  We rejoin the Smiths in their March meeting with topics such as chores, employee of the month, cleaning and helpful tips to save their lives.

Yesterday on Zoom….

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We discussed the chore redistribution by having everyone pick a number from 1-5.  After this, we had everyone split up into two teams.  

Later on…..

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We all had to write down prior to the meeting who they thought should be Employee of the Month and why….fold it up into little pieces and put into a box.  Sr. was in-charge of revealing the votes.  When I announced what the prize would be for the Employee of the Month…there was outrage from the crowd!! Needless to say, a couple people were not happy with the results of the Employee of the Month.

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*I won the Employee of the Month and I am exempt from chores for a whole month!!*

To end the meeting we have two teams: Briana and her dad will be taking care of Sage and the bathrooms while Devon and Jr. will be doing dishes, towels/sheets,  vacuuming, sweeping and mopping. We also as the parents did a 15 minute demonstration for the teens.

Brian Sr. showed them what to look for in an oven fire and where to turn off breakers, and second, in case of flooding where the main shut-off is in the front yard and how to properly turn it off.

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I showed them how to clean the bathroom properly in 15 minutes.

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Until next month….which team will win Employees of the Month?

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1,2,3….TEAM!!! Ladies HS Softball

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JV Head Coach: Chip Kellum

Varsity Head Coach: Mike Hall

Click here to follow Lakeland Teams and records Lakeland Dreadnaughts lhstsa

Next 3 games are all away games

3/5/2019 Lake Gibson, 3/7/2019 Kathleen High School and 3/8/2019 Mulberry High School

The ladies first game was against (Discovery) Winning 16-6

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Pictured above: #15 Lexi and my daughter #8 Briana Smith coming home from her first win on 2/20/2019! So proud of her!!

Game 2: Ladies played (Ridge High School) and crushes it Winning 7-2

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Pictured above: My daughter Briana #8 and Morgan #13 one of our best players!

Game 3: Ladies played (Tenoroc) Winning 11-6

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Pictured above: #13 Morgan- who is our home-run hitter, #15 Lexi- our catcher, #11 Tatiana-our fast ball pitcher and #8 second base- my daughter Briana!!

Below is the schedule for JV and Varsity Home and Away Games. Come out to support the ladies….they are on FIRE with both teams undefeated!!

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GO Dreadnaughts!!

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Teams….What are they good for?

Sports Bullying” –The act of making a person feel less than worthy in any sport by allowing the seperation of class between team levels.

*This kind of bullying goes unnoticed and is said to be thrown under the rug for the sake of sports reputation.*

” I have 3 teenagers, 2 sons and a daughter who love sports and are athletic in their own sport of choice. What I have seen over the years is that, people don’t play the game like they used to with team support. It is very hard to be apart of a team when there are so many negative factors that stand in the way of helping those who want to become athletes succeed.”
“I have witnessed first hand how the “Politics” of sports begins even at a young age. When children try out for little league or as far as high school with JV and Varsity….why is it that people try so hard at a sport to only get criticised and told you are less of a player because you are not the best.”
“I will give you an example: The term Junior Varsity and Varsity refer to amateurs and experts, right? But what happened to everyone has to “crawl before they walk philosophy”. If a person is learning a sport and trying to become an expert at it…don’t they need encouragement and praise instead of “You suck” or “You are awful” because the last time I checked, coaches were teachers not dictators. If a person makes a mistake you dont critize them for it, you teach them the right way of doing it for the next time. Also, when teams are formed for the same school, the teams are not supposed to be seperated, they are all working for the same school. No one team is more important than the other.”
“Something that needs to change is a learning team being classified as unimportant just because they are new. Everyone deserves an award no matter what sport they are doing because it takes courage and strength to go out there and be in front of a crowd. If one team is scoring points and winning and the other is not, we should still support one another as one team with encouagement not bullying.”

*If you see signs of sports bullying report it immediately!!*

“Last night when I was at my daughters softball game & I noticed that the opposite team had their Varsity cheering the JV of the same school while our Varsity was at the game and didn’t support their team at all. That needs to stop”.🛑

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Black History Legends……Day 28

Richard Overton

(May 11, 1906-December 27, 2018)

Oldest living African-American man and World War 2 Veteran

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Technician fifth grade rank and stationed at unit 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion

Born in Bastrop County, Texas.  He received many awards and honors for his years of service between 1940-1945.

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Pictured above: Overton was greeted by Barack Obama on Veterans Day in 2013 at his nursing home where he resided until his death from complications of pneumonia. He was honored on May 2016, after the death of Frank Levingston, as the supercentenarian.

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Pictured above: Richard was honored when they changed the name of his home street to his name.

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Pictured above: Overton built this home in 1945 in Austin Texas and lived there after he returned from the War.

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Pictured above: Final resting place for Richard and his wife Wilma Overton at the Texas State Cemetery.

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Pictured above: A happy Richard who says that “Cigars, whiskey and living life is the key to his longevity.” Richard Arvin Overton

 

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Black History Legends….Day 27

Sarah Boone

(February 1932-1904)

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Pictured above: The inventor of  a revolutionary item that we use on  daily basis to help keep our clothes on straight.  Introducing…..

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Pictured above: The Iron Board reinvented in 1887 by Sarah Boone and  U.S. patented in April 1892.

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Pictured above: First iron and Iron board prototypes.  Since the first one was introduced there have been 17 patents, revisions, and convenient storage units made for them.

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Pictured above: Present day iron and iron board.

 

 

Black History Legends….Day 26

“Something Good” (movie)

Cinema 1898 (29 seconds long)

The First Negro Kiss on film.

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Pictured above: A movie called “Something Good” featuring actors Saint Suttle and Gertie Brown from Chicago.  
Listed below are movies that introduced African-Americans in the early 1900’s.
  1. A Fool and His Money 1912
  2. Railroad Porter 1913
  3. Lime Kiln Club Field Day 1913
  4. The Realization of a Negro’s Ambition 1916
  5. A Trooper of Troop K 1917
  6. Aladdin Jones 1915
  7. Two Knights of Vaudeville 1915
  8. Money Talks in Downtown 1917
  9. Natural Born Shooters

 

Don’t go anywhere…still more to come tomorrow!!

 

Black History in the Making….Day 25

Tia Norfleet

(May 1, 1986-

NASCAR’s first African-American professional women driver from Norfolk, Virginia.

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Pictured above: Tia Norfleet, the first African-American licensed race car driver.

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Pictured above: Tia and her famous dad, Bobby Norfleet, who’s retired now, taught her everything she knows.  He has raced motorcycles, drag cars and stock cars.
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Pictured above: Bobby Norfleet and Tia Norfleet with Jesse Jackson.

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Pictured above: Some of the many magazine featuring Tia Norfleet.  Check them out!!

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