RIP Dr. Maya Angelou

Yesterday, Wednesday, May 28th, we lost an amazing, American icon.  Dr. Maya Angelou was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.

People will forget what you said
People will forget what you did
But people will never forget how you made them feel.
~ Maya Angelou ~

There are some great articles about Dr. Angelou on her website: mayaangelou.com/news/
Check out the site and please share your thoughts on her work and her legacy.
I can’t wait to hear from you!

Godspeed, Dr. Angelou.  You will be missed!

Maya Angelou speaks on race relations at Congregation B’nai Israel and Ebenezer Baptist Church on Jan. 16, 2014, in Boca Raton, Fla.

Not Such “Sterling” Behavior

iStock_000016502615_SmallI’m sure many of you have watched the unbelievable situation relating to the NBA’s Los Angeles Clipper’s owner, Donald Sterling, unfold.  After making awful, racist comments, lying to the media and others, bashing beloved NBA Legend, Businessman and Philanthropist, Magic Johnson, and a ridiculous interview with Anderson Cooper that was aired over the course of 3 days, it’s time for this man to go away!

Today Sterling announced that he will fight the NBA to remove his lifetime ban and said he will not pay the $2.5 million dollar fine imposed on him.  What a travesty!

As he bashed Magic Johnson, saying “he’s not a good role model for children” I thought to myself “and you are?!”  Something you always hear me talk about is learned behavior… what do you think our children are learning from this…? What types of thoughts do they have on this topic, if in fact they’re aware of it?

I personally believe that this is a parenting opportunity… a teachable moment.  While not easy, comfortable topics to talk about with our children, this is life!  I challenge all of you to use this situation for the positive.  Use this as a case study of what is wrong, and what not to do.  Talk about how many people this has hurt, not to the least of which are Sterling’s own family and brand.  Let’s use this opportunity to talk about bad choices and consequences, why lying and cheating are never the answer and why there is no place in our world today for racism.  I choose to teach truth and tolerance and encourage my kids to celebrate differences.  I hope you’ll join me!

Happy Friday!

Much love,
Renee

A Mother’s Love

iStock_000019325879SmallHappy Mother’s Day Weekend to all the Mom’s out there!  My beautiful Mother, God rest her soul, lives within me each and every day.  She was always an angel, but now she’s one with wings!  This poem is for you… I love you, Mom!

A Mother’s Love
by
Micheal O. Adesanya

There are times only when a Mother’s love
Can understand our tears,
Can soothe our disappointments
And calm all our fears.

There are times when only a Mother’s Love
Can share the joy we feel
When something we’ve dreamed about
Quite suddenly is real.

There are times when only a Mother’s faith
Can help on life’s way
And inspire in us the confidence
We need from day to day.

For a Mother’s heart and a Mother’s faith
And a Mother’s steadfast love
Were fashioned by the Angels
And sent from God above…