In 2008 Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton fought hard to win the Democratic presidential nomination. It wash rough but when it was over Clinton appealed to her supporters and encouraged them to vote for the eventual president. Clinton like her supporters was a Democrat and she supported the nominee, but in the election season we are seeing a different kind of voter on the Democratic side. Bernie supporters have used terms like “democratic whore”, they have brought up Monica Lewinsky and called Clinton unethical. The have in fact provided Donald Trump with some of his talking points. His supporters seemingly have a Bernie or Bust attitude. One is left to ask the question, “are they really Democrats?” The answer is no, but look at who they are supporting…Bernie is not a Democrat either.
What the heck is good hair?* Is it the kind of hair that is naturally straight? Is it the kind of hair that has a natural curl? Good hair is a phrase that probably pre-dates most of my readers, but it is a phrase that continues to echo in the black community. If something is good it actually implies the opposite of that state is bad. So do we conclude hair with a natural kink is bad? One would think this would be a conversation we were no longer having, but sadly that is not the case. Over the years chemicals and electric devises have enabled us to have any kind of hair we want. We can have naturals, kinky and even nappy if that is your preference. So can we stop using this antiquated term “good hair”, and simply accept the beauty of diversity.
*Understood the Beyonce reference just opening it up to a wider discussion.
This book is so full of tips that are outlined in a very easy manner so that no one misses the mark. Most all of us are familiar with the “old school” layaway system, where if you didn’t have enough money on hand to purchase a particular item, you would put a bit of money down and pay weekly, until the item was finally yours to take home. Joni Hudson-Reynolds uses this same system to posit that many of us have put our dreams on layaway, and it’s about time to get those dreams out of layaway and have them begin to work in our favor.
There are exciting chapters that include Finding The Dream Again, The Burden and Blessing of the Dream, Owning The Dream, Living the Dream and Working the Dream, among others.
Hudson-Reynolds helps people lay out a strategy to achieve their dreams and purpose, even if one has become stagnant and the latter has been up to now undiscovered. She is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago and in 2011 launched Dreams with Deadlines—a workshop designed for women who have a dream and want to learn how to make it happen.
An excerpt from the book jacket: This book is for people like you—who have a dream but for some reason have not been able to make it happen. You will learn how to say no and mean it; how to close the adoption agency; how to own your dream; how to start again and how to effectively use your 24 hours and more.
The author uses Biblical scriptures to accentuate some points in presenting approaches that are both logical and informative. Nothing is particularly earth shattering, but the information is often filled with anecdotes about events that have occurred in the author’s life that make the suggestion presented easier to comprehend.
For example, in Chapter 5, Giving Your Dream A Deadline, Hudson-Reynolds talks about her freshman year of college and meeting deadlines for her assignments. She spoke of using a flashlight to complete her reading, because the power had gone out in her neighborhood. She vowed not to waste time or money that had been used for her college tuition, and says that your deadline to complete whatever task you have laid out should be of an urgent concern. Finally, she says you should make every resolve to complete it on time.
Each chapter is also followed by “dream steps,” so the reader can outline positive actions to bring one closer to his or her goals.
I found this book helpful in my personal life with my dream that needed a bit of a push, as well. I highly recommend this book for people who are just getting started on the road to their dreams, or for those who have pulled on the side of the road and need a little help navigating back to the finish line.
Hudson-Reynolds’ mission is to empower people with the tools necessary to walk toward their destinies. She is available for speaking engagements and interviews.
For more information about “Take Your Dream out of Layaway” by Joni Hudson-Reynolds, visit http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU001028477/Take-Your-Dream-out-of-Layaway.aspx.
Reprinted with permission from the Chicago Crusader.
Three young girls accused of stealing a car drown while attempting to escape from the police. The deputies claimed they waded into the water in an attempt to save them but the dashcam paints a very different picture. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
Golden State Warrior Draymond Green has the perfect answer to a perfectly stupid reporter question. Watch it and share your thoughts.
Bernie Sanders, the socialist insurgent presidential candidate, says he is losing to Hillary Clinton because poor people don’t vote. Read the linked story and share your thoughts.
Just saw Barbershop The Next Cut today and if you have not seen it I encourage you to do so. Sure there are plenty of laughs, but the heart of the story is a father’s love for his son. A black father’s love. I say that because this is not the kind of story that gets much media play. We see black fathers on the Maury Povich show turning flips when they find out that they are not the father. We see the glorification of gang bangers, but we rarely see loving fathers standing up for their children. Go see it and you will be inspired.
Kelly Ripa has not been on the set of Kelly and Michael since Michael Strahan announced he was leaving the show. Ripa was blindsided by the news. That might be true but does that give her the right to go on strike? What do you think should Strahan have told Ripa before the rest of the world. Share your thoughts.
Yesterday the artist known as Prince died. We are all still in shock but it interesting to see how yesterday was all about the loss and today is all about the why. What happened? How did he die? Today people are talking about drugs in his system. Why do we build someone up and then try to demolish the icon created? Share your thoughts.