Thursday, May 3, 2012

Blogger Spotlight: She's making a change and needs your help.

A few month ago a dear friend expressed interest in going to South Africa to work with HIV/AIDS orphans but she wasn't sure how she was going to fund the entire trip. Not sure how to help I offered to put a little something up on my site and ask my readers to donate whatever they could. 

Alena "Coogie Cruz" is a graduate student at Columbia's Masters in Social Work program with a minor in International Social Welfare. 

When asked why she wanted to go to South Africa, Alena answered " Though I am aware of the needs in the United states I feel that many of the global get ignored more often. Kind of an out of sight, out of mind thing.  I believe that right now is the moment to use all my skills as a early childhood educator and Social Work to make a global difference. Volunteering at this South African orphanage will be the stepping stone to something much bigger and will serve to bring awareness to children's issues globally. With your support, I can be closer to making this happen. 

For more information about Alena, African Impact and the opportunity to donate, please check out my site Thank you! 

Here is a perfect example of young people that are really doing something to change the world, give whatever you can EVERY dime counts. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Going back to my Reality.

In the last few months I have made an effort not to watch any reality TV shows. It all started with the continued cat fights on The Real Housewives of Atlanta. it all hit me when they couldn't get past their petty BS in Africa!!!! Surrounded by happy people, smiling and just being thankful for being alive these women argued about whether their cast mate would hold a black baby and some ridiculous conversation about a cape being Louis Vuitton....O_O. SIGH. I made myself a promise that once they left Africa I was leaving them.

I found myself re-evaluating what purpose these show served in my life, The answer was none. I wasn't being entertained, I found myself cringing and angered by the "mean girl "behavior. I pride myself in being drama free and these shows stand against everything I believe is great about being a woman, specifically a Black Woman. From the RHOA to the non-wives of Basketball there is nothing but negativity being shown to millions of people all around the world. I know the cast of these shows don't believe that they should be or have to be role models (and one one level I thank God for that) but with the lack of Black women on television the least they could do is try not to play into EVERY damn stereotype known to man. But in this age of get famous fast, talent be damned nothing will ever change.

So I'm making the decision to just turn off the TV and keep my sanity. Trust me there is a enough craziness in the world I don't need fake, scripted drama to add to that.

And NO I won't turn into one of those "OMG why are you watching that show" person because this is my personal choice and judging others for their choices is the last thing on my mind.