Kurt Carr and Natalie King Cole “I Almost Gave Up”

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Don’t give up!!

2020 is hard but don’t let go!

God has not left you. There might be some changes you need to make in your circle, changes in your thinking, in your habits.

Lord God, Heavenly Father, hold us up!

Strengthen our hearts, feed our souls so that we can hang on.

Forgive us of our many sins and iniquities!!

As Christmas comes, let us remember that Christ was born to die for our sins and make us right with You! Help me to continue to encourage and serve where I can. May Your perfect will be done in our lives!

In Jesus name I pray!!



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There is a blessing with your name on it!!!

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Lauryn Hill is prophetic on this one, she is spitting about Revelations!

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I saw a beautiful dog 🐶 🐕 at the Murphy USA name Honey. I encouraged a sister to put her child at Ezell-Harding Christian (she saw my Ezell t-shirt and asked if I taught there…I used to but I still co-sign Ezell ❤️♥️☺️🥰) and paid for gas with a gentleman named Timothy. All these are signs that everything IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT!

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I sometimes react to making a mistake as if I have betrayed myself. 

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I sometimes react to making a mistake as if I have betrayed myself. My fear of making a mistake seems to be based on the hidden assumption that I am potentially perfect and that if I can just be very careful I will not fall from heaven. But a ‘mistake’ is a declaration of the way I am, a jolt to the way I intend, a reminder I am not dealing with the facts. When I have listened to my mistakes I have grown.-Hugh Prather


HBO’s GIRLS (Lena Dunham)

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January 6, 2014


A “Remember this? Remember the time” post.

Place: Atlanta’s Plaza Theatre 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave NE

I volunteer with The Atlanta Film Festival’s Special Events with the lovely Sydney Lamont (hey Sydney!).

This particular evening HBO’s Original Series GIRLS was premiering their third season. It was a beautiful night. Everybody looking pretty and giggly. 

I don’t know whose idea it was, but I was glad they had a popcorn bar, complete with jelly beans, caramel-apple Twizzlers, mini Chips-Ahoy, nuts, and plenty of nostalgic candy to throw in the mix. 

I met a tall, lively red head who turned out to be the director of HBO’s PR for this region. Never know who you gon meet, huh? Gotta stay ready.



Mos Def On Ferguson And Eric Garner: “We’ve Been Here For Longer Than We Realize”

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Ever since being barred from entering the U.S., Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, has kept himself out of the public. Aside from making…


Unlocking your inner champion

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Anthropology is the dream field of Lauren Nicole Akins. Alas, most people think that means I want to go on digs and look at dusty, crusty bones and fossils (there is completely nothing wrong with that, except the fact that they are confusing anthropology with archeology).

I remember doing high school fieldwork experiments with my kooky teacher, Maureen Ellis. Yall, I lived for seventh period on Maroon days: Stonewall Jackson High had an altering schedule of Gold days and Maroon days, so anthro was special. I ain’t new to this, I’m true to this. My mama can tell you I had Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, slave tales, food from around the World, and other culturally specific books sprawling across my tan bedroom floor. I am a creep lol. Don’t let me go to Dekalb International Farmers Market or to a festival or an airport. I will be busy gazing at the beautiful Somali grandmother or the Japanese sushi chef’s gestures or the turquoise flower in ponytail of the Ecuadorian bus rider. People watching to the max! It makes me happy to see families out together or pretty people trying to be dainty or Kool ones expressing their unique swagger. And all I can think about, is creating characters out of each of them. You know, what are their favorite songs, colors, foods, and stories. Why do they do what they? For traditions? For social status? For personal happiness? I promise, if you looked at my thoughts, all of this would be there 65% of the time. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Magna cum laude. No, this fact is not included to boast, but to remind me of how astonied I am that three grad programs passed me over like I was a door marked with blood. I’ll admit, it took anthropology out of my daily thoughts and removed it to a less-frequented portion of my temporal lobe. Mind you, anthropology inherently involves travel, writing, and beauty (of art, clothes, food, people, so on and so forth) and that gets me going.

Today my little prince turned two months old and also, a couple of my good friends graduated from college, AND today I am twenty-five and eleven months old. So I’m thinking, what do I want out of next year and how will I make anthropology and writing a big part of my 2015?

My hubby put me on to Maxwell Maltz’s timeless guide called Psychocybernetics. Psychocybernetics
(Fast forward the video to about 12:00)

It is some hardcore stuff to get you noticing your opinions about yourself and how changing them WILL springboard you into a better and BEST future.

I encourage you to mentally timeline your childhood/adulthood area of passion and go hard for it!

Love and light.
Lauren Nicole

December 11, 1973. Yasiin Bey. Born Dante Smith. Happy Birthday-Bornday-Earthday!!

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Forty years of you? Absolutely! Alhamdulillah!

Black Dante. The Most Beautiful Boogie Man.
Just want to honor you. Your impact is greater than Goliath’s footprints, taking me like hot air balloons.

I am definitely a member of your soul group. May you continue being the Mos Wonderful.

Happy Bornday, Radiance!!