Sunday, July 20, 2008


Hey ya'll,

Thanks for visitig my blog. First, I want to say that CNN is the inspiration for this new venture of mine. I love to write, but I never thought that I would use blogging as an outlet to express myself. CNN is doing a special on "Black In America," a year long investigation that explores the myriad experiences of BLACK women, families, and men. They investigate the troubling statistics of racial disparities between students, the HIV/AIDS epidedemic, single-parenthood, and much more. This program opened my eyes to the current situation of BLACK America. I love my people, and it hurts to see my people in so much pain. The destruction in our communities is at an all time high, and I honestly believe that each individual can do something to aid in the advancement of our culture, our people, and our families. So with this said, I will use this blog to discuss current events that affect the BLACK community. I always asked myself, "what can I do?" Well, this will be my start. With this blog, I will discuss BLACK people, empower BLACK people, and do my part in the advancement of BLACK people. I will close this opening blog with a famous quote by Marianne Williamson that means so much to me, and to the BLACK experience.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

---talk with you soon!


Anonymous said...

J.O., you are truly an inspiration and as I sit in my hotel room this morning reading your blog, remebering your former days, continue to DREAM, and VISISION and remember in all of this BE FORWARD FOCUSED BOT PASS POSSESSED!

Zora Neal Hurston might say, The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell. You have given birth to the present and I am proud to be here and be a part of your life, I look forward to the continued greatness. Much love. Rev. Debbie

Ms. Bobbie said...

J. O., I am truly impressed with your avenue of expression. I know that you have an outstanding future in expressing yourself through the "written word". Stay positive and remain true to yourself.

Ms. Bobbie

Dee said...

J.O., I am very proud of you. Your blog is great and your bio is outstanding. I know it will continue to be expanded with more outstanding accomplishments. Keep doing what you do.