July, 2015

Favorite Summer Recipes

Raw Tomato Sauce for Pasta Makes 4 small servings 4 large ripe tomatoes (peel & core) 4 large garlic cloves-crushed 6 large basil leaves slivered 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (first cold pressed is best) Freshly Grated cheese 1)    Chop tomatoes- put in bowl…

Building Personal Confidence and Self Esteem

There is an easier way to ensure that you are able to build your personal confidence. Most people look for things outside of them instead of what they have inside.  Confidence can be built through appreciating who you are and where you want to go.  At times it…

Our Internal Power

So many people think that power is either physical strength and/or financial capability.  Those are absolute external forms of power.  However, I want to talk about internal power. We live in a world of cause and effect.  If we try to force creation through external power (in other words…

Power vs. Force

No, this isn’t a review of the book by the same name.  We often equate power with force, but what is true power?  To me, and this is my personal experience and understanding, power has a variety of aspects.  These include control, confidence and capability within one’s own…

Let the River Run

The Universe Is Full Of Stars Which Fills The Night Sky. From The Perspective Of Each Star, The Universe Appears Different. There Is Not A Single Perspective Which Is Superior To Another. From Any Single Point Beauty Can Be Seen. Each Star Is Magnificent By Itself But Each…

Sista’ Speak: Why Is Bad B*tch the New Classy?

In a world where the focus should be on the systematic oppression of black men who are targets for the broken criminal justice system, I am focused on our young black girls. In a world where we are arguing about a flag whose significance lasted so many decades…

Goin’ In: Vignettes

  The Gift I awaken to my spiritual practice. After I watch Roland Martin, I prepare my breakfast, carbohydrate-free, with coffee as a chaser. I peruse Facebook and Gmail, and just about two hours after breakfast, my lover calls. He seduces me, reminding me of the arduous work…

Broccoli & Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Whole Grain Pasta tossed in a light and creamy sauce with broccoli and sun-dried tomatoes. Recipe type: Dinner Serves: Serves 6 Ingredients: 12-ounces whole grain spaghetti 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 cups broccoli florets 1 cup vegetable broth 1 cup white wine (use your…

The Story of a Family

Madanlal was a strong and powerful businessman who was an expert in his industry. His community appreciated his knowledge of business and the way he built his empire. His wife, Mayavati, was very good as a homemaker and caregiver, and she was also a powerful administrator for the…

Simba Foluke’s Drumbeat

Simba Foluke is a professional performer of West African style drumming.  He has taught and performed in the Knoxville City School System and African festivals around the country.  In 2007, Foluke established the American African Drummers, a company that trains professional drum performers.  He feels that drumming changed…