Ancestry 

As I await the results of my ancestry test, I find myself wondering about my Sub-Saharan African percentage. I won’t lie to you, I want it to be alot, but DNA in itself can be very tricky. To ease my mind, I started goggling ancestry DNA results and stumbled across two videos that I will share here.

Most people, like myself at one point in time, believed that the darker the person the more “African” they are. That’s not entirely true. Charles Barkley and Snoop Dogg had a DNA test to see who is “Blacker” and the results were actually pretty close! I decided to order my ancestry kit from My Heritage and I will have my results in 6-8 weeks. After doing a little research, I decided to go with My Heritage since it was more detailed than 23andme. I was asked if I would do a reaction video of my results, but I’m not too sure about that.

So, who’s “Blacker” ? Snoop Dogg or Charles Barkley? See for yourself.

Click here for Charles Barkley. Results begin at the 1:55 mark…

Click here for Snoop Dogg.

Click here for Tamera Mowry’s emotional DNA reveal.

Until next time… 

NeNe’s Babies

I was sitting here getting my thoughts together for my upcoming second novel when all of a sudden my mind started to drift. I started to think about how much I love my nieces and nephews. There’s nothing in the world I won’t do for them because their well-being and happiness means everything to me. Life wouldn’t be the same without them because they each have their own quirks and are unique

Yes, they are all special in their own way and no matter how old they get, in my eyes and mind they’ll always be my babies. There’s nothing they can do to change that. They’ll always be my Sugas! 

Until next time… 

Wise Words

Wise words from my red headed Grandpa… 

Don’t get to wishin’ for what other folks have. 

Think about whatchu got and be grateful for it. 

You can’t have everything.

You still livin’ ain’t cha? 

You got a roof ova your head don’t cha? 

You ate (whatchu you had) didn’t ya? 

Be grateful cause some folks don’t even have that. 

Until next time…. 

My Biggest Struggle 

I was asked what my biggest personal struggle is and to post my response on my blog. I have no qualms about answering that question because we all have some type of struggle or two. With that being said, I want to use this opportunity to show that no matter what your struggle or struggles are, it’s not an excuse for bad, reckless or foolish behavior. I used to think and be that way years ago, but now I know much better. 

My biggest personal struggle is my temper. I don’t have a bad temper, I struggle with a violent temper. It was nothing for me to fight a male or a female because I know what I’m capable of doing in a fight. Let me tell you, I highly despise that part of me. I never went looking for a fight, but it always seemed to find me. Be it male or female, it usually boiled down to them wanting to fight me because of my small frame and quiet demeanor. I’m ashamed to say that I secretly got a “kick” out of it and I’ll tell you why below. 

I knew that these individuals were thinking I would be an easy beat because of my small frame. I also knew that once we would start fighting they would soon realize that they had made a terrible, terrible mistake. By that time, it’s too late because they had crossed a line that had serious repercussions. I wasn’t aiming to just beat them, I was aiming to really, really physically hurt them with just my two hands and I did. How sad and such shameful behavior on my part. There was NO need for all that. Such horrible, horrible behavior. 

You may be wondering, how am I able to deal with such a violent temper? Prayer first and foremost is my biggest help and second of all, staying away from people or situations that have the potential to set me off. You see, it takes an incredibly strong person to walk away from a fight. Even if that person started it, be the bigger person and walk away. Especially if you know you could seriously damage that person. We’ve all heard of individuals who are now in prison because they allowed their temper to get the best of them. If only they took the time to stop and think before they reacted.

 I honestly wish I could go back and do things differently, but I know I can’t. What I can do is make sure that I don’t act so shameful and foolish by stooping down to such a despicable level again. When you know better, you can do better. Hands that used to be scuffed up and stubby are now smooth and pretty. A body that used to be ruled by a violent temper is now in control (for the most part) and at peace. If I feel myself getting angry at a person, I immediately start to pray and / or remove myself from the situation or person. 

You can do anything you set your mind to and I choose to set my mind on positive things and helping people. Life is much more enjoyable when you are doing things that promotes peace, love and happiness. If you are going through the same thing or have some other struggle, I sincerely hope you too will find a better way to cope and deal with it. I’m rooting for you!

 
Until next time…be of good cheer and full of peace. 

Juneteenth 

Good Morning! Happy Morning! I know I’m a little late on this, but I’m still going to post my thoughts on Juneteenth. If you’ve never heard of Juneteenth prepare to be “schooled.”
  
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger came to Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free. Keep in mind that this “news” came 2 1/2 years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. 

You may be wondering why it took so long for slavery to end in Texas. Well, considering the history of slavery it doesn’t come as a surprise why, although there has been a number of speculations. For example, one speculation is that the news was deliberately withheld by slave owners to keep slaves on their plantations. Another speculation is that these soldiers / troops waited two years so the slave owners could reap the benefits of their last cotton harvest! How deceitful, hurtful and disgusting! 

Think about that for a moment. You had thousands upon thousands of free Black men, women and children working as slaves because they didn’t know they were actually FREE! It breaks my heart and fires up my soul in more ways than one! Yet, we all know how even though slavery had ended, millions of Black people in the United States were being treated as if they were still slaves. Many were beaten, bullied, lynched and murdered. 

My heart sinks when I think about all the Black women who were raped during slavery and suffered more rape after slavery was over because there was a long standing law that a Black woman could not be raped. The law for the longest time was that a White woman could be raped, but the rape of a Black woman was not rape because of the color of her skin. How sad, yet bitterly true. Makes you wonder how such foolishness like that took place for so long. 

Yes, Juneteenth is celebrated and recognized in some states, but it still doesn’t make up for all the families torn apart and how millions were stripped from their culture. Slavery in any shape or form destroys lives and countless families. 

Until next time… 

Aware

Good Evening! I’m back with another six words or less of inspiration. Are you ready? Of course you are. Let’s go!

Be careful of who you trust or share information with. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen other people get hurt because they were too “trusting.” You can learn so much about a person just by watching them and observing them. Some people are meant to be kept at a distance. All you have to do is silently observe. A person’s character is like pregnancy, it can’t be hidden for long. 

So be kind towards all, but don’t be so free and open to all. Some folks don’t mean you any good. 

Until next time… 

Not Giving Up 

Yesterday was a nerve-wracking day for me. Why? Well, because I had to wait on pins and needles to hear if a new type of chemo and radiation treatment will work for my father. Never one to lose hope, I was in awe to see just how upbeat and positive my father was. Not only that, can you believe that he drove himself and my mother over 2 1/2 hours to his appointment?!? That may not seem like a big deal, but considering he’s battling advanced lung cancer and Parkinson’s disease that is AMAZING!!! 

When I tell you there is nothing my father can’t do, I seriously mean it. The cutest thing of all was how he surprised my mother on the way back by taking her out to dinner. He’s always done sweet simple things like that, but seeing how things are much different now it made it all the more sweeter. My family is quick to tell you, we don’t want any pity. Your kindness and genuine concern will do. Keep fighting Dad, because we’re fighting alongside with you. You are truly the strongest and most determined man I have ever known! ❤️

Until next time…