Black History Trivia

Do you know who was the first African American to hold a medical degree? I will give you a few hints:

1) This individual was the first University trained African American.

2) This individual graduated at the top of their class while also being the only African American in their class.

3) This individual was an abolitionist as well as a writer and author.

Do you know the answer? 🤔

Feel free to Google it as I’m sure some of you will. Go for it! 😉

If you think you know the answer, leave a comment. I will reveal the answer on Friday.

Until next time…

Black History Month

Hello and Good Morning! It’s Black History month everyone! 🖤 For all my new subscribers and followers, throughout the month of February, I’ll be sharing hidden and unknown Black History facts. The good, the bad and the ugly.

Since I’ve been sharing Black History facts on this particular blog, I’ve had many non-Black readers express how intrigued and inspired they are by some of the things I’ve shared. The Black Experience is full of stories of triumph, betrayals and heartache, but it’s those stories, those experiences that deserve to be shared. Especially those who have lost their lives due to racism and false accusations.

Get ready to be educated, inspired and enlightened because what I share is not discussed in schools. I think it’s because many non-Black teachers are afraid to or don’t know how to.

Until next time…

Muffin Tops. SMH…

Good Evening! I hope everyone is doing well. I haven’t made a random post in a while, but since some of my family and friends are “on me” about a particular habit of mine, I thought I’d blog about it. They want to see if anyone else will be annoyed by this “habit” of mine. 😩

Let me start off by saying I can’t help it. This writer and blogger has her quirks and I’m not afraid to admit it.

Whenever this writer / blogger eats muffins, I only eat the top part of the muffin. Yes, I only eat the muffin top and throw the rest away. I’ve always done that because to me, the bottom part of the muffin is dry and not that sweet. 🤷🏾‍♀️💆🏾‍♀️

Whenever I’m about to eat a muffin around certain family or friends, they’ll blurt out, “Nita don’t you do it. Don’t you dare do it.”, but I have to do it. I don’t like the bottoms of muffins. 😭😂😭

The muffin top is the best part of the muffin in my opinion and it’s the only part of the muffin I will eat. If that annoys you, I’m sorry. 😲 If you are ever around me when I’m eating a muffin, look away because there’s a pretty good chance it’ll look a lot like this when I’m done. 🙃

Until next time…

Books And a Bit of Research

As I’m preparing to write my next novel, I decided to do some research on a few more of my relatives. I never have to look far for inspiration or storylines because my relatives, my ancestors had very interesting lives.

When I put in my book descriptions, inspired by true life events, I mean just that. These are events that happened in real life to my people, my ancestors, my relatives. These aren’t things that I dreamt up out of my imagination. These things really did happen.

One such relative I had the pleasure of discovering more about was my other Grandfather. I never got the chance to meet him, but I heard so much about him. I could remember hearing stories how he was tall, dark, good-lookin’ and born in the late 1800’s. The trouble with that is no one knew the exact year he was born.

Do you know what I did? I did some digging.

Turns out, this Grandfather of mine was in fact born in the 1800’s, 1883 to be exact! How incredible is that? This 80’s baby has one Grandfather that was born in 1919 and the other Grandfather was born in 1883. To see it on paper made a world of difference to me. It made it real.

This discovery however is a little bitter sweet because I had to remember (once again) that my Grandfather’s parents were born as a slaves. Keep in mind that on June 19, 1865, the last of the remaining slaves in Texas were freed. It takes my breath away knowing that my Grandfather was born 18 years after the last remaining slaves were freed and 20 years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

How’s that for a family discovery.

Until next time…

Buying Fake Reviews? Don’t Do It.

As a person and as a rule, I try to always be honest. That includes being honest on my blogs and social media accounts too. I don’t like lying because I hate being lied to. Adding to that, I don’t like lying to other people.

When I see authors being exposed for buying deceitful book reviews, I get annoyed. More and more published and self-published authors are being “called out” and I find that to be sad, desperate and alarming. Especially when they know better.

When I was a new indie author, I used the service Fiverr because I thought it was a good idea. Let me tell you, it wasn’t. Fiverr is littered with users who will post a glowing five star review of your book. The cost? $5.00. Some will tell you they’ll read your book, but they don’t. Others will bodly advertise that they’ll leave a glowing review if you provide them a few details about your book. That right there is what stopped me years ago. When you know better, you do better.

I’ve seen well known authors and self-published authors being called out on Goodreads for paying “readers” to leave tons of four and five star reviews. How sad because most people can tell a legitimate review from a bogus one.

I understand that both published and self-published authors want a lot of good reviews, but you want to obtain those reviews the right way. How many times have I asked readers to leave reviews on my books rather than DM’ing me their thoughts? Several. Why? Because I understand the importance book reviews.

As bad as I want loads and loads of reviews (good or bad) left on my books, I can’t force a reader to leave a review. I also can’t see myself paying for hundreds of dishonest reviews either. Ten, five, even one dishonest review is one too many.

If you’ve thought about buying reviews, please don’t do it. Your reputation is at stake. When you do things the right way, you feel much better about your work and accomplishments. Lying is never good because lies do have a way of catching up with you.

Until next time…

Words of Wisdom for 2018

As the year 2018 draws to an end, I’m marking off all the things I refuse to carry into 2019. I have goals that I’m aiming to reach and I can’t do that unless I get rid of a few more things.

The years we have to live are limited people and I don’t want to waste my life doing mundane things. When I look back on my life, I want to be happy with the way I lived my life and the choices I made. I don’t want my life littered with regrets because to me, that is a life wasted.

The way this world is headed, we can be here one day and gone the next. Simply put: Tomorrow is never promised nor is it a guarantee.

If this has been a rough year for you, I sincerely hope that 2019 will be a better year for you. I had some things I had to conquer, face and make peace with this year and I was able to do just that. What about you?

2019, let’s do this! 👊🏾

Until next time…

The Godfather of Soul

If you are into rhythm & blues, funk and soul music, you already know who The Godfather of Soul is. For those who aren’t a fan of such incredible music, that moniker belongs to the one and only late James Brown.

I decided to blog briefly about him because I was surprised that many people didn’t know that he was of Apache ancestry. James Brown’s Apache ancestry came from his father’s side. When he was alive, James Brown supported and donated money to Native American reservations.

Considering my own family’s background, I didn’t need anyone to tell me that James Brown was of Apache ancestry. It’s hard not to notice that he possessed strong Apache physical features. It’s amazing how we can inherit strong physical features from some of our ancestors.

If you haven’t seen one of James Brown’s documentaries, you should when you get the time. It’s interesting, enlightening, disappointing and even inspiring.

Click here for one of my favorite James Brown songs.

Until next time…