Always on Time

Time is our friend not our enemy. 

Time gives us a second chance. An opportunity to make it right. To start over, make those wrongs right. 

Time heals, time reveals. Time allows for growth and abundance. Renewal of strength. A clean state, a better tomorrow. A bright future. 

There is no ticking time clock on life and the plans you’ve created. There is no time frame on how things should be. We are all on our own unique journey, our unique story, our individual paths.

You are where you need to be and doing exactly what you need to be doing. Don’t rush, stop and smell the roses. Enjoy and experience life at your own pace.

It is never too late and you are not running out of time. There is a reason and a season for everything. You are not racing to the end of your life, but the beginning of a new one.

Our God is an on time God and He always shows up when we need it most, and not a minute sooner. We have to let go of our own time constraints and our own expectations and go with the flow of things. 

Time is our friend, not our enemy. 

Lifetime Movie Premiere: Wendy Williams: The Movie

Premiering on Lifetime on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 8pm is Wendy Williams: The Movie executive produced by Wendy Williams herself.

In this much anticipate biopic Williams reveals the highs and lows of her life. She solidified herself as the the IT source for celebrity gossip and hot topics on her show, The Wendy Williams Show. This movie will show her human side as the spotlight has turned on her and her life. From her humble beginnings to naysayers she prevailed to the success of her syndicated show.

Ciera Payton stars as Williams alongside Morocco Omari who stars as William’s ex-husband Kevin Hunter. During the quarantine time before shooting Payton studied Williams to be sure she was able to show the side of Williams that viewers rarely see. Payton relied on feedback from Williams and was pleased to be able to present Williams well. Omari was not given much to go off of Hunter due to limited materials but he made due with studying videos and other mediums of those from the NY area. The Chicago native was able to bring Hunters character to life.

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WENDY WILLIAMS: THE MOVIE – JANUARY 30 – 8PM

Talk show host Wendy Williams executive produces the biopic on her life, revealing the highs and lows she has experienced throughout the years. Wendy has made herself the go-to source for great celebrity dish on her hit talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, but recently the spotlight has turned towards her. The authorized project provides a revealing look at Wendy’s journey, from her scrappy upstart days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show. Despite all the naysayers and obstacles Wendy encountered throughout her life, her strength and determination have allowed her to thrive. Ciera Payton takes on the lead role while Morocco Omari stars as Wendy’s ex-husband Kevin Hunter. Produced by Front Street for Lifetime and executive produced by Wendy Williams, Will Packer and Sheila Ducksworth. Darren Grant directs from a script written by Leigh Davenport and Scarlett Lacey.

THE WENDY WILLIAMS STORY…WHAT A MESS! – JANUARY 30 – 10PM

In this feature length documentary, Wendy Williams, the self-anointed Queen of all Media, sheds her private persona and speaks directly to the camera, discussing every inch of joy and humiliation she has experienced since childhood. From her apartment in Manhattan, we’re with Wendy during the course of her divorce, as she deals with being a ‘Hot Topic’ and finds a way to right her ship again. It’s a raw, no holds barred look with never-before heard truths about Wendy’s notorious feuds with celebrities, her shocking divorce, her childhood and the private darkness she has endured. This is the story of a self-made woman who finds herself at the start of a new life, uncertain of the future, but ready to reclaim her crown. The documentary is produced by eOne and Creature Films for Lifetime. Executive producers include Wendy Williams, Tara Long, Mark Ford, Kevin Lopez, Sarah Girgis and Joie Jacoby. Brie Miranda Bryant and Gena McCarthy serve as executive producers for Lifetime

The Queen of Plot Twists

Anastasia A. Jackson loves writing. She has been writing since she was in grade school. She has two children, and plans to show them the world. Anastasia’s free time is spent with her sons. During the day, she works in customer service. She writes every chance she gets. Anastasia’s imagination is very broad, she will envision something and bring it to life on paper. 

We had the pleasure of getting to know Anastasia a little better and digging into her passion for writing:

LC: Who is Anastasia, The Writer?

AJ: Anastasia the writer is a queen. She Fierce, she’s untouchable, she is the creator of the plots and schemes in the stories. 

LC: Share a fun fact that readers don’t know about you?

AJ: I Love Starbucks coffee. 

LC: What do you do for self-care currently?

AJ: I read as much as I can.

LC: Describe your writing space, what does that look like?

AJ: My writing space is quiet (ex. The library, home, and or outside) headphones, a laptop, a snack, water, and a notebook. 

LC: How do you select names and stories for your characters?

AJ: I select names by looking at a baby name book. My stories are sparked by a conversation. (ex. I can talk to you and one thing you say can spark a story in my mind.

LC: What book resonates with your heart the most?

AJ: The book that resonates with my heart the most is When paths cross: A dope love story. This was my 14th book and first love story.

LC: What has been the best way to market your books during the Global shut down?

AJ: I love social media. Social media platforms, social groups, and hashtags help a lot in marketing.

LC: What does success in the writing world mean to you?

AJ: Success in the writing world means freedom. When I say freedom, I get the opportunity to leave the real world and place myself in a story. “When boredom strikes I write” This quote I live by as well as “when in doubt write it out”.

Connect with Anastasia online via her website

Creating a Future Together with Avoraza

Erika Klisonyte owner and director of Avoraza, A social media and marketing management agency. Whether your already established or a newly opened business, Avoraza will help you in managing your social media platforms and creating a marketing strategy that works best for your companies needs.

Erika created Avoraza on the strength and impact her grandmothers left in her life. Erika serves as a independent freelancer who wants to help businesses develop and reach their market.

We were able to chat with Erika and learn a little more about her passion:

JM: Describe your brand in five words. 
EK: Young, enthusiastic, creative, passionate, emotional

JM: When did you realize you had a passion for marketing?
EK: My marketing passion was discovered during my 1st year in university in 2015 when I have studied bachelors degree in event management. As part of the course we had marketing classes, but they were only covering the basics of marketing. During the years my passion grew, so I have decided to take my knowledge further and study a masters degree in strategic marketing communications to dig deeper and fully prepare myself for my future career. Now I can use my theory in practice and bring the best results possible to my clients. 

JM: How did the pandemic increase your drive to succeed in business?
EK: I have actually started my business during the pandemic in July 2020, so I can say that it definitely increased my success. A lot of companies are looking to promote themselves in the best way possible, be visible and still be able to sell, so the pandemic has actually brought me a lot of opportunities and advantages.

JM: What marketing tips can brands put to use to stay relevant during this pandemic?
EK: During the pandemic, people spent and still spending more time online, so I would strongly suggest creating a strong social media presence for your brand. Also, do not be afraid to show your emotional side and engage with your audience – talk about the struggles you’ve faced during the pandemic – a lot of people can relate to it, so your brand will be able to bond with the target market and add value.

JM: What is next for Avoraza marketing?
EK: The only way to go is further! I am very excited to see what the future holds for me. At the moment, I am planning a little rebranding in January and will be adding some additional social media platforms for Avoraza’s promotion. In the long term, I am looking to establish a team of professionals who will be working alongside myself, however, I would love to focus on students and recent graduates as a lot of companies are not willing to give a chance to young, inexperienced people who are seeking to know more and develop their skills. As I had this difficulty myself, I want to help students gain experience and become comfortable and discover the areas they can create their path.

Connect with Erika and her brand online via their Website

Fashion Boutique Owner Brings Dazzle to the Fashion Industry with ChicDazz Boutique

 

Dedicated Fashion Mogul & Entrepreneur, Jeneive Cargill, mission is to ensure women feel their optimal best with whatever they put on with quality pieces that exude beauty, fun, and sexiness. This show stopping lady born to Victor and Beatrice Pinnock is adamant about making dreams come true and putting in the work to do so. As an advocate for body positivity, Cargill ensures her boutique has quality pieces that accommodate every client and encourages them to look and feel different at the same time all while being confident about their body and style. Her passion for fashion and shopping steered her to this direction as the stores never quite had the pieces she desired. She turned such a loss into a gain by opening her own boutique.

And though this may be considered a win for Jeneive Cargill it isn’t her most memorable. Walking across the stage to receive her college degree after dropping out many times is actually the memory she holds on to. It was the pivotal moment that showed her with true dedication and perseverance, no matter how long it takes, one can accomplish their dreams. This along with her admiration of Taraji P Henson’s hardwork and dedication pushed her to be the best that she can be in all endeavors of her life; including her company ChicDazz Boutique. Using her expertise in hardwork, consistency, and dedication, her goal is to ensure her boutique is a one top shop for all clients where they can get the perfect outfit, wig and accessories.

But that’s not all! Jeneive Cargill isn’t just a fashion boutique owner but a woman who understands the importance of empowering other women. Her store isn’t just about the material but the feeling that it brings. Encouraging and enlightening women to be their best and do their best is where her heart lies. Going back to that moment where she had to prove to herself that she can accomplish a goal and overcome any obstacle she faces is the momentum she lives in. And from that place is where she pours from; encouraging her clients and all women who come her way to strive to be their best.

Patrice: What makes you a pretty woman that hustles?

Jeneive: Certain principles of life such as acceptance, balance, spiritually and purpose are just a few things that make me a pretty woman. Sticking to certain principles of life and wanting to provide a different environment and financial situation for my children and parents make me hustle each day. The hustle is real and you have to fight for it, especially when you’re a pretty girl. Being pretty sometimes make the hustle harder. So keeping the faith and being myself makes me a pretty women who hustle.

 Patrice: How did your journey in business began?

Jeneive: My journey began in my 30’s when I was pursuing my college degree. I was partying a lot, hosting parties and promoting parties. I would always get calls from friends and associates asking me for suggestions about an outfit, or can I find them an outfit. Wanting to look different and standout was the key for many of them. I would search days in and out until I found the perfect look that they were looking for. One day I decided that I would start a clothing business and sell unique pieces. I procrastinated for about two years until one day I was diagnosis with a chronic health condition, which got me thinking how I didn’t start my dreams. So I began my business right after being hospitalized.

Patrice: As a business owner, what challenges did you face along the way?

Jeneive: First challenge I faced was not able to find the right designers and vendors that represented my style and the image for my company. I soon learned that I could travel, research or pay for a vendor list. However, this was not always successful because many of the vendors did not have styles that I was looking for. Other challenges were buying pieces from vendors and upon arrival the materials were horrible and of course returning was a big challenge.

Patrice: Tell us a little bit more about your business and what does it intel.

Jeneive: ChicDazz Boutique is a one stop boutique that sells women and men clothing, hair extensions/wigs, and accessories. Our goal is to make each customer experience different and to match your personality with a style that will compliment your appearance.

Patrice: What types of pieces do you have in your boutique?

Jeneive: There are many custom pieces to choose from. We specializes in glamour evening dresses, cocktail dresses, two-piece sets, romper, and bodysuits, even to that perfect pink short wig, and not forgetting those diamond sparkling earrings that shine money all over. Each piece is unique.

Patrice: To you, what does the word Entrepreneur mean?

Jeneive: Entrepreneur to me means, being able to operate, own and design your company to fulfil your dream. Entrepreneur also for me is taking that risk that you would never take and hustling for it because it’s your goal to become that entrepreneur in fashion because you sleep, walk, dream and live for it.

Patrice: How do you balance your work life, personal life and business life all at the same time?

Jenieve: Sometimes it’s hard trying to manage my life. I operate two businesses today. However, being prioritize is very important and has allowed me to stay functional with work life, business life and personal life. There are times that I have to take myself away from both work life and business life, even thou it’s not often but sometimes I have to take off so I can have self-time. Allowing me to refresh my mind, soul and body. The great part of balancing work life and business life is that I have the options to include my personal life throughout my day.

Patrice: Do you find that to be a challenge for you?

Jenieve: The only time it’s a challenge is when I have to travel back to back. Often times it causes me to get so caught up in the events that I’m doing that I sometimes forget to double check in back at home on my personal life until I see my baby boy face timing me.

 Patrice: Where do you see your business in five years?

Jeneive: We are out to become one of the principal global designer, marketer, and distributor of authentic apparel for a broad variety of fashion needs. ChicDazz LLC in the next five years will offer a variety of products, including quality apparel and designs for diverse purposes.

Patrice: What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a business owner/entrepreneur?

Jenieve: My best advice would be to first research, research, research before getting started. It will save so much time while also educating you in what you’re trying to start. Especially as a boutique owner, it’s important to know your competitors and know what they sell. The second advice is stay consistent on your style, cause that’s what set you aside from others.

Patrice: Do you have a favorite fashion designer?

Jenieve: Yes my favorite fashion designer is Dior and Alexandria McQueen.

Patrice: What is next for you and ChicDazz Boutique?

Jeneive: Well ChicDazz Boutique has officially launched online store in December 2020 and is now schedule to open its first storefront in Atlanta, GA in mid-February 2021. ChicDazz Boutique is currently branding its name and working alongside LiveKanvas Studios on upcoming production proposals.

 

Connect with Jeneive:

Instagram: chicdazz_boutique

Facebook:  Chic’Dazz Boutique | Facebook

Twitter: Chic’Dazz Boutique (@ChicDazz) / Twitter

Website: www.chicdazzboutique.com

 

A storyteller and writer creating her own lane one opportunity at a time! Patrice Rivers is a 9x published author who created her own brand That Riverz Gurl Brand, LLC. Not only is she a certified journalist and freelance writer, but a Sickle Cell survivor and advocate. Patrice created the “Come Learn with Patricia” book series to share her personal testimony of living with SCD. She is also the creator of “Let’s Talk Cell Talk” health platform that also promotes and shares the awareness of SCD. Learn more about Patrice and That Riverz Gurl Brand, LLC by visiting www.thatriverzgurlbrandllc.com. Be sure to follow her on Instagram www.instagram.com/thatriverzgurlbrandllc and the health platform www.instagram.com/letstalkcelltalk

 

2020 + WON Expectations

2021 came in with a vengeance and it’s no surprise that we all have expectations we are hoping for in 2020+WON! Unless you are on another planet, the most amazing thing happened on January 20, 2021….screaming loading! Yessss..we welcomed and elected the First Female as Vice President of the most powerful nation in the world…The United States of America…Vice President Kamala Harris!! Ladies….wear your shoes because glass is all over from the breaking of the glass ceiling!

We are breaking records all over Sis and your expectations will be given to you in 2020+WON! All the discouragement you encountered on your journey is NO MORE! All your endeavors will be blessed coming and going. Every expectation will be multiplied 10 fold! You’re winning Sis…so keep going as we applaud you on the runway of success!

Everything you hoped for will happen and today we declare in solidarity 2020+WON is YOUR YEAR! CLAIM IT…MANIFEST IT…EMPOWER IT…IT’S YOURS!! I SEE YOU SIS…KEEP WINNING! 👏👏

RIDE THE WAVE OF SUCCESS!

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Salt-N-Pepa Biopic Premieres on Lifetime

Sisterhood and friendship is front and center in this biopic about Salt-N-Pepa. Actresses GG Townson as Cheryl “Salt” James and Laila Odom as Sandra “Pepa” Denton embodied their roles. During the Press Conference these ladies played off of each other and you saw inflections of the women they portray in this long awaited film.

You can see how each woman got to know each other and bonded while filming. Their personalities and passion to portray both Cheryl “Salt” and Sandra “Pepa” was evident as they acknowledged how important this role was for them.

Salt-N-Pepa have made history and this movie will be sure to show how friendships can overcome trials, hurdles and create bonds for life.

“Salt-N-Pepa” premieres on Saturday, January 23 at 8 pm/7c, immediately followed by the “Let’s Talk About Salt-N- Pepa” Documentary at 11 pm/10c.

STAY TUNED FOR LET’S TALK ABOUT SALT-N-PEPA  – JANUARY 23 – 11PM

After 35 years, the reigning Queens of Hip Hop are still going strong. Salt-n-Pepa sit down for a fun and intimate discussion about what makes their iconic partnership work, how these two very different personalities find the delicate balance to keep it going, and how their pioneering style continues to influence the music world today. Hosted by Loni Love, the special is packed with never-before heard stories about their lives and careers and share exclusive BTS footage, with a few surprises and special guests along the way! Salt-N-Pepa Interview Special is produced by A&E Originals with Ted Butler as executive producer.

Little Women ATL Premieres Season 6




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Attending the virtual press conference with the amazing ladies of Little Women: Atlanta was an experience. I got to chat with Ms. Juicy who is now the Executive Producer of the Show – Kudos to her for her hard work and dedication.

Check out this exclusive with Ms. Juicy as she shares some exclusives as well as a tidbit about her upcoming movie on Lifetime.

After a monumental year of challenges and change, Lifetime’s unscripted hit series Little Women: Atlanta returns with the highly anticipated premiere of season six on its new night Friday, January 22, at 9pm ET/PT.  The season kicks off with Ms. Juicy, Minnie, the Tiny Twinz Amanda & Andrea, Abira and the return of Monie, as the ladies all come back together in Atlanta to pursue their dreams in the city’s vibrant hip hop scene. Once again, the ladies bring the fun, the drama, the competition and the love as together they face health issues, careers changes, relationship ups and downs and life’s hardest trials and tribulations — all while still dealing with the complexities of living in an average size world. Little Women: Atlanta returns with a two-hour block of fan binging programing beginning with the Little Women: Atlanta Kickoff Special on January 22nd at 9pm ET/PT. Starting on January 29th the series will premiere 90-minute supersized episodes at 9pm ET/PT every Friday night, followed by the all-new 30 minute after show, Little Women: Atlanta Unfiltered, hosted by Loni Love (The Real). 

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Millennial Mogul Candace Holyfield

Candace Holyfield is a millennial business mogul and spa extraordinaire who currently owns Six Figure Spa Chick, a marketing firm for spa/beauty professionals. Candace strives to exemplify excellence while educating, empowering and uplifting spa professionals across the globe.

The purpose of the Six Figure Spa Chick is to help over 500 spa professionals build, grow and launch their own successful businesses. Her achievements as a CEO of her personal spa Boss Tribe, author of the first Black Spa Magazine, creator of the first Black Spa Expo Awards, and motivational speaker, has inspired other business owners to strive for more success. Candace has secured a clientele base of over 15,000 spa professionals since she began her services in 2011 called “I Love Candy Spa Parties”. Her spa services include: massages, facials, lash extensions, body waxing, teeth whitening and v-steams.

Six Figure Spa Chick is designed to motivate other business owners to develop more wealth, building education, and refresher courses for spa professionals.

We had the privilege to sit down with the amazing Candace Holyfield and get to know the passion behind her brand.

LR: How did being a medical assistant prepare you for your current Boss Life?

CH: Being a medical assistant I was only 19 and fresh out of school. I didn’t know I would one day be my own boss. Being a medical assistant and working with a doctor taught me how not to treat my staff.

LR: You are coined the Millennial Business Mogul and Spa Extraordinaire. What advice do you have for other millennials who are trying to find their way not just in the spa business, but business in general?

CH: In business I suggest everyone to have your paperwork in order. Get your business legalized in the beginning. Be sure to run money in your business checking account and not personal in case you need a loan from the bank. Do these things in the beginning.

LR: Candy Spa parties sound like something edible. What can our readers expect when hosting a Candy Spa Party?

CH: Everyone always thought we set up candy stations. My name is Candace and when starting out in 2010 I did kids spa parties. I picked a name that would attract moms to book for their kids. We provide robes, all spa equipment, massages, facials, and nail services.

LR: Six Figure Spa Chick prides itself on moving spa professionals to the next level. What motivated you to take in the challenge for other spa professionals?

CH: It’s a huge lack of successful African American spa professionals. Many work for franchises or companies. Those who are independent struggle within their business. I mastered how to open and operate a multi six figure spa so I started teaching others.

LR: We are loving the Black Spa Awards! It’s very important that spa owners are recognized. Their jobs are very intense dealing with so many people. How did the Black Spa Awards come about?

CH: I love hosting the Black Spa Awards. I began doing this event in 2016 to recognize black spa professionals because we had no real spotlight.

LR: COVID has impacted quite a few spas. How have you been able to continue with your marketing business to assist them during such a trying time?

CH: During Covid our marketing efforts shifted heavily on retail and several esthetician’s did virtual consultations. Many spa owners who didn’t have a product quickly got one to survive during Covid. I hosted several webinars to educate on how to sell retail and how to get prepared for after the stay at home order was released.

LR: Your A to Z Marketing Guide hit bookshelves in 2019. Give our readers a sneak peek into what they can expect to get out of this book?

CH: My best selling book on Amazon is a short but impactful read with different marketing strategies for spa professionals. One strategy that is often looked over is getting on the news. This strategy creates traffic and money in bulk.

LR: Finally, you have many impressive accomplishments. What can we look forward to in 2021?

CH: 2021 I’m super excited to host my 3rd annual black Spa Expo in September.

Take a moment and connect with Candace Holyfield and “Six Figure Spa Chick” Online via her Facebook, Instagram, Website

Amanda Gorman – Youngest Inaugural Poet

Meet the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history – 22 year old chosen by First Lady Jill Biden

We watched as history was made today as we welcomed the first Woman, African American and South Asian Vice-President Kamala Harris – we were blessed with the poetry of Amanda Gorman. Chosen after first lady Jill Biden saw her reading at the Library of Congress she was not given guidelines so she wrote a poem about uniting America and welcoming the new chapter.

I must say I am more that proud of this day. We are walking into a new era and as a country we are truly ready.

This excerpt from her poem was simply powerful.

“We, the successors of a country and a time,

Where a skinny black girl,

Descended from slaves and raised by a single mother,

Can dream of becoming president,

Only to find herself reciting for one.”

In an article from the NY Times by Alexandra Alter Gorman states, “In my poem, I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen over the past few weeks and, dare I say, the past few years. But what I really aspire to do in the poem is to be able to use my words to envision a way in which our country can still come together and can still heal,” she said. “It’s doing that in a way that is not erasing or neglecting the harsh truths I think America needs to reconcile with.”

American poet Amanda Gorman reads a poem during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Gorman is an amazing example of a Pretty Women who Hustles. She fell in love with poetry at 16 was named the Youth Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. She also became the first person to hold the National Youth Poet Laureate while studying sociology at Harvard. In September she will release her debut poetry collection via Viking Books for Young Readers, titled “The Hill We Climb” aimed at teenage and adult readers. Also on the same day her debut picture book “Change Sings” with illustrations by Loren Long. Lets support this amazing young woman.

Full Transcript of the Poem:

“Mr. President, Dr. Biden, Madam Vice President, Mr. Emhoff, Americans and the world: When the day comes we ask ourselves, ‘where can we find light in this never-ending shade, the loss we carry, a sea we must wade?’

We’ve braved the belly of the beast, we’ve learned that quiet isn’t always peace. And the norms and notions of what just is isn’t always justice. And yet the dawn is ours before we knew it, somehow we do it. Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.

We, the successors of a country and a time where a skinny Black girl descended from slaves and raised by a single mother can dream of becoming president only to find herself reciting for one.

And yes, we are far from polished, far from pristine, but that doesn’t mean we are striving to form a union that is perfect. We are striving to forge our union with purpose. To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man.

And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us, but what stands before us. We close the divide, because we know to put our future first, we must first put our differences aside. We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms to one another. We seek harm to none and harmony for all.

“Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true: that even as we grieved, we grew; that even as we hurt, we hoped; that even as we tired, we tried; that we’ll forever be tied together victorious, not because we will never again know defeat but because we will never again sow division. 

Scripture tells us to envision that ‘everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree and no one shall make them afraid.’ If we’re to live up to our own time, then victory won’t lie in the blade but in all the bridges we’ve made.

That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb if only we dare it, because being American is more than a pride we inherit – it’s the past we step into and how we repair it. 

We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it, would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy. And this effort very nearly succeeded. But while democracy can be periodically delayed, it can never be permanently defeated.

In this truth, in this faith we trust for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us. This is the era of just redemption we feared at its inception.

We did not feel prepared to be the heirs of such a terrifying hour, but within it we found the power to author a new chapter, to offer hope and laughter to ourselves. So while once we asked ‘how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe,’ now we assert: ‘how could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?’

We will not march back to what was, but move to what shall be: a country that is bruised but whole, benevolent but bold, fierce and free. We will not be turned around or interrupted by intimidation because we know our enaction and inertia will be the inheritance of the next generation.

Our blenders become their burdens but one thing is certain: If we merge mercy with might, and might with right, then love becomes our legacy in change, our children’s birthright.

So let us leave behind a country better than the one we were left. With every breath from my bronze-pounded chest, we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one. We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west, we will rise from the winds swept north, east where our forefathers first realized revolution. We will rise from the lake-rinsed cities of the midwestern states. We will rise from the sun-baked South. We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover in every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful will emerge battered and beautiful.

When day comes, we step out of the shade, aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it. For there is always light if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.”