Black History Month: A Salute to Etta James

Jamesetta Hawkins, more famously known as Etta James, was born January 25, 1938, in Los Angeles, California, to a 14-year-old mother, Dorothy Hawkins, who encouraged her daughter's singing career. James would later say, "My mother always told me, even if a song has been done a thousand times, you can still bring something of your own …

Pomp & Circumstance: My Graduation Day

http://instagram.com/p/olryuMNwYW/ Two months ago, on May 26, 2014, I overcame an obstacle and a circumstance. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati here in Ohio. It was one of the best days of my life. I had pictured this day in my head many times since I first started college back in 2010, and even …

Viola Davis Covers Essence Magazine; Says ‘I Took Off My Wig Because I No Longer Wanted To Apologize For Who I Am’

Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis covers the October issue of Essence magazine, on stands now, and she looks absolutely stunning! First off, let me just say that I am loving the fact the she is on Essence's cover with her natural hair! As a fellow naturalista, that makes me proud. It is small progress like this …