Duke University Student Calls Out South Carolina’s ‘Corridor of Shame’ — Black Enterprise

As education editor at Black Enterprise I am deeply concerned about the flagrant inequities that characterize American education. Segregation is alive and well in 2017, and the vast majority of schools that black children attend are uninspiring places where expectations for the children are low. It isn’t unusual to encounter high school graduates who are… via [...]

Being Normal Really Sucks


Allow me to get right to my point. Being normal really sucks! And here is what I mean. If you are not happy with where you are in life at this moment, it is because you are NORMAL!

If your life sucks, it is because you are normal. If you are not giving 100% effort, it is because you are normal. If you are broke, then you are normal. If you are moving from one dysfunctional relationship to another, it is because you are normal. If you are “stuck” at a dead-end job, it is because you are normal.

If you wallow in negativity, pessimism and self-pity, then it is because you are normal. If you erect monuments to your doubts and fears, it is because you are normal. If you spend time focusing on what is not working rather than focusing on solutions, it is because you are normal. If…

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Meet and Greet: 7/1/17

I mean who doesn’t love a good party?! Don’t be shy! Introduce yourself and share a link to your blog below! Don’t forget to pay it forward!



Dream Big, Dream Often


It’s the Meet and Greet weekend everyone!! Strap on your party shoes and join the fun!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post. It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags.
  4. Feel free to leave your link multiple times! It is okay to update your link for more exposure every day if you want. It is up to you!

  5. Share this post on social media. Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new blogs to follow.

See ya on Monday!!

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Controlling a Single Brain Chemical May Help Expand Window for Learning Language and Music — Neuroscience News Updates

Using mouse models, researchers restricted a key chemical messenger to extend efficient auditory learning until much later in life. Disrupting adenosine signaling in the auditory thalamus allowed researchers to extend the window for auditory learning well into adulthood and far beyond the current critical period. **ARTICLE SOURCE via: Controlling a Single Brain Chemical May Help Expand Window [...]

You Don’t Need to Die Today

Hello Authenticitee Speaks Family!

Many of you know I am a Volunteer Suicide Crisis Counselor and posts like the one below always speak to my heart! It is from the blog called: Church and Mental Illness – had to share!

Remember my blog is not a crisis blog that is monitored 24/7. If in crisis, please use the resources mentioned in the article.

Be well,


The Church and Mental Illness

I don’t know who you are. Today you’ve been reading posts I wrote about friends who died by suicide and ways to stay alive when you want to die by suicide and the few, very inadequate church ministries that exist to help people with mental health issues.

Whoever you are, whatever is driving you, you don’t need to die today.

You can call one of the hotlines that I keep programmed into my phone just in case — the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects with a network of trained volunteers all over the country. Call 1-800-273-8255. f you don’t want to use your voice, you can text someone at

If you don’t want to use your voice, you can text someone at crisistextline — Text 741741 to chat with someone who really understands.

Do whatever it takes. Because sometime in the next weeks or months, someone will be relieved that…

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Hey Authenticitee Speaks Family!

Praying you are well! Welcome new faces! Sharing this piece below from Ms. Oneta’s blog. She has been one of my biggest supporters from the onset!!



Sweet aroma

Kenlyn sleep

OK, I cheated!  This is little doll letting her finger nails get dry is the youngest member of my family.  I’m the oldest.  That’s enough similarity for me to use her picture instead of mine.  😀

I am celebrating my four year victory over death.  How am I celebrating?  Sitting here doing what I choose to do.  In no pain, in no worry.    My thanks to Jesus and his caring people. (OK there were probably a few grumps also—amazing how God uses grumps too if he needs to!)

Coumadin satisfactory, blood pressure 128/62, pulse 61, appetite, fully recovered, weight—let’s not go there. Suffice it to say my body’s ability to utilize food works well! Physical Therapy?  Yes, pretty regularly, nearly an hour a day at least five days a week. And sleep? Bring it on. Very irregular but extremely enjoyable! So much for the vitals of my flesh!


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Tracy K. Smith Named New U.S. Poet Laureate by Library of Congress


Tracy K. Smith (Photograph © Rachel Eliza Griffiths)

by Sophia Nguyen via harvardmagazine.com

Tracy K. Smith has been named the new U.S. Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress, succeeding Juan Felipe Herrera. While the role doesn’t carry many specific official duties, it has traditionally involved raising awareness of, and increasing access to, poetry. “I am excited about the kinds of social divides that poetry may be able not just to cross but to mend,” Smith said in an interview with the library.

“One of my favorite things in the world is to sit and talk quietly about the things poems cause me to notice and remember, the feelings they teach me to recognize, the deep curiosity about other people’s lives that they foster. I am excited about carrying this conversation beyond literary festivals and university classrooms, and finding ways that poems might genuinely bring together people who imagine they have nothing to say to…

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