Make Your Own History For Black History Month

BY: - 6 Feb '14 | inspiration

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Year after year in this country we take the month of February to celebrate Black History. We reflect on many of those who have come before us and paved the way to give us the opportunities that our predecessors never had. While this is a worthwhile time of reflection, I challenge each of us to recognize the direct impact their sacrifices and triumphs mean to each of us today.

For those us lucky enough to have access to the Internet and even many others with constant connection through our mobile devices, we are in a very unique situation to not only learn about our past, but also contribute to our future in ways never before imagined.

In short, we all have the ability to make history ourselves.

We have the tools and the knowledge available to us to have an impact more far reaching than any time in the past. Social media connects us virtually. Our ideas connect us on a level which reaches far beyond geographic and political borders. We all have a voice if we’re bold enough to speak up and speak out.

History can still be made today. Just look at some of our modern trailblazers from Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Ursalu Burns, and of course Barack Obama. And as time relentlessly marches forward, we will continue to break down barriers in fields not historically associated with large amounts of black contributors.

We all have a voice if we’re bold enough to speak up and speak out.

The black community is not a monolith. We have wide ranging interests, capabilities, and contributions waiting to be tapped into on a much larger scale than we’re represented with today. The Internet and social media will be the tool to amplify the possibilities of what an individual voice can accomplish in the world of tomorrow.

As we recognize the significance of the past, I challenge each of us to acknowledge the potential power past contributors have given each of us today and  to continue to make history every single day. Our opinions and voices, which are no longer punishable by death, have the power to change the course of the future. It’s up to each of us to mark our place in history.

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Isom Kuade wrote 64 articles on this blog.

Isom Kuade is a father, entrepreneur, and lifestyle creator currently out of Austin, TX. He left corporate comforts with a goal to find, recognize, and work with the next generation's most motivated and talented. He writes with his wife at pancakesandcider.com on marriage, entrepreneurship, culture and parenthood. He brokers residential and business services at iwondermanagement.com. He's out to confront himself in 2016.

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Sisters, Let’s Stop Swinging. First Gabby, Now Pam Oliver?

BY: - 10 Feb '14 | inspiration

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I enjoyed a recent interview with Fox Sports Reporter Pam Oliver on Wall Street Journal live with Lee Hawkins. She discussed her background as a former athlete in track as well as the career journey that led to her 19 year stint with Fox Sports. Pam was also very candid about the criticism she’s been receiving recently regarding her appearance. Twitter has been on fire every time Pam graces the small screen. The negative comments seem to pour in regarding her hair and makeup.

Pam confessed that the negativity is why she doesn’t partake in twitter or Facebook. “It’s an invitation to hear bad things about yourself” she shared. She doesn’t pay attention to anonymous people and questioned what kind of time people who criticize must have. The comments have definitely been mean-spirited and Pam says she is more concerned about the psychology of it all. When you’re a busy Sports Reporter running around to get an interview who has the time for hair and makeup? She finally stated that she is just too busy to care and shared her favorite quote by Eleanor Roosevelt “No one can make you feel bad about yourself without your consent”.

What we don’t realize is how much harder women, in particular African-American women, have to work in order to move ahead in our careers. What we require most is support and encouragement. I wonder about the challenge of those who look for something hurtful to say as opposed to being uplifting. Why aren’t we more prone to praise our sisters who have worked diligently at perfecting their craft?  We should be looking for ways to learn from women who have worked their way up to the top of their careers.

I love that Pam Oliver is rising above the venom.  However, there are some women who struggle with insecurities; who constantly second guess themselves and don’t recognize their own beauty and power. This is why we need more positive energy from one another and the main reason I created The Bolder Sister. I was a former shy girl who was insecure about almost everything. Well, eventually I grew tired of living beneath my potential and worrying about what everyone else thought of me and I started to live bolder. Being a bolder sister comes with its share of challenges, but the rewards far exceed everything else. Each of us has the opportunity to be a bolder sister, no matter what others might think. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to be who you really are. Unfortunately, there will always be those who root against us, but we should follow Pam Oliver’s example and use that fuel to keep moving forward.

BMWK, how are you living your life as a bolder sister? What words of wisdom would you share to motivate another woman?

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Tiya Cunningham-Sumter wrote 565 articles on this blog.

Tiya Cunningham-Sumter is a Certified Life & Relationship Coach, founder of Life Editing and Author of A Conversation Piece: 32 Bold Relationship Lessons for Discussing Marriage, Sex and Conflict Available on Amazon . She helps couples and individuals rewrite their life to reflect their dreams. Tiya has been featured in Essence and Ebony Magazines, and named one of the top blogs to read now by Refinery29. She resides in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. To find out more about Tiya, and her coaching, visit www.thelifeandlovecoach.com and www.theboldersister.com.

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