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Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

Its been a troubling week in America with hurricane Matthew passing through the East coast, the Election candidates being less than ideal and the ongoing discussion of police brutality. I found it particularly sobering to watch the news and see how all of our differences can be washed away.
We can't help but recognize the benefits of being American,  when faced with the comparison of the effects of the hurricane against our neighbors. Varying number have been reported from Haiti giving the death toll between 800-900 people. In the U.S we have had just a 10th of this number lost to flood waters. A still staggering number given consideration to the infrastructures, weather warning, and evacuations meant to protect people and avoid such casualties.

Each life is precious and while we work to reconstruct homes, reopen schools, and return to our normal lives, it's my hope that we also turn down the noisy radio static of conflict within our communities. This State has renewed its spi…

Pan Am Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Race

Triangle International Titans. Your Hometown team.
Hello Team, Everyone that wasn't out of town came out strong on this past Saturday. It was great to see everyone! 
PRACTICES: All practices are closed; however, the Raleigh Dragon Boat Association (RDBA) has generously offered our team the opportunity to sign up for any already scheduled practice. This is really a great opportunity. Please sign up to one of the practices on meetup and go to practice so that one of RDBA captains can work with you on your position in the boat. Once they work with you, they will tell you your strongest position so that we can assign you to a seat in the boat for the race. Please don't delay! Get your assignment as soon as you can.

T-SHIRTS: Our team member Annie has designed a t-shirt for purchase on Zazzle:

If you do not purchase a t-shirt, the suggested shirt color …

Best Summer Activities for Raleigh Residents and neighbors

ALL SUMMER 2016  will have the best of the best family friendly events for cultural experience

August is fast Approaching and so are the Annual event  that take place right on Fayetteville street mall and other area locations, SO I am sure you have your Favorites and so do I. Let see if i can give you a few undiscovered treats.

August begins with a Bang !!

Date: August 6th 2016 The 5th Annual Jamaican Pride Picnic
Location: Spring Forest Road Park
Cost: Free to attend  but be prepared to pay for food

Date: August 13th 2016  A newbie this year
The Sister Summit
Location: Raleigh Conventions Center
Cost: Friday Boot Camp for entrepreneurs is $25. 
The Saturday seminars are a part of the expo and is included in the cost of the $15 admission.

Date: August 27, 2016 CARIBMASK
Location: fayetteville street downtown raleigh
Cost: Free to attend 

Date Sept 3rd and 4th 2016 African American festival 

African Wax Prints in the Triangle

Ankara, Kente, Wax Print so many choices!! 
So I admit I have  slight love affair with the print. It's the colors like red which I wore for a year. and Orange that i wore another year, i alway had an affection for nice colors. African wax prints lets me have several at once. The patterns are beautiful. This obsession is not exclusive to me. Internet searches had proved that its a slight trend in this look. Okay not a big enough trend for Google but enough for my Facebook feed to be a little brighter. 

My lovely husband brought back these 3 dress after a trip home and that was it. Did you know that custom made dresses is common in Africa. If you want a dress just send your measurements. This is great not how do we get this custom made dress way from Africa , no lovely husbands for everyone right ?

We all have a friend or 2 
Ghana has the largest and most reliable textile industry on the west coast of African and the crown jewel is the GTP fashion. Its known for the Vibrant colors and…

Open for business Online

I recently stop by an business i use to shop at to talk with the shop ownr about adding my products to their inventory. While there I had the best conversation with a woman that goes by "mama". she express to me how sells aren't what they use to be. Her store had been located on wilmington street.  One of the many downtown store that was forced to close. \

Town of Cary Hosted Diversity Summit

Diversity Summit
We all had the same look of confused amazement when told that Town of Cary would be hosting a conversation of this nature. I admit I too was optimistically cautious. This Diversity summit was held in the Cary Arts Center, a beautiful location. They had 3 separate panels to discuss Diversity in Church, Community and Corporate America.

The Martin Luther King Jr. quote : "it is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning." was the inspiration for the first panel. This was a fitting way to start the discussion on such a still touchy topic. The panelist were composed of 5 of the largest and most noticeable church leaders in The triangle area. 

Each pastor has a unique perspective on Diversity in church and why more church are not diverse. 2 of the panelist Pastor Benji and Pastor Lewis both stated that their churches were at least 40% non white. While Pastor Andy could boost that he had the most watch churc…

2015 toy drive Raleigh Helping Hand mission

Not my normal Christmas Eve....

So there was a purpose to all the parties and posting I did over the holidays. After I dropped off my truck full of toys, I made it my point to show up during the toy drive. I don't usually take part in this every year so I was curious to see how many showed up. I heard Ms Silvia mention having lots of volunteers signed up to help, so I wasn't needed. My intention was to snag a few picture to share with those who donated. What I found far exceeded my expectation. Full Groups of volunteers manned all area from hot cook food to Charity boxes and of course the toys!!

It was, as I like to call it "Organized Chaos" people were everywhere. Family and children in lines that led to street.  It was at this moment that  I finally realized that the novelty of collecting and donating toys was much more serious on the receiving end.  As I walked  through the crowd of volunteers and those anticipating presents, I quickly realized you can never have …