Spring has officially sprung and all the delightful fashions that can be found through email marketing, social media advertisements and store windows is in full swing. There are even a couple of trends out there. As the weather begins to warm up, I think you may like them too.

First up, is the pastels palette. You can find an array of pastel-colored wardrobe essentials this season whether in the form of a dress, the perfect light sweater, a nice fitting pair of pants or jeans, a fun tie (for men) or even a purse that can transition from day to evening. Finding the perfect soft color is fairly easy with the options of pink, purple, green, and gray; just a few of the colors most popular this year for Spring.

Up next, are pants suits which you can find in almost any color under the sun. I was recently out shopping and came across a beautiful fuchsia pant suit. Currently, you can find straight-leg or wide-leg options. There is a style to meet everyone’s style and budget. Suit jackets can also be found in varying styles from tapered, double breasted, one button to box fit. I love a great pant suit and am looking forward to rocking a couple this Spring season.

Wearing all white is also in, and that’s from head to toe! Pairing a crisp white button-up, blouse, top or sweater with a pant or skirt of your liking is a great way to showcase this trend. Adding white sneakers, flats or heels to this trend and you’ll be walking in style too. Compliment this with any additional white accessories and you’re sure to get noticed!

A few other noted trends are active and leisure wear. There are so many options these days. Almost every fashion brand has their versions. You can find the perfect sweatshirt and jogging pants combination to meet almost anyone’s taste. Pair it with a cute sneaker and you have the perfect weekend look for running errands.

Fashion showcases your personal style. With this season's trends, I’m certain you’ll find one to suit you. Have fun with it and make it your own. Happy Spring to you!

When Dr. Carter G. Woodson, also known as the “Father of Black History” launched “ Negro History Week”, it later became what is now known as Black History Month. Dr. Woodson, a renowned historian, author, and journalist noted that American history was neglecting or misrepresenting the past of African Americans. It was his belief that Black people should know their past in order to be productive citizens. Though I can’t disagree with this statement, it is my belief that Black history should be every American's history.

It is a commonly held idea that historical preservation generally produces a more conscientious, empathetic, knowledgeable, and compassionate human being. Since I believe this to be true, embracing an appreciation for races, other than mine, has always been important to me. This has been an intentional endeavor. History has shown countless times that Black Americans have overcome insurmountable odds to achieve any number of successes while too often, still not given the recognition or acknowledgment that they deserved compared to their counterparts.

Though this is problematic, recognition of the problem is the first step to finding a solution. Black History Month should represent more than just a temporary celebration of notable African American icons and trailblazers. Black History should be represented in how you converse with your co-workers and employees in the business, how you interact with your neighbors in your community, how you celebrate the achievements of your teammates or even supporting Black-owned businesses.

We show people how we value them by the way we treat them. America has an opportunity to turn the corner on a past that historically has not been kind to people of African descent. But, I have a hope; the same hope that Dr. King spoke of when he so eloquently stated in his “I Have A Dream” speech of, “I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

2020 was truly a year that will never be forgotten. On December 20, 2020, five days before Christmas, my mom received her Angel wings and rejoined her beloved husband of 45 years.

My mom, born to Prince Albert and Bertha Howard, was the oldest of eight children, the mother of five children and the grandmother of seven. Back in January after returning from a 21-day cruise through Asia my siblings were blindsided to learn my mom was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) that infiltrated her left breast. Leaning in to find the best medical team to support her journey, my siblings and I left no stone unturned.

Throughout, the next several months there were countless doctors visits and hospitalizations. There were days where I watched her in unbearable pain and discomfort. But, there were also welcomed days of laughter and the sharing of happy memories. Over the course of these twelve months I was able to connect with my mom in a more intimate way then I believe I had throughout my entire adulthood. I recognized the silver lining in the otherwise disheartening situation.

I celebrate my mom today as someone that if you meet her once you would certainly never forget. I could personally vouch for the fact that she’d be certain to remember to pray for you at least one, if not two, days out of the year. But, you also wouldn’t easily forget her uncanny ability to tell stories that weave seamlessly like a historical tapestry. She effortlessly could recount dates and events that she was a part of that many of us have only experienced through books, newspaper articles or documentaries.

I’m grateful for all she was able to teach me. Some of these lessons truly shaped the person I am in many ways. My mom was the first to recognize my artistic talent at the ripe age of 11. This gift made room for me and afforded me numerous awards and scholarship opportunities, a degree in Art, and for a short while, a blossoming commissioned art and mural business.

My mom was one to always live unapologetically out loud with her faith and her love for life. Though many times my mom and I had differing approaches on several things, one being politics, it’s likely that I got my preserving, tenacious, and at times, stubborn personality from her.

I’m thankful for all that my mom taught me. She was one to always see the bright side in a situation where sometimes I could not always relate. As I learn to adjust to life without her physical presence, I will look for opportunities to practice seeing the bright side. Thank you, Mom!

Love always,

Your youngest daughter, Praise



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