Roses for Rosa

Today marks 7 years since I’ve lost my mother. She was only 41 years old at the time of her passing.  She had been diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer in 2005 after having multiple upper respiratory infections. the key misconception to lung cancer is that those who have it smoked. That’s not the case with my mother. She was never a smoker so her being diagnosed with lung cancer was a huge blow to my family. Continue reading “Roses for Rosa”

Video Review: K. Michelle, ‘A Mother’s Prayer’

K. Michelle is no stranger to giving her all in her tracks vocally and lyrically and her latest release, ‘A Mother’s Prayer’ is no different. The song is dedicated to her 7 year old son, Chase. In an interview with Essence she stated:

“My son Chase is the center my universe. My fans and media don’t often see him in the spotlight with me and that is because I work really hard to keep his childhood as normal and carefree as possible. I think the most difficult part of my job is not being there each night to tuck my son in, but the sacrifices I make while working are all with his better interest in mind. Being a mother is the most challenging and rewarding part of my life, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

The video takes viewers on a oh so familiar journey of a single mother having who does their best as being both mom and dad to a child and making any and every sacrifice they have to for their child to get where they need to be.

Your daddy loves you. And I love you too. Sorry we couldn’t work it out for you, but we ton do what’s best for you.

The track was featured on her debut,Rebellious Soul . She’s known best for her time on Love & Hip Hop:ATL, but she’ll be starring in her own reality series, “Untitled the K. Michelle Project”, which is set to premier November 3rd.

Check out the amazing video below. Happy Mother’s Day!

 

OOTD #6: Mint + Floral [5.11.14]

I have yet another OOTD, Mother’s Day Edition. I’m not doing anything major for the day, but I decided to dress up just a little. My pieces are from Forever 21, a local thrift store, and my usual jewelry from H&M/NY&CO/Wet Seal. Check out the details below. Be sure to check out my outfit from yesterday, OOTD #5: Color Block.

Jacket - Mandie's  Crop Top - Wet Seal Maxi Skirt - Forever 21 Shoes - Thrift Store (Target) Watch - NY&CO Bracelets - H&M Earrings - Wet Seal
Jean Jacket –Mandee
Crop Top – Wet Seal
Maxi Skirt – Forever 21
Shoes – Thrift Store (Target)
Watch – NY&CO
Bracelets – H&M
Earrings – Wet Seal

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

 

 

 

Sunday Rant (V.10): My Mother’s Love

PicMonkey CollageNo quote can help explain the love that my mother had for her 5 children. One song puts it all into words. When she was diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer in August 2005 it was a shock to my entire family. How is that a woman who never smoked could get such a debilitating disease. The doctors gave her six months to live, but she fought the time clock for 3 years before passing October 14, 2008. I was a day shy of 17 years old and in my Senior year of high school. From that point on I made it a mission to educate myself and others about lung cancer. I majored in English Communications-Broadcast Journalism in college and every chance I got to choose a personal topic I chose Lung Cancer. My capstone project took my passion for educating people about the disease as I created a video, “Blindsided: The Misconception of Lung Cancer”.

I look back at the video and look at all the clips I could/should have used and I just know that this will forever be a work in progress. What has started out as a final project for me to graduate has turned into a long term project I want to make a full length documentary. One day I will finish. In the meantime I continue to educate with what I know and research.

During my mother’s battle she always played Sade’s, ‘By Your Side’, and on the days that I’m feeling low and missing her presence I play that song. It doesn’t completely fill the void, but it’s the song that she dedicate to my siblings and I and it’s one song that always resonates in helping to pick me up.

Although my mother is not physically here I have been blessed to have my grandmother pick up where she left off. She’s been my #1 supporter through every thing and brags about all my accomplishments to whoever she can. Although I might feel small and I might not have went to the prestigious college/university my grandmother always notes that I have done something a lot haven’t. She lets me know to have continuous faith and to look at all that I have accomplished past the setbacks and devastations in my life.

Happy Mother’s Day to my angel and my living inspiration. No words can ever explain how I much I love these two and how thankful and grateful I am for all the sacrifices they have made. I love you mom & grandma.