List people who have influenced you and how

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  1. My mama being a single parent raising three children taught me that making sacrifices for others doesn’t have to take away from your own happiness in the process. She also taught me what being a strong woman looks like in addition to being an amazing parent, she never gave up on us, doubted us, or made us feel like we couldn’t achieve our goals.
  2. My daddy because it just goes to show that you can come from a world of bad influences, sin, gambling, alcohol and etc and come out on the other side a man of God. Years of living in Haughville and learning lessons the hard way can take a toll on a person but my dad used his experiences and changed his life around to become the man of God I know today and can go to when I need prayer or a comforting word.
  3. Young black men and women who graduate from high school and go on to attend college because in today’s society self image, sex, drugs, violence, and money all seem to rule the world. Every time I see in the news or on social media a young person graduating with honors or being accepted in Ivy league schools it warms my heart and makes me want to strive to inspire and influence them as the younger generation coming into the adult world.
  4. Ancestors of years past because without their sacrifices and hard work there would be no modern world and today’s society would look a lot different than it does now.

Day 8- Discuss something you have read online & link to it

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Day 8- Discuss something you have read online & link to it

This article was on my facebook timeline and I thought I’d give it a read and surprisingly it’s a fairly good and accurate article.

Being a young black woman I believe stereotypes run the world and definitely the media when it comes to portraying African-Americans especially women. With shows like Love and Hip Hop, Chrissy and Mr. Jones, Basketball Wives and the like no one gets a true sense of who the black woman really is in real life. We all don’t speak broken English or roll our necks and wag our fingers in the air contrary to popular belief nor do we all have names that are hard to pronounce and/or spell with extra letters added to sound unique.

After reading this article I totally agree with the author in each topic they talked about, attitude, ghetto, gold digger, and etc. I don’t really take to heart a lot of the things I read or see in the media and being a journalist myself I find it discouraging that the craft is being put to shame with shows, movies, articles and the such being made to put us in a negative light. As the author said where is the good to balance the bad? Where is the Claire Huxtable of this generation to guide the young black girls who have only the female rappers, reality stars and video vixens to relate to because of age?

It’s time to start become role models and take responsibility for the legacy we’re leaving behind. By the way the author was a man writing about the image of the black woman in today’s society. Just something to think about, especially since he hit the nail on the head.