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“When People Love You, You Don’t Do Them Like Dirt” Eric Thomas Shifts Message When Student Is Talking During His Speech

March 15th, 2016 - By Veronica Wells
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Anyone who works with children knows they can be a handful. You know how we were as children, so many of the lessons adults tried to impart to us fell on deaf ears simply because we weren’t mature enough to appreciate them.

That’s what almost happened during a speech Eric Thomas gave at a St Louis high school. While he was attempting to speak to them, to share some wisdom and knowledge, a student kept talking, cracking jokes with the people sitting around him.

And instead of getting discouraged, Thomas went off script, off program and tailored his speech. Thomas’ impromptu lesson has since gone viral.

Check out a few highlights below and then watch the full thing, which just might inspire you too, in the video below.

I’m not playing now and this is why I get so frustrated. Shh…Somebody’s still talking, c’mon. Bruh I promise you, I love you bruh. Listen to me very closely. They pay me $50,000 to $100,000 when I speak to corporate America. I go to a basketball program, they pay me good. I ain’t getting a dime here. I’m here because I love you. But I’ll be darned if I come here for free and you disrespect me. I ain’t 20-years-old, I ain’t 19-years-old. I’m a grown man. I’m here because I love you. They ain’t pay me a dime. Matter of fact, I came here to use my influence to raise money so a group of kids can raise money to go to Costa Rica. I’m not here to get nothing. I’m here to give you something. And listen to me closely, when people love you, you don’t do them like dirt. 

When people care for you, you don’t disrespect them. You aint got be a few people who care for you in this world…

I just heard we had a rapper here last night. How many schools did he go to? How many elementary schools? He came here and took your money but he didn’t invest nothing back into you. And you gonna have the nerve to laugh and joke when teachers try and teach you? You got the nerve to act a fool when somebody cares about you? You talking while I’m talking. Do you know when I go to a Jewish school, them kids quiet. If I go to a White school, them kids quiet. If I go to a Latino school, they quiet. The only kids that disrespect me is Black kids, that’s it. My own! 

Look how we living ain’t nothing funny. 

When I got my Ph.D, what embarrassed me, they asking me ‘What’s wrong with our urban schools?’ I’m embarrassed that they talk about y’all. What they don’t know is that you ain’t even trying when you take the test.  You didn’t give your best. They think you’re dumb. You ain’t dumb. You can’t take our people from Africa and put us in the diaspora and spread us all over the world and we survive slavery and we can’t pass a test, c’mon! I ain’t stupid. You take everything from us and we still survive? And you gon’ tell me, we can’t learn how to write? Have you lost your mind? We are survivors, that’s all we do is survive. 

Check out the clip from Thomas’ speech in the video below. 

10 Quotes I Used To Get Me Through The Day When I Hated My Job

September 4th, 2015 - By Brande Victorian
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If you think Mary Jane O.D.s on Post-it notes you should’ve seen my cubicle at my previous job. After four years with the company I had become, in a word, miserable. And the constant scrutiny I came under not only had me questioning the field I was in but my ability to excel in it. I’m not typically a positive affirmation kind of girl but after so much struggle I decided I needed some highly visible reminders I could do better than my current circumstances and things would be OK in the end. So, I covered my area with these 10 quotes that I hope will be of just as much use to any of you also struggling out there.

#MommyRocks: 17 Uplifting And Inspirational Quotes For Moms

August 27th, 2015 - By Rich
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Whether a mother of one or five, tough and trying days are inevitable. But it’s important to remember that you rock! You are victorious and more than a conqueror. You possess the infinite power to overcome anything. There is no burden too big for you to defeat. The following list includes uplifting and inspirational quotes to help with renewing and focusing your mind on what’s important: your babies. These quotes will get you through the day and will remind you of your strength and power. We often forget that the daily responsibilities of mothering show us even more just how much we rock – from balancing it all to taking care of oneself, it’s a full-time job and you’re doing it!

 17 Uplifting and Inspirational Quotes for Moms

I Hate Mondays: 20 Inspiring Quotes for Curving The Early Week Blues

June 1st, 2015 - By Rich
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Today we celebrate two beginnings, the beginning of the month as well as the beginning of the week! It’s important to remember that with both of these new starts this season we should begin to manifest new perspectives! Try and beat the monday blues by motivating yourself! Forget coffee, let’s get serious about giving ourselves a natural boost with these 20 inspirational quotes for curving the early week blues!

I Hate Mondays: 20 Inspiring Quotes for Curving the Early Week Blues

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Mikki Taylor On Not Getting In The Way Of Your Dreams

March 13th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Every year Essence editor at large, Mikki Taylor’s role in the Disney Dreamer’s Academy begins long before the students ever set on Disney property. Taylor is a part of the Speaker’s Resource Group as well as the selection committee for the students who attend the annual event. We had a chance to speak to Ms. Taylor about how she prepares for the conference every year, not getting in the way of your dreams and what she would say to the students who were selected to be a part of the program.

See what she said in the video below.

The Next Generation Can Lead The Way: How My Sister Inspires Me To Reach For My Dreams

January 20th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Being 10 years older than my sister you would think I’m the one giving all the advice.


My sister is enjoying the last semester of her sophomore year in college. She’s in the honors program studying business—and come graduation will have no college-related debt as everything is paid (down to her books). Though her current status is truly praiseworthy, there were many days of darkness and uncertainty.

Two years ago my husband and I made our way from Jersey to Maryland to watch my sister graduate. I was a little over eight weeks pregnant at the time and was looking forward to catching up after the ceremony.

“So did you decide where you’re going to college in the fall?” I asked.

“No,” she responded holding her head in shame.

While my sister does have younger sibling tendencies to wait until the last minute, I was shocked and disappointed our mother and her father couldn’t get along to help their child figure out her future. She applied to the college of her choice along with two backup schools. Her father wanted her to go to one school and basically would not contribute a dime to the other choices. Our mother is not in the same financial position and could not afford the payments on her own or secure the necessary loan. Because of this, my sister was told community college was her only option for the fall. But I knew where there is God, there is a way.

With a month before the start of the fall semester, I stumbled across a Maryland college holding same-day admission in Connecticut. Paying for her own way, my sister took the train up to my house where I drove 90 minutes (each way) so she could reach her meeting on time. She was accepted that day and the rest is history.

I’m so proud at what my sister has accomplished in her two years at college. She has worked hard to secure more scholarships and recently scored a summer internship with a Fortune 500 company that pays $20 an hour, offers free housing and provides two weeks (paid) vacation. Every time I speak with her, she’s on her way to an important dinner, flying to a nearby state for a business-related project, or meeting with someone working at the White House.

And I thought I was doing well as a happily-married, work-from-home mom and entrepreneur.

There are no words to describe how proud I am of my sister and her aspirations. Without really knowing it, she challenges me to step up my game and take more risks. Who knows where she’ll be after college.

The sky is certainly not the limit for her.

15 Super Powerful Quotes to Get You Ready for 2015

January 1st, 2015 - By Rich
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2014 has been a trying year for all of us! With the recent publicized killings of unarmed black people by police officers with impunity, society continues to be fed up. Thousands continue to protest around the country with the general consensus in mind: BLACK LIVES MATTER!  As we move into a new year, the following powerful quotes from our favorite intellectuals will keep you inspired and filled.   Not to mention, these quotes will keep you going and pushing towards the mark, pushing towards your goals! Are you ready? Click continue and comment and let us know your favorite inspirational quotes.

15 Super Powerful Quotes to Get You Ready for 2015

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Morning Motivation 101: Dream It, Map It, Live It!

October 21st, 2014 - By Rich
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I’ve always been a visionary. I specialize in dreaming up big plans for my future. Now implementing these plans is another story. And I’m not alone. Many of us struggle with getting the vision out of our heads, onto paper and into reality.

According to statistics published by, an online community for business women, only 3% of women actually sit down and plan out their goals. Sobering statistics considering that 100% of us have goals that we want to achieve!

If you’re like me, then you probably wonder how to get started in putting those dreams into motion. Here are a few tips to stop just dreaming amazing dreams, and start living an amazing life:

Write down your goals. This simple step is a critical start to making a change. Whether it’s starting a new business, going back to school or buying a new home, writing your goals is key.

Crystalize your dreams with a vision board. Don’t be intimidated by the fancy phrase “vision board.” It’s just a poster board you create that depicts your ideal life. Find pictures online or in magazines that show what achieving your goal looks like. There are even apps compatible with smart phones that you can download to help you. Be sure to put this visual reminder up somewhere prominently as motivation.

Find a mentor to help you connect the dots. Not sure what steps you need to take to see your dreams through? Find someone who’s paved the way and have them mentor you. Mentoring is more than a touchy-feely motivational idea – it’s proven business sense. According to the American Society of Training and Development, 75% of executives say that mentoring was key to their success. And according to Fortune Magazine, 76% of Fortune 25 companies have mentoring programs.
It will be easy for them to help you map your way since they’ve successfully done it themselves.

Use a schedule to discipline yourself. A plan is no good if you don’t implement it. Make sure you make time in your schedule every week to work toward your goals. Treat your daily scheduled time like a “can’t miss” appointment with your supervisor. Try to schedule a time when the kids are in bed and all your family obligations have been met.

There’s nothing wrong with dreaming, mommy. But if you really believe in your dreams, take the needed action to launch those dreams!

Mommies, what recent actions have you taken to make your dreams come true?


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Husband Helps Wife Regain Memory With Photos From Their Wedding Day

October 2nd, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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On a beautiful day in June, Tunicia and Raleigh Hall tied the knot. One month later, the newlywed bride’s memory was wiped clean of all memories from their special day.

According to Pix 11, Tunicia, 43, began to suffer from what she described as the worst headache of her life.

“My head started hurting tremendously,” she recalled. “I don’t even have the words to describe it.”

By the time she was taken to North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital, Tunicia didn’t even know what year it was or how old she was. Raleigh, 50, knew that things were serious when his new wife turned to him and asked, “Are we married?”

As it turns out, Tunicia suffered a massive brain hemorrhage, with the trauma from the hemorrhage wiping out nearly all of her recent memory—including her wedding day.

“They said she had a 50/50 chance,” Raleigh told reporters Tuesday. “They looked at the CAT scan and their faces worried me, so then I said I gotta do something.”

“I felt like I lost her,” he emotionally admitted.

Initially, Raleigh was hoping that Tunicia’s memory would come back on its own, but after two days with no significant change in her condition, he decided to take action. He created a collage of photos from their wedding day on the walls of her hospital room as she fought for recovery. Amazingly, doctors says that the photos seemed to do the trick.

“I just know I was laying in the room looking around, looking at the pictures,” Tunicia shared.

“As nurses were coming in and visitors were coming in, they started reflecting the love we shared,” Raleigh added. “So then what happened then, Tunicia started reflecting that same thing that they were reflecting and she didn’t know why she was smiling but she saw something and I believe it was hope that she saw.”

Tunicia’s recovery was indeed a miracle and her doctors are crediting the power of family.

“It’s not just medical science that’s bringing patients back,” explained Dr. Richard Temes, Director at the Center for Neurocritical Care at North Shore LIJ. “Patients’ families are such an important key in terms of neurological recovery and this is a great example of that.”

On the day of the press conference, which fell pretty close to the Queens couple’s wedding anniversary, “American Idol” contestant Ian Holmes serenaded them.

“With his love and God’s grace I’m here,” Tunicia expressed.

With all of the negative news surrounding couples this week, this heartwarming story should serve as a sweet reminder that true love does exist.

14 Things You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About

August 20th, 2014 - By Kendra Koger
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As a woman, I sometimes feel as though we’re constantly being criticized for everything.  It’s almost impossible for us to just be… us, without someone putting in their two cents about how we should live, or present ourselves.

With those things in mind, we’ve come across the phrase “guilty pleasure,” which is a way to sort of lessen something that we enjoy, and it makes us feel bad about liking it.  Well you know what?  SCREW GUILTY PLEASURES!  I feel that there are things that even if I don’t fully understand, or even like, it shouldn’t stop you from openly enjoying them.

Here are 14 of those things, and add others at the end if I missed any.