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Attack the mind and the body will follow. That’s what Ali did best. Most fighters (then and now) were physically strong. But Ali, the pioneer of starting the fight before the fight, was a professional at mental attacks. There was no one mentally stronger than Ali. We can’t all appreciate the technical lessons that Ali left behind, but we can learn from his development of, perfection, and maintenance of a …

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5 Ways to Prevent a Runaway Mind After Getting Bad News   When you get bad news how long does it take for you to get past it? A few days? Hours? Minutes? Years ago, if I got bad news it would have a negative effect on my mood for days. It was impossible for me to see past the pain and sadness of bad news. After decades of …

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“Lord!!! I didn’t even know all that was over there.”   That’s literally what I thought to myself a few weeks ago. After quite a bit of internal conversation and asking Stedman a few real questions, I made a crazy realization. Five years ago, I thought I was pretty damn fly. I lived through my experience and degrees. I thought those were such amazing characteristics. I didn’t know it …

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Have you ever watched that show about hoarders? Or have you ever helped a hoarder clean their home? If you have, you’ve probably noticed one glaring truth: it’s not about the stuff!!! It’s never about the clothes, the animals, or the newspapers. It’s also never about you ‘just being honest’ or ‘keeping it real’. It’s only about unresolved issues. Yes, I mean all of us. According to Webster’s Dictionary …

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OMG…My favorite, get your own life, cause it’s the only one you can live show is back people!!!   And it’s on a channel I that’s included in my cable package in my new apartment. LOL What show am I talking about?   RuPaul’s Drag Race of course!!!!!! And it’s on VH1 now. I hope I didn’t loose you there. LOL Stay with me though. This show is probably …

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TRIGGER WARNING: This story contains references to sexual assault. A few weeks ago, I came across the horrific story of how a Chicago 15-year-old girl had been raped on Facebook live. Naturally I was saddened by this. I knew violent things would continue to show up on Facebook Live. That’s why I stopped watching the police shooting videos and I don’t rush to watch most people’s live-streams. There is …

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“Often in life, the most important question we can ask ourselves is: do we really have the problem we think we have?” ~Sheri Fink Years ago, I saw this quote on a Chipotle bag.Yes, really a Chipotle bag. LOL. It was so powerful, I decided to keep it. But, to be clean I made a copy of the bag before I tossed it out so I could just keep …

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I watched happiness inducing videos on YouTube last night until I could fall asleep happy. I needed to shift my energy. The day started off relatively well but then, at the end, I fell into a deep dark pit of sadness. LORD. It was bad. It snuck up on me like a Mike Tyson punch to the body. I was crying and snotting all over the place but I wasn’t …

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Tonight as you watch the Academy Awards (or tomorrow as you click through the red carpet pics) I hope that you see more than couture clothes, astonishing gems, and Hollywood-perfect bodies. I hope that what shines through is the smart and hard work put into each of the movies that were created. And then when the novelty of the event begins to wear off, I hope that you find …

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OMG I watched Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner for the first time two nights ago, and I think I died and went to an intersectionality rave party. My funny bone was tickled before it was broken. Based on the commercials, I thought this show was going to be a train wreck. I cringed while watching Martha making suggestive comments about food to Snoop. I rolled my eyes as Snoop made …

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Why is everything under the sun being revamped and brought back to be done the same way it was originally done!?!? Are all the TV executives smoking the same Schedule 1 substance?!?! I mean seriously. Their programming choices seem to be chasing the high of when television was predominantly white, womanizing and middle class.   I wasn’t going to say anything when I heard that Full House was coming back …

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For the past two days, I haven’t been able to articulate my feelings about the Presidential Election results. I’ve tuned out the noise from the media and the inflammatory comments and posts on social media. I haven’t even spoken to my parents about it. I can honestly say that the anger and fear some people felt made me actually laugh out loud. Literally…in the privacy of my apartment, I cackled …

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Let’s make love a virus that spreads to every corner of the world. Love is love. Therefore, my love is forever connected to your love. It connects to your love of everyone else’s love. Love is a light that completely fills the space it’s in; no matter how small the vessel. Angel babies, toddler teachers, and aged sages are all love carriers. Love can make this world a safe place …

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No one likes a liar. But yet we all lie. Everyone knows the infinite reasons why no one likes a liar. But yet we even lie to ourselves. We may not admit it but it’s true. Ok, I’ll go first: Hi, my name is Nia and I used to lie to myself all the time. I was so good at lying to myself that I didn’t even realize I …

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I physically felt the passing of Muhammad Ali. The news was like a pounding strike on the base drum of my soul that brought me back over two decades in time. The first decade of my life was extremely confusing. I didn’t feel connected to anything. Nothing in this world had ever touched my soul. Then I moved to New Orleans with my Aunt & Uncle who desperately wanted …

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I recently returned from a trip to China. While I was there I went to three major cities: Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an.  It was a wonderfully interesting trip but after more than a week of daytime and nighttime tourist activities I found myself worn down and extremely exhausted. I needed to do something quick to get rid of this intense pain in my lower legs, irritated eyes, sore throat, and …

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Although I’m not on Snapchat, I’ve heard of the insanely comical and randomly epic snapchats that DJ Khaled creates. And, even though I don’t know anything about him other than the songs he produces (because he cleverly blends/yells his name into the hooks), I really like his snapchats. He constantly speaks about ‘they’. What ‘they’ don’t want you to have. What ‘they’ don’t expect you to accomplish. So after having …

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Dear friends and family who don’t get “why I haven’t put my writing out there”, Don’t worry. You’re not alone. I didn’t get it either. Some invisible force brings me to a screeching halt after I’ve crafted what seems to be a great action plan. It’s like a temporary paralysis comes over my mind, body, and spirit when it’s time to press send on an email or click publish on …

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Do you have a hard time waking up every day to go to the job you hate? Do you find it hard to implement those very creative life hacks that were outlined in that article you read last week? Have you found it difficult to make decisions that will constantly and consistently move you toward your goals? The productivity gems below are meant to help you succeed without having to tell anyone …

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