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i’ve always had two statues in my home which pay hommage to Oshun the African goddess of fertility.  it’s not so much that i was trying to get pregnant, i just thought they looked super cool.

but after watching last week’s episode of Dr. Oz, i see that i might need to start renting Oshun out to the millions of women who are searching for strategies to help them conceive.

-did you know that a woman over 40 has only a 5% chance of having a baby naturally vs. the 50% chance for a woman in her mid 20s!

-did you know that infertility,   the inability to conceive a child after 12 months of trying, is on the rise in the U. S.

– did you know that over 10% of those trying are infertile (that’s one in 10 people!)

– did you know that fertility in women starts to decline after 30

my guess is that you, like i, had no idea.  other than the awkward conversations i’ve had with my gyn as she poses the baby question while peering over the stirrups, the issue of pregnancy timing rarely comes up.

so why aren’t we talking?

part of it might be that women just don’t know it’s a major issue.  i think it’s got a lot more to do with women’s empowerment and our rise through the education and career ranks.   waiting to have a baby until 30’s enables a woman to get a good jump on her education and career. the biological ticking clock can be the ultimate glass ceiling. i think many women choose to avoid the thought all together and hope for the best…

but hoping for the best, say the docs, is not a good idea because the stats speak for themselves.  women in their 20s are much more likely to conceive and have healthy babies than those in their 30s, 40s and beyond.  

so what can we do?  i say we need to educate teen girls and young women.   okay i admit this will be a challenge!

talking to teen girls and young women about their pregnancy plans will probably not be a politically favorable cause.  but to me it makes sense. teen girls/young women will have time on their side to figure this all out before ‘it’s too late’ so to speak.   this means having conversations with teen girls about mapping out their pregnancy timeline to match both family and career priorities.  making sure they understand the responsibilities and challenges of motherhood and as well as the importance of being emotionally and financially ready.

but when is it too early (or too late) for a women to start thinking about when she wants to have a baby?

does encouraging earlier births put women back to pre-feminist era times?

i wanna hear from you…let’s start talking

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calling all girl leaders.  this looks like a great opportunity…


Applications are now being accepted for the 2012 Executive Office of the President Summer Internship Program. The program is an excellent opportunity for college students to gain professional experience and build leadership skills.

The Office of Administration is currently seeking dedicated students to serve as student interns. This is an unpaid position, working up to 40 hours per week. The Executive Office of the President consists of The White House, Executive Residence, Office of the Vice President, Office of the United States Trade Representatives, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the National Drug Control Policy, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Administration, National Security Staff, Council on Environmental Quality, and Council of Economic Advisers.

Participants in the program will be exposed to the Federal work environment and will learn about the mission of the Office of Administration and its role and responsibility to the Executive Office of the President.

Key requirements for the position includes:

*Must be a US citizen or national.

*Registered with the Selective Service, if a male born after Dec. 1, 1959.

*Must be in good academic standings.

*Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests.

*Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree seeking student.

To learn more about the Administration visit for more information.

Visit USA Jobs<> for the application details.

All applications must be submitted by February 6, 2012

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i advise so many college students who say they want to go to medical school but you can tell they are not quite sure.   they really like helping people, they enjoy science, their parents told them they had to, or they like watching House!   but why medicine (or any other career); they have no clue….there is no better way to determine a career path than actual experience.  
internships and summer programs that expose youth to the ins and outs of a job are where it’s at.  
so please, please, please apply to opportunities you may hear about even if the $$ is little to none.  the pay off in the long run is HUGE 
1) networking with the moguls of that field
2) looks good on your resume
3) a chance to meet new friends
4) inside scoop on the job of your dreams!!!
Check out the latest opp at Columbia University…
Ten week summer program for underrepresented  minority students to increase interest and knowledge of  public health and biomedical science careers
May 28—August 3
Eligible Participants are:
-students who have completed at least two years of college or recent college graduates
-African American/Black, Hispanic /Latino, American Indian,
Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific
and/or economically disadvantaged
SPHSP offerings include:
● Public Health field experience
● seminars and lectures with public health leaders
● faculty mentoring
● visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
● stipend upon program completion
For more information  and program application please visit us at
Application deadline—February 14, 2012
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many of us ladies look at the ads in magazines or tv and wonder who really looks like that?  the reality is that only a tiny fraction of women are the size of the models that are plastered all over the media.    

Did you know:

– Twenty years ago the average fashion model weighed 8% less than the average woman. Today, she weighs 23% less.

– Ten years ago plus-size models averaged between size 12 and 18. The majority of plus-size models on agency boards are between a size 6 and 14.

– 50% of women wear a size 14 or larger, but most standard clothing outlets cater to sizes 14 or smaller.

*reprinted from PLUS Model

In the January 2012 issue of PLUS Model Magazine, plus-size model Katya Zharkova is featured in an explosive editorial about this issue.

Check it out:

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Infinite Possibilities is a Conference for minority women in the field of math.  It is an amazing conference!  They are offering travel scholarships to female high school, college, and graduate students to attend.  Please forward to those who may be interested.


Infinite Possibilities Conference will be held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, March 30-31, 2012 with a special short course on Mathematical applications to Biology on Thursday March 29th. 

If you know of high school, college or graduate students (African American, Latino or Native American women) that are interested in math, statistics or mathematics education, please share this email with them. We offer travel scholarships for students interested in attending that include coverage of their hotel and travel costs to Maryland.  Deadline to apply is January 27th. To register for the travel scholarship students can find more information at:

General conference information is found at:

This past weekend everyone was all buzz about  

Jay-Z and Beyonce’s birth of a baby girl, Blue Ivy.  

I’m excited for them and can see that with the name they chose they have big plans for lil one

(I say Yale graduate in the making:)

Here’s a repost from my girl Thembisa Mshaka celebrating b.i.’s arrival.

Black Love On Top Pt. II: And Blue Ivy Makes Three

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Congratulations to the Carters! BeyonJay are the proud parents of a healthy, happy baby girl, Blue Ivy Carter, born Saturday January 7th, 2012 at Lenox Hill Hospital under heavy security, complete with a secret getaway to evade the papps!

I like their steez on this one. Sure, they are both public figures, but this is a very private moment for their family and it is also their to keep private where possible. The two were very generous to reveal the name so soon, and to disclose how Beyoncé delivered her daughter in a joint statement. Honestly, how a woman delivers her child is as personal as it gets. Her birth story is really none of our business.

And who can blame them for choosing to shut us out? The moment the world knew King B was expecting, the hate began on eveything from the baby’s name and likeness to whether there was even a pregnancy at all. New lows for the Internets; thankfully the well wishes are drowning all that out.

Papa Hov released a dedication to the baby entitled “Glory” and it’s sweet and raw as fresh cut sugarcane. Call it our generation’s “Isn’t She Lovely”. I’m willing to bet he’ll still call her Brooklyn Carter…

Click the link to the song.

Here’s to Blue Ivy’s greatness.

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2012 is the year to go after success!   That happens when we make real steps to work towards our goals.  One of the things I notice when working with youth is fear of failure getting in the way of them trying.  This year resolve that if you feel scared about a task don’t let it stop you from trying anyway!  

 To get started, here is a list of top scholarships for students (high school and college).  

Promise to apply to at least 2; cause you’ve got to get in the game to win it… 

Top 2012 Scholarships For Black Students:A
AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program
For women 40+ seeking new job skills, training and educational opportunities to support themselves.
Academic Competitiveness Grant
For first-year and second-year college students who graduated from high school.
Actuarial Diversity Scholarship
For minority students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession.
Akash Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship Fund
For students who demonstrate excellence in leadership, diversity, integrity and academia.
American Copy Editors Society Scholarship
Available to junior, senior and graduate students who will take full-time copy editing jobs or internships.
AORN Foundation Scholarship
For students studying to be nurses and perioperative nurses pursuing undergrad and grad degrees.
Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship
For students who indicate a sincere interest in an automotive related career.
AWG Minority Scholarship For Women
Encourages young minority women to pursue an education and later a career in the geosciences.
AXA Achievements Scholarship
Provides more than $600K in annual scholarships to 52 students – one from each state.
Beacon Partners Healthcare IT Scholarships
Awarded to a student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the IT Healthcare field.
Best Buy Scholarship
For students in grades 9-12 who plan to enter a full-time undergraduate program upon high school graduation.
Burger King Scholars Program
For high school seniors who have part-time jobs and excel academically in school.
CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Developed to assist minority and disabled students, but open to all who meet the requirements.
Coca-Cola Scholars Program
Four-year achievement-based scholarships given to 250 high school seniors each year.
Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Recognizes and awards the extraordinary who excel in math, science, and technology.
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Need-based scholarships for college students are part of the progressive movement in their community.
Dell Scholars Program
For students who demonstrate a desire and ability to overcome barriers and achieve their goals.
Development Fund For Black Students in Science and Technology
For students studying science or technology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Discovery Scholarship
Annual scholarship for high school juniors to support continued education and training beyond high school.
Ed Bradley/ Ken Kashiwahara Scholarships
Open to full-time students who are pursuing careers in radio and television news.
EMPOWER Scholarship Award
Designed to increase diversity in the medical rehabilitation field by awarding students of color.
ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program
For minority and female students majoring in a field related to computer and video game arts.
Fulbright Scholar Program
Sends faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research.
Future Engineers Scholarship Program
For students pursuing a career in engineering who shows outstanding academic performance.
Gates Millenium Scholarship
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; established to help low income minority students.
Go On Girl Book Club Scholarship
Supports authors of the Black African Diaspora who wan to write their way to college money.
Google Anita Borg Scholarship
For women who excel in computing and technology, and are active role models and leaders.
Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship
For African American women who have a minimum C average, and can demonstrate financial need.
HBCU Study Abroad Scholarship
Provides travel opportunities for students of color who are traditionally under-represented in such programs.
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
Provides fellowships to students who excel in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship Fund
To increase diverse students’ access to talent development opportunities through teacher training.
Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund
For low-income women who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves and their community.
Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship
For cosmetology and barber school students who can demonstrate a financial need.
KFC Colonel’s Scholars Program
For college-bound students who can demonstrate financial need, and have a GPA of at least 2.75.
Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest
A writing contest pertaining to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era.
McKesson Pharmacy Scholarship
Designed to assist pharmacy students who plan to continue their education.
National Achievement Scholarship
Established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding African American high school students.
National Black Police Association Scholarships
For students pursuing careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, and other related areas.
National Institute of Grants For Women
Designed to help women and girls find funding for college education, and more.
National Institute of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship
For students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing science and health-related research.
National SMART Grant
Available to full-time students who are majoring in science, math, technology, engineering, and more.
PMI Educational Foundation Scholarships
Established for students in the field of project management or a project management related field.
Ron Brown Scholar Program
Seeks to identify African American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society.
Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship
Seeks to recognize outstanding young people who are promoting American values on college campuses.
Siemen Competition
Competition for individual or team research projects in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships
For first-generation students majoring in business, finance, science, engineering, and more.
Tri-Delta Scholarships
For students who excel in chapter and campus involvement,community service, academics, and more.
Tylenol Scholarship
For students pursuing a career in health care who can demonstrate leadership and academic qualities.
United Negro College Fund Scholarships
Administers 400 different scholarship programs so low-income families can afford college, tuition, and books.
U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship
For high school seniors planning to enroll or college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors already enrolled.
USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
For students seeking a Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, food, or natural resource sciences and related majors.
Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program
Provides merit-based scholarships to minority students studying business, finance, economics, and more.
William B. Ruggles Right To Work Journalism Scholarship
Available to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in journalism or a related field.
Writer’s Digest Annual Short Story Competition
Contest for writers who can compose the best fictional short story, written in 1,500 words or less.
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
For academic high-achievers in science, engineering, and information technnology.

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