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my godson is graduating this week from kindergarten!!! i’m so excited for him. crossing over into big boy land is a scary step but i know he can do it. he and so many other graduates are making their way into another stage of life.  i feel the fever.

i just graduated my first class of college students.  they arrived as freshman, when i first got to the st. john’s university campus…and now they are alum!  i’ll miss my little one’s but like my godson i have faith that they will find their way.

graduation is a time for optimism despite what our economy is telling us.  it takes the young at heart to recognize that success comes in many forms. i wasn’t a graduation speaker this year. but if i were here are a few of the words i’d have to say…

hard work, focus and creativity always wins.

choose your own path graduates.

let no one steal that precious item only you should own.  

now is the time to follow your dreams.  

there is no time for small thinking.  

fear is okay as long as you keep going anyway.  

try not to look back and certainly don’t look down!  

keep rising to the top, as my junior high graduation song goes (i just aged myself didn’t i).

u made it and u will do it again…

if my words weren’t enough to jolt u into stardom, check out this 2012 grad video that surely will.  created by one of my fav teen experts, josh shipp.

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i just got off the phone with my dad.  as usual he’s his calm and super cool self.  hearing his voice gives me extra strength i didn’t know i had.  it’s the encouragement of his words and laser sharp knowing that his daughter can do anything.  i have no problem at all stating that i am a daddy’s girl and wear the label proudly.

girls need their fathers.  girls need a male image to look up to. someone who shows them what true “man” love looks like. girls need that yang energy only men can bring to the parenting table.  i grew up with my dad (and mom) and i know it made a difference in how confident i felt and still feel about myself.

i’m sure it’s no surprise to anyone that i’m a pretty independent lady.  i don’t want any man trying to baby me; i have a father for that! but i also know that i like my man’s shoulder to lean on; it’s okay to show him my soft side.  since dad was always there, i know i can count on my honey…

dads make a girl’s world. mine certainly did.  and for that we need to honor our fathers so much more. we should let fathers know how much we appreciate what they have done and continue to do for us.  

which is why i am so inspired by the founders of Ms. Jessie’s hair products, Miko and Titi Branch. they are supporting a new documentary film, From Fatherless to Fatherhood, created by Kobie Brown. Check out the Fatherless to Fatherhood Trailer

this movie is amazing! i left the screening this past weekend so full.  it was really beautiful to see a film with so many fathers talking about the love they have for being a dad.  it was just tear jerking to see that love reflected back in their children’s eyes.  it’s a rarity that fathers get that much play in the media.   i salute Kobie for making a movie that the world needs to see.  

please support, spread the word and check out the dvd. you can host fatherhood parties, organize discussions on fatherhood, gather the kids for movie night!  Visit

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In 2009, we introduced to you then Sophomore at Spelman College, Deaweh Benson.  She was a Psychology/English major and gave her advice to budding college goers on how to overcome challenges with financial aid and the importance of working extra hard to achieve your dreams.  

Check out the post here:

Oprah was not the only one speaking at Spelman this past month.   We are so excited to report that Deaweh graduated from Spelman College as Valedictorian and gave an awe inspiring speech at Class Day!!

Deaweh was interviewed by  Click on the interview about how she did it!

We are sure this is not the last we will hear from Deaweh as she begins to make her impact on the world.

Congratulations Deaweh!!! You are truly the definition of a Queen…

We are very excited to announce

Dr. Scyatta A. Wallace, CEO/Founder of Janisaw Company,

has received academic tenure from St. John’s University.

Dr. Wallace is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology,

where she teaches and mentors undergraduate & PhD students.

She now joins the less than 5% of Associate Professors in the country who are African American

and one quarter of tenured faculty who are women.

Congratulations Dr. Wallace for shattering glass ceilings.

To learn more about her work at St. John’s University visit

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