NC SHEROS OF THE MOVEMENT RECIPIENTS

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Momsrising and Beatties Ford Road Public library is celebrating these NC women who rose up and challenged the unconventional limits of what females are restricted to do. On March 28th 2015 at Beatties Ford Library from 2- 4 pm come out to hear their story and ask them questions of your own. Find your inspired Woman below!

lpLain Consulting LLC

LaPronda is the Principal and Chief Visionary Architect of Lain Consulting LLC, a full service consulting firm specializing in nonprofit development, management consulting and government contracting.  Since 2004, LaPronda has been responsible for the successful procurement of over $1.475 million in grants and contracts from public and private foundations and local government for local and regional clients as well as Lain Consulting. In late 2012, LaPronda transitioned Lain Consulting LLC to a full-time consulting firm.

Lain Consulting LLC is certified as a Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County; A Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) with the Statewide Uniform Certification Program of NC; Small Professional Services Firm (SPSF) with the NC DOT; and a Section 3 Business Concern with the Charlotte Housing Authority. Notable accomplishments of the company include:

  • A successful contract with the City of Charlotte to manage the Grants Selection Process for the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
  • Securing over $750,000 in a multi-year award for a local afterschool and summer camp program;
  • The formation of a local nonprofit organization created to establish a $135 million multi-resource complex for veterans in Uptown Charlotte

In 2014, LaPronda was selected for the:

  • Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence Business Accelerator Program Award
  • Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business Achievement Award

On May 1, 2014, Lain Consulting LLC was selected as the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) of the Year by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County at its Crowns of Enterprise Awards Ceremony.

LaPronda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Johnson C. Smith University and a Master of Science degree in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She is the mother of a teenage daughter, India and loves supporting women that are ambitious, driven and determined to advance and excel in their careers and in business.

Mrs Betty and MomsRising

Contact Betty by email  BFWicker01@aol.com

Betty F. Wicker

Betty Foust (Rankin) Wicker earned a B.S. in Business Administration from NC A&T State University in 1980, a Paralegal Certificate from the American Institute for Paralegal Studies in 1993 and finally training as a Senior Business Analyst from International Profit Associates in 2007.  Prior to relocating to Charlotte, she was employed by Volvo Parts, N.A.  Promoted three (3) times during her tenure with the last position being, Controller and Administration.  In this capacity she was responsible for an annual budget of $7.3 million supporting a staff of 50+ associates.  The greatest accomplishments during this period was delivering a break even budget by the end of the first year and by the end of her tenure, not only delivering a break even budget but added profit to the bottom line.

In her current position with National Gypsum(2007- Present), her greatest accomplishments include but not limited to reorganizing their Capital Equipment Master Listing to simplify input requirements and search efforts (simply put providing a tracking mechanism for all heavy and mobile equipment system wide). 

Prior to relocating to Charlotte, Betty was actively involved in a variety of civic and cultural organizations.  Of the many appointments by the Guilford County Board of Education she is most proud of her participation with a two year study of Gifted Education and the state mandated promotion standards.  As a result of this involvement, Gifted Education in Guilford County became more inclusive and diverse.  She served as Newsletter Chair, Education committee member and eventual Education Chair (6 years) for the Greensboro Branch NAACP as well as was a visible volunteer child advocate representing children from impacted communities during hearing officer proceedings as well as in the appeals process with the Board of Education.  She was a member of the Guilford County PSTA Executive Council, serving as an area representative and Awards Chair.  She was recognized for her work with impacted children and their families with the NAACP President’s Award in 2001 and Woman of the Year 2002.  She is a leader and unwavering advocate for education for all children.

Since relocating to Charlotte, Betty has joined the board of directors for Right Moves For Youth (an agency partnering with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools to provide resources and guidance to help students graduate high school with a plan for their future success) and National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Queen City Metropolitan Chapter

Betty resides with her husband, Allan and dog, Toby in northeast Charlotte.  They are a blended family with three adult children. Outside of her professional interests, she enjoys traveling, reading, entertaining, music and her new “give back”, participating on a quarterly basis providing meals, clothing, etc. to the street homeless in Charlotte.  The Wicker Family is a member of New St. John Baptist Church.

 

camille edwards and MomsrisingCamille F.Edwards

Camille F. Edwards is a descendant of the famed herbalist and author, Nicholas Culpeper (circa 1600’s). Camille is also a certified Hypnotherapist and certified Clinical Herbalist. She has continuously updated her herbal education over the years to stay abreast of changes and education being offered throughout the herbal community. Camille has served as past president on the Board of The North Carolina Herb Association, a North Carolina commodity group. She is currently serving on the board as Vice President, and will be acting President beginning July 2015. She has written and taught classes on the implementation of new Federal Laws and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) involving the natural product industry for the BioNetwork BioBusiness Center, a program of the NC Community College System. She is also a retired North Carolina Certified Paralegal. She is currently re-organizing her herbal life by incorporating growing techniques and education involving medicinal botanicals. She is currently learning the arts of permaculture, beekeeping, and bio-intensive farming for food production. She and her husband will be moving to Hays, NC in April of this year to start her small acreage farm.

 

 VICKIE L. HUGHES, J.D.     v

Founder and Executive Director, The Black Girls’ Corner, Inc.™ (a 501c3 non-profit organization)

Vickie L. Hughes (affectionately known as “Miss Vickie”) is Founder and Executive Director of The Black Girls’ Corner, Inc.™ (“TBGC”), which empowers and mentors preteen/teen minority girls. She is known as a creative visionary, trailblazer, philanthropist, and community activist.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (Minor: Biology) from prestigious Spelman College and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology from Roosevelt University, Vickie secured corporate positions utilizing her management and human resources skills for 12 years. She then returned to school to pursue and obtain her Juris Doctor Degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

While in pursuit of a lucrative legal career, the tragic murder of a friend’s son changed her life and revealed her calling to help youth. To date, Vickie and her Volunteer Staff of TBGC work with girls, PARTNERING WITH AND INCLUDING MOTHERS (or other caregivers) in the girls’ positive youth development. Many single mothers (caregivers), as well as married ones, benefit from TBGC’s group mentoring and Parenting Support Circle and appreciate the “Village” concept created since TBGC’s inception.

Known for her straight-forward and down-to-earth approach, Vickie serves as a role model/mentor to young girls and women. She encourages creative, outside-the-box thinking! Vickie has served as a motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, radio commentator, roundtable participant, and panelist. Vickie often focuses on healthy self-esteem, past/present circumstances, and survival skills when addressing her audiences; and has been a passionate advocate addressing causes/societal ills that negatively affect girls and women (i.e. domestic violence, sex trafficking) for many years.

nadine and momsrisingE. Nadine Ford

“i am a 4th generation native Charlottean who inherited a love for good local food and a strong respect for the planet. In addition to managing the Little Sugar Creek Garden, I volunteer with Friendship Trays, Charlotte Green, and the Charlotte Food Policy Council. And I hate beets.”

 

 

Pilar Perez pilar perz and momsrisnig

My complete name is Rosa del Pilar Pérez and I am the Senior Director of Early Learning at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. I’m originally from Puerto Rico and have been living in Charlotte, NC for about 9 years now. I have been working in the education field for 30 years. Before working with the Y, I worked as an elementary bilingual teacher in New Jersey and Puerto Rico. I am also the wife of Cándido Albino, Pastor with the United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Conference, mother of 3: Tana 27, Thamar 26 and Uzi 17 and Grandma of three: Adrian, Zoe and Noah. My motto is to keep the peace and to do anything possible to help a child learn and develop properly. My daily mantras are: live by faith, serve without mind’s limits or limitations, always learn something new and use the time wisely. I believe that God moves me around what he knows is just good for me and I also believe that there is something special in each person that is part of God’s promises for me. I will like to do a cruise, finish formal Theological Studies and buy a beach house in Puerto Rico.

 

avis fun key fitness and Momsrising Mrs.Avis Snead

Fun “Key” Fitness

Wife mom of 4 and of course a child of God. I begin my fitness journey almost 3 years ago. My husband who is a certified personal trainer encourage me to join him on this journey. I begin this journey wanting to get my athletic body back. I wanted to feel sexy and comfortable in my own skin. As I begin to educate myself I wanted to encourage other woman who wanted to feel and look sexy inside and out. This became bigger than me. Woman from all over looked for my husband I help to get fit. This journey has its ups and downs but it’s worth all the time and dedication. We begin Fun”KEY” Fitness which led into #getfunkeywithavis which we had over 50 ladies to join us on our first challenge. I also host Fun”KEY” Fitness class each Saturday. I’m so grateful that God choose me to reach out to others through my struggles.

Contact Alexia at: alexiafurlow@gmail.com

Contact Alexia at: alexiafurlow@gmail.com

Alexia Furlow

Alexia is a recent Charlotte transplant from Wilmington NC. She is a licensed North Carolina attorney.
Alexia obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and her Juris Doctor from Campbell University. While at Campbell Law School she served as the President and Community Outreach Coordinator of the Black Law Student Association and as a member of the Campbell Law Innocence Project.
In her last year of law school Alexia went to Cape Town, South Africa where she engaged in policy research at the South African Commission on Gender Equality.
Alexia is the owner of The Law Office of Alexia L. Furlow where she focuses her practice on Criminal Defense and Personal Injury.
Alexia actively mentors youth and volunteers at her old elementary school. She enjoys traveling, socializing, adventuring, and spending time with family and friends.
Alexia aspires to advance her career towards South African Post Apartheid Reconstruction with emphasis on Education and Housing.

The address for the award celebration and round-table is 2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte NC 28216. There will also be games, a “What I Want To Be When I Grow Up” photo booth and refreshments. Keep up with the pre gathering by joining us HERE! See you there!

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Charlotte Controversial Ordinance Rejected

A protester yelled, “We Don’t want your children, You Perverts!”

After a contentious meeting on Monday, Charlotte City Council voted down the most controversial ordinance it has considered in years, a nondiscrimination proposal that would have added sexual orientation and gender identity to protected categories.

Wondering How did this proposal happen? click here

The measure failed 6-5, after a marathon meeting that featured hours of emotional debate and comments from supporters and opponents. Council members Michael Barnes, Kenny Smith, LaWana Mayfield, Ed Driggs, John Autry and Greg Phipps voted against it.

Before the final vote, council members had removed the section of the ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. That issue drew the most vigorous opposition from dozens of speakers.

“All over the world, there are restrooms for men and restrooms for women,” said Driggs, a Republican. “It does not place an unreasonable burden on them and it does not stigmatize them.

Charlotte rejects LGBT anti-discrimination proposal -Video here…..  

Protester said “We don’t want your kids, you pervert!” ….  Listen to it here. 

Social media was buzzing with opinions!
Don’t do it Charlotte!

Should Christian photographers in Charlotte be required to photograph a same-sex wedding ceremony?

Should a Christian t-shirt printer be required to print t-shirts for a gay pride parade?

Should a Christian adoption agency be required to place a child with a same-sex couple?

No, of course not.- NC Values

and

QNotes @qnotescarolinas   they shared:

City clerk employee tells us she’s been with office for three years. Never seen a topic attract so much attention

Can you imagine the scene? Reports said that 120 people signed up to speak at the 6 p.m. meeting. They spoke, one at a time, for two minutes each. Prior to the meeting, supporters and opponents sent nearly 40,000 emails to City Council members about the proposal (See ordinance here, here, and here! )

I’m not sang that it’s right, but I heard that this done in other cities. s long as there is a family bathroom, I have no problems all.

~QC Supermom

Friday Four: What To Do While Waiting On The Snow

I said “Brrrrr! It’s cold in here! It must be a Tiger in the atmosphere!” YES, it’s a corny old school day cheer, but it is definitely cold in the QC. So settle in and stay there. Charlotte, NC has closed for the week! 

Organo Gold Now Delivers Healthy Coffee to Your DoorNortherners make jokes about how we southerners react to a “little snow.” But we rarely get snow down here in Charlotte NC. When the news folks began to talk about the white gold, the children and I got excited while my husband begins his search for batteries!

So while he’s running around like a mad man, I’ll tell you about my top four ideas to help you enjoy this cold and shut in weather! They were inspired by my QC Supermom FB friends.

 Fashion Misfit1. Well if you have a significant other, then lucky you.  The cold weather means wanted body contact. Cuddle on the couch with a few good movies,light snacks, and a warm blanket. OR you could turn up the music to your favorite music artist and just relax. Two of my friends are doing just that. One just shared on QC Supermom that she is listening to Bob Marley on Spotfy… sippin wine. Thinking about all of the above makes me all warm and fuzzy on the inside!

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Make sure Fido is warm if he/she sleeps outside.

 

2. Catch up with back logged work. Sure, it’s not as fun, but it’s still a smart move. Just about all of your questions can be answered by third parties because they too have little to do today. My friend Ed, from The Preparedness Consulting group is doing his taxes, getting ready for his next trade show and completing some new home made laundry detergent. A momperneur friend of mine, from Fashion MisFit is getting a head start on her next big order of customized purses.

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3.” We made “Casuela de Cerdo” a pork and potato stew .. Hot tea.. And movies … I am going to do some sewing tomorrow! ” said Jessica.  I like the idea of trying new recipes also.

4.Have your children perform’ Karaoke Night’ for you! My babies LOVE to entertain me.  It is by far the best and most affordable entertainment in town. The video below was from Thanksgiving. They entered my work-space so I watched them dance. 🙂

Whatever you do, stay safe, warm, inside, prepared, and connected to others!

~QC Supermom

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Friday Four: Not Celebrating V-Day with the Kids? FORGET ABOUT IT!

Let’s think this through. You go out , have fun and leave your child (ren) with someone else who wishes they were not there. Sure, you’ve given them candy, cards and maybe even Valentine’s Day balloons but is that really fair? Naaaaaah, Not one bit. This year make it a family celebration of love.

Family where life begins & love never ends.

I’ll give you 4 ways to do it!

1. Make a pizza – together! Kids love to cook. If you are up for it, grab up your play group or friends and make it a pizza party! Years later , the laughs, and captured memories will be worth it!

Shape your pizza into a circle, like you normally would. With your thumb and forefinger together, push the top down toward the center of the crust to create the top of the heart.  Pinch the bottom and pull to create the point at the bottom of the heart.

1 Ingredients:

  • 1 batch homemade pizza dough (feel free to use store-bought crust, but you may want to brush your grill or grill pan with your favorite cooking oil to help ensure no sticking)
  • Pizza sauce
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese along with any other cheeses you’d like to add (we sometimes add a bit of Parmesan and a little sprinkling of sharp cheddar)
  • Toppings of choice (pepperoni, olives, sausage, onions, tomatoes, basil … the options are endless)

Directions:

  1. Cut the pizza dough into 8 pieces, each about the size of a tennis ball.
  2. Stretch each piece into a circle, then shape into hearts by pushing in the top and pinching then pulling down on the bottom.
  3. Let dough sit for about 10 minutes to rest and rise.
  4. With the grill on medium-high (about 350-400 degrees), transfer crusts to the grill and cook until the crust puffs on top and gets grill marks on the bottom, about 3 minutes. If the dough sprouts any big bubbles, go ahead and pop them if you can.
  5. Transfer the crust to a cookie sheet or large platter, grilled side up.
  6. Spread the sauce on the pizza, add toppings, cover with cheese, and transfer back to the grill. Cook until pizza crust is cooked through, the toppings are hot, and the cheese is bubbly, about 3 – 4 minutes. If you have a barbecue with a lid, cooking them covered at this stage helps heat the toppings.
  7. Remove from the grill to a pizza peel or large baking sheet. Serve.

2.Make a Tissue /Paper Towel Roll Valentine-

Gifts  for older kids

Gifts for older kids

You can’t go wrong with this one!  Use this one for children of all ages. Throw in non toxic-lip gloss, earrings, gift cards. snack mixes, Hot wheels, cash, … just about anything will do. Since you can use either your toilet tissue or paper towel roll it’s even more cleaver! TIP: A lot of these things you can get from the dollar store*, or your favorite business. I’m sure they carry smaller sizes of their favorite things.

3. Serve Others together- Now, how sweet is that? This is the type of activity you do to build a bond on. After folding, sorting, hanging and reporting, if nothing else, your communication skills will have increased AND you will have helped a little girl/boy find something to wear to school. Maybe even help a parent find a nice outfit to wear to a job interview. You never know. After all Valentines Day is about LOVE. Love is also an action. What better way to show it? It’s needed more than ever these days.  They say volunteering in the United States hit an all-time low last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported.hellll

4. Have a Party In Your Home. Just stay in an crank up the jam! Make memories that will last forever! Soon enough they will be adults and not want to spend such time with you.So while you’re at it, video them doing the running man  dance and play it at their next birthday party. 🙂 Just kidding but if you can find a community party, go for it. Just make this Valentine’ d Day more than just a another holiday. Show your tiniest heart some LOVE!  ~ QC Supermom

QC Supermom Valentines Day Party 2015

QC Supermom Valentines Day Party 2015

More Valentines’ and family quotes:

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.

When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family. via @cuquotes

 

National School Choice Week Charter

This week is busy the QC. for homeschooling families and charter schools alike. I want to share the news with you regarding two awesome events in particular. Both of them are free and begins tonight and ends Saturday*. Read below for details. Holistic Education

National School Choice Week Charter Fairs sponsored by Banyan Consulting Group & Northwestern Mutual Parents can learn more about dozens of local charter schools on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Nearly two hundred people are expected to attend the fair, which will be held from 6:30 p.m – 8:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn- University (8520 University Executive Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262).

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Teachers and student leaders from 25 North Carolina charter schools will be on hand to provide parents with more information and application instructions. The event is timed to coincide with National School Choice Week. This school fair is hosted by the North Carolina Public Charter Schools Association. The Association’s mission is to grow and sustain high quality public charter schools that nourish North Carolina’s children and enrich their families. NC Public Charter Schools Association is a membership coalition of NC charter schools established to serve, represent, and advocate for the interests of the schools and their children, parents, educators, and staff. National School Choice Week is a nationwide celebration of the education options from traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, online academies, and home schools taking place from January 25-31, 2015. RSVP is not required but appreciated. For more information, contact Aletha Buck at aletha@ncpubliccharters.org

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Homeschool Fair for School Choice Week

Americans for Prosperity Foundation – North Carolina presents a brick-and-mortar gathering of homeschool resources for parents and students who are interested in or currently homeschooling in the Charlotte region.

We will have leaders of local homeschool groups as well as curriculum representatives presenting information to attendees. We are also excited to feature policy updates on school choice issues at the local, state and federal level from elected officials.

Additional representatives will be availble to discuss extracurriculars, such as sports, available to homeschoolers.
Please feel free to drop in throughout the day. Lunch will be available to ticket holders (Click here– no cost for tickets!).

See you there! Please share with others……~QC Supermom

Friday Four: Kwanzaa Charlotte

Happy New Year!!! We made it! My only resolve is to a better human than I was last year! No Stress zone!

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This week has been great! Seems fitting to do a Wordless Friday!

Please Enjoy!

 

We get to see this guy play in SC this weekend!

We get to see this guy play in SC this weekend!

 

Guess what we’re doing this weekend? Yup, Hampton College Basketball! Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday Wow: 2014 Queen City Stay At Home Moms

I am so ready for 2015! There is so much to look forward to. My family, professionally and within the community. Today I wanted to share with everyone the accomplishments of my mom support group, Queen City Stay At Home Moms.QCSAHM 2014-15

I started this group in 2007, right after my moms passed. I needed something to focus on beside my boyfriend and children. I was fustrated because I had two college degrees and was doing absolutely nothing either of them, and like my mom in many ways, didn’t know how to put myself first. Here just seven years later, I have created something remarkable and of high quality for all moms of the Queen City. This has given me a platform to use both my motherhood and collegiate education.

Ronald McDonalds house and QC Supermom

We enjoyed hosting and organized a Swap Till We Drop clothing drive for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House- Charlotte

Now as a wife,mother of nine, doula, wedding officiant, mom activist, and a certifed mom coach, I am proud to challenge the stigma that comes with your typical stay at home mom. No longer does that title mean Peg Bundy.

QUEEN CITY STAY AT HOME MOMS 

There are many things that I am proud of accomplishing over the years. We have created over 32 jobs. Assisted 8 moms into momperneurship. We have hosted 5 Total Children’s Wellness Fair and have given over 200 hours on charity. The moms workshops, private movie screenings,cooking with kids classes, our incredible contests, group birthday parties, opportunities to product test AND  the comfort of always having a mom friend to confide in has been icing on the cake. QCSAHM’s, accept moms where they are and challenge them to be more by providing resources, tools and opportunities to grow in any holistic directon she chooses.

Kelle Cooking With Kids

Meet us here- on our meetup page. We’ve have attended some of the best shows in town.

We have been listed on many hot circulars including: Moms Charlotte and here.

Charlotte Culture Guide and here.

The Total Children’s Wellness Fair page

My 2015 goals for my moms are

  • To increase Cooking With Kids Classes.
  • Create more fincailly rewards opportunites for the moms
  • Build more options for mothers to grow skills for holistic motherhood
  • Secure more sponsorships to enable us to have more enriching mom workshops and to
  • Encourage more moms to share their intrests with our group more frequently.Quick recipes for busy Moms

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HELP US GROW? Click here to donate what ever you can. (thank you in advance) You can even buy a cookbook. Just donate at least $20 and request the cookbook in a message. Kelle Cooking With Kids Cookbook.Tracy QCSAHM

Here’s one of my most favorite picutres from our group:

Here is more information about being a happy Stay At Home Mom

THE CHOICE TO STAY HOME

Should you even be a SAHM? Find out here

Great inventory of meals to try this year for busy moms.  Here, here, and here!

Eat this. Not thatI would share more, but I have a four year old that is pulling my leg to fix him a sandwhich…… Happy New Year Ya’ll!

Friday Four: Habari Gani?

We LOVE to celebrate Kwanzaa! I wish more people knew and lived by the 7 principles. Being that it’s our 5th year celebrating it, I figured I would share everything I have learned thus far about it. Ready? Here we go………

OK, so it’s a pretty young holiday created by Dr. Karenga ( Maulana Karenga, born  Ronald McKinley Everett )y

The name Kwanzaa comes from a phrase of Swahili origin, “Matunda Ya Kwanza”, and translates as “First Fruits of the Harvest”. The holiday is actually based on African agricultural rites and communal activities. One of the holiday’s main goals is to cause those of African descent to look back to their cultural roots as a source of celebration.

Kwanzaa is recognized from December 26 thru January 1 every year. It is not political, religious or related to Christmas. Learn more about the history, purpose and origins of Kwanzaa: http://bit.ly/1liRRP6

Here’s how to celebrate it in your home, community:

1. Decorate your home or the main room with the symbols of Kwanzaa. Put a green tablecloth over a centrally located table, and on top of that, place the Mkeka which is a straw or woven mat that symbolizes the historical foundation of African ancestry. Place the following on the Mkeka:

  • Mazao — fruit or crops placed in a bowl, representing the community’s productivity.
  • Kinara — a seven-pronged candle-holder.
  • Mishumaa Saba — the seven candles which represent the seven core principles of Kwanzaa. Three candles on the left are red, representing struggle; three on the right are green, representing hope; and one in the center is black, signifying the African American people or those who draw their heritage from Africa.
  • Muhindi — ears of corn. Lay out one ear of corn for each child; if there are no children, place two ears to represent the children of the community.
  • Zawadi — various gifts for the children.
  • Kikombe cha Umoja — a cup to represent family and community unity.

2.Decorate around the room with Kwanzaa flags, called Bendera, and posters emphasizing the seven principles. You can purchase or make these, and it’s especially fun to make them with the kids.

3. Practice the Kwanzaa greetings. Starting on December 26, greet everyone by saying “Habari Gani” which is a standard Swahili greeting meaning “what is the news?” If someone greets you, respond with the principle (Nguzo Saba) for that day:

  • December 26: “Umoja” — Unity
  • December 27: “Kujichagulia” — Self-determination
  • December 28: “Ujima” — Collective work and responsibility
  • December 29: “Ujamaa” — Cooperative economics
  • December 30: “Nia” — Purpose
  • December 31: “Kuumba” — Creativity
  • January 1: “Imani” — Faith.
  • Non African-Americans are also welcome to participate in greetings. The traditional greeting for them is “Joyous Kwanzaa.” dhf

4. Light the Kinara daily. Since each candle represents a specific principle, they are lit one day at a time, in a certain order. The black candle is always lit first. Some people light the remaining candles from left to right (red to green) while other people alternate as follows:

  • Black candle
  • Far left red candle
  • Far right green candle
  • Second red candle
  • Second green candle
  • Last red candle
  • Last green candle

BONUS: 5.ba

Celebrate Kwanzaa in a variety of different ways. Pick and choose some or all of the following activities throughout the seven days of Kwanzaa, saving the feast for the sixth day. Kwanzaa ceremony may include:
  • Drumming and musical selections.
  • Readings of the African Pledge and the Principles of Blackness.
  • Reflections on the Pan-African colors, discussions of African principles of the day, or recitations of chapters in African history.
  • The candle-lighting ritual of the Kinara.
  • Artistic performances.

6.Have the Kwanzaa Karamu (feast) on the sixth day (New Year’s Eve). The Kwanzaa feast is a very special event that brings everyone closer to their African roots. It is traditionally held on December 31st and is a communal and cooperative effort. Decorate the place where the feast will be held in a red, green, and black scheme. A large Kwanzaa setting should dominate the room where the feast will be held. A large Mkeka should be placed in the center of the floor where the food is placed creatively and made accessible to all to serve themselves. Before and during the feast, an informative and entertaining program should be presented.

  • Traditionally, the program should involve welcoming, remembering, reassessment, recommitment and rejoicing concluded by a farewell statement and a call for greater unity.
  • During the feast, drinks are to be shared from a communal cup, the Kikombe cha Umoja, passed around to all celebrants.pp

7.Give out the gifts of Kumba. Kuumba, meaning creativity, is highly encouraged and brings a sense of self-satisfaction. The gifts are usually exchanged between the parents and children and are given out traditionally on January 1st, the last day of Kwanzaa. Since the giving of gifts has very much to do with Kuumba, the gifts should be of an educational or artistic nature.

These principles, if followed will be a blessing to your family life. I have seen the enhancements to my tribe and I know it’s because of the year long lessons we receive in just these seven little days of the year.

-QC Supermom

Habari Gani!

Habari Gani!

Wednesday Wow: I’m Not A Grinch!

What If Christmas means more?

What If Christmas means more?

Every Who down in Who-ville liked Christmas a lot… sorta like my Facebook timeline. Everyone is cooking, shopping and “selfi-ing!” And I think it’s really cute actually but the stress that come with buying to expectations……. it’s way to overwhelming.

It’s official, the kids have named us Mr. and Mrs. Grinch last night! In the back of my mind, I thought it was a compliment. He is a wise ole’ cat.

So yes, I’m ok with that. I understand that they have to be reminded everyonce in a while the purpose of the holiday.  It is hard when grandparents and others gift them but it comes back full circle when I start quoting my favorite scences from The movie, ” How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

And then, they’ll do something I hate most of all. Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small, will stand close together… with Christmas bells ringing. They’ll stand hand in hand… and those Whos… will start singing!

Christmas should mean more.

Christmas should mean more.

We do not celebrate Christmas in our home the way most people do.

 “I MUST find some way to stop Christmas from coming!” “I MUST stop this Christmas from coming! But HOW?” …….They’re finding out now that no Christmas is coming! They’re just waking up, I know just what they’ll do. Their mouths will hang open a minute or two, then the Whos down in Whoville will all cry, “Boo Hoo.”

Narrator: And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of*ten Grinches, plus two!

For us it’s a time of service. Like an extension of Thanksgiving! Gifts are for birthdays and that is when we go all out for our children and other loved ones.( I personally only know three people who has a birthdays on December 25th.) 

 

Just add green cookies!

Just add green cookies!

OK, out of my way, small Who, I’ve got better things to do than to spend my time with you on Grinch Night.  I know just what to do! I’ll make a quick Santy Claus hat and a coat! All I need is a reindeer!

(time to get ready to volunteer for Entrepreneur High School and prepare for Kwanzaa tomorrow!  ” Grinch is gonna getcha, Grinch is gonna getcha, Grinch indeedy, fa-la-la! YA!” Tomorrow is Christmas. It’s practically here!

Now pucker up and kiss it, Whoville!

handmade  christmas giftsClick here for cute Grinch theme clips! You’ll love them!

Here’s a great playlist for tomorrow!- Various artist holiday songs and the list is here.

Supermom votes too!

Yesterday was a great day. Not just because it was my birthday, but because I got out to vote! I got two interesting pieces in the mail and I found a good home for my puppies. I’ll tell you more, but first a message from MomsRising!

My daughter voted too. They had a kids voting area there. How awesome right? v

As I arrived to my voting spot, I was interviewed by a Fox News reporter. He asked me why did I decide to vote early. I responded by telling him, “Man, on any given day, I will have 4- 6 children with me. Right now their is no line, my decision now will be my decision later, and doing it now is one less thing I have to plan to do later.” He asked me what was responsible for the large voter turn out. Now, since we were speaking in a majority African American location, I assumed he wanted to know what motivated so many African American to vote in the massive numbers. To that I smiled and said, “We organized!” Scare tactic in Mecklenburg County 2014

He quote me in his coverage saying: “For other people that I’ve been speaking to, they want to wait and get more information,” Kelle Pressley, an early voter, said. “They want to make sure they’re making the right decision so they don’t waste their vote. But for me, as a busy mom, I ultimately think it works for me to vote early.” ME, via Joe Bruno, Fox News

Every one know small frequent gathering are the way to go, and it looks like it’s the key to a successful campaign so far.

I also wrote my name down for a walk in position. Can’t wait to see how that turns out. I’ve been doing that for years now and haven’t got sworn in yet!  Go Figure!

The mailings I got included a Voting report card. Turns out I have a very good score. It was sent by some Color Of Change organization out of Washington. The other piece I received was from a special interest group. I really didn’t understand the message. What I got from it was a suggesting that if we don’t vote more of us, meaning African Americans will be shot. See I couldn’t follow that because, We have Obama in the house and that made it worse. Just a thought ya’ll. I LOVE My 1st family.

Now why did I vote? I voted because I like thinking that I have a voice. I will never put my neck on a chopping block and say that voting is the resolution to every problem and that what the selected officials  say and do will be true, but somehow I think it’s my responsibility to make an effort. Now that I know my children are watching I want them to feel that they matter also. If voting helps with that why not?

Voting early, gives me one less thing to plan. By getting it out of the way, I can have a peace of mind knowing that the decision I came to, the desires of my heart was made where it counts!

(If you click the links you’ll get more information on each topic!)