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Do I examine my life enough?
These days (and maybe after my recent 33rd birthday), I definitely have. I’m not a kid anymore so the things I could get away with in my 20s look a little pathetic in my 30s. But I try to be kind to myself and my pathway towards my ultimate goals. I’ve learned that this path isn’t necessarily linear and that’s okay. I have had such amazing highs and opportunities but also had some soul-crushing lows and missteps. But both have made me the woman I am today. I’m perfect but I “live from the heart . . . seek[ing] to be whole, not perfect”. Thanks, Oprah!
Do I care too much about what people think?
To be honest, I used to be really reoccupied with what people thought of me. In school, I was a definite people pleaser, doing almost anything any adult or friend asked for. But then I realized something in college – doing all those things for others doesn’t always mean that you will get that same treatment in return. In fact, you could be abandoned at key moments in life where you really needed that parent/friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse. It has happened to me too many times. So I live more for myself and what feeds me emotionally, spiritually, academically, etc. If you happen to like what I like, that’s awesome! If not, no harm, no foul.
Am I with the right person?
In my dating life, I am currently “ridin solo” (thanks, Jason Derulo) because I just haven’t met the right person yet. I know how that sounds. That sounds cliche but it’s the truth. I have been in relationships more recently a year ago but I was abandoned at a pivotal point in my life where I had no one else. That showed me exactly the kind of person he was and I couldn’t be with someone like that. He has tried to get back in touch with me but I just don’t trust him with my heart anymore.
What’s your deal breaker?
I would say deep ignorance, arrogance, lack of a healthy sense of humor, immaturity and lack of spirituality.
What do I really want to do all day?
I want to write for my favorite magazines like O, Variety, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, Elle, Essence, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Latina, Shape and more. I want to be a speaker for TED Talks about education, mental health, and media. I want to collaborate in music projects with artists I admire like Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Babyface Edmonds, Quincy Jones, Robin Thicke, Alicia Keys, India Aire, Beyonce, Jay Z, Monica Jasmine, Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, Nicki Minaj and perform original music for audiences. I want to cover my favorite national and international concerts as well as local events as press like I did for this year’s Jazz in the Gardens in Miami Gardens, FL. I want to publish influential books like Dr. Maya Angelou, Candace Bushnell and bell hooks that can change the world. I want to speak at conferences, urging young people to harnest their talents to make the world better. I want to write screenplays and own a production company like Drew Barrymore, Sandra Bullock, and Wendy Williams, creating exciting projects for the masses to consume. I hope that dream is big enough!
How do I want to be remembered?
I think I would want to be remembered like the dearly departed Dr. Maya Angelou is being remembered now – as an educator, orator, poet, media icon, mother, daughter, auntie, mentor, advocate.
Do I say “Yes” enough?
YES! I believe I do more welcoming of opportunities than rejecting of them.
Do I know how to say “No”?
I have learned my limits and when I feel that my time is being wasted, I pull out that “No” real fast!
Am I helpless?
No, not particularly. I wouldn’t choose that specific adjective. Am I sensitive? Yes but I also try to be protective of my heart by limiting the kinds of people I associate with. So the people in my inner circle fill in the gaps that this “helpless” nature creates.
Am I helpful?
More than you will ever know! Actually, ask any one of my former students (many of whom I keep in touch with on Facebook). They are my living testimony with ages ranging from preteen to 30’s (yes, my age).
What am I afraid of?
I am afraid that our culture will not shift to embrace all people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and mental health status. I am afraid that speaking truth to power may not change policy. But I remain hopeful and optimistic.
Am I paying enough attention to the incredible things around me?
I surely hope I am! I feel like I do especially in my current work environment in Miami Design District. I won’t disclose the name of school but I will say it reminds a great deal of my own high school on Key Biscayne.
Have I accepted my body?
This took a while to get to. I grew up being really skinny and really tall (I wear a Women’s 13 in shoes to this day) which made me feel very uncomfortable around my classmates and friends. I wanted to belong like any other girl and teenager (and be able to borrow clothes from my closest girlfriends). But I couldn’t because I needed larger sizes and most of my friends were much smaller than me. When puberty hit, my butt got bigger (look out J.Lo, Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea), my hips got wider, and my thighs got bigger. I had the body of a woman when I was 13 or 14. It was scary because I hadn’t evolved mentally and emotionally into the body I was inhabiting. It also didn’t help that I look like my glamourous and ageless mother. My parents dressed me down in preppy Ralph Lauren attire for years which made me even more strange to other students of color at my middle school. But eventually, I went to a high school that embraced diversity on multiple levels and I began to feel better about myself. The poem “Phenomenal Woman” by Dr. Maya Angelou also gave me a voice and made feel better about my new shape.
Am I strong enough?
Yes, I believe I am. I have already been through so much so far that I know that I can handle practically anything.
Have I forgiven my parents?
Well . . . that’s an ongoing process. Like President Obama has expressed in his memoir Dreams From My Father, I have learned that my parents have done the best they knew how to do. They weren’t perfect but they had perfect intentions. Unfortunately, sometimes life gets in the way of executing a perfect plan. So all we can do is accept our loved ones for who they are and pray/hope that they can do the same for us.
Do I want children?
Yes, I do. I am luckily. I am still in a good range to have them but I want my career locked in place first so I can provide for them properly.
Does what I wear reflect who I am?
Yes it does. When I started teaching college in my 20s, my parents begged me to wear the Hillary Clinton pant suits to work. I complied because I understood that I looked like my students so I needed to have a specific uniform that would set me a part. Now I’m a little more flexible. In faculty and business meetings, office attire rules. But when I go to events and parties, I wear a different wardrobe but I still keep my integrity.
What am I missing out on?
To be honest, a steady paycheck! Juggling part-time work can be a little challenging especially when people think that you can do some services for free! Yeah right! Social Media marketing IS a job!!
Do I let myself fail enough?
In my 20s, I have failed alot and learned a great deal from those failures. Unfortunately, I think we live in a culture that frowns on failure. Failure is bad; therefore, you are terrible. NOT true! But learning and evolving definitely needs to be part of the equation as well.
Why are we here?
In my experience, I believe we are here to help one another. I know, that sounds very Disney Princess but I really believe that. Being a teacher reveals a microcosm of society where character is built and empathy can grow. But it’s up to us to instruct.
#FBF #FlashbackFriday Continues With My Coverage of Wendy Williams Book Signing Last Year in Coral Gables, FL. It was my first OFFICIAL assignment as a “seasoned” journalist. Luckily (and strangely), I was the only press represented at the event and I definitely took advantage with great pictures (okay, maybe “decent” pictures). I was so excited to be near my idol from my days in grad school in NYC.
So I am finally coming down off an amazing weekend in South Miami area as a “reporter” and pop culture writer, covering the American Icons event at Macy’s and the Wendy Williams Book Signing.
Ok, let’s begin . . .
After dropping my sister off at the Port of Miami for her NKOTB Cruise (hey Mr. Knight! How YOU DOIN’!?), I headed over to Dadeland Mall to cover Macy’s event for Miami TV Now.
I was a little disappointed by the small area that the event was meant to take place. You’ll see in the pictures how crowded the area was with regular Saturday shoppers instead of avid music fans of Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Diana Ross, and more.
So during the performances, these unaware shoppers would walk right in front of the performers and ruin many of shot for me. But luckily, I am a professional.
After getting my picture…
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I just saw last week’s episode this morning with rapper T-Pain and actor Anthony Anderson. The concept/set-up for the show is really interesting, putting celebrities among the public to hear what people REALLY think about them. It’s also really interesting that the show is produced by Miss Wendy Williams herself (where she has also participated in pilot episode for her own talk show). I’m sure this upcoming episode with TLC’s Chilli will be equally entertaining.
So I finally got to watch the premiere episode of “Being” on CENTRIC which featured the profile of media mogul and talk show host Miss Wendy Williams. Forgive me for sounding like a compliment fangirl but I totally loved it!
Set up to be an inspirational version of VH1’s “Behind the Music” and a little lighter than the morose TV One’s “Unsung”, “Being” is an hour-long (more like 40 minutes without commercials) interview led by Miss Williams’ account of her life as an African-American young girl growing up in New Jersey where she faced issues about her weight from her parents, race being one of the only few African-Americans in the affluent community, drug abuse in her own life, and setbacks within her own career as a radio DJ and in having children in her own life.
Too often, we as a society idolize public figures and celebrities because they’re famous, rich and produce a product that we can’t get enough of. But we forget to investigate the backstory that have these people the opportunity to be on the platform they are on now. Luckily for us, Wendy has always dropped in pieces of her backstory on her popular talk show, showing us how authentic she really is. Can you say that about your favorite celeb you read about on the gossip blogs?
What I learned from “Being” is we all have a beginning and if you’re smart, you carry those lessons with you in your present and become a loving testimony that being true to your own vision will take you where you are meant to go.
Laurean D. Robinson, MA