Yet Another Icon Gone but Never Forgotten!

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I have never done two posts in one day however today warranted my doing so. Maya Angelou will always be remembered for her poetry, magnificent writing abilities and so much more! Everyone has their way of making an impact in the world…writing was hers. She not only wrote but acted, directed movies, produced plays and public television programs. What I cherish her for the most is her role in the Civil Rights Movement. This is an ancestor that should never be forgotten! May your beautiful soul rest in peace.

Below is a piece written by Ms. Angelou as a tribute to Haiti!

Homo sum. Humani nil a me alienum puto!

 I am a human being

Nothing human can be alien to me!

This statement was made

By Terentius Afer.

Terentius was a slave,

Sold to a Roman senator

Freed by that senator.

He became

The most popular playwright in Rome.

Five of his plays

And that statement has

Come down to us from 154 B.C.

That man

Not born white or free

Or with any chance

Of becoming a citizen

In the Rome of his day,

He said, “I am a human being.

Nothing human can be alien to me!”

I have ingested and digested that statement.

It activates me

And motivates me to say,

I’m yours

Haiti

Yours …”

 

~Mzz Nette

Wedding Bliss!

Morning Peeps!

I would like to introduce Mr. and Mrs. Shaun Brunson!!!!! The couple officially tied the knot this past Sunday. What a lovely ceremony! Love is such a beautiful thing! I pray the Lord continues to bless this new couple as they begin their new life together! 🙂

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Nooowww your girl was a part of the bridal party and her make up was hooked up! Let me show you! I was looking B-A-D!!! Oh and I did my own hair…which I am so very proud of! 🙂

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Here are more pics from the wedding! Hope you all enjoy! 🙂

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~Mzz Nette

 

 

 

Fun Filled Weekend!

This weekend was really fun filled for me. Friday night I attended a free Comedy Show in downtown DC. Ain’t nothing like free y’all lol. Some of the stand-up comedy was iffy but some were quite hilarious. A good laugh doesn’t hurt every now and then. Saturday night I helped my good friend celebrate her last weekend as a single woman!! We attended dinner at the illustrious National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD and partied hard on the U Street corridor. Those of you in the DC/MD/VA area know how live U Street can be! Check out the pics below.

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I also celebrated Haitian Flag Day yesterday. Had a blast with my friends and other Haitians like myself. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend as well!

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~Mzz Nette

 

Locking Phases and Natural Oils!

Morning Folks!

Haven’t posted alllll week…did you’ll miss me?! 🙂 Today I wanted to write some more about my Sisterlocks. Prior to making the decision of getting Sisterlocks I wanted to know as much as I possibly could about the process of locking and what oils are great for natural hair. I honestly want my journey as natural as possible. Upon my research I came across the 2 pictures below. They basically speak for themselves. The first explains the stages of the locking journey. I found it to be quite helpful because I can actually know what ‘stage’ my hair is in at different points in my journey (I’m in phase 2 btw).

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The second photo explains the best oils for natural hair. We woman can be product junkies…OH I DEFINITELY DON’T MISS THOSE DAYS!!! So it’s great to know of products that will help bring moisture and shine to my locs. Right now I am not able to use any oils in my scalp but I am happy to have done research about what natural oils will potentially work best.

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I hope all of this info helps some of you! If you have any other natural products that you use that you find quite helpful please feel free to share!

~Mzz Nette

 

 

Loc’d For Life!!

One of the main reasons why I started blogging was to be able to share my Sisterlocks journey. I realized that I haven’t really said much about them so this blog post is dedicated to my babies. I call them my babies because I have to care for them as if they were my kids. Nourish them, maintain them, clean them, etc. That way they will grow from babies to mature adults 🙂

Lets start with my Sisterlocks Birth Certificate! 
 
  • Installation Date(s): June 8-15th
               Typically an install would take two days but y’all know I had to be different. My sisterlock consultant had to do mine in a weeks time. 
 
  • Number of Locks:  532 (yes I’ve actually counted)
 
  • Size of Locks: My locks are considered Small/Medium 
 
  • Locking Pattern: I actually don’t know…probably should find out right?! Lol
 
  • Length of Hair at Install: 8 inches
 
  • Location of Install: Dumfries, VA
 
I will say my decision to lock my hair has been a great decision. I love the low maintenance! No more having to “do” my hair before work. Just get up and go. In about a month I will celebrate 1 year and this truly excites me. I can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring!
 
Below is a pic from the day after my installation:
 
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Month 3:
 
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Month 6:
 
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Month 9:
 
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A couple weeks ago (10.5 months):
 
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To Commit or Not To Commit…

 

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Ok so I’ve never had to deal with a man not committing to me. Probably because I’ve always made myself clear about wanting to eventually be in a relationship. However, if I’m just casually dating a man I don’t bring up the ‘r’ word. I just enjoy what we’ve made it. It was funny to come across this article written by Madame Noire about signs that point to why your man will never commit. Here they are:

 

  1. He NEVER gets jealous
  2. He is rigid about his schedule
  3. He doesn’t invite you, when other girlfriends went
  4. He has a lot of activities he keeps to himself
  5. He won’t fight with you
  6. He won’t accept help from your family
  7. He tells you he’s made big decisions; he doesn’t ask you
  8. He wanders off at social events
  9. He’s pushy about sex
  10. He has excuses not to do you favors

 

Madame Noir provides an explanation for each reason and also mentions why most women ignore these reasons. And I had to chuckle at a few of them. Probably because I’ve had to deal with a few myself 🙂 But in all honesty I guess I would feel some kind of way if the guy I’m dating didn’t get jealous (reason # 1) if I was pushing up on some other man or if I mentioned how cute/handsome/fione (yes I said fione instead of fine lol) another man was. But jealousy isn’t for everyone so that reason didn’t constitute as a sign for me. Matter of fact I didn’t think a lot of these reasons were signs that he wouldn’t commit. Reasons # 5 and # 6 both seem like they can be character traits not necessarily reasons why he won’t commit. However, reasons # 2 and  # 3 (in my opinion) are legit. If his schedule is too rigid to make time/room for you there’s a problem. And if there are ‘couples’ outings, he’s in attendance and you aren’t invited as his plus 1…umm trust me he’s probably not interested in committing. You can decide for yourself if the other reasons hold any weight.

 

What are your thoughts? Especially to the men…I’m curious to know if some of you actually agree with this list. We all can guess that this article was probably written by a woman. 🙂 Leave your comments and thoughts below!

 

~Mzz Nette

 

P.S. Want to read Madame Noire’s full article?

Click here -> http://madamenoire.com/338006/signs-hell-never-commit/

 

#BringBackOurGirls

At times watching the news puts a strain on my emotions because it’s hard to face the realities of what our world presents. So as a result I rarely watch the news. However the kidnapping of almost 300 little girls in Nigeria struck a cord. Why? Because while this was going on we (in the US) were focused on the racial comments of a man who really no one knew of or probably even cared about. Ok let me speak for myself… 🙂 But it saddens me to know that as a parent you send your child to school and wake up one day to hear that they have been kidnapped. By a militant group who wants to make and prove a point. Can you imagine how scared those little girls must be?! There are so many questions and so little answers. Why has it taken the Nigerian government almost 20 days to intervene or even respond to this attack? Why has the military not been involved? Why do these parents have to take it upon themselves to go and find their children? I am not a parent…at least not yet; however I can not imagine how a mother or father feels at this very moment. I will make it a goal of mine to pray for the safety and the return of these little girls. If it’s anything I can do it’s that!

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~Mzz Nette

 

Happy Burfday Browny!!!

Today is a great day! And you should be able to tell by the tile of my piece why this is so…yup…it’s my boo bears birthday!! This little guy has been in my life the last 2 yrs and I can’t say that my life has remained the same. My priorities have changed, my money is spent on doctor visits/shots/dog food, I’ve had to play nurse/protector, and have even cried over this little being. He plays a major role in my life and God knows why him and I are in each others lives. At times I chat with him as if he knows what I am saying and can talk back to me lol. It’s the cutest thing when his little head turns sideways as if he’s saying “…umm you know I don’t understand right?!” Either way he’s my pal, my confidant, my best bud forever, my headache and much more!  I just couldn’t let the day go by without wishing my Browny Bear a Happy Birthday!!!! 🙂

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10th Annual College Survival 101!

Yesterday, the Young Professionals Network (YPN) celebrated the 10th anniversary of it’s annual College Survival 101 program. A program created to provide resources to 9-12th graders about how to get ready for college and how to succeed once there. We provide workshops with topics in the following areas: setting academic goals, finding money for college, social activities in college, how to mange your time in college, and other various topics. Of all the programs within YPN this is my favorite. The impact we make in the lives of these students is awesome and every year the committee that works to bring the event together does it bigger and better! I am proud of the work they did this year!

This year our theme was “Stomp The Yard: Step Into Your Future“. We had approximately 50 students and 6 parents in attendance. We gave away 10 care packages to 10 deserving Seniors. The care packages were filled with essentials to survive their first year in college…a show caddy, slippers, snacks, personal hygiene items, a planner and much more. We were also able to give away two $500 book scholarships! Now isn’t that just awesome?! This program is every year, so if you know of any high school students in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia area that can benefit please feel free to share our website: http://www.nvulypn.org/cs101/. 

I took a couple of photos from event so enjoy! 🙂

Scholarship Winners

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Brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity showcasing how they ‘Stomp The Yard’ 

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One of our guest sparkers who spoke on College Life and Activities

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Me rocking our College Survival Shirt

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The College Survival 101 Committee

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~Mzz Nette