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TONIGHT (8/27/19): First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom Hosts #EqualPayCA Panel with Project Runway Judge and Former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth & Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber 

Excerpt from Governor Press Office Media Release

“First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom Hosts #EqualPayCA Panel with Project Runway Judge and Former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth & Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber” 

“The panel follows a workshop for college women to ensure that they are getting paid fairly at every step of their careers.”
 
SACRAMENTO – First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom will lead a discussion on equal pay and gender equality in the workforce hosted by the California Legislative Women’s Caucus TONIGHT (8/27/19), joining New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist and former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth and Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber, Chair of the Black Caucus and Vice Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls.
 
The event will also feature a “Know Your Rights Workshop” from Equal Rights Advocates, and the launch of #EqualPayCA: College Edition resources designed to help college students across California achieve pay equity at every step of their careers. A typical woman loses hundreds of thousands of dollars over her lifetime to the wage gap, but one study showed that negotiating a pay bump in your first job can increase lifetime earnings by over one million dollars.
 
When: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 7:00pm [6:30p per event flyer]
Where: California State University, Sacramento, University Library, Carlsen Center, Room 1520, 6000 J St Sacramento, CA 95819 
Who: First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, award-winning journalist and author Elaine Welteroth, and Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber.

For the full media release, CLICK HERE

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One-on-One Interview with Celebrity Journalist Roland S. Martin – Is School Choice the Black Choice?

In case you missed it, on April 23, 2019, Celebrity Journalist Roland S. Martin was in Sacramento, CA for the Education Town Hall discussing “Is School Choice the Black Choice?” Check out my previous post, “An Education Town Hall With Roland Martin and Special Guests” for the media release and other details about the event. Moments before the Town Hall, I was given the opportunity to briefly sit with Roland to discuss where his passion for the topic began and to find out the message he wants to send through his School Choice Education Town Hall events.

While in the green room with Roland, his wife Jacquie Hood Martin, and public relations guru Brittany “Britt” Parmley waiting for my moment to chat with Roland, he was working on a PBS documentary. I can say he was multi-tasking and handling business leading up to the moment he walked out into the forum.

B. LaTrice: Good Evening, Roland. Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you. My name is LaTrice and I am a blogger here in Sacramento. My business name and blog is Destiny Inspired Consulting. My blog is typically a lifestyle blog where I write about motivation, lifestyle, and “slice of life” topics. The data shows the majority of my blog followers are women between the ages of 25-44; most of those are mothers. So, about tonight’s [education forum] topic, [Is] School Choice is the Black Choice, what is the message you would want to express to followers of my blog?

Roland: The first thing is understanding is about education; this is about the future of their children. The problem is that you look at what is happening all across this country with black children in our school systems. I spent a lot of time deciding exactly what I want to focus on in terms of this choice movement. Look, I went to public schools my whole life in Houston [Texas], but I went to magnet schools when I was in elementary schools and magnet school is high school. So. having those magnet schools position me for what I am doing right now. I went to school for communications. So, what I am doing right now started when I was in the 9th grade. So, I’ve done this [advocating for education] for the past 36 years. So, being able to have that type of school is critically important. You look at the reading stats and math stats; the bottom line is black children are not getting the shot they deserve. So, why should we as African Americans, with our history, turn away from a system that allows us to be able to control our education? That’s what this [school choice] is about; this is about controlling education.

I go across this country. Black parents want success for their children. We did a poll a few years ago that we commissioned Cornell Belcher of Brilliant Corners Research (President Obama’s pollster). They went out and did research. More than 70% of black parents said they would send their kids to a charter school. More than 70% of black parents said they would actually use vouchers. What does that mean? That means black parents don’t have time for all the political drama and the back and forth. They want what’s best for their children. The problem is when we’ve had this conversation about control of charter schools, is that [the conversations] they are largely led by white people and has been a white people led movement. I’ve said to the movement, you cannot have a majority of kids in public schools today who are black and brown, but you don’t have black people and brown people who are leading these efforts.

So, what I’m trying to do is talk to black people and say no, we have an opportunity to control the education of our kids, control the curriculum and control the dollars being spent. This is not about tearing down traditional public schools; they can coexist. But, we can’t be in a situation where we somehow believe that we cannot participate in these systems.

B. LaTrice: How would you encourage someone to get on board with the [school choice] movement or a mother [parent] who would want to learn more about school choice?

Roland: The first thing is for these parents. Either you have children who are in school or you might be a homeowner who will be hiring people, so you need to be able to say is that you need to be able to hire the best and the brightest. So, I want them to first say is, how am I involved with it [the movement]? If you are unhappy with the education of your child. You need to be able to say I want to put my child in the best place. If you can’t afford to put your child[ren] in public school, then we need to be saying NO, we need to control the charter schools; we are going to run those charter schools and support black-run charter schools and I encourage that. I want our children to be in the best situation possible. I want more black charter schools, but I want successful charter schools. I don’t support the failure of traditional schools and I don’t support the failure of charter schools. I want us to say that we want high quality that is working for our children. That means those women and mothers should be saying is my school doing the job. What’s the grade? What’s the proficiency rate? How many of these kids are passing? Are these kids on grade-level? If their kids are in schools where 70 and 80 percent are not on grade level, I don’t want my kid in that school. That’s where we start.

B. LaTrice: Ok, so just continue to educate themselves [on the topic of school choice]?

Roland: Yes, and learn more about it and do not accept the status quo and not have people try to make them feel bad or saying you shouldn’t be doing this. Nonsense, they should be doing this.

B. LaTrice: Awesome. Thank you for your time.

Roland: Cool. I appreciate it. Thanks so much.

Roland has posted the live stream of the “Is School Choice the Black Choice” Sacramento Town Hall Event on his YouTube channel.

Big thanks to Margaret Fortune, President/CEO of Fortune Schools for making this event happen and the special guest panelists: Pastor Tecoy Porter – Sacramento Chapter President of National Action Network, Dr. Hazel Mahone – Professor at California State University Sacramento, Larry Lee – Publisher of the Sacramento Observer, and Romel Antoine – Director of Regulatory Affairs for California Charter Schools Association.

‘School Choice is the Black Choice’ is on tour to create dialogue, awareness, and to educate black families on public school options. See the Press Release document for more information about the Assembly Bills – AB 1505, AB 1506, and AB 1507 that will be discussed along with Senate Bill – SB 756.

For more information on the topic of School Choice as it relates to the black students, families, and communities, please reach out to the following:

School Choice is the Black Choice

Fortune Schools

National Action Network – Sacramento Chapter

California Charter Schools Association

Sacramento Observer

I want to hear from you on YOUR perspective, thoughts, and understanding of the topic of School Choice. Are you a parent, educator, student, grandparent, community leader, or citizen who has feedback on this topic? I’d love to hear from you. This is an opportunity and platform where you can peacefully and respectfully share your two cents. So, I encourage you to share your thoughts and to please SHARE and REPOST this blog to create more discussion and awareness of the topic.

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Men, we NEED you!

Oscar-nominated director and filmmaker John Singleton died this past Monday after having suffered a massive stroke on April 17, 2019. Gosh, darn it!!! Another loss of an influential black man. There are conversations surrounding the topic of ” high blood pressure -HBD or Hypertension- in African Americans [particulartly our black men – our brothas].

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While scrolling through my Instagram , I came across a nbcnews.com article titled, “John Singleton’s family urges black men to get their blood pressure checked.” I didn’t realize John had been silently dealing with HBD. I know a little about HBD since I have a couple family members who deal with it. Well, after reading the article, maybe I do know more people, but maybe they, too, are dealing with it silently.

I realize that people have different reasons why they don’t go to the doctor, but the fact that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is quoted as saying, “African American men are at [the] greatest risk of having a stroke at a younger age.” Brothas, your families need you, your children need you, OUR community needs you to live a long, healthy and prosperous life. Men, we NEED you!!! So, please don’t put off going to the doctor for checkups and please take your prescribed medicines. With that said, I am a HUGE supporter of holistic and alternative medicines, so go have a consultation and checkups by a naturopath provider. Whatever you do, please TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH!!

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By the way, I feel inclined to mention that I am not placing any judgment on John because much of what has been reported about how he treated his HBD has been a bit of speculation combined with information shared by his family. I appreciate John’s family, in the midst of their grief, spreading awareness about the condition, also known as the “silent killer.”

I encourage EVERYONE, regardless of race, socio-economic background, or gender, to take care of yourself to the best of your ability; I am talking to myself as well. According to CDC, “High blood pressure affects 1 in 3 adults in the United States.”

Rest in peace John Singleton.

To learn more on the deadly impact of high blood pressure in African American men, please take a look at the CDC publication PDF (A Closer Look at African American Men and High Blood Pressure Control .

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The HUB Magazine spotlights “SuperModel Tyra Simone…”

Last Friday, my oldest daughter – Tyra Simone – was spotlighted in The Hub Magazine. Click the following link to view the entire article  https://issuu.com/thehubmag/docs/sac-hub-spring2019full-hiresfinal.

I was super excited when I was asked to share details about my big girl regarding her journey to the Sacramento Fashion Week Designer Showcase on March 8, 2019. 

Big thanks to Chief Editor, Pleshette Robertson, and her HUB Magazine team for such a wonderful opportunity for Tyra to be spotlighted for her modeling. Be sure to check out The HUB Magazine, Spring Edition especially page 36 . wink wink

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Thank you stylist MarioB of MarioB Productions and Designer Zenzele Nuru for Tyra’s look at Sacramento Fashion Week Designer Showcase. 

Remember to click the link to check out the full article. Go Tyra!! Mommy is so proud of you. Please read the article and let me know your thoughts. 

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Change Your Perspective

Sometimes you just need to change the way you look at a a situation.

This concept of changing MY perspective still is not the easiest thing to do.

Sometimes the message is short and sweet…

CHANGE the direction you are looking at a situation with simple, yet effective, adjustments, like:

1) Focus on the positive

2) Look at the big picture

3) Remember trouble doesn’t last always.

4) Focus on any lessons learned and wisdom gained.

5) Until your situation is worked out, get busy helping someone else in need.

Your perspective will not change overnight, however, applaud yourself for every attempt you make to CHANGE for the better.

Instead of waiting for change, BE THE CHANGE.

Change YOUR Perspective

Is there a situation at home, work, church etc. where you need a shift in the way you look at things?

One more time

CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE

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Hold up!! The 100sUnit is NOT Exactly What They Claim…

As a woman who has been an active member of the Hundreds Unit (100sUnit) for nearly one year, I can say the group is truly MUCH MORE than they claim. I have a firsthand testimony about 100sUnit. Oh yaaasss hunty!!! I got some stuff to say boo boo.

Who Is The Hundreds Unit?

According to the 100sunit.com website, the group was designed to “bring women together through fitness and dance.” The unit, co-founded by, Venetia James and Phyllis Cook, emphasize how 100sUnit’s mission is to “incorporate every woman.”

In the KCRA article, “How 100 amateur dancers took center court at Sacramento Kings game,” it’s noted with special emphasis on how the “health and fitness group is inspiring women to break stereotypes and build confidence, with a little help from the Sacramento Kings.” 

“health and fitness group is inspiring women to break stereotypes and build confidence, with a little help from the Sacramento Kings.”

In the strong and empowering words of Venetia, “Do Not Give Up!”

I did not realize how much I needed to be reminded not to give up. Being a person who organically inspires others, especially women and mothers, 100sUnit gave me what I needed. Their theme is Breaking – Building – Believing; Breaking through barriers, building women, and believing in the power of unity while meeting wellness goals.

While I knew the dance group was about women’s wellness and empowerment, I had NO idea that the ladies of 100sUnit would allow me to create such a strong bond and sisterhood with so many.

My First Day of 100sUnit

I remember the first day I walked into the Fit Republic in Natomas, California where the 100sUnit meets for conditioning with fitness trainer Duante Moore and then upstairs to our private practice room to learn our dance choreography. It was in that moment, nearly a year ago, when all sorts of insecurities arose that had been lying dormant. I remember looking in the mirror wondering what had I become? I remember doing the warmup dance moves being so winded, out of breath, and just so out of shape. Facing the mirror while doing the simple dance moves forced me to take a good look at myself. Wow. It was more than the physical fitness ability to do the moves, I was experiencing something deeply emotional. With every huff and puff, I would ask myself how did I allow myself to gain 40+ pounds in under two years. As a person who has dance background, I looked in the mirror feeling defeated. Where is dancer Trice? I didn’t see her in the mirror. However, I looked around me and saw women of all sizes, races, ages (over the age 20), and diverse cultures who were pushing beyond their own feelings of defeat. These ladies were supportive and encouraging so it kept me pushing.

Eventually, after fighting the “I want to quit” mindset, I kept returning to the practices because I simply enjoyed the ladies and I was noticing my progress. Not to mention my momma and sister wouldn’t let me miss practices. Ughhh. Lol

Geez…sometimes we are our own worst critic but we gotta get out our own way. Point Blank PERIOD!!

Depression?

Instead of focusing on learning the dance moves, I found myself wondering how I had allowed life’s rough (unfair) circumstances to kick me into a depression. My sister and mom were instrumental in having me join the 100sUnit; it was an intervention. They knew I needed a positive outlet to focus on outside of my children and everything I had dealt with in the past two years. I can truly say that the ladies of 100sUnit, my family, and of course my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, are who kept me from falling into a deep depression. Being apart of the unit introduced me to a support group of ladies from all walks of life. No matter what we experienced in our lives outside of the dance room, when we come together it is all about sisterhood, support, networking, and encouraging one another to push beyond the norm to reach our wellness goals.

Fun Fact About Venetia

Just to show how life connects and reconnects people when you least expect it. Walking into those doors for my first 100sUnit practice, I was familiar with many of the ladies, particularly Venetia. Many many years ago, I met her in dance classes at California State University, Sacramento in dance with the amazing dance professor, Dr. Linda Goodrich. My favorite memory is when a year or so after I met her, Venetia came to substitute teach for Dr. Goodrich. Let me tell you that Venetia was NINE months pregnant and due to give birth within one week yet there she was teaching the HELL out of that Afro Caribbean college dance class. Can I tell you that we were just doing a “not so light” techniques from the famous dancer and choreographer, Katherine Dunham. Well, I just remember Venetia dancing across the floor with such graceful, fluid, and perfect technique without missing a beat. So, it is safe to say she was inspiring me long before 100sUnit was birthed.

Quitting IS NOT an option!

Anyone who has been apart of the 100sUnit for one unit or several different units knows you will continuously hear one of our founders or leadership say, “Do Not Give Up!” Recently at practice, Venetia said,” Yes, I know learning different styles of dance can be hard, but don’t give up on us and don’t give up on yourself either.”

Just so you know, this was supposed to be a quick reflection on my experience on this most recent Bohemian Rebel dance unit where our dances were influenced by various African and Jamaican culture dance particularly in honor of Black History Month. #ProudBlackWoman  Welp it looks like I was trying to write a novel. Oops… My bad.

In conclusion, I was thinking about 100sUnit and my amazing 100sUnit sisters and I HAD to write about how the group is soooooo much more than a women’s empowerment group who dances. Oh no boo boo. They (WE) are soooo much more. I LOVE 100sUnit and all that it represents. I would be remiss if I did not express how our leadership emphasizes doing things in excellence. What does that mean? That each unit is practicing approximately six weeks to prepare to perform at a major event. So, during those weeks we come together and work hard to bring a polished product. Whenever excellence is not given to us in return, our leadership makes sure to address it with the strong message that we will never lower our expectations to accept less than God’s very best.

So, you have a glimpse of my testimony. For more about 100sUnit, go to http://www.100sunit.com to see what we are up to in the coming months in Sacramento, California and beyond.

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Kamala Harris for President??

On this day Monday, January 21, 2019, when we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., I wake up to read the HuffPost article, “Kamala Harris Is Running For President In 2020.”

Say what?? California Senator Kamala Harris (Democrat) decided to make it official and run for president.

Yaaaaasssssss!!!! I’m so here for it!!!

The article quoted one of Senator Harris’ motivations for her decision to run for president as,

“I love my country,” Harris told ABC. “This is a moment in time that I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are.”

Kamala Harris for President sure sounds good to me.

Who is Kamala Harris?

From CNBC article,“Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris Jumps Into 2020 White House Race,” Harris, 54, the daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, enters the race with the potential advantage of being the Democratic candidate who looks most like the party’s increasingly diverse base of young, female and minority voters.

You may only have seen how classy and strong Senator Harris handled herself during the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. If you haven’t seen those online Facebook or YouTube videos, then check her out.

I’m excited about Senator Harris’ decision; however, I want to know YOUR thoughts on Kamala Harris’ bid for president in 2020.

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Destiny Inspired Journey

Thanks for joining the blog for my ‘Destiny Inspired’ Journey. Sooooo, basically I’m inviting you to read my online journal. My goal is to share information that is inspirational, educational, unintentionally controversial, and spiritual. Inevitably I will chat about faith, frustrations, family, my daughters, community, woman stuff, lovin’ the skin I’m in, etc. Let me not forget a few HOT TOPICS regarding workplace and social justice, and the realization of there being purpose in my past pain which inspired my passions…. STAY TUNED