This is a start.

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In case you live under a rock, today, as of April 20th, 2021, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all three counts of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. I have no words.

I bawled my eyes out today knowing that as a Black woman, there is some justice out there for the Black community.

When I first talked about the trial with my family, all they could do was change the conversation. I know that feeling all too well. They knew for a fact that Derek would be acquitted of all charges.

They will bury you.

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Let me guess, you’re struggling with achieving your goals in life and you have some dick-head friends that don’t want to see you win.

Either that or they’re jealous of what you can achieve while they wallow in their own failures. Does that sound about right?

I’ve been in that type of circle for more years than I can count.

Heck, my new friends have been in that same dilemma as well. Let’s call a spade a spade and just say this is a development thing that happens with most of us.

We try playing with every Tom, Dick, or…

The struggle of having a “difficult” name.

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“Okay… and what’s the name for the order?”

That’s the kill shot for me.

It gives me flashbacks of school. Having a substitute teacher in class was my worst nightmare. Every time they pulled out the class roster and began calling out names, chills ran down my back.

I’d sweat my ass cheeks off as they got closer to my name.

Once the teacher read off the names Billy, James, Sarah, I braced myself for impact.


The whole class would bust out laughing in tears. It was their morning laugh after their moms dropped them off. This didn’t just…

Sometimes it’s just not needed.

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There’s no hope for me anymore.

I’ve tried almost every fad diet I can imagine. I attempted doing the Keto, but all that did is deprive me of my favorite foods. I tried cutting down my calories and it made me a starving pig for the whole day. Now I get what the social justice warriors mean when they say there’s no such thing as a “healthy” diet.

If you’re like me and you want to lose thirty pounds or more, here’s a small tip: Make slight changes to your eating habits and that’s all you should do.

And I…

How I push my articles out quickly.

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Editing on my phone is one of my biggest underhanded cheat codes to the editing process.

Waiting days before you re-read your article is dumb to me. But I get it. You need a fresh set of eyes to glaze through your post again to make sure it’s refined. To be honest, if I edited like that, you’d see way fewer articles from me.

If you edit on your phone, you can edit in less than half the time it would take for you to edit on your computer. You get a fresh set of eyes because you’re using a…

Guess what their profit is? Pain.

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I have this weird thing about nonprofits.

While I think they’re doing tremendous acts of kindness for whatever community they’re trying to help, I find it weird when…they actually make a profit?

I don’t know. There’s something that doesn’t sit right with me when a grassroots organization that’s been started by a few people from that community turns into a commodity.

It’s kind of the same thing as volunteering when you look at it.

You volunteer at this small place for a while. You ask how you can help. The person in charge just points you to the nearest job…

Now she’s cancer-free.

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My life changed last year.

I had a normal day until I got on a call with my mom and she said the doctors found a small lump in her breast after her mammogram. She told me not to worry, as she said the doctors find false alarms after mammograms all the time.

“Phewwwwww”, I said.

She told me she’d let me know that everything is okay on the next call…

She never called. So I bit the bullet and called her because she likes to hide a lot of her pain. …

The power of consistency

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The number one excuse for newer writers is simple:

“I don’t have enough time.”

That’s fine. Shit, we all have lives to deal with. I understand people work two jobs and have to come home and feed their babies and dogs. It’s hard. That’s why I’m not trying to force anyone to write if they don’t have time.

It’s a long process.

That’s why most writers will quit due to that same excuse. In fact, I’d be surprised if most writers made it past three months of consistent writing. I implore those people that say they don’t have any time.

All you have to do is change your view.

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Sometimes I feel like I’m in a different universe with my writing process.

There are so many golden rules that I break, you’d be surprised I somehow cobble up a blog post with it. I don’t use outlines, I come up with my ideas almost an hour before I write about them, and oh yeah…

I barely edit my articles.

We all know how editing is supposed to work. You write your article, wait a couple of days, then do your first scan through. Then you wait even more days to scan through it again. …

Everything finally clicked.

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If you’re reading this, you finally did it, Gary.

You broke through to me.

I finally get this hustle stuff you’re pushing. I used to call that type of content “hustle porn” all the time. A bunch of people still do.

Now I don’t look at it as hustle porn anymore. I look at it as a mirror reflecting every dumb ass excuse I made back in my face. I needed that. Especially when you’re someone like me who’s a listener, not a doer.

Here are three hard truths that Gary Vee got through my head and forced me to…

Khadejah Jones

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