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Summer is Finally Here

summer2Summer is officially here! With the start of summer, comes family, fun and fabulous weather.

Too often, we get caught up in work and school, that we don’t take the time to realize what matters most to us. Spending time with family and friends and just realizing that time is too short to take anything for granted.
The beauty of summer is that it often makes us want to come out more and engage in outdoor activity. With warm weather comes cold drinks, ice tea and lemonade. We also pull out our flowing dresses and pants to stay cool in the heat.
In this weather, we must also learn to protect ourselves. In the heat of summer, make sure to wear sunscreen, protective sunglasses, and protect your skin from the sun rays. There is nothing more dangerous than not protecting your skin form the sun in the summer.
Also, practice safety in the swimming pools. You hear so many stories of young people losing their lives because they drowned in a swimming pool. Just practice caution and keep an eye on each other.
There are some of us that may complain and say that it’s too hot outside. Just remember, we are less than 6 months away from snowstorms, blizzards and ice. Let’s enjoy the heat while it lasts. Enjoy being in the company of your loved ones. And always thank God for another beautiful day!

About the Author

I am a writer, poet, coordinator, editor, print model, violinist, motivational speaker and published author. I published my first book when I was eight years old. I made my first television appearance on the world famous Apollo Theater, winning first place for the amateur category. I have spoken on CNN Person of the Day, Good Morning America, UPN, NBC and Nickelodeon.
In 2002, I spoke at the McDonalds Gospelfest, an annual gospel music and talent festival. I recited a poem I wrote and won first place in the first ever Gospel Poetry Category contest. Along with being a speaker, I also enjoy writing poetry and books. As a writer, I’ve received the National Organization for Women (NOW) “Young Achiever’s Award”, the National Committee for the Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE) Award in Excellence, the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) Award for Achievement, the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Award given by Zeta Phi Beta, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. In 2005, my name was placed on the Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, Alabama, in honor of Rosa Parks’ National Campaign for Tolerance.
In 2007, I won Seventeen Magazine and Avon Make Your Mark Contest, where they chose one young lady from the country changing the world through her work. In 2013, I was featured in Long Island Woman.
As a model, I’ve appeared in hair and beauty ads, trade shows, NYFW and Africa Fashion Week (AFWNY) and look-books.
As a published author, my work has been featured in Scholastic, Ebony Magazine, Newsday, NY Times, Long Island Herald and other publications.
I’ve completed an editorial internship with Conde Nast (Glamour Magazine). Currently, I’m working on my next book due out soon, and I work in Editorial Relations.

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