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Author Archive for Brittney Grimes

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.

Becoming The Change You Want To See
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Becoming The Change You Want To See

    What is change? Is it deviating away from something? Is it a chance to make things better, perhaps improve on a situation, with your own finishing touches? Is it finding a new path that has yet to be taken and to make your individual road, making a way for generations to come. Is […]

Changing Our Mentality to Change Our Reality
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Changing Our Mentality to Change Our Reality

There is nothing more disturbing than the chaos and killings that are witnessed in any nation. Those killings have been occurring in America senselessly and unnecessarily. Retaliation and annihilation are not the answers. Our past great leaders of the Civil Rights Movement did not fight for a black America, but for a beautifully diverse nation. […]

Make 2016 the Year of Self-Love
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Make 2016 the Year of Self-Love

It’s a new year! Time seems to fly by so quickly that in a blink of an eye, a day is already gone. It is time to make the best of each new day. Every second is a chance to start over, be greater, do more and dream bigger. It is a chance to find […]

A Different Kind of Thankful
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A Different Kind of Thankful

  The holidays are quickly approaching us and so is the colder weather. It is important to take the time and be thankful for the things that we do have, along with the things that we do not possess. Being grateful despite not having everything you want makes you a better person and able to […]

Fall into Fall
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Fall into Fall

Fall is just about here! The days are getting cooler and the nights are getting longer. But it is interesting to think about the word ‘fall’ itself, in another sense. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, fall can be defined as “to come or go down from a high place or standing position”. The truth is […]

The Significance of 3
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The Significance of 3

There is a saying that big things come in small packages. This couldn’t be more true than when you take a look at some little 3 letter words that hold significant meaning. There always seems to be three important characters in movies (usually a hero, a sidekick or companion and a villain) and 3 characters […]

Encourage Yourself!
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Encourage Yourself!

Encouragement is a very powerful word. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it is defined as ‘something that makes someone more determined, hopeful, or confident’. Notice that it is not only an act of someone encouraging others, but an act of something. In this day and time, encouragement is something that needs to come from within […]

Summer is Finally Here
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Summer is Finally Here

Summer 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 […]

May You Be Blessed This May
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May You Be Blessed This May

The Month of May is just about here. There are beautiful flowers in bloom and warmer weather heating up the season, preparing us for summer. But as May quickly approaches us, there is another version of the word I want us to think about. May, as in the past tense form of might, can be […]

Embracing Calm in a Culture of Chaos
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Embracing Calm in a Culture of Chaos

We live in a time where everything seems to be about moving. Moving forward and moving ahead are wonderful aspects of life, but moving so fast that you let life pass you by is not enjoyable. Moving often turns into rushing. And when you’re rushing, you get less done than if you were moving at […]

A Little "Self Love" on Valentine's Day
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A Little “Self Love” on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a festive occasion filled with roses, hearts, chocolates and so much more. With all material things aside, will you take the time to celebrate real true love this day; loving yourself. There is nothing selfish or arrogant about loving yourself. Many people think that love is something only meant to be shared. […]

New Year, New You? New Day, New You!
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New Year, New You? New Day, New You!

Can you believe it? We are already a week into February! It seems like it was just yesterday when everyone was watching the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. It also feels like just yesterday that we all started those infamous New Year’s resolutions. Those resolutions always motivate us on January 1st, […]