Motivation

The Many Phases of Cancer

The Many Phases of Cancer.

 

We have the audacity to think that when people have cancer, they should begin to look a certain way. Especially when they have stage 4 cancer. We have a lot of nerve.

 

Nickole Justice and Deborah Huddleston don’t look sick at all. They are two beautiful women, they are mothers and they are dealing with stage 4 cancer.

 

Neither one of the women knew that they had cancer. They weren’t feeling well and went to the doctor. For Nickole, they told her that she was too young to have cancer. Therefore, the opportunity to diagnose her cancer early and catch it was missed. Deborah had been running her own business, took care of many and carried on her day to day routine. She too wasn’t feeling well one day and decided to go and get checked out.

 

You can only imagine that this was life changing for both women. Their jobs. Their careers. Their families impacted. These ladies don’t have time to be scared because they are in a fight for their lives every day.

 

Healthcare that’s afforded to them is not enough and it’s a constant battle to acquire and maintain coverage.  Their families have stepped in to help provide the support they need. And yet they still fight. They won’t quit. They want to live. 

 

Despite everything that was thrown at them, they were winning until we lost one of them.  On Sunday, June 10, 2018, we lost Nickole Justice to stage 4 cancer. She leaves behind her 10-year daughter nicknamed Nurse Peaches, her parents, family, and friends. It was my honor to meet her and have her and Deborah on RCR! Presents Real Discussions on Sunday, May 20th.   We extend our prayer and condolences to her family and we’re so thankful to have met her.

Thank you Nickole for sharing your battle with us, it will be used to help others.

 

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Women in Corporate Management

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Some Women Hold All The Cards...

I often times express how I feel about Corporate America, however, these ladies made me see things slightly different. The guests on my show are powerful, strategic, forward-thinking and professional women.  They were the epitome of what well-spoken, articulate professionals should look like. The Topic: Women in Corporate Management on RCR! Presents Real Discussions was insightful as my guests Latoya Parker, Reyna Jones, Lee Ashby Watts and Diana Lee Caplinger talked about their journey from education to current positions.  These women love what they do from a Digital Communications Strategist to Chief Marketing Officer to COO to Senior Leader in Program Management.  Their experiences spanned across several different markets, demographics and corporate cultures.  They have learned to pay attention, stay informed and plan their next move.  It’s been exciting for them, fun and rewarding.  Not one of them would want to change what they’ve had to do to get to the top.  Their advice for the masses…

Be prepared, know what you want and put in the work.

If you missed the discussion, feel free to check out on the Real Chicks Rock YouTube Channel.

Remember to...

~ Embrace who you are

~ Embrace your heritage

~ Embrace your multi-cultural lifestyle and experiences

Until next time, continue to...#ROCKon

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New Jack Jingle Jam and Toy Drive

Something happens when we take a moment to give especially to children.  

Real Chicks Rock!™ was honored to collaborate this past weekend with Shuffle and Repeat for their New Jack Swing Toy Drive.  It was rescheduled due to snow in Atlanta 2 weeks ago, which made it more exciting as the event was held with only 2 days before Christmas.  The room was filled with good music, good vibes and good times.  At the end of the event, several toys were collected and some sacrificed coming out when they were not feeling their best.  We appreciate that kind of dedication and support to help others, especially during this time of year. 

Thank you to everyone that came, gave toys, made a donation and had a good time with us. The box was filled with toys that will be donated to children of domestic violence survivors from the Powerful Beginnings organization. 

Remember...


No matter how small the gift is, if it comes from a good place it will make a BIG difference.
Enjoy the REASON for the season and continue to... #ROCKon

 


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A Day For Women Entrepreneurs

A Day For Women Entrepreneurs

When women from all walks of life come together to support each other in the area of their business, it becomes a day that will stay with you for quite some time. 

The Power of Writing ~ An Author’s Perspective

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These Women Have Something To Say...

The topic: The Power of Writing ~ An Author’s Perspective on RCR! Presents Real Discussions on Sunday was filled with laughs, smiles, and eye-opening information. My guests Fonda Clayton Smith and Joyce Reed were very transparent in their process of being an author.

They identified the pros and cons as well as the process in getting your book published. Using writing and becoming an author has helped in being an extension of their voice.

We give many heartfelt thanks ...
For everyone who tuned in. 
For the likes, the shares and spreading the word. 
To my guests for taking time out of their busy schedules to come and share with the masses.
To Instinct Radio for allowing Real Discussions to have a home.

Remember...
~ Use writing to help write your truth.
~ Use writing to let your voice be heard.
~ Use writing to be extension of yourself, your brand and your product.

Until next time, continue to...#ROCKon

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A Night Filled with Purple Promises

A Night filled with Purple Promises...

Purple has always been my favorite color and sees it on a sea of empowered women always puts a smile on my face. The date was Saturday, October 14, 2017. The location Columbus, GA Trade and Convention Center. The Event is Purple Promises Domestic Violence Awareness Gala. 

Women and men gathered in one place for a night of celebration, newness, and life. Everyone looked beautiful as the pictures were being taken, compliments were given and hugs were exchanged. Twelve (12) women were honored for their commitment to change for themselves by saying no more to enduring a domestic violence situation. 

Founder of Powerful Beginnings ~ Monika Thornton was no exception to the rule. As a domestic violence survivor herself, when she made the decision to endure it any longer, she knew she wanted to help others once they made the transition not to go back. 

Powerful Beginnings have been doing some impactful things in the Columbus, GA area so when they asked me to be the Mistress of Ceremonies, I couldn't resist. It was a wonderful night and experience for me. Meeting wonderful people, both survivors and supporters made it a night to remember.

Empowering Our Young Girls

Our Young Girls Have The Power... 


This past Sunday, on RCR! Presents Real Discussions, we identified some of the challenges and opportunities in dealing with our young girls.

 

The Topic: Empowering Our Young Girls


My guests Lynda Lee Osbourne and Katina Cunningham were filled with ideas, solutions, and programs that could help our young girls navigate through this thing called life. 


Feel free to check out part 1 and 2 of the show on my Facebook timeline and/or the Real Chicks Rock!™ YouTube Channel.


Thanks to Instinct Radio letting us have the dialogue.

 

Thank you, Lynda and Katina, for being so passionate about what you do, developing programs that promote character building and technical skills. We look forward to hearing more about your upcoming programs and supporting it any way we can. 

Until next time...


Don’t give our children a lot of responsibility and take it back when it’s convenient for you. 


Have conversations with your children on a regular and/or daily basis.


Create the change you want to see not only for your own children but for others as well. 


And remember to continue to...#ROCKon

7th Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival 2017

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream! 

Ice Cream is one thing that most people enjoy and can't seem to get enough of it. For the past 7 years, the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival has been held in downtown Atlanta at The Meadows at Piedmont Park and this year's event was a great success. 


This free family fun event is always open to the public. The festival was an all day event from 11 am to 6 pm with every possible style and flavor of ice cream you could think of. Over 120 vendors and sponsors participated. There were amazing Live entertainment and lots of activities were going on for kids to the adults; Wellness Activities like Yoga, Exercise routines, and the kid's zone were available. It was a nice day and the best time to get out and have some fun in the sun. 


We give thanks to the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival for allowing Real Chicks Rock! to come on board as a sponsor this year.  It was a wonderful opportunity and experience of connecting with the many facets of people (close to 20,000 people) who participated.  We look forward to joining forces with AICF in 2018. 


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The Importance of Self Care

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The Importance of Self Care…

It sounds so simple, but yet overlooked.  Often times, we get up and go without taking enough time to ensure that we’re applying the proper self-care for ourselves.  We need to be able to ensure that the necessary steps are taken in order to keep ourselves strengthen on a daily basis.

As people of color, our day to day struggles, opportunities and/or challenges can tend to be different than what other races and cultures might be faced with.  It’s unfortunate, however, very real.  Our thoughts consist of dealing with micro aggression in the workplace, chronic stress and climate changes and challenges within the current society.  We are a resilient people, however, we still need to provide self-care.  It could be as small as eating more vegetables, taking breaks throughout the day to stretch more or going to be early.  These are just a few small, simple and yet significant ones that can be incorporated.  

The SisterCARE Alliance is designed to give people (both men and women) the tools needed to begin a self-care regimen and lifestyle.  The majority of the recipients are women, however, men have been on board and supportive as well.  Anana Harris Parris, Founder of Sister Alliance spoke of this vision as she was going through her own discovery in need of self-care.  The self-care guide titled 'Self-Care Matters – A Revolutionary’s Approach' helps individuals address and undercover all areas that are needed.  By taking one step at a time, having someone hold you accountable and seeing your growth from one week to the next is what it’s all about.  The goal is for individuals to adapt to a self-care revolution; owning what they need and being able to identify those critical needs on a daily basis.  

 

For more information about obtaining a self-care revolutionary life, go to www.sisterCareAlliance.org or send an email to sistercarealliance@gmail.com. 

 

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Topic: The Importance of Self Care Show Air Date: 7/6/17 Show Guests: Anana Harris Parris, Attorney Candice D. Mckinley, and Sharon Goddard Be Aware Of Your Own Self Care... We may not think it's important or we may not know where to begin but incorporating self-care steps for your life helps improve the quality of your life.

 

 

The Life of A Visual Artist

The Life of A Visual Artist

The life of a visual artist.

Being an artist is one thing, however, being a very talented and forward thinking artist is something else. To know that you have a gift and present it to the right audience, can also become a challenge.

A visual artist wants the ability not to be boxed in doing what people think they should be or what they should do. They merely have a creative thought and want to express it on anything they can put their hands on canvas, paper, walls and as well as clothing.

Phyllis Robinson knew she was an artist since she was 3 years old. Being a shy person, she looked to art to be an outlet to help in expressing herself. Her work is more reflective of the contemporary side, the revolutionary size, the political side.  Phyllis has since realized that her art has a voice and it must be seen and heard.

Lisa Lee had recently discovered her visual talent side about 8 months ago. She was drawing previously and stopped due to becoming a wife and mother at the time. Now, that her home landscape has changed, she feels that the rediscovery of her skills and love for visual art has come directly from GOD as a second chance at it.


These ladies brought their passion and their sense of humor to RCR! Presents Real Discussions to our show a few weeks back. They shared with us what it's like to have this gift and not necessarily know what to do with it at first. Then, over time and experience, they've learned to accept it and not compromise it.

Attending art shows and gallery's, they've found that they often times are the only females there and/or Black as well. It hasn't stopped them in continuing to pursue what gives them joy. Being a visual artist has not only blessed their souls but also those that have their art on the walls.

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We wish them both continued success and remember to...

~ Never let people stop you from doing what you love and what gives you life.
~ Art is a form of expression and when done right, it touches someone's heart and soul.
~ It doesn't matter when or where you start, just start.

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One year Anniversary Episode #46

Topic:  The Ladies Who Sing House - Miranda Nicole


Show Air Date - 4/16/17


How does someone who lives in both California and Atlanta know about house music at a young age?  They typically don't unless they have music around them all the time.  Having a dad that owned a record store that had access to all types of music was ideal.  Miranda started singing when she was young, but being a songwriter was the lane she wanted to reside in.  

After a few successfully talent shows, she realized that being a singer felt right.  She listened to various different artists and all types of music.  She really enjoyed listening to CeCe Peniston as one of her favorites but had no idea that she was listening to House Music. Singing this type of genre felt right for her, however, she didn't want to box herself in and limit her style.  

Enters in Glamsoul which is a feeling, a sound and a look that Miranda has developed years ago.  When she sings, she wants you to feel it, hear it and see it. 


Miranda has a soulful sound that sounds great over the music and becomes even more delicious when remixed.  The world is hers as she continues to write and sing her own music. Keep a close eye on her as she continues to bring you the world the way she sees it through song.

 

And until next time, always continue to #ROCKon

RCR! Presents Real Discussions - A Conversation With Joonya T.

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RCR! Presents Episode 45

Show Air Date: 4/2/17

With Toronto always being his home, Joonya T had the influence of soca, reggae and hip hop music. He and his mom would listen to all different kinds of music including country western. Music filled their home especially, every Saturday as they did the household chores together.
As a kid, Joonya T began to join little clubs within the school. Next thing he knows, he found himself DJing his 1st party in the 6th grade. Eventually, he began liking house music before he really knew what it was.


Once he discovered it, he and his friends would find themselves enjoying the house music parties and catching vibes at parties. He and his crew found themselves chilling in the 'Back Corner' when they arrived at the parties. The name stuck and the music continued to be more and more enticing.


Terry (as I like to call him) started following the music he liked the by connecting with the producer of the tracks. By doing this, he was able to meet, connect and build a relationship with Karizma and they became good friends. Karizma was working on HandzOnRadio at the time, and time slot opened up and Terry started his radio career.


The show's format is uniquely different as he provides the names, artist and record label for each track and for every show. There's typically not much talking when house music is playing at a party but Terry wanted to find a way to connect with his listeners and having them dance on the virtual dance floor. At first, some didn't like it but the others would want him to speak if they felt he was too quiet.


His musical track selections, sense of style and show format is a staple and continues to keep his listeners plugged in from around the world. Five years and counting with his radio show, expanding his product line and producing more music is what's on the radar for Terry.


Some vitamins from this conversation are...

 

  • Stay passionate about what you do
  • Let your work and style speak for itself
  • Tell a friend, tell a friend, tell a friend about the good music that's out here and the people who play it
  • Love what you do and do what you love.

And until next time, always continue to #ROCKon

RCR! Presents Real Discussions - Life After Incarceration ~ A Woman's Story

RCR! Presents Real Discussions

Topic: Life After Incarceration ~ A Woman's Story

Air date: March 19, 2017

Often times, people immediately tend to judge others who have spent time in prison.  It's not taken into account, that people don't always make the best decisions. Also, the motives that drive them to make those choices can be deeply rooted.

Breaking the law in areas or cities where the smallest of crimes can provoke long jail time, is the never the right thing to do.  However, some people break the law to be seen as cool and to have a sense of belonging is what some inmates have done to be accepted.

Being sexually violated and finding a way to lash out by way of stealing and forging checks became an outlet for 'Christy'. Christy knew what to say to get her 11-year sentence reduced down to 9 months. However, she knew what to say,  do, get the time reduced, be let out and continue to do it again.

Having an addiction is what she said about her struggles with the law.  She was in denial about the fact that she even had a problem. As time went on, instead of her leaving a life crime, she had criminal problems in 2 states now, instead of just one.

She knew that she was meant to do more with her life than this. Her dream of becoming a Registered Nurse and being able to help people, never left her imagination. Christy realized that she had a problem and that a change would have to come soon. She began to see changes come in her life and opportunities became available to her only by the grace of GOD.

Christy was very transparent with us as she shared how, why and when it all started for her. Life in the prison system is far from cool, but for Christy, she thought it was.

Being able to turn her life around by making better decisions is why she's been out of the prison system for 20 years. Christy was able to get her LPN and RN while in and out of the prison system and now is a mom, an author working on becoming a minister.

Christy's journey consists of helping other people, especially women to stay out of prison by being equipped to make better life choices and decisions. Being able to reach and connect with young people as well is another goal on Christy's list to achieve.

To keep yourself in a posture that's always learning...

~ Forgive yourself for any mistakes, you've made
~ Learn from your mistakes
~ Share with others so that certain cycles are not repeated

...and as always, continue to #ROCKon

 

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Music in Our Souls

I would have never imagined that from the first time that I heard music that I would be so in love with it. I have to have music in my life every single day. It just calms my spirit. It soothes my soul. It is so good to my ears. It's so good to my feet. My spirit just smiles every time I hear it. Music is THAT powerful. And I'm so glad that RCR has some form of impact and influence through music. March was a music madness month! We've just had so many wonderful events that we were a part of-- I don't even know where to begin.

Being involved and co-hosting one of Atlanta's #1 house day parties was great. DJ Kemetik was one of the featured DJs and it was just a GREAT day in the afternoon for us. People enjoyed themselves, they had a great time. And to see the sea of people in the room dancing and vibing to a form of music that I love so much was AWESOME! I want to thank EVERYONE who came out for that seeing them wearing their RCR T-shirts was just a very humbling experience. Then we took the movement down to Miami-- South Beach if you will-- for the Winter Music Conference. To be able to have my DJ play in a historic hotel, The Chesterfield, where previous house DJs played years before, was just an epic day for us. It was a good day, great energy in the room, and everyone enjoyed what he delivered. So that was a good day.

To wrap it all up, being able to have Soul Spin Youth DJs play at Urban Grind coffee shop here in Atlanta, I always enjoy when they come because they are always excited about music and what they're doing through their DJing skills. We're thankful to Trey West allowing his kids to spend an afternoon with us. But what really softened my heart was that my son, Christopher, had DJ'd for the VERY first time ever. And had a WONDERFUL experience. NOW we might have a new hobby, we'll see! 

There's just so much to do in the area of music, it touches so many lives. And yes, again, I am very thankful that the little contributions that I am able to make through music is well recieved, accepted, and touches the lives of many. Real Chicks Rock! 

- Michelle Dawes Birt 

CEO/Founder

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Live in Peace & Blessing

When you walk in truth, you will set an example that others can follow if they want to live in peace and blessing. Those that live and walk in light are able to access everything that is available to them through faith. It is worth it to make the changes necessary to live in truth and always do good.

Robust Harvest

You can do nothing about the past whether good or bad. It is time to move forward and release all that is behind you. There is nothing you can do to change what was. Some of your decisions resulted in seeds sown that produced regret. But, you can make better choices now that will reap a healthier and more robust harvest. Choose wisely, for you stand on the threshold of a new beginning and new opportunities.

Open Hand

Pay attention to the signs around you, for The Universe will speak to you in a variety of ways and will show you things that you need to see so that you can understand what's going in areas you can't see. At this time you can make your plans, but you must hold them loosely as with an open hand so that you can be led by The Universe. Your next step, is to let it guide you as your well being may depend on it.

The Universe Knows YOU

Set yourself apart from all turmoil, and dedicate yourself to your purpose. The Universe knows you; knows your name, your current situation, and your challenges. Be at peace and trust it to lead you through the maze of circumstances that you now face. Do not be afraid; it will guide you and it will show you the way.

Time of Growth

You are beginning to deal with all kinds of change in your life--from slight to radical. Change requires adjustment. If you refuse to be flexible and are unyielding and rigid, it will be a painful experience. Do all that is necessary to accommodate the process of adjusting to things that are different than they were. Let this become a time of growth in all areas of your life.