One Day in Qatar

Happy New Year Everyone!!! I had a great vacation. I was able to see 4 countries on this visit (sort of 5- if I include stopping over in Amsterdam, Netherlands).

I spend a day in Doha Qatar, then went to South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town), followed by Malawi (Chikwawa, Blantyre, Lilongwe) and finished off in Tanzania (Zanzibar).

I am trying to do much better in providing pictures, videos and details of my trips. So enjoy my first video documenting my day in Qatar.

Let me know your thoughts!!

Free HIV Webinar: Nothing About Us, Without Us.

Hello Everyone, As you all know, I am a strong advocate for HIV awareness and in doing so have been involved with HIV research an awareness most of my life. Tomorrow April 12th at 4:00 PM EST, I will be a part of a webinar speaking to high school students, undergrads, and grad students interested in pursing research in HIV and public health. It is absolutely FREE. I’ll be presenting alongside Dr Bob Fullilove of Columbia University & Taija Revels of Columbia University. Sign up here:

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Bucket List 2016…. Shark Diving, get my PhD and more

Since 2015 is over (Check out my 2015 Bucket List Recap), it is time to set new goals…. and for me that means an updated Bucket List. Some of the things I didn’t do last here moved over to 2016… So let’s see how many I can get done this year!!! Learn to Swim Ride along firefighter/police/ambulance Lancaster Take a random flight New Country 2 new states Get my PhD Nudist Run NBA Game All National Parks in Florida Big Cypress (Ochopee, Florida) Biscayne (Miami) Canaveral (Titusville) Castillo de San Marcos (St. Augustine) De Soto (Bradenton) Dry Tortugas (Key West) Everglades (Miami) Fort Caroline (Jacksonville) Fort Matanzas (St. Augustine) Gulf Islands (Gulf Breeze) Gullah/Geechee Timucuan (Jacksonville) Oxygen Bar Dive with Sharks Hold a lion/tiger/monkey After all: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.”  What do you have on your bucket list for …

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2015 Bucket List Recap

So I guys, Happy New Year! It’s gonna be a great year to accomplish new goals. What do you have up your sleeve for 2016? It has been a long time since I wrote to you.. but what a year it was. I hope everyone can look back on 2015 and look in amazement in how far you have come.. but just how far 2016 will take you. Unfortunately I did not finish my entire bucket list… But I will definitely carry over those I did not finish to the new list.   Lets take a quick recap   Salt Therapy I completed Salt Therapy in Orlando, which was a great experience. Find out more by reading my post.   Murder Mystery Dinner I did the Murder Mystery Dinner with my older sister in Palm Beach, and of course our team won and figured out the killer…. We is smart!! …

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#6 Stop pressurin’ me…. Make me wanna SCREAM

The one and only song Janet and Michael every did together.. how can it not make my top 10 list?? So my #6 song is Scream! It is no surprise that Janet and Michael would team up for a song like this… so much going in their lives… But we don’t have to be famous with paparazzi in our faces to relate to this song… Even though this song was in retaliation to a case against Michael… We are all in a world with judgement, people spreading lies, trying to pull you down… but how far will we allow them to tear us down…. Sometimes it gets so much…

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#7 Everybody Needs to Feel Real Special

So far it is pretty clear some of my favorite songs aren’t even the most popular songs… don’t get me wrong… I love all of those songs as well.. but I would like to share a bit of Janet most people may never see or hear because they will always know All for you… Control… Love will never do without you etc… But Janet has some other amazing tracks that you may relate I have. Special is my #7 on the Top 10 countdown. Why? It helps with just reflecting… showing how special you are regardless of what you have been through. Dealing with all the things in our life so we can move forward.  I just want you to lay down, listen to this song… and allow it move you the way it should… Water your spiritual Garden  

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#8 Today will be the start of BETTER DAYS

8 days until Janet and I would like to share my #8 Song on the top 10 list Better Days! This one hits a more personal spot in my life… and even though Janet never made a video or put this out off the All for You album I am so thankful she made this song… somehow it felt like she made it just for me! So this is why I love this song so much…. Many people ask me how on earth I am so happy all the time? Why is it that you are always smiling? Does nothing go wrong in your life? Truth be told…a lot has gone wrong in my life and a lot still goes wrong in my life. What many people don’t know is I used to cry myself to sleep every night… I used to not want to be me… I used to just …

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#9 Sing it if you want a better way of life: Rhythm Nation

“We are a nation with no geographic boundaries… Bound together through our beliefs… We are like-minded individuals… Sharing a common vision… Pushing toward a world rid of color-lines” 9 days until I see Janet Jackson in concert… my #9 pick is Rhythm Nation!! While many know that Janet loves getting you up and dancing, what better reason to get you moving and grooving than to better the world by uniting us despite our differences. It is no surprise that this would be in my top 10 of songs… knowing how much I care about the world, uniting people to help one another. This song is definitely on my playlist of when I am working for my non-profit, when I am feeling like things in this world continue to get worse by the day, when I really just need to understand why I must keep pushing. We are truly in this …

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31 Days of Janet Jackson: Top 10 Countdown

Just a quick recap of Janet! One of my favorite intros. Well there’s something to… Are you recording? There’s something to be said for not saying anything I’ve talked about racism, spousal abuse, empowering women, children I’ve talked about a lot of things What do I talk about this time? I’ve covered a lot in my 20 years And I’ve uncovered a lot in my 20 years But I wanna keep it light I don’t wanna be serious I wanna have fun I know I don’t know That’s what I do know   As many of you know.. I am the absolute Janet Damita Jo Jackson Fan. Every since I can remember I have been addicted to her songs, her moves, her grace… just everything Janet. My poor friends have had to listen to endless repeats of her songs when they come out.. but I think they have just not accepted …

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