The past few weeks have been one of voting, speaking, praying, planning, and waiting. This Holy Week has been one of tying up loose ends so my family and I can take a much needed vacation. Of course, we are preparing our hearts and meditating on the ultimate Good News—the sacrifice of Christ—and the new life we are offered through Him.
I did have the opportunity to peek at a few joyous moments on the internet over the past couple weeks. Check them out:
- I love great music! And I LOVE listening to a voice that stands out on its own. It’s no surprise then that Ms. Patti Labelle is one of my favorite old school artists, and I consider Fantasia among my generation’s legends. That says a lot because I don’t easily consider myself a fan of entertainers. However, when you ask Fantasia to give a tribute to Patti Labelle and she sannnngs, yes, sannnnnnnnngs about Ms. Patti being her friend. Well, expect perfection. And it was!
- I didn’t watch the Oscars this year. I rarely do but particularly ignored the show this year because of #OscarSoWhite. However, the day after the program, I saw several of my friends lament online because of the offensive Asian jokes made during the program.
I’m so glad the community rallied together to get their voices heard, ask for accountability, and require change because #AsianLivesMatter!
Academy Apologizes for Asian Jokes on the Oscars.
I’m also thankful for the Asian American voices that I regularly have the honor of listening to and learning from: Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Helen Lee, Soong-Chan Rah, Eugene Cho, Kathy Khang, Vivian Mabuni, and Judy Dominick. Listen well.
- In 2015, President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper Alliance to improve life outcomes for boys and young men of color. Rapper and activist, Common, has decided to use his platform to raise awareness. “Having a mentor makes young men of color 55% more likely to enroll in college.” Men of color are #MoreThan a statistic. This is why I #Mentor4Life because transformation happens for individuals, their families, and communities when we intentionally invest in the lives of others. Take a look at this inspirational video:
- One of the things I’m doing right now is praying and preparing for the Leadership Summer Program for Girls 2016, which is being hosted by my nonprofit, Leadership LINKS, Inc. I always read in anticipation of this exciting opportunity to share with and influence young girls.
I recently read the New York Times article, “Why do we tell girls that it’s cute to be scared?” The writer, a female firefighter, called out my own convictions of frequently telling my daughter to be careful, when I probably should be encouraging her to take more risks. The article concludes that when we don’t encourage our girls to take risks, we are not preparing them for life.
Have you read, listened to, or seen any good news this month?