Are You Living Your Life’s Purpose?

It was just two years ago I lost my cousin Tarik Shaw. I called him Lump Lump. He was my age so it truly hit home. Never would I have imagined that our family would lose our loved one so soon. We were in our mid-30s, at that point in life you feel invincible like you will live forever. We had just lost his Grandmother, my Aunt Ruby not too many years ago to Breast Cancer. His death reminded me of a few things: Live life to the fullest. You never know when you will take your last breath. Treat others with love and compassion. One thing that is for certain my cousin was loved throughout the community. His friends and all of our family came out in full force to honor his legacy.

Are you truly living out your purpose? What do you want your legacy to be once you are gone? How do you want to be remembered?

FOSTER CARE SCHOLARSHIP – DEADLINE: MAY 1ST

FOSTER CARE SCHOLARSHIP – DEADLINE: MAY 1ST
Apply here: bit.ly/FamilyFellowship

We’re looking for incoming freshmen or rising sophomore college students who are in or have aged out of the foster care system. Recipients of the scholarship will receive up to $90,000 to help cover tuition, housing, mentors, and activities to create familial bonds with other scholarship recipients. Tag someone you think should apply!

We are accepting applications from the following locations:
-Colorado
-Maryland
-Virginia
-Washington D.C.

Aaron Hernandez, Former New England Patriots Player, Commits Suicide in Prison

Breaking news: Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player, has committed suicide in prison Wednesday morning. Hernandez was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Massachusetts. Hernandez was convicted of murder and serving life without parole for killing Odin L. Lloyd in North Attleborough in 2013. He was recently acquitted of murdering two men in Boston in 2012.

According to a statement from the department: “Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit. He hung himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.” Hernandez was transported to UMass Memorial in Leominster, where he was pronounced dead at 4:07 a.m. on Wednesday.

The State Police are still investigating, and his family has been notified.

What is Your Why?

Coaching training has taught me to stop and reflect on the “right now.” At this moment my reason “WHY” are these beautiful little girls that watch me with curious eyes when I speak, that know because of me and the Sisters that stand on this platform with me: They CAN! Once you know your reason “WHY” your life becomes far less complicated and much more purposeful. It’s a beautiful feeling. What is your WHY? #SimplyEbony #Mentor #Volunteer #Youth

Cleveland Police Department Issued an Aggravated Murder Warrant for Steve Stephens

The Cleveland Police Department has issued an aggravated murder warrant for Steve Stephens. He is a 37 year old, 6’1″ tall, 244 lbs, black male with a bald head and a beard. Last seen driving a white Ford Fusion with temporary tags. The suspect is armed and dangerous. Yesterday, Stephens killed Robert Godwin, Sr., a 74 year old man, in cold blood and posted the video on FaceBook live. The victim was shot at 635 E. 93, in Cleveland, Ohio. Stephens referenced that he snapped and murdered Mr. Godwin, Sr. in retaliation of his recent break up with his girlfriend Joy Lane.

Call 9-1-1 if you see the suspect. Please do not approach him. Stephens may currently be in northeast Ohio or surrounding states to include Pennsylvania, New York, Indiana, and Michigan. The suspect confessed in a video posted on Facebook to killing 13 others; however, the police have not found any additional victims. The investigation is still ongoing, please contact the police department if you have any information that may help this case.

For additional information on this story please visit the Cleveland Police Departments page for real time updates: https://clevelandpolice.wordpress.com/2017/04/17/aggravated-murder-warrant-issued-for-steve-stephens-bm-37/

#SayHerName Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam Found Dead in Hudson River

#SayHerName I’m sitting here reading the stories about the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first black woman to serve on New York State’s highest court. Judge Abdus-Salaam was found dead Wednesday in the Hudson River. The police alleged that she died of an apparent suicide. One thing that is alarming is that both her mother and brother committed suicide. Mental health issues are definitely an issue in our community. My CSI radar is going off rapidly though. It is very odd that this trailblazer judge, her mother and brother all died from suicide in a fairly short period? I think this case should be thoroughly investigated for foul play.

Here is an excerpt from The NY Times story: In the hours after her body was found, the police said they were treating her death as a suicide. The judge, 65, had recently told friends and a doctor that she was suffering from stress. And tragedy had followed her closely: On Easter in 2012, her mother committed suicide at age 92, according to two law enforcement officials. Two years later, around the same holiday, her brother shot himself to death, the officials said.” https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/13/nyregion/sheila-adbus-salaam-new-york-judge-hudson-river-committed-suicide.amp.html

I truly hope that the New York Police Department conducts a thorough investigation to determine if her death was a possible homicide. The entire situation is sad. May Judge Abdus-Salaam Rest In Peace.

#JusticeForShadowMcClaine

 #JusticeForShadowMcClaine This story truly breaks my heart. There are too many silent victims of domestic violence who have reached out for help yet their cries fall on deaf ears. There are too many murdered victims killed at the hands of their abusers. Shadow McClaine, a Fort Campbell soldier, was viciously sexually assaulted and murdered by her ex-husband SGT. Jamal Williams-McCray and his accomplice SPC Charles Robinson. McClaine originally went missing on September 2, 2016. Family and friends launched a tireless campaign to convince the Army to open an investigation and conduct a search to find her. McClaine’s skeletal remains were found earlier this year at the Maxey Road exit off Interstate 24, in Clarksville, Tennessee. The cause of death has not been disclosed.

Multiple charges have been filed against Williams-McCray and Robinson for the murder of McClaine, according to Fort Campbell officials. The two suspects are held in pre-trial confinement pending the outcome of the court-martial charges that include the following: Article 134 – kidnapping, Article 81 – conspiracy, and Article 118 – premeditated murder, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). In addition, Williams-McCray has been charged with sexual assault, aggravated assault, and obstruction of justice. The preliminary hearing for all of the charges will be held later in the month.

Please view the original Crime Watch story for additional details: https://www.facebook.com/crimewatchdaily/videos/1509732555718198/