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New Edition -The Movie

img_9058#NewEditionMovie #NE4Life The New Edition Story was a great way to bring us all together on a positive vibe. It helped to take our minds off of this major transition and go back to a time when we were happy and free.

Funny story I went to the New Edition concert with my best friend. I thought I was cute with those cheap $10.00 Rainbow shoes. My heel broke off my shoe. I had to climb up the steps to get to our seats with a broke heel. The walk to get on that SEPTA train was pitiful. You know Philly kids are cruel. They were clowning me so hard. My friend never left my side though, she walked slowly with me as I limped.

Ricky’s drug problem shocked me. They kept that well under the radar. He had a true queen by his side to help him through the overdose and the recovery.

Thanks Ronnie! I love that all of New Edition Reunited at his wedding.

I want to fact check Ralph saying he did all of the work in the group. I remember New Edition back in the day and it seemed that they were one cohesive group. I think Ralph may have been caught up in his own ego. Technically I always thought Johnny was the best singer and Bobby was the best performer. I had the hugest crush on Ronnie.

Bobby unequivocally gave zero cares. He just did whatever he wanted to do. I remember seeing Bobby Brown perform at the Essence Music Festival. No lie they had to put the curtains down on him to get him to exit the stage. Trust me we were over his performance well before he was. Bobby loves Bobby.

I loved Michael Bivins business acumen. He helped keep the R&B groups going with Boys to Men and ABC.

Maurice Starr was a crook! That is terrible how he took advantage of not just one but two pop star groups. New Kids on the Block was also ripped off by him.

Uncle Brooke needs his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He put in some serious work with those boys. I wonder if he was ever properly compensated?

I have a question: Where were the fathers of these boys? I understand that the mothers were single but not one of these boys had a father, close uncle or someone? (Well besides Ronnie’s Uncle Brook.)

Johnny Gill is the real MVP! He continuously made smooth moves first with the Stacy Lattisaw duet album. His solo albums. New Edition. LSG. The man is talented and blessed.

Special kudos to BET for taking us all back to our happy place. Those days when we watched Video Soul and waited for videos to show on the juke box. I’m smiling thinking about how extra yummy they looked in those white outfits. What’s next BET? I want to see more great content.

What are your thoughts about the New Edition Movie? Who do you want to see next? I think we need a movie on all of the artists from Bad Boy Boy Records. That would be epic. Diddy make it happen!

Signed,

Simply Ebony

The Face of Domestic Violence

The Face of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking
The Face of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking

#TriggerAlert #DomesticViolence #HumanTrafficking #Awareness #TheNextChapter

What does domestic violence look like? This woman Angela was a victim of human trafficking at the hands of her ex-boyfriend. She decided to leave. Her ex-boyfriend brutally attacked her with a metal nightstick from head to toe. He beat her severely, destroyed her laptop, took her phone and her money, and left her for dead.

Recent news coverage shows her abuser in court crying over his sentencing. He cared more about being locked away for his horrific actions than about the life of Angela. This is what Domestic Violence looks like.

Have you or someone close to you experienced domestic violence? Please share your story or inbox me to anonymously share your story. Leave words of encouragement for survivors.

To read previous news coverage of this story visit this link: http://www.ktnv.com/news/standoff-suspect-charged-with-attempted-murder

To support Angela and help with her mounting medical expenses visit here: https://www.gofundme.com/fckdomesticviolence

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Simply Ebony

Hi everyone! Happy New Year! Yes, it’s January 26, 2017 and I decided to FINALLY start my blog.  This is your exclusive access to “Simply Ebony.”  I made a goal this year to connect and engage with amazing people.

The content for “Simply Ebony,” is driven by you.  What is it that you want me to discuss? I plan to give it to you straight no chaser on everything from politics, music, travel, business trends, job hunting, and love.  No subject is off-limits.

Who am I? I tag myself as #LadyofInspiration the one who gives freely and lives purposefully.  I founded The Next Chapter and Success Creators and currently serve as the CEO for both organizations.  I advocate for survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.  I am a proud Air Force and Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran!

I live life on my terms.  I’m a survivor of both sexual assault and domestic violence.  I say survivor versus victim because I never allowed the circumstances in my life to define me.  I now stand as the voice of the silent victims that are out there.  My inbox is always open if you need to talk at ebony@thenextchaptercorp.com.

I love God! I’m a strong believer that it is my faith that has helped me through my most difficult trials and tribulations. I travel often. I laugh frequently.  I love freely.  This is my life.

I recently traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to visit with the Philly Nomadness Travel Tribe and see the highly acclaimed blogger and author Luvvie Ajayi of the book “I’m Judging You.” You can follow her blog “Awesomely Luvvie” at http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/. She was my inspiration for starting the “Simply Ebony” blog.  The time is now to live the life that you want.  Don’t wait until tomorrow.  Start now!

It feels amazing to finally launch my blog! Thank you Luvvie and all of those Boss Women out there that use their voices to empower other queens.

What are your goals for this new year? How are you dealing with this Presidential Transition? Any major travel plans for 2017?