It’s Over… It’s Finished

28058992_1961990024120540_3003836351374686197_nIt’s alright…it’s over…it’s finished…just a memory and it can’t stop you from your destiny!

I can’t help but notice certain things, certain similarities in people’s lives. I have been blessed to have many conversation with people who have experienced some very disheartening situations BUT they have used them as springboards to get to greater things. I recently went to an event and ran into an old coworker who told me she reads my posts. I smiled and said I hope they bless you. She said more than you know. I smiled again and said thank you. She then shyly lowered her head and asked me if I were ok? I smiled and said yes I am. Knowing why she posed the question I grabbed her hand and said it’s alright, it’s over , it’s in the past and just a memory. She then began to tell me a few things that she felt I needed to know.

She held my hand and asked me to sit down. She began to tell me a story that broke my heart while filling my spirit at the same time. She weaved a tale of a woman who went through storm after storm but never told anyone. She shared stories about trials to triumphs that made me cry and smile in the same moments. As I sat there holding her hand she was smiling and shed a few tears herself. I was honored that during this time in her life she chose me to share her story with me. In that moment, during that time I knew that I couldn’t stop writing. I knew that whatever it is…it is well with my soul. I sat with a woman who was my senior and my sister. She would never know until she reads this post how she became an intricate piece of my story.

You see what she didn’t know is that for the last month or so I have been running into random people who have been sharing with me how my posts encourage them. How my transparency has helped them along the way. When they tell me that they cry and laugh with me it touches me beyond words. What they don’t know is that I was very close to quitting. In fact I was very close to shutting down the page all together. Being SimplyTanny I am a woman of highs and lows who is constantly seeking balance. Last month I made a very profound declaration to myself. In doing so, I thought that if I was going to do “this” I would have to let go of all of the old. I felt like the story had been told and the rest is just life. I felt that a new chapter had to be written and it would require me to start in a new journal and not continue in the old one. I was one post away from saying goodbye to social media as a social outlet because it had become too messy. I had deleted, blocked, unfollowed so many people still to have my life shared through screen shots and personal agendas. I felt like it’s time to simplify which meant to shut it down. How do you do that if you continue to share pictures and post Tanny? Well for me it was an all or nothing and I had selected nothing.

Then God sent confirmation after confirmation that I was on the right track. He kept telling me this was not the time to quit but to press. He let me know that there was more to tell but Tanny had to be strong enough to endure some stuff in order to encourage others. So here I am being slightly transparent again while hoping my steadfastness will help someone else stay the course. While everyone’s tests are uniquely designed to teach you specifically something they are all beautiful orchestrations of how we jointly overcome. So today I am strongly encouraging someone out there not to give up! Be diligently empowered along your path to find the new you while letting the old you die. Learn from what life is teaching you but don’t lose your essence along the way.

Side but relevant note:
I have to share that there are certain types of people I really chose not to deal with BUT God has said in order for me to grow I have to allow certain things to go on around me but deny them access to me. So I am not gonna stop writing and I hope those of you who need to read these posts are searching for that outlet that builds you up and edifies others at the same time. Please use my words as motivation and not ammunition unless you are fighting negativity.

You see happiness can be found in the darkest of times but only remembrance can turn on the light.

Be encouraged,
#SimplyTanny

#Ebonyowes Freelancers Gather at NABJ Conference

#ebonyowes #freelancingaintfree #nabj2017

Ebony Freelancer Zerline Hughes Spruill and National Writer’s Union President Larry Goldbetter meet with freelancers in New Orleans during the NABJ convention.

#Ebonyowes #paythewriter

At this year’s annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Ebony Magazine freelancers represented by the National Writer’s Union gathered to discuss the $200,000 lawsuit currently under way. The lawsuit is a result of unpaid invoices that Ebony Magazine’s new owner, CVG Group, purportedly owes to nearly 50 writers.

Michael Gibson, co-founder and chairman of CVG Group, disputes the amount that is owed, but pledged to pay off the freelancers, many whom have been waiting as long as a year to get compensated for work already published.

“We are committed to paying everyone 100 percent of what we owe and over the next few weeks,” Gibson said. “We will have all payments completed by (the) first week in July, which is consistent with our commitment.” He said an accounting error is to blame for the unpaid invoices.

Freelancers became more vocal last spring when they began tweeting #EbonyOwes/#paythewriter threads. Zerline Hughes Spruill, an Ebony freelancer and co-principal of Media Mingle consulting group, began campaigning on her own behalf in the spring. She has since been compensated, but continues to work on behalf of freelancers. She discussed the lawsuit on a recent episode of News One Now with Roland Martin.  

The union currently represents 38 writers who are owed more than $68,000. According to the NWU, 11 writers have received payments totaling $18,000.

Held at the 2017 NABJ conference in New Orleans, the informal forum included a discussion about ways to protect yourself as a freelance writer.

Johnson Publishing sold Ebony to Texas-based CVG Group, a private equity firm, in May of 2016.

How These Students Got into Every Ivy League Institution

There’s a small number of high school seniors who pulled off the spectacular feat of getting accepted into not one, but all eight Ivy League institutions. This CNN article delves into the secrets of success.

“These schools are really interested in people who help their community, and I think all of those factors, put together, influence why we fit well into the mold of each of these schools,” said Kwasi, who also works as a college admissions consultant for the SAT and ACT test preparation company Prep Expert.
Martin and Kwasi aren’t the only ones who have something in common. Their parents have some commonalities — three, to be exact.

Beyonce Announces ‘Formation’ Scholarship for College Women

Beyonce is committed to helping women “get in formation.” Her latest philanthropic endeavor establishes a scholarship that will cover the cost of education for 4 undergraduate/graduate students beginning in the upcoming academic year.

“To add to the celebration of the one-year anniversary of Lemonade, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter announces the establishment of the Formation Scholars awards for the 2017-2018 academic year, to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.

Four scholarships will be awarded, one per college, to female incoming, current or graduating students pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature, or African American studies. The schools selected for participation are Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design, and Spelman College. All details and application deadlines are available directly from the colleges.”

Black Enterprise online

HBCU Digest

President Obama’s 1st Speech Since Leaving Office

Millions of us exhaled a little today when our former Potus, Barack Obama, took the stage at the University of Chicago’s Forum on Community Organizing. Former President Obama also spoke Sunday. “President Obama listened to the young men’s stories and shared some of the challenges that he faced growing up,” Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis said of Sunday’s conversation. “He expressed that he was optimistic about their potential to positively contribute to their communities and support their families because of the services provided in the program.” View Pres. Obama at the forum here. (CNN)