Christine Simmons: Academy Trailblazer
In Rancho Cucamonga, a suburban city in San Bernardino County, California, Christine Simmons’s mother raised her and her three sisters as a single mother. Her mother was independent, strong, and had all the love in the world to give her girls. “I watched her make the impossible possible without the help, raising us while working three or four jobs at a time,” Christine says. Read More . . .
Tanya Boucicaut Embraces the Power of Teaching
Tanya Boucicaut is constantly learning and creating. She is an assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She graduated from William and Mary with a BA in English, earned her M.Div. from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University, and got her MFA in Theatre Pedagogy with a concentration in Dramatic Literature and Dramaturgy from VCU. She currently is a Writing and Rhetoric Ph.D. student at George Mason University. Read More . . .
What’s A Second Act Anyway?
If the pandemic has taught us one thing, plans can change quickly and suddenly, whether or not we want them to – Nothing is guaranteed. But, many of us have also learned to pivot when life throws us a curveball and embrace our Plan B. Change can be by choice or chance. It can be both scary and exciting. But, it’s how we embrace this time in our lives that makes all the difference in how our Second Act will play out, especially in midlife. Read More . . .
Brenda L. Thomas: Cooking for the Family
Author Brenda L. Thomas has written nine steamy novels and has become a bit of a celebrity in her hometown of Philadelphia, PA. But after her late nephew, Michael Thomas, insisted that she create a cookbook, Brenda knew she had a new challenge. He came to her with the idea back in 2015 and Brenda initially turned him down. She mostly wrote erotic novels, but Michael believed in her capabilities and insisted that she write a cookbook. Read More . . .
Karen Cooper: The Cannabis Industry’s Newest Influencer
Karen Cooper is a creative/artist and part-time caregiver from Newport News, Virginia. Growing up a stylish kid, Karen would put on her late Grandma Daisy’s jewelry and lipstick. “This helped me with my business today,” she says. “I also grew up coloring, painting, and drawing.” She is the founder of the Healing Touch Companion (HTC), a brand and social media page dedicated to caregivers. Read More . . .
Brenda L. Thomas
Ganny’s Italian Turkey Burgers
“This recipe can be cooked in the oven, fried in a pan with sautéed onions, or be put on the grill. Perfect to take to a BBQ.”
Kathare Mundit’s African Benefit Society: Remedying Society’s Ills
Each month we highlight a community program that aligns with the values of SoulVision Magazine. We believe engaging with one’s community is critical to fostering positive change in the world. Entrepreneur and model Kathare Mundit was born and raised in Ethiopia of South Sudanese parents. Her family arrived in the U.S. as refugees in 1998. Read More . . .
Hattie McDaniel was an actress who provoked many opinions from critiques of her roles; however, she was a pioneer for black performers in Hollywood. The date was February 29, 1940, and Hattie McDaniel became the first black person ever to win an Academy Award. She won for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind. Despite winning this award, she was barred from sitting with her costars. She was relegated to the edge of the room, close to the stage but out of sight. Read More . . .
We must lift as we climb. I’m amazed by the resilience of educators who pour into young lives so that one day we might become the best version of ourselves. It’s really cool when you think about it. We are all an aggregate of our experiences. As we learn more, one of the rights of passage into adulthood requires that we give more. Read More . . .
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