Happy Founders Day To My Wonderful Sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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I’d like to wish each and every member of my illustrious sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, a Happy Founders Day.  108 years of service and still committed to the mission.  My sisterhood has been one filled with magnificent and bold women, determined not only to make their lives better, but also to make our communities better.   I pledged at Beta Tau (LeMoyne-Owen College).  When I stepped on to the campus back in 1998, I knew three things:  I wanted to be a great scholar; I wanted to be Ms. LeMoyne-Owen College, and I wanted to be a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (God’s favor on me allowed me to become President of my chapter).  I knew that I was not going to leave that campus until I accomplished each of those goals.  What I learned is that it would take a lot more than “one” person – me – to do that.  The women and men on that campus who helped me, tutored me, mentored me and propelled me into a better future always deserve acknowledgement for their selfless efforts.  The love only grew after graduation was even more surreal.  Belonging to something so great, makes you feel greater.  There is nothing like arriving off a plane in a city where you don’t know a soul and seeing a the face of a sister, nothing like applying for job and sitting across the interview table from a sister, going to a bank to get a loan and talking to a sister, giving birth to your child and being cared for by a sister, watching the First Lady of the United States and being proud of your sister, looking at your daughter and hoping she’ll become your sister.   My line sisters.  My big sisters.  My Greek Sisters.  My Skee-Phi brothers.  Other Greeks on the Yard who believed in the Divine 9 and our ability to change cultures.   All of you have a special place in my heart.

 

 

Latrivia Welch Remembers Julian Bond THE LEADER

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Because of the support and love of my mentors, I’ve met many great civil rights leaders in my time. I had the honor of having Dr. Benjamin Hooks as a personal mentor along with Mrs. Francis, who gave me invaluable advise as a young woman that I still hold dear today. Dr. Hooks used to love my granddaddy’s fried fish, and grandpa didn’t mind having me come to South Memphis to pick up some as soon as he fried it and deliver it to Dr. Hooks. I remember Dr. Vasco Smith with his jovial smile and Mrs. Maxine Smith always willing to give me a hug. I remember D’Army Bailey sitting across from me at Four Way Grill, and me praying in the middle of his very enlightening talk – that I didn’t drop fried tomatoes all over my Chanel white blouse and make a mockery of myself. I remember working for the National Civil Rights Museum and President Mandela coming up the stairs at the Peabody and me rushing out to see if he was on his way and running nearly head on into him. All I could say was, “your President Mandela.” And he said, “yes dear but who are you?” I couldn’t speak after that.

Recently, I met the founder of Black Enterprise, Mr. Earl Graves. We walked and talked for a while. He was impressed by my little publishing house, and insisted that I had promise. I was in shock how much he reminded me of my grandpa and instantly felt a connection. Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland, was also very kind. She and I walked through Bountiful Blessings after she was caught up on a call with UN. She told me I simply had to visit Ireland. After meeting her, I knew that I had to as well.

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My list is long and distinguished. I’ve met so many, and I remember them all. I either met them because of LeMoyne-Owen College, Howard and Beverly Robertson or Deidre Malone. My mentors pushed me…always pushed me…still push me. Since I was a skinny 18-year old girl, they have opened doors for me that would have remained closed otherwise. They have introduced me to giants because they were giants themselves.

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I still remember meeting Mr. Julian Bond. The first time was at the National Civil Rights Museum when I was around 20. Then, I was heading up credentialing for the NAACP 2009 National Conference in Cincinnati and we were preparing for the Obama/McCain speeches and Mr. Bond came around the office. He wanted to see what we were up to. We had been working early mornings and late nights. Deidre thought it was good for both Tonya and I to do this on our own. She was training us. She was right. It was great work, hard work, great experience.
Tonya and I wanted pictures. Mr. Bond was busy, terribly busy. But he didn’t mind stopping long enough for us to talk. He wanted to know how we were enjoying ourselves and if we were working too hard. He had time enough to listen to me recount my experience with him in Memphis. He smiled and listened and three days later when he saw me again, he said, “hello Latrivia.” Thousands of people, thousands of stories and he never forgot my name.

When I came home from Cincinnati, my life was changed. Deidre just laughed. “It’s good for you,” she said. She still is always grooming me, even until this day.  She had met him many times before and knew how great he was, but I was on fire and brand new to such a movement.

For the very young people (and I have many who read my books and my blog and I know they are under 18 – naughty teens), I want you to know why this man was so important.
Julian Bond was no rapper, baller or actor. He was an activist, a game-changer. Horace Julian Bond was an American social activist and leader in the Civil Rights Movement, politician, professor, and writer.

Born in Nashville, TN on January 14, 1940 – only 200 miles from Memphis- Julian Bond became a civil rights activist while in college. In 1965, he was elected to Georgia’s state legislature, but his opposition to the war in Vietnam meant that it would take a U.S. Supreme Court ruling for him to be allowed to take his seat. Bond later served as the head of the Southern Poverty Law Center and of the NAACP.

“Julian helped inspire an entire generation of young people, students, black and white,” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said Sunday. “He spent so much time speaking on college campuses, telling the story of the movement. He was so smart, so gifted, so articulate and he had a way of getting to people, to students, to young people and he succeeded.” http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/08/16/civil-rights-activist-julian-bond-dies/31809385/

Bond died on August 15, 2015 at the age of 75, but his legacy will live on.

Congrats to Chelsea and Marc! The future Mezvinsky Family!

I don’t know if you’ve been told, but it’s hit the wire and the next Clinton powerhouse, Chelsea Clinton will soon be Mrs. Mezvinsky.  This is going to be a wonderful marriage of brains and brains when the two tie the knot next summer. 

Many people have said that Chelsea isn’t a looker.  However, I think that she’s quite beautiful, and I’m excited to see where her future takes her.  She announced on Friday via email (many may not have received it because it went to your junk box…

“We’re sorry for the mass e-mail but we wanted to wish everyone a belated Happy Thanksgiving! We also wanted to share that we are engaged! We didn’t get married this past summer despite the stories to the contrary, but we are looking toward next summer and hope you all will be there to celebrate with us. Happy Holidays! Chelsea & Marc.”

Mezvinsky, whom she first met in D.C. and then got to know better at Stanford University before they began dating, also has political parents. So this powerhouse may follow their family’s footsteps right into politics as well. 

Chelsea and Marc been dating since 2005 — he’s an investment banker now, and she’s in grad school at Columbia University.

During the most recent presidential primaries, the former first daughter broke her policy of not speaking to the media (as was her practice since dad Bill Clinton was president), and campaigned for her mom, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

Chelsea is 29 now, which means that she’ll be married before 30, which is still a golden rule in many circles.   Not mineJ

Congrats to Chelsea and Marc!  May they be happy for a lifetime with swells of babies and giggles.

 

 

Allen Iverson May Be Leaving the Grizzlies? Now, I’m not Happy!

 

What a difference a freaking day makes.  My hopes had hit the ceiling with the prospect of having a winning home team this year, but it looks like I’m back to wearing University of Memphis gear and cheering for a team that doesn’t get paid at all to gain victory.  I’m not an underdog type. I don’t cheer for the losing team (unless the team was my favorite before hand).  I keep hoping for us to reach the pinnacle, the Kobe of basketball life.  However, I keep being disappointed.  I’m not speaking ill of the members of my Memphis Grizzlies team who have done well.  They have tried their collective best and that is all that I can ask.  However, A.I. has completely driven me crazy.  I do hope that he is not physically ill or that a family member is not.  If that is not the case, however, I have to pose this one question.

“If you knew that you weren’t interested, why didn’t you just say that?”

One South Carolina Lucky Person hit for $259,900,000 last night

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Draw Date

Powerball

8/19/2009

14

24

31

43

51

 

27

 

x 5  

 

 

Do I need to say it?  Do I?  I don’t think so.  WOW THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY!$$$

Some lucky person bought the winning Powerball  numbers that made him or her an instant multimillionaire.  Did I buy a ticket last night?  But of course!  Actually, I bought eight.  None of them even close. 

There are many people that would say that purchasing a ticket is a bad thing, but I don’t want to get into all of that.  What I do want to do is provide you a list of my top five ways to splurge ONCE after hitting the winning numbers.  It’s all fantasy.  I’m to frugal too do this for real.

(CAR LOVER) Purchase the Bugatti Veyron $1,700,000. This is by far the most expensive street legal car available on the market today. It is the fastest accelerating car reaching 0-60 in 2.6 seconds. It claims to be the fastest car with a top speed of 253 mph+. However, the title for the fastest car goes to the SSC Ultimate Aero which exceed 253 mph pushing this car to 2nd place for the fastest car.

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(TRAVELER) Purchase a trip to outer space for $25 million like American billionaire (Microsoft Tycoon) in 2007 who paid for a 13-day trip to space in a capsule that also carried a cosmonaut and a US astronaut. 

(SHOE LOVER) Ladies will definitely want these.  Purchase the world’s most expensive shoes! The one-of-a-kind 4½-inch stiletto sandals are studded with 565 platinum-set Kwiat diamonds (which include 55 carats of clear diamonds and one big 5-carat stone). The ‘Cinderella slippers,’ as Stuart Weitzman, the designer of the fantasy sandals, calls them, were worn by singer Alison Krauss (nominated for best song for the film Cold Mountain) at the 2004 Oscars ceremony.

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(CAVIAR CONNOISSEUR)  The word ‘Almas’ means diamond, a fitting name for the world’s most expensive caviar. This Beluga caviar is white in appearance. The most expensive caviar comes from the Beluga Sturgeon, native to the Caspian Sea.  Almas caviar in a 24-karat gold tin for £16,000, or about $25,000. Coincidentally, it is also where you can find the most expensive meal in Britain.

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(SEA LOVER) You know everything expensive is right out of Dubai. So it’s no surprise that the world’s most expensive yacht is docked there too.  The $300 million yacht owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai has a heli-pad, submarine, hangar for small aircraft, and a squash court. With interiors designed by Philippe Starck, the luxury yacht has fascinating interiors and a health spa offering natural beauty treatments to its passengers. For those looking for a splash, Golden Star has a large, comprehensive swimming pool whereas for fitness conscious people, it offers a modern-facility gym. The boat offers impressive security features to prevent undesired infiltration and ensure passengers’ safety.  

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Published in: on August 20, 2009 at 3:50 pm  Comments (4)  
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A Funny Thing About Cops

Jordan wants to be a cop.  One One of my best friends in the entire world is a cop.  It’s part of him, his family, his legacy, his life.  He’s a protector of our community and normally a pretty fun guy – unless you really get under his skin.  A funny thing about cops, like military personnel (especially like Adam), is that they’re constantly putting their lives on the line.  So they never get why you worry about them so much.  They are used to it.

Every time that they get up, crawl out of bed, hit the shower and put on that uniform, you run the risk of never seeing them again.  How do I know?  I’m a military wife.  You learn to live with it (Trust me).  But you never are truly okay with it, no matter how proud you are of them, you always pray that nothing happens.

Sure friends and family constantly show our affection and appreciation, but as a society do we really show our men and women in blue how much that we appreciate them?  Often, just because they drive by in their marked or unmarked squad cars, we get an attitude.  We hit our breaks and roll our eyes.  However, we know that we don’t want to be left alone without them, we don’t want to check out the noise in the back without calling them, drive through that neighborhood without seeing them, go to the bank without parking beside them. 

But the funny thing about cops is that they really are people.  They have families, bills, dreams and fears just like the rest of us. They’re not some sub-race of tattletales waiting to point the finger.  If we didn’t have them, we’d all be in big trouble. 

They see so much on the streets, get treated like crap, risk everything, leaving nothing on the table, take nothing for their burdens (Wow, they really are like military personnel!) and most of us don’t ever say thank you. When I’m with Adam, people often stop us and say thanks.  It warms his cold little heart a little.  I can see it melt just a little before it freezes right back up (just kidding, he’s  teddy bear).

I’ve got an experiment for all of you.  The next time that you’re face- to- face with a cop, smile and just say thank you.  He or she might not smile right then and there.  They may say, “excuse me?”, they may just say your welcome, but trust me, it will make their day just a little bit better.  And considering what they do for us each and everyday, it’s a good thing to make them feel good about themselves every once in a while.

Jordan wants to be a cop.
Published in: on May 18, 2009 at 9:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Save the Ta-tas

all-of-us1Proposed Mastectomy Law Change 

(written by a surgeon);

I’ll never forget the look in my patients eyes when I had to tell them they had to go home with the drains, new exercises and no breast. I=2 0remember begging the doctors to keep these women in the hospital longer, only to hear that they would, but their hands were tied by the insurance companies.

So there I sat with my patient giving them the instructions they needed to take care of themselves, knowing full well they didn’t grasp half of what I was saying, because the glazed, hopeless, frightened look spoke louder than the quiet ‘Thank you’ they muttered.

A mastectomy is when a woman’s breast is removed in order to remove cancerous breast cells/tissue. If you know anyone who has had a mastectomy, you may know that there is a lot of discomfort and pain afterwards. Insurance companies are trying to make mastectomies an outpatient procedure. Let’s give women the chance to recover properly in the hospital for 2 days after surgery.

This Mastectomy Bill is in Congress now. It takes 2 seconds to do this and is very important. Please take the time and do it really quick! The Breast Cancer Hospitalization Bill is important legislation for all women.

Please send this to everyone in your address book. If there was ever a time when our voices and choices should be heard, this is one of those times. If you’re receiving this, it’s because I think you will take the 30 seconds to go to vote on this issue and send it=2 0on to others you know who will do the same.

There’s a bill called the Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act which will require insurance companies to cover a minimum 48-hour hospital stay for patients undergoing a mastectomy. It’s about eliminating the ‘drive-through mastectomy’ where women are forced to go home just a few hours after surgery, against the wishes of their doctor, still groggy from anesthesia and sometimes with drainage tubes still attached.

Lifetime Television has put this bill on their web page with a petition drive to show your support.. Last year over half the House signed on. PLEASE! Sign the petition by clicking on the web site below. You need not give more than your name and zip code number.

http://www.mylifetime.com/community/my-lifetime-commitment/breast-cancer/petition/breast-cancer-petition

This takes about 2 seconds. PLEASE PASS THIS ON to your 20 friends.

Published in: on May 6, 2009 at 11:21 pm  Leave a Comment  

Latrivia Nelson is hype about the Boston Red Sox Square Off With NYY 2Nite

 

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David Ortiz - The Man - Big Papi

 

 

 

 

Home Game for Boston Red Sox Tonight at 7p.m. (EST) against New York Yankees

Ahh.  Spring is such a wonderful thing.  It brings warm weather, beautiful skies, romantic evenings and of course BASEBALL.  Not just any baseball ladies and gentlemen. It brings the Boston Red Sox.    And tonight they play the New York Yankees. 

The interesting thing about me is that I actually like the Yankees mildly, save A-Rod, who cut my heart out with a spoon (or needle).  However, if asked to choose a team – I’d have to say Boston.

I live in Cardinal territory and used to work for the Memphis Redbirds (old farm team for Cardinals).  However, my passion for the games rests with the B-Team, and more specifically lies with #34 David Américo Ortiz Arias AKA Big PAPI.  At 6’4’’, 230 lbs and simply brilliant with that swing, what do you expect me to do?  He’s proven himself over and over again.  I don’t care what some of you might say.

I’m sure that the Twins miss him, but oh well.  Anyway, watch him tonight put some whoop-up on Yankees. 

Below, I have highlighted those awesome players (some older than dirt – no offense Wakefield) that I think make the Sox special.  Enjoy.  And I’ll fill you in later, for those of you who don’t tune in, to tell you what happened.

 

Keep Livin’

Latrivia S. Nelson

 

 

Active Roster

 

Pitchers

B/T

Ht

Wt

DOB

 

 

 

19 Josh Beckett

R/R

6-5

220

05/15/80

 

 

17 Manny Delcarmen

R/R

6-2

205

02/16/82

 

 

62 Hunter Jones

L/L

6-4

235

01/10/84

 

 

31 Jon Lester

L/L

6-2

190

01/07/84

 

 

48 Javier Lopez

L/L

6-4

220

07/11/77

 

 

63 Justin Masterson

R/R

6-6

250

03/22/85

 

 

37 Hideki Okajima

L/L

6-1

195

12/25/75

 

 

58 Jonathan Papelbon

R/R

6-4

225

11/23/80

 

 

36 Brad Penny

R/R

6-4

230

05/24/78

 

 

56 Ramon Ramirez

R/R

5-11

190

08/31/81

 

 

24 Takashi Saito

L/R

6-2

215

02/14/70

 

 

49 Tim Wakefield

R/R

6-2

210

08/02/66

 

 

Catchers

B/T

Ht

Wt

DOB

 

 

 

16 George Kottaras

L/R

6-0

185

05/10/83

 

 

33 Jason Varitek

S/R

6-2

230

04/11/72

 

 

Infielders

B/T

Ht

Wt

DOB

 

 

 

22 Nick Green

R/R

6-0

180

09/10/78

 

 

25 Mike Lowell

R/R

6-3

210

02/24/74

 

 

15 Dustin Pedroia

R/R

5-9

180

08/17/83

 

 

51 Gil Velazquez

R/R

6-3

190

10/17/79

 

 

20 Kevin Youkilis

R/R

6-1

220

03/15/79

 

 

Outfielders

B/T

Ht

Wt

DOB

 

 

 

55 Jeff Bailey

R/R

6-2

200

11/19/78

 

 

44 Jason Bay

R/R

6-2

205

09/20/78

 

 

7 J.D. Drew

L/R

6-1

200

11/20/75

 

 

46 Jacoby Ellsbury

L/L

6-1

185

09/11/83

 

 

Designated Hitters

B/T

Ht

Wt

DOB

 

 

 

34 David Ortiz

L/L

6-4

230

11/18/75

   

 

Published in: on April 24, 2009 at 7:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Amazon’s Kindle is Igniting a Flame!

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It seems more and more these days, the entire world is moving at the speed of light and requires constant immediate gratification.  In an effort to supply the demand of the “need for speed” in late 2007 Amazon developed and released the Kindle.  This technology allows for books to be downloaded and read on small device. 

 

While many can see the potential of this as a consumer, there are others that see this as window of opportunity for some sellers.  Self-published authors have been given a leg up on Amazon.com for while, offering products to millions through the use of the computer with no need for warehousing or extensive marketing.  The only thing is required is great word of mouth.  A rating can make or break you on Amazon, whether you are New York Bestseller or Joe the Plummer.

 

According to Zach Pontz of CNN, “Released in November 2007, the Kindle has sold more than a quarter million units. Its texts account for 10 percent of Amazon’s book sales despite the fact that 200,000 titles — a tiny fraction of the books offered on the site — are available in digital form.”  

 

My personal opinion and forecast is that if Amazon’s Kindle continues to garner considerable market share, we may see a spin on it in our local cell phone stores.  It would be great to pick up my Blackberry and see it double as a way to read my favorite book through the use of combined Kindle/Blackberry technology.  Hey, I know that I’m reaching, but that is what the stars are for!

 

Just thought I’d share this information with you.  The Christmas season is here and the Kindle makes a great gift idea.  For those who think with their wallets, Amazon is great stock to consider purchasing.  Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) Real-time: 44.11 2.92 (7.09%) 1:22PM ET.

 

Until later focus on being greater!

 

Sincerely,

 

Latrivia Nelson

Author of Ivy’s Twisted Vine

 

 

 

For more of Zach Pontz’s CNN story visit: http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/12/03/kindle.electronic.reader/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

Prayers Answered

Thank God for the Loving Family

Thank God for the Loving Family

 

Do you ever get butterflies?  I do, but only when I am about to present to a lot of people, tell someone bad news or when I see someone I’ve missed.  Well, fortunately, I’m not presenting until later this week; I received bad news on Monday, but I didn’t have to give any.  However, I did see someone I missed.  My husband flew into town from D.C.

I felt butterflies.  They erupted as soon as he came walking through the terminal.  And the weird thing is that they haven’t gone away yet.  He and I played like kids for most of the day.  I caught him staring, and then I’d stare back.  As much as he irritates my very soul, I love him dearly. 

I guess that you could say, with both of us working over 1,000 miles apart, my prayers were answered when I saw him.  I knew that some things in this world can be constant no matter what.  This – us- we’re one of them.