The 2018 Hume trophy is awarded December 6, 2018

L-R: Hale Page, Hillwood; Sid Souksangouane, Hunters Lane; Joseph Honeysucker, Hillsboro; Jayden Harrison, Pearl-Cohn/MLK and Devon Starling, Cane Ridge.

NASHVILLE, Tenn – Today following a luncheon at Swett’s Restaurant hosted by the Nashville Civilian Club, Joseph Honeysucker from Hillsboro High school was named as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Hume Award. Honeysucker recently committed to Memphis University to play football.

The Hume Award recognizes the most outstanding football player in Metro School in the areas of sportsmanship, scholarship, and football ability. The Hume Award has been given since 1944.

Joseph Honeysucker holding the Hume Award Trophy flanked by his parents at Swetts Restaurant December 6, 2018.

Honeysucker expressed his shock and surprise after winning and having the trophy presented. “I was super-surprised and humbled, even shocked that I was the winner because I know of all the candidates and they are super deserving. To be listed as the 75 name inscribed on the trophy along with other heavy hitters like Coach Reggie Grimes and Coach Jamie Stewart is such an honor. I mean,  to be listed forever is a great honor.”

Each Metro School nominates one player, and then the nominees are reviewed by a committee composed of school administrators, football officials, and area sportswriters. There is always a sense of anticipation before the announcement because though the committee member knows who he or she voted for during the finalist selection, no one on the committee knows who their fellow committee members voted.

Five finalists were named before today’s ceremony. Joining Honeysucker as a finalist were Devon Starling, Cane Ridge; Hale Page, Hillwood; Sid Souksangouane, Hunters Lane, and Jayden Harrison, Pearl-Cohn/MLK.

The other nominees were Nestor Corea, Antioch; Rondarius DeJuan Gregory, East Nashville; Ricardo Jose Ruiz Machado, Glencliff; Clinton B. Dowty III, Maplewood; Eduardo Villalobos, McGavock; Aran Mohamed-Ali, Overton; Calvin Farmer, Jr. Stratford, and Franklin Russell Griggs, Whites Creek.

The Hume Trophy is not a hollow trophy that is easily lifted by anyone, it is a solid maple trophy with solid brass decorations. Honeysucker stated, “the weight of the trophy really matches the weight of the award. I feel a responsibility to uphold the standards that began the award.”


Social, emotion and physical health are just the pathway that Ms. Lonny Nelson uses to support her students

Kind and caring, supportive, and Nashville Predators fan are how many of Ms. Lonny Nelson’s students describe her. Few know,  however, she is a Blue Ribbon teacher who once considered being a veterinarian but changed her major because the thought of putting down an animal was beyond her scope of understanding.

Ms. Nelson is one of Hillsboro High School’s CTE (Career and Technical Education) teachers who teaches in the Academy of Health Sciences. Like the core classes students are familiar with like English and History, Ms. Nelson’s classes are very academic where students learn high level vocabulary and prepare for health care industry certifications that will give her students an opportunity to pursue a health care career after high school. Unlike English and History, Ms. Nelson brings in industry professionals that bring the careers in health care into the classroom. Students in AGHS not only learn in the classroom, but along with Ms. Thomas, Ms. Fisher-Jaskson and Ms. Nelson, students will be have opportunities to learn outside of the classroom as well.

CTE is a division of Tennessee’s Education Diploma Program’s options for high school students and there is perhaps no better example of a CTE teacher than Lonny Nelson, a health science teacher at Hillsboro High School. She provides amazing experiences that only teachers of CTE programs can offer.

Ms. Nelson has been teaching 11 years, has been in the health care industry 20 years, she is a 2016 Blue Ribbon Award winning teacher and is the chair of the CTE department at Hillsboro.


Ms. Nelson is also the adviser of the St. Thomas Health Scholars of the Academy of Health Science at Hillsboro High School. Along with Ms.Rebecca from Saint Thomas who comes once every week. This program is a nationally recognized for its industry certifications which students of Ms. Nelson and the AGHS will take in early May.

Healthcare and education are two of the largest industries in Nashville. It is only natural for these two industries to partner and provide ground-breaking opportunities for high school students who are interested in pursuing a future in the healthcare field. The Saint Thomas Health Scholars program is a result of this partnership.

One of my favorite things I get to do as an educator is work with new teachers. Loved facilitating with TNDOE this week! – Lonny Nelson (1/12/18)

Ms. Nelson is ‘that teacher’ that her students can count on. She is there when her students need help whether it is academic help or personal. She is the consummate teacher knowing when to push and when to give her students space

National certification tests can be very intimidating, but Ms. Nelson was there every step of the way in our preparation for the CCMA  (Clinical Certified Medical Assistant) Not only did we feel prepared for the exam, we felt supported because she helped take away the fear of taking such an important exam. She always tells us how proud she is of us and I can always go to her for help with anything.

The Hillsboro Globe had an opportunity to sit with Ms. Nelson and discover more about what is important to her as a teacher and a community member. Excerpts of the interview follow.

HG: What made you want to become a teacher and how has your teaching experience been up to now? I have seen shift in education, not just in high school, in elementary school too.

Poor communications have increased the longer I taught and good communication skills are essential to success.   want to create  positive change. I have had a positive and challenging teaching experience to date! I wanted to become a teacher because I felt like I could make a positive impact in how students are educated.”

How long have you been a teacher? I have been a teacher at Hillsboro for 5 years. I have also taught other grades, even second grade! I personally like teaching high school better although I didn’t intentionally apply for high school. It was an accident but  in my opinion it fits me perfectly. 

My background as a physical therapist assistant along with a degree in education make a perfect fit for CTE, but I was originally certified pre-k- 6th.

What other professions did you consider? I actually considered  broadcasting at MTSU for a year and a half and hated it. I also considered veterinarian school as well but could not bare the thought of putting an animal down. I changed majors a lot the first time I went to college; settled on physical therapy then years later decided to get a masters so I could teach.”

How do you feel about the students that you teach and why? It might seem superficial, but I care deeply for my students and I am always very proud of them. I enjoy how diverse they are in their culture and potential. 

I feel like my kids have a lot of the same challenges that I did growing up and I have tried to remember some of the difficult times and what I wish someone had said or done for me. That makes me feel like I had a bond with them.

What’s your worst experience as a teacher? One of the worst experiences as a teacher for I had happened all in the course of 4 days. My first year at teaching I a student jumped  out of a window because he did not want to be in class, a student who accidentally left her food in her backpack causing an infestation of ants in the class, and dealt with a student who had bloody diarrhea on top of vomiting. I called that “the week of gross. It was something everyday, there was also a ginormous spider! (Im talking tennis ball sized) that someone had to kill!

Do you have any children and if so do you want them to pursue a career in health care? I have one daughter who is now 18 and she has no interest in the health care field. At first I tried to get her interested in jobs such as therapy but I gave up. I figured if Maddison was not passionate about the health care industry, she would  unhappy and probably not very successful. You should love what you do. Maddison is a professional ballroom dancer and instructor, and she loves it! I am so proud of her!

Why do you care about people as much as you do? When I was younger, my family wasn’t stable but I had someone who always looked out for me to make sure I was okay. I want my students to have someone like that as well. My faith and relationship with Jesus drives what I do in my daily life. I want people to know that they are loved and there is a better future for them.

The most important thing I can do everyday as a teacher is to really listen to what my students say. Somedays I do a good job and other days I regret not being better; but regardless, I keep trying to make sure every student I have knows how important his or her voice is.””

— Ms. Nelson

What do you think motivates you everyday to be the person you are? My family motivates me the most. I want my daughter to know how proud I am of her. I also want others to see God in me and know that I love them. For all the turmoil  I experienced growing up, I am proud to be who I am. I learned a lot from that and I am proud of what I do as a teacher.

And lastly, what are some personal experiences that you went through as a teacher (or just in general) that made a serious impact on you than you can still learn from today? One student that impacted medeeply talked about how bad his neighborhood was. He was open about it and it shocked her to hear how bad it really is for some kids in their homes and in their neighborhoods. I knew some of my students really had a tough life, but this student really opened my eyes to how tough it really is for many  kids. I had  never really imagined it was like the way he explained. I personally think hearing about my student’s life outside of school inspired me to be more kind and understanding. Personally , I will always be impacted by the way I grew up. There was alcoholism, abuse, mental illness, and extreme poverty throughout my childhood. It drives me to be better, not to be the victim and be stronger.”


Have you had “The Talk” with a teen yet?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

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(The Lifeline is a 24-hour toll-free phone line for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. An online chat option is also available.)

There are roughly 30,000 suicides in the United States each year, and three-fourths of those are men. But the number of attempted suicides is at least 10 times that, and even that estimate may be low because many suicide attempts are usually classified as lacerations or accidental poisonings when patients receive treatment in hospital emergency rooms.

Although suicide rates are lower among women, women lead men two to one in suicide attempts.

And secrets that are exposed to the rational light of day often become less powerful and scary. ”

— Teen Suicide Prevention

According to the American Psychiatric Association, of all young people who suffer from depression will eventually attempt suicide at least once. Of the more than – of young people who attempt suicide due to depression, more than 7% will die as a result. 53% of teens who commit suicide abused alcohol.

How can you tell if someone might be depressed or contemplating suicide?

  • Saving the life of someone from suicide depends on our ability to recognize those people who are in distress and may be at risk. The American Association of Suicidology developed a simple tool that is available for everyone to use to remember the warning signs of suicide. This tool is called “IS PATH WARM” and outlines the key points to remember.

Suicidal thoughts are often a plea for help and a desperate attempt to escape from problems and distressing feelings. You should encourage the suicidal person to do most of the talking, if they are able to.

They need the opportunity to talk about their feelings and their reasons for wanting to die and may feel great relief at being able to do this. It may be helpful to talk about some of the specific problems the person is experiencing.

Discuss ways to deal with problems which seem impossible to cope with, but do not attempt to ‘solve’ the problems yourself.

What are the statistics for men and women who attempt suicide?

While men are more likely to die as a result of a suicide attempt, women are more likely to engage in what is known as deliberate self-harm (DSH) or self mutilation.

DSH involves any sort of self-harming behavior, whether or not the intent is to commit suicide.

Research suggests that people who use self mutilation are not usually trying to kill themselves, though sometimes they do. While many people associate self harm with a desire for attention, it is not, and is often done in private. Examples of DSH include non-lethal drug overdoses and self-injury such as cutting.

While suicide may not be the motivation, many people who engage in self-harm may be having suicidal thoughts, and may also go too far in their self-harming behavior resulting in unintentional suicide.

  • The landmark study, a collaboration between Lund University in Sweden and Stanford University, showed that the rate of suicide among men is almost three times that of women. In the U.S., the rate is even higher — almost four times as many males as females die by suicide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Common suicide methods in men include:

  • Firearms
  • Hanging
  • Asphyxiation, or suffocation
  • Jumping
  • Moving objects
  • Sharp objects
  • Vehicle Exhaust Gas

Common suicide methods in women include:

  • Self-poisoning (women four times as likely as men to die from drug poisoning)
  • Exsanguination (bleeding out from a cut such as a “slit” wrist)
  • Drowning
  • Hanging (one study found that men and women are both just as likely to die by hanging)
  • Firearms (women were 73 percent less likely to use firearms as men)

According to the APnews, suicides in Tennessee have reached the record breaking high. An average of three people died by suicide each day in Tennessee in 2016, the highest recorded in the state in more than 35 years.

A few facts to end with:

  1. Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year.
  2. In the U.S., suicide rates are highest during the spring.
  3. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and 2nd for 24 to 35-year-olds.
  4. On average, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes.
  5. Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people.
  6. About 2/3 of people who complete suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths. Depression that is untreated, undiagnosed, or ineffectively treated is the number 1 cause of suicide.
  7. There is 1 suicide for every 25 attempted suicides.
  8. Males make up 79% of all suicides, while women are more prone to having suicidal thoughts.
  9. 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each year.
  10. There are 2 times as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS.
  11. Over 50% of all suicides are completed with a firearm.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.





Recognizing signs of trouble and suggestions to help increase positive mental health

Understanding the gravity of the past 45 days is difficult for the most savvy student or adult. The scope of the tragedies is large and massive. However, viewing facts for what they are, facts, can help one compartmentalize and a student or adult deal with each area of hurt, grief and fear or anger that a shooting tragedy like that which happened on Valentine’s Day in Florida brings to the surface.

A few facts to note:

  • There have been 14 school shootings in the first 45 days of 2018, according to the CDC and other research organizations listed below involving injury as the result of gunfire.
  •  In eight of the 17 school shootings, a gun was fired but no one was injured.
  • Two of the shootings were classified as being attempted or completed suicides with no intent to injure another person.
  • The attack on Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is the 18th school shooting in the U.S. within the first 45 days of 2018.

Why people think school shootings happen

Memories are short. People become inoculated to similar tragedies that happen in repetition. “We see it — it comes on television,” Bob Schieffer, Chief Washington Correspondent For CBS News, said, “then it goes away — and then we wait for it to happen the next time.” Does waiting for it to happen again infer that the general public is condoning these actions or is it a symptom of the communities feeling of powerlessness to stop what is happening by traditional means that have worked in the past?

A common theory for the repetition of violence is that it has an effect of contagion. Often these young assassins are inspired by examples set by previous shooters. The fantasies typically intensify over a number of years before they are acted on. With time, the mental images become more detailed, and they often become buttressed by a distorted sense of what is just or moral, such as the need to avenge a perceived offense or the belief in a divine right to decide the fate of others. The line of normal private thoughts of revenge, which many of us have but fail to act on gets crossed and the ideations are acted on.

Almost everyone has imagined vengeful scenarios, even murderous ones, after particularly frustrating experiences, according to research by psychologist David Buss of the University of Texas at Austin. “Such fantasies can defuse tension and thus might be considered a type of psychological hygiene. As Austrian psychoanalyst Theodor Reik put it: A thought murder a day keeps the psychiatrist away.”

How to know when a person is not just imagining a vengeful scenario and is actually planning to act on the thought is the crux of the frustration for almost every school administrator, counselor, teacher, friend, and parent faces. Even more confusing is when to act.

Signs of psychic trouble include being
excessively introverted and lacking strong social attachments.

Adolescents who saw or otherwise experienced violence at a young age are very susceptible to intense brutal fantasies, points out clinical psychologist Al Carlisle, who practices in Price, Utah, and has long studied serial killers and young violent criminals. Such experiences, Carlisle says, “foster a belief that violence is the only way to gain recognition and respect.”

These fantasies become increasingly important to a disturbed youth, and multiple research sources indicate that when a young person is neglected, he begins to neglect his real relationships to focus on the mechanics of the deed he has dreamed about.

Then a serious frustration, such as the breakup of one of his last friendships, death of a friend, relative or parent, or the loss of a stable home life may cause a borderline young person to double up  his efforts to follow through with a horrible, attention getting act.

How can the average person help?

It can be as simple as being a friend or simply listening to “that person” who we all know is a little off if for no other reason than to keep a check on how he or she is doing. Money may not “solve” this issue directly, however, lowering class size so teachers can actually build relationship with every student could be a positive start.

Strong relationships with peers, teachers and other adults provide an even more effective shield against destructive fantasies. Criminologists have known for decades that building and maintaining relationships with socially accepted people is the best way to prevent violence.

When a youth establishes ties to people he cares about, he is apt to feel that he has too much at stake to act out his brutal dreams.

School psychologists and social workers need to help disillusioned youths find a place for themselves in society, something many of them feel they lack. In one of Castillo’s home videos he says: “All I wanted was respect…. No one respected me.”

Providing more, not less extracurricular activities with transportation enables students who don’t feel included to have a chance to participate. Earning respect from classmates who like the same kind of interests is important. However, not near enough clubs are available, and even if there is, there is not transportation for all students across school systems.

Providing  job counselors has been suggested.  On a broader scale, schools should offer seminars that advise students on ways to discover their talents and interests and how to use them to earn admiration.

The common thread of solutions throughout the variety research read and students polled is that those activities that offer accomplishment in concrete ways can change the attitude of almost anyone struggling to be included.

In some cases, a youth may alert the media to his plans.

At Virginia Tech, Cho unleashed two shooting sprees separated by two and a half hours. During that intermission, the young killer mailed a package of homemade videos, photographs and writings to NBC News. Castillo sent a video to a local newspaper in which he vented his rage and hinted that he was planning a massacre at his former school.

The news media must take a stand as well.

Media outlets should make identifying with other school shooters more difficult, journalists and producers should focus less on the perpetrator, his deviant motives and the moment-by-moment unfolding of the dead, the injured and their families. Our quick poll also demonstrates that consequences of the crime are not broad enough and public enough.

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 1 in 4 Americans suffer a diagnosable mental illness in a given year and that 60 % of people with mental health issues do not receive treatment.

Whether or not this Florida gunman is determined to have had a mental illness, those who provided the AR-15 semi-automatic weapon to him, legally or illegally should be held accountable in some fashion in much the same way bartenders are held accountable for overing serving intoxicated persons who drive drunk.

Driving drunk or unleashed horror in the form of a gun both have similar consequences. And in this case, the weapon of choice slaughtered 14 students and 3 teachers.

The young man now stands accused of committing one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history.

He has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, the sheriff’s office said. He is now under a suicide watch.

The focus should now move to those who knew more about the possibility of this happening. It should now turn to solutions that enable those who know information to have a safe place to inform authorities.

Research, data, sources and evidence has been derived from the below sources.

  • Analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention,
  • National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Population Reference Bureau
  •  National Center for Health Statistics
  • Multiple Causes of Death Public Use Files for 2003-201

Facing the holiday blues can teach you to celebrate wonders of reality

The holidays are a time where families can get together and celebrate with each other. It is a time for reconnection and joy.

And, yet, for many people the holidays can bring on waves of sadness, depression and loneliness. This feeling is known as the Christmas blues or holiday depression.

Christmas Blues can mean different things to different states of mind but there are characteristics that seem to be the same throughout the different psychological state of depression. What exactly are the Christmas blues? Some symptoms of Christmas blues are headaches, appetite changes, anxiety, sleep problems, and decreased interest in food, sex, work, family, and hobbies.

According to the “National Institute of Health, Christmas is the time of year that many people experience sustained “blues” and even depression.” Hospitals and police forces report the high incidences of suicide and attempted suicide. “Psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals report a significant increase in patients complaining about depression.”

The symptoms can be similar to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Seasonal affective disorder is depicted by feelings of sadness and depression that occur in the fall or winter months when the temperatures begin to drop. The depressive episode is usually associated with excessive eating, sleeping, and weight gain. Depressive symptoms begin in the fall or winter and persist until the spring. And repetitive days of gray, rainy weather make the symptoms worse.

For others, the Christmas Blues depressive state comes out in the form of anger. NIH states, “For some people, they get depressed at Christmas and even angry because of the excessive commercialization of Christmas, with the focus on gifts and the emphasis on “being perfect’ and forced attendance to social activities.”  Other get depressed because Christmas appears to be a “trigger to engage in excessive self-reflection and rumination about the inadequacies of life (and a “victim” mentality) in comparison with other people who seem to have more and do more.”

Triggers can be the loss of a loved one, not getting to visit with a parent, spouse or sibling, being homesick or general loneliness for someone you can’t be with. The holiday is a large reminder when so many are posting happy pictures on social media or conversations are centered around those who are going to visit.

A common thread in all of the symptoms is the frustration with the inability to change the situation. Those who get sad or depressed at Christmas time will have a better holiday if they can remind themselves that Christmas is a set of days that doesn’t last forever.

Teach yourself to prepare for the Christmas Blues by planning for the next. Accept it is a reality and take charge of changing the reality.

How to change the Blues to a cruise?

  1. Practice good self care: This includes things like eating right, exercising regularly and getting plenty of rest. Getting outside for short walks is extremely helpful because being indoors can stagnant the one’s mood. Being outdoors will enable a person who is sad or depressed to get out of this stagnant environment.
  2. Stay in a sleep routine
  3. Setting realistic goals: Setting goals can help people feel less stressed, and feeling less stressed will help reduce the feelings associated with the Christmas blues.  If you do not have any “real” family to spend time with create a new family by volunteering. 
  4. Don’t over drink or medicate: Using alcohol to medicate and “numb” feelings will only make the physical and emotional feelings worse.
  5. Keep your thoughts on the present not the past: It’s also important not to dwell on the past or anything negative. It can be hard but there are better ways to help get over your Christmas blues.
  6. Recognize that the Christmas blues are normal and should not cause one to feel ashamed. The reality of loss happens. Homesickness is normal. Missing people you want to be with at important times of your light is expected and normal.

Taking care of one’s self will improve the loneliness and sadness. By definition if you care for yourself you will heal yourself.

What if you don’t get the blues around this holiday? You can really help another by being a friend, reach out with kindness, help keep your friends active. You will both benefits from this. The Christmas season  is an opportunity to reach out to those who become blue, depressed or are less fortunate. For those who have the difficulties with the season, it’s an opportunity to take action to think, feel and act in ways that breaks free from the past.


Dedication, focus and commitment lead Aeniah Southall to pursue a career in modeling

Photo by Alexis Southhall; rights reserved

Pursuing a career in modeling takes time, dedication and focused effort. A model must also be strong-minded and resilient to navigate the chaotic waters of the fashion industry. Aeniah Southall has had her ups and downs, but her confidence and a strong-will are the best weapons of self defense in this high-paced, ever evolving and fiercely competitive modeling world.

At the age of 19, Aeniah made a decision to take her modeling career seriously and is currently working hard to get as much exposure in the competitive world of modeling.
At the age of 15, Aeniah became interested in modeling. “ When I was 15, modeling was what I was sure I wanted to do. I saw in myself that I had a lot of potential.” said Aeniah.

When she was 17, her father took her and her sisters to an agency in Nashville. The agents were interested in the whole family, but Aeniah has always had a special “something” that the agents liked even more.

The more exposure she got, the more agents offered her a modeling contract. Aeniah was excited. Her dreams were about to come true, but one thing held her back from accepting it. They wanted her to move to California.

She and her parents talked and decided that wasn’t the best decisions at the time. It was a discouraging time in her life.

Thinking that modeling was not an option, Aeniah began to pursue a career in nursing. When asked “ Which one do you prefer to do?” she replied, “ I’m going to stick with nursing. Right now, it’s more of a sure thing. The modeling industry is pretty competitive.” She turned down offers  to focus on nursing in  college. Modeling was less and less a career pursuit. She became uninterested in it.

A year later, at 19 years old,  she decided that she can do both successfully. She has the same enthusiasm as she did when she was 15. “When I was 18 I was just then entering college and did not see how I could mode and nursing at the same time. Now I realize the potential I have and the number of opportunities that have been coming my way, ” Aeniah explained.

Currently, her modeling career is going well. She is getting job offers for paid shoots and was even featured on “The Talk of the Town”. “

What does she like most about modeling? “ I like the different angles. What I mean by that is, I can be portrayed a certain way and in that moment it can be captured.” One of Aeniah’s future goals in modeling is to be officially signed to a major modeling agency and get consistent paid work. “Even though what I am doing now is just local, it is a start. In the future I plan on being featured in magazines and national or even international modeling ads.”

photo by Alexis Southall

Make the switch to sustainable living – energy conservation of the future

Recently, I personally have changed my way of living. I made a decision to give “sustainable living” a try.   decided to reduce my carbon-footprint by cutting back on my energy consumption, how I use transportation and even what I choose to eat.

What is “sustainable living” though? For those who do not know, describes sustainable lifestyle “is the practice of reducing your demand on natural resources by making sure that you replace what you use to the best of your ability”.

What I do and have done is to change my diet to eating more natural foods and less processed foods. I also started recycling. Some people may find it difficult to move over to a sustainable lifestyle, but it is easier than most people may think.

What are 5 simple ways to be more sustainable?
1.Reduce, Reuse, Recycle- These are some the simplest ways to be more sustainable. You can reduce your energy consumption, you can reuse more everyday items, and recycle recyclable material.

2.Make your own stuff- This includes food, clothes, and more. By doing this you can cut down the transportation needed to ship food and more.

3.Change your diet- Your change in diet doesn’t have to be dramatic, but you should eat more natural foods, meatless foods and less processed, packaged foods.

4. Drive an electrically charged vehicle- Driving an electric ran vehicle reduces the CO2 emitted in the air. You will also never need gas.

5.Use Sustainable energy- By using solar or wind power, you not only save on your energy bill, but you reduce your energy consumption.

Beauty for All – Rihanna introduces a skin care and makeup line for 120 skin tones


Rihanna’s new makeup line, “Fenty Beauty”, was released September eighth, 2017, being launched to over 150 online stores including Sephora Stores world-wide. Her new make-up line is designed to celebrate all people, of all colors.

The makeup line, as stated on the website is “Beauty for All”, which is inclusive of all kinds of skin tones, from “100”, which is their lightest shade of foundation, to “490”, their darkest.

There are very few make-up brands that carry products for darker skin tones, which has made it difficult for many people to find beauty products that work for them. This all-inclusive brand aims to change that, and to give makeup lovers of all complexions beauty products that can work for them.

Rihanna has had an infatuation with makeup since she was a child, toying around with her mother’s lipstick. For her, makeup is a form of self-expression, which helped her grow into a radiant, confident woman, who inspires so many people.

Rihanna wants to help other people empower themselves through makeup, no matter what their skin tone. The makeup industry has never really catered to people of color, which is really disappointing. So many beautiful and passionate people have been left out throughout the years, because so many makeup brands only seem to acknowledge those with a lighter complexion.

In a recent observation by Karim Orange, Revlon, a drugstore makeup brand, was carrying twenty-two shades of lighter foundation, but only six shades for people of color. The inequality in the makeup world is unreal. Luckily, Rihanna, as well as several other brands, have been working to change the game, and help anyone and everyone feel beautiful in their own skin.


Imperfect, Flawed and Beautiful – How Social Media Impacts Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) is an illness that affects about 200,000 people in the US each year, mostly making beginning appearances in those that are 12-13 years of age. BDD is incredibly severe, but can be even more dangerous in this day and age, where we have images of “ideal” beauty plastered everywhere.

With the use of social media making access to these types of images easier, sufferers of BDD are having a harder time coping with their illness than ever before. As a sufferer of BDD, I know how hard it is to look past your flaws, especially when unachievable beauty standards seem to be represented in many forms of media.

To give you a background of life with BDD, I’ll first have to explain what exactly it is. The definition that gives is “A body image disorder characterized by persistent and intrusive preoccupations with an imagined or slight defect in one’s appearance.” For people with BDD, it is hard to focus on anything except the perceived flaw. It becomes an obsession, which then leads to low self esteem, avoidance of other people, work, school, and even major depression and/or suicide attempts.

For me, personally, it would be difficult to look in mirrors, or to even see a reflection of myself at all. When it was at it’s worst, I would have breakdowns and anxiety attacks just at the sight of myself. It was hard to not be disgusted with who I am and how I looked. Unfortunately, I’m not the only person out there inflicted with this mental illness.

BDD has been recognized since 1980, but was redefined in 1994. BDD has never been ideal for anyone suffering from it, but in this day and age, with media sources at the tip of our fingers, it has become even harder for us to cope. The average woman sees 400-600 ads on a daily basis, many of which have some sort of beauty representation, whether directly or indirectly.

Studies have shown the negative impact that the media can have on the youth, but just think about how strongly it can impact the youth who suffer from BDD. Body dysmorphia is a serious issue that’s not getting enough attention in the normal world, and certainly not the world of advertising or entertainment.

You may know somebody with BDD, but aren’t aware of it. Interacting with people afflicted with BDD takes patience. They may be persistent about disliking themselves, and that may be frustrating, but you just have to reassure them.

It’s hard to not really know what you look like, when you only see yourself in a distorted way. It’s also hard when you feel like people are lying to you all the time about how you look. It’s hard to live on a day to day basis when you can’t even comfortably look at yourself in a mirror. We need to help acknowledge BDD and the difficulties that come with it, because the more we know about it, the more we can help those afflicted.


Strong Skin Care


Know that skin care is important, especially for modern American women. It is especially important for women with one of the most sensitive skin types, African Americans.

Women with sensitive skin, can find the right products to use if they do their research. Finding the right product that strengthens skin is not so difficult since most products are made for each skin type, but women should read carefully to make sure they are using the right product.

Proper skin care is important because our skin is the largest barrier against infection that we have. Keeping our skin healthy and moist helps keeps the barrier strong.  



African American skin care requires a lot of moisturizing in order for it to remain healthy, glowing, and acne-free. Preventing acne-free skin is different for women of multi-ethnic skin types.

When it comes to caring for African American skin you need to know what to look for and what to avoid. “Beautiful skin requires commitment not a miracle.” – Erno Lasylo


You should cleanse your skin twice a day at least, in the morning and afternoon. Over cleansing your skin can lead to irritation and lack of moisture.


You can find these products at your own dermatologist, at pharmacy stores, or beauty stores near you.

Beauty from the natural side – a review of multi-ethnic hair products

A couple years ago, my sister did the big chop.

She had a perm and wanted to get rid of it. She did so by cutting it short to begin growing out her natural hair. It became a hair journey, but in order for her to have a healthy hair journey she needed the right products to keep her fragile hair strong and beautiful.

That’s when she discovered the world of natural hair products such as Shea Moisture, Curls, and Carol’s Daughter. These are just few brands that cater to those of us with hair that needs special care because it is curly or fragile.

Here are several three reviews of brands  that fall under the natural hair care systems that could help you on your natural hair journey or just give you more options in the natural hair care world.

Shea Moisture

“Shea Moisture was one of the first natural hair products I used,” said Alisa, a product reviewer for the Hillsboro Globe.

She told us that it was the only brand she used for a while. “It’s one of my favorite brands. Shea Moisture moisturizes my hair well and keeps it clean.”

Shea Moisture’s has been available since 1912. The creator of the hair and body products, Sofi Tucker started selling Shea Nuts at the village market in Boenthe, Sierra Leone.

By age 19, the widowed mother of four was selling Shea Butter, African Black Soap and her homemade hair and skin preparations all over the countryside. Sofi Tucker was our Grandmother and SheaMoisture is her legacy.

As a natural product, Shea Moisture does not use certain chemicals in its products and sells by certain standards.

“We are natural, organic, sustainably-produced goodness. Made with love for you and your body. Pioneering fair trade through Community Commerce at home and abroad. We strive to be sulfate free, paraben free and more, whenever possible. Tested on our family for four generations. Never on animals.”



A relatively new product to the hair care scene is  “Curls’ Whipped Curl Cream which our reviewer loves the way it makes her hair smell.  “I’m glad I found out about this brand.” CURLS was founded in 2002 in Elk Grove, California by CEO, Mahisha Dillinger.

Dillinger’s  intense desire to create a remarkable line for a growing, yet overlooked audience, coupled with an extensive chemistry background proved to be a winning combination.

Alisa usually  uses this product at the end of the week after she washes her hair to keep her hair fresh after it is washed. What she likes most about this product is that it defines her curls and makes her hair feel refresh after days of it being washed.

Carol’s Daughter

One thing our reviewer, Alisa, did not like about this product was the texture. “It’s a bit too thin for my liking, but it does make my hair glow,” offered one reviewer. She said her issue is not with its performance, just the texture.

When using all natural hair products, however, it is important to note that the products are created without chemicals that are used to “fluff” up the products like sulfates which can really weaken multi-ethnic hair.

The creator of Carol’s Daughter hair products wanted to create a high quality product. 

“In 1993, encouraged by my mother, Carol, I began creating high-quality products made with love in my Brooklyn kitchen. As family and friends experienced how these products transformed their hair and skin, I knew that I was on to something good. I needed a name for my company, so I made a list of everything I was and everything I wanted to be, and I realized the most special thing that I am is Lisa, Carol’s Daughter. — Lisa Price, Carol’s Daughter Founder” 

Alisa uses this product just to moisturize after she washes her hair.

One thing about natural hair products is that they can be expensive. The price range for Carol’s Daughter products ranges from $12.00 – $25.00.


That’s why it’s a good thing stores like Walgreens usually have sales on brands like Shea Moisture.

All the brands listed above can be found at Target and Kroger. Also, most hair stores. All of these brands are perfect for anyone who has kinky, curly hair. Some or all of these  products can work for many multi-ethnic your hair types.