How Can You Not Watch The Olympics?

I mean did you see the fella come from FIFTH place and win the gold medal in swimming? Bobby Finke blew everyone’s mind when he surged ahead in the 800m and won with the gold medal. One commentator said she looked away for 20 seconds and everything changed. Finke said he didn’t expect to win, according to USA Today.

I admit the commentators are annoying, so I mute is my music for many of the races. But even I was stunned at that race because I was watching and went “what the heck?”

I love watching the swimming races and hearing the stories of the athletes. I love that there are cameras on the bottom of the pool so that you can watch their form. These people obviously spend years perfecting their swimming form.

In these times of competition you get to see great moments.

This summer’s Olympics is filled with more drama than any high rated television drama. The year 2021 is living up to it’s little sister’s (2020) reputation. Everyday I wonder which athlete is going to be taken from the competition because of COVID-19. Each day the number grows. I hope my favorites don’t get caught in it.

Diving has been great this year also. I am in awe of those who go to great heights and jump off of it into deep water. I even saw people who looked like me. There is a lot of diversity, not only in the United States teams, but also internationally. One of my favorite divers is Canadian. And her hair did in the water what mine does in the water.

But that is okay, because that Japanese humidity was not a friend to black girl’s hair, regardless of the sport. It seemed to rustle everyone’s hair, not just the black girls.

My favorite event is track and field. I never get tired of track and field. It is so cool to see the power and grace these men and women run with. Even the untrained eye can tell who is new to the bunch by their gate.

The winners are fun to watch. It is that moment when they realize all the hard work and sacrifice paid off.

I am sad that Simone Biles did not get to compete, but I am proud she stood up for herself and her health. I am glad I got to experience the story of Suni Lee who won Gold in the Gymnastics all around competition. I am excited for her and can’t wait to hear more of her story.

I know Netflix and Hulu are breaking the bank putting out new stories for us to watch, but I want to experience these Olympic moments with these athletes. Very few people are called Olympians. Lets give them their moment. It is informative and inspiring.

We can always remember when the world came together despite a pandemic. We watched some of the strongest, healthiest of us compete in all types of sports from swimming to track, water polo to badminton, BMX riding to skateboarding. In chasing normal, we win on this one.

COVID-19 has made us think differently about a lot of things, but it has not defeated our spirit.

Art of the Month

In 2021 the art series with examine moments in African American history in an attempt to UNERASE our past.

We cannot talk about African American culture without talking about food. Even though these food items can be found in many other societies, there is an endearment to the American community. 

It is believed that Collard Greens were brought to the United States on slave ships. They became a staple food because they could last through harsh winters and hot summers.

Ox Tails is the tail of the ox which is usually prepared as a stew or soup. Many cultures have recipes for this cut of meat, but it is also a staple in the African American community.

Our food becomes more than just a way to nourish the body.  Meals become a way of fellowship and communion for the community. Even though the meals might not be expensive, they are flavorful.  They create memories. They create bonds.

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Art is a powerful way to tell a story. My artwork tells the story of a people who rise up from things that try to hold them down. They are made of great things.

This artwork is available on essential items. There are several patterns that have a deeper meaning. The purple circles remind us of God’s word that He knows the plans He has for us. We are different sizes ad different shades, but all with a purpose.

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Book of the Month


In this adventure thriller, Connections, Sandy and her best friend found missing relatives, spied on cheating spouses and caught a few bail jumpers. This private investigator never imagined the bad guys would chase her.
Running for her life, Sandy Herrick discovered that God was the only one with her who wasn’t talking smack, trying to kill her or get into her pants. As she and her friends try to figure out who framed them, they all discover that there was more to each other than they thought they knew.
As evil forces closed in on them, they have to determine who they trust and what they believe about each other. Would this be enough to save them?

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