As I was reading Q'ell Betton's "What's In A Name," he mentioned that he had a girlfriend who told him that she would not change her name. I rooted for her on the spot. I know that feeling, I have always said the same. As I mentioned in "Radicalization," I have a family tree that is 15 pages long that traces my grandmother's surname to 1795. I am one of the lucky ones. The truth is that we never moved from the lands from where we were slaves. The abolishment of slavery happened in 1865, so we have county records for the people alive at that time. So I will take on my husband's name but in hyphen form. I refuse to drop my surname because I can trace it too far back. It's my legacy; it's my history.
I started boxing almost 2 years exactly ago. The first thing boxing taught me was I grossly underserving my body. Getting up at 8 am, being at the gym by 10 am for two hours, and then going to work from 1 pm to 8 pm every single day of the week with 2-3 hour workouts on the weekend was slaughtering me. Instead of eating on my lunch breaks, I was sleep. I felt good physically and mentally but my body was not sustaining which meant I was finding it hard to get the results I wanted too.
I have been reading people's responses about the effect of lockdown is having on them. For the most part, you find positive stories. Stories about resilience and people discovering themselves. I believe that over the next couple of years, we are going to see a ramp-up of small business owners because of this. People are believing in themselves and others like never before. We can see it with the BLM Movement. For instance, I ordered a Malcolm X shirt 6 weeks ago. It just came today in the mail because that is how slammed these small black business owners are right now.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands; one nation under God, indivisible, for liberty and justice for all.
Some things feel personal and dear to the very person that I am. Crush is one of those things. This is a book that makes you want to love and when I say love I mean love as in synonymous to a California forest fire type of love. It's not cheesy in any format. It's not complicated either. From the very first line he starts creating this dream for you, it's his dream, we are just there to witness it yet there is an understanding that at any given point of time you can switch places with him. It is desperate and all consuming for the reader and the writer. This is what love looks like to him, this is what unrequited love did to him.