Congrats, Madam Vice President! ~ HBCU Elegance~

Some of us who graduated or attended an HBCU may not know their FULL history (I don’t). We do know that there is a prideful energy that’s emitted when we speak of our alma mater and/or our experiences. It ignites a spark that turns into smiles, laughter, tears, and sometimes hours of conversation. What’s the…

MLK Day 2021 ~ The Conversations

Dr. King had so many conversations during his lifetime. In 2021, we still aren’t having enough of the right conversations– the authentic ones that lead to freedom, like this one…. “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other…

Bud #37

Bud #37 Happy 2-Year Anniversary to TCV Buds!! I pray that they ‘bud’ your spirit with inspirational seeding! Thanks, T.O., for giving them your voice on the YouTube channel. 🤗 Peace & Blessings to the worldwide TCV family! ❤

2021 Bare Essential—Authenticity Is Free

For the first time in many years, I woke up on New Year’s Day with bare fingernails and bare toenails–not a stroke of nail polish in sight. With the pandemic in full gloom, there was no hoopla surrounding a traditional household NYD gathering or unlike last year, the day wasn’t preceded with getting glammed up…

Making It A Cheery Cherry Christmas!

Leading up to this Christmas 2020 morning, as I prepared to get ready for the normal trimmings of the holiday, I was constantly reminded of what was not so normal this year. For weeks, I mouthed utterings of not focusing on the differences, but my heart kept sinking to one huge difference–my mother is still…

Happy THANKSGIVING 2020!

Yep…Thanksgiving Thursday, still in the midst of a treacherous pandemic. Yep…It’s still THANKSgiving!!!! It’s still the same calendar Thursday in the month of November. It’s still a designated day of reflecting and being grateful for the many blessings that are present, not only today, but inclusively, EVERY day that we have life on this earth….

Check out The Cherry Vine’s YouTube Channel!

Debuted a few years ago, The Cherry Vine’s YouTube channel is a portal of narrated TCV blogs, including the popular Bud posts. Be sure to check it out, Follow the channel, and Like the videos. While you’re working—from home, the office or work site, traveling in your car, relaxing at the pool or chilling at…

Piano Keys ~ Existing While Black

Intro: Many of you know that I remain a backstory person—I thrive on knowing the “why” of issues, people, etc. During this current political season, I found myself scrolling through comments of live feeds or posts regarding the 2020 presidential election. Reading hundreds of views, and vile comments, it was validated that this election, honestly,…

Health/Fitness Hub ~ Seizure Awareness ~ Guest Blogger, Bernard Cooper

*Bernard is my cousin. I ran across a Facebook post in which he, transparently, spoke of a condition that renders silent. So many people refuse to share their story out of shame, embarrassment, and/or not knowing how people will respond. Published statistics state that, “Up to 10 percent of people will have a seizure at…