Kim Rascoe ~ “I Am Bertie Black History”

~Kim Rascoe~ Principal, CITI High School, Nash County Public Schools After a short stint as an assistant principal in one of the largest school districts in eastern North Carolina, Kimberly “Kim” Rascoe became a principal of a new educational concept for the county, CITI (Center for Industry, Technology & Innovation) High School. As the school…

Rick Brandon ~”I Am Bertie Black History”

~Rick Brandon ~ Founder/Owner Brandon’s Restoration Services Rick Brandon is the comsumate business owner–A resourceful human being and structured risk-taker, who built and perfected his ‘brand’ from ground-up. College wasn’t his foundational footing, but ambition, drive and faith were. No matter how we ‘sauce’ it up, your gift to the world may not be packaged…

Tonza D. Ruffin ~ “I Am Bertie Black History”

~Tonza D. Ruffin ~ Attorney/Author/Entrepreneur Tonza D. Ruffin was not born and raised in Bertie County, but both of her parents were. She moved from New York to North Carolina in her elementary grade years, however, she returned as a high schooler, graduating from Bertie High School. Although the beautiful culture of Bertie County wasn’t…

Happy Valentine’s Day❣

Let’s… Love stronger Love deeper Love with a Godly heart Love this way a little more each day Simply remembering to…. Love God Love People Just…. Don’t stop Loving❣ Peace & Blessings & Love, Lisa B

William “DD” Hoggard ~ “I Am Bertie Black History”

~William “DD” Hoggard ~ NC State University Athletics / Former NFL Player Skipping his first name, as like some celebrities, only the nickname is needed— He is fondly known by everyone as simply, “DD.” Whether “DD” Hoggard or William Hoggard, either is a name of a phenomenal man with a phenomenal spirit.  As you peruse…

The Honorable Vershenia Ballance-Moody ~ “I Am Bertie Black History”

~Vershenia Ballance-Moody ~ District Court Judge, District 6 Vershenia Ballance-Moody was born, raised and educated in Bertie County. Her post-collegiate path lead her from North Carolina to New York, but thankfully God navigated her back to Eastern North Carolina. As you read this interview, it will be evident that Vershenia’s intellect, drive and determination could…

Dr. Otis L. Smallwood ~ “I Am Bertie Black History”

~Dr. Otis L. Smallwood ~ Superintendent, Bertie County Schools Dr. Otis Smallwood, a former student of Bertie County Schools, could have chosen to share his leadership talents, being at the helm, with any other school district. Yet, he opted to return to his foundational roots, to impact and nurture the lives of students and families…

“I Am Bertie Black History” Series

Bertie County is a rural county located in the eastern region of North Carolina. As of the 2019, the population was only 19, 380. The largest population by age group at that time consisted of residents who were age 65+. “The county was created in 1722 as Bertie Precinct and gained county status in 1739.”…

Watch “VineXercise” on YouTube

If you’re like me, sometimes you miss getting your groove on at a private get-together or event. Tack on the need to shred some extra pandemic pounds, and it seems like a ‘blah’ mood moment. Well, turns out that we can ‘marry’ the two, while having a blast doing so! In an impromptu zone, I…

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…