August, 2012

Uniquely You Summit 2012

The 3rd Annual Uniquely You Summit will be held in less than one month and I couldn’t be more excited!! On September 15 and 16, middle and high school girls will gather at Philadelphia University for an uplifing weekend of sisterhood, encouragement and inspiration.

UYS has grown from an annual two day event to an outright movement, leading the charge to save our girls.

I don’t know how young people manage nowadays. There has always been teasing, even bullying, pressure to have sex, comparing yourself to others and being insecure..  but it is out of control today.  Images in the media are hypersexualized and the language has become vulgar.  Bullying has expanded from the playground to the internet and text.   No wonder 1 in 4 teens in a relationship (25%) say they have been called names, harassed, or put down by their partner through cell phones and texting according to the Teenage Research Unlimited (TRU) studies for Liz Claiborne Inc., Technology & Teen Dating Abuse Survey 2007 & Teen Dating Abuse Survey, 2006.

UYS is an answer to the ratchedness and foolishness.  A beacon of light in a world of darkness.  The baby of Shaleah Laché Sutton, UYS’s mission is to help black girls uniquely define, discover and become who they are.™

If you know (or are) a young lady interesting in attending or you want to help the cause, please visit

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What are Penny Thoughts?

In grad school, my class had a Yahoo! email group.  Group emails are useful for sharing pertinent information but occasionally they become forums for internet gangster behavior and people’s unsolicited opinions.  I don’t remember what the debate was, but a classmate wrote a long email with her position and in closing wrote ‘those are just my penny thoughts’.

I’m sorry, what?  I died.

Then I felt kinda bad.  This young lady was not a native English speaker and seemed to have confused the common sayings ‘those are my two cents’ and ‘a penny for your thoughts’.

At first I would use it in emails to be a jerk, but secretly I liked it.  As a statement, it is a phrase that can mean those are just my views/opinions/etc.  As a question, you can solicit the perspective of others.  A two for one.  I liked it even more.

Many postings for this blog, well I guess all at least for now, will be my unsolicited musings on whatever I feel like.  Yay!  Are you excited?

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