March 21, 2017

Written Thoughts

Did you know that African American are 3 times more likely to experience kidney failure? O Girl Media is telling the story of Lisa Love and her five-year battle with kidney disease. She wears her scars proudly from the fight, no longer using arm cover-ups. Her arm is her personal testimony. The family matriarch overcame at home hemodialysis to receive a life changing kidney transplant. Her new kidney isn’t the cure to her disease but
Family Stories, Lifestyle, Personal Story
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O Girl Media attended the 2017 Dominican Day Parade, celebrating the people and culture of the Dominican Republic. In its 35th year the parade was attended by thousands who marched along 6th Avenue to the sounds of Dominican music.   This years theme "Nuestra historia, al ritmo de guira tambora y acordeon is an ode to the richness and diversity of Dominican culture. It's a fusion of African, European and Taino roots. Dominican Americans are
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I've always been a dancer. My Mom says I was never too shy to shake my little butt as a child. I grew up dancing the wop, the snake, the reebok, the prep and other dances imitating my older sisters. It was something I always felt good at. I did it freely whenever a song moved my body. At a summer program I attended we did a production of The Wiz. I got to dance
Arts and Culture
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While checking out the local indie film scene in my hometown, Fort Worth, Texas I was reunited with two friends from college. I was happy to meet local filmmakers at the Fort Worth Indie Film Showcase. Read the story of two awesome women in film, whose film Given Circumstances debuted at the film festival. Watch the story of their film, complete with interviews from two actors in the movie. Patrice M. Logan Working on this
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Summer in New York City means some of the coolest streets fairs. O Girl Media spent a sunny Sunday afternoon walking the street festival. Watch our story of the Fair. We featured a few street vendors. Check out their products and the artist during our story! Links coming soon!   https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XgbdRNKmd7Y
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*Only scene names were used to write this piece.   It’s the Black Family Reunion you aren’t attending this summer! Weekend Reunion (WR) offers fun, BDSM and fetishes! Yes you read that right! BDSM and fetishes! “Weekend Reunion is the only national three day black BDSM event in existence,” says cofounder *Coffeebaby. Weekend Reunion takes place the first weekend in August in Piscataway, New Jersey. Right now Black kinky folks are taking over in Piscataway!
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I grew up chanting, “Yeah!! We going to Midland!” As the boys crushed another team to advance in the playoffs I know the agony of defeat I was there in 93 when they scored 70+pts And became the State Champs. I remember the names, familiar faces Of life long fans you only see during the season I’ve caravanned with family members to Midland and Austin No city in Texas was too far I followed the
Black History, Sports
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Season 2 of this hilarious new Black rom-com premiers tonight! Whether you ended season 1, #TeamIssa or #TeamLawrence or maybe you didn't even watch, catch up briefly with my notes on Season 1. These are my random musings as I binge watched the show one weekend. I enjoyed watching the show. I was able to connect instantly with all the characters especially Issa, Lawrence and Molly. I've faced relationship issues similar to Lawrence and Issa,
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*Some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.   I have this complicated work history. Sadly I’ve been fired twice but it was such a good thing. Once I explain, you will think so too. I was fired from Walt Disney World in college and secondly from a summer teaching job in high school. Had I not been fired from Disney World I would not have been able to
Family Stories, Lifestyle
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O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming, It’s Fourth of July! America’s Independence Day! The day we celebrate our country with patriotic red, white and blue. I wanted to spend the day at the beach being a bum! I’ve never celebrated the nationwide holiday at the beach! In Texas my longstanding tradition was the backyard family BBQ every year. It never failed.
Family Stories
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WATCH ME NOW on The Chew! This all started as something fun for my boyfriend and I to do. Audience tickets for TV shows are free. Living near New York City gives us ample access to so many shows we couldn’t possibly try to attend them all. My boo attended culinary school and has some interest in cooking. I grew up cooking with my Mom and sisters. The Chew seemed like the perfect show for
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[playlist ids="345,346,344"] A friend introduced me to soul singer Donnie’s album The Colored Section (TCS) while in college and changed my world! I had just started my sophomore year at the University of North Texas. This album would become a major part of the soundtrack of my college years. Recently I spent one gloomy Saturday stuck inside interviewing the wonderfully insightful Donnie. I was nervous, breaking out into a sweat like a whore in church
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  https://youtu.be/-1sZjzjbXSo I have many goals and dreams I want to do with my journalism career. I have literally dreamed about interviewing El DeBarge. I skipped news writing class, checking this off my bucket list. Leaving school early to film DeBarge at the now closed J&R Music World was a once in a lifetime opportunity. #YOLO Being a fan, I knew El’s new album was coming out. It had been 16 long years since he
Entertainment, Music, Personal Story
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As summertime returns, I’m sharing my summer of 1993 memories of the best family road trip ever! From Texas to NYC and stops in between, I travelled the highways of America with my parents and a childhood friend. I was ten years old and had just graduated from fifth grade. My parents were retracing their steps with me on this trip. I missed the earlier family vacations with my older siblings because I wasn’t born.
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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” –Maya Angelou On Mothers Day I attended #50in50:Writing Women Into Existence. The event celebrated Black women from across the world with our stories. From childhood, youth, young adulthood, middle age and mature, the stories spanned through life. 221 stories were submitted but only 50 made the cut. The well-regarded cast included Simone Missick, Pauletta Washington, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Cassandra Freeman,
Arts and Culture, Black History, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Personal Story
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My maternal grandparents died before I was born in the 1980’s. I have never seen a photograph of my grandfather. He passed away when my mom was 12 years-old in 1959. My grandmother died in 1973. My grandmother was Correen Hudson and her husband was Spencer Harris. Grandma Correen was born in Carthage, Texas in 1905. Grandpa Spencer was born in Deberry, Texas in 1903. It’s suspected their parents were born either during slavery or
Family Stories, Personal Story
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Black Female Writer That Is Who I Am! There was a call for Black Women Writers. It was titled “50in50: Writing Women Into Existence.” I had no idea of what piece to submit. I have written many poems chronicling the last few tumultuous years of my life. But I did not know what piece quite captured what it felt like to be a woman. Then I remembered and submitted the poem I had written entitled
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https://youtu.be/uxw_vbR4hYE “I want to create experiences,” says Amisho “Sho” Baraka. “I want people to remember things about my show.” Baraka is a 38-year old Christian hip hop artist bringing a fresh new take on faith, culture, politics and life with his latest album The Narrative. He is on tour now promoting his fourth studio album. I was treated to my first Sho experience last Saturday night in Brooklyn at Park Slope Christian Tabernacle. I went
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I remember being sexually assaulted in my high school media classroom like it was yesterday. The aftermath, counseling, suspension from school, judgment from school officials and peers has never left me, 18 years later. It’s a situation I am forced to remember when I read about young girls being sexually abused in any way. According to RAINN, females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted
Lifestyle, Personal Story
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Single Moms!! We need to talk! Especially if you are raising boys! Don’t pussy block your adult son!! Once a man is grown, develops needs of his own, he is not a child. He is not there to take care of your every need. Many sons feel financially responsible for their Moms after years of her taking care of them and siblings. I understand the sentiment. But when that supports interferes with a man's ability
Motherhood
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Chances are, you may know a deadbeat father. He may pay child support, as in the case of my son’s father, but doesn’t care to help raise the child or make himself known in that child’s life. More common are deadbeats who choose to not see their child and doesn't pay child support. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but what happens when part of that village ain’t shit? Far too
Lifestyle, Personal Story, Single Mothers
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I didn’t choose motherhood. It chose me. I was the reluctant mother. Don’t get me wrong, I love my son William. He is the apple of my eye. But truthfully I was reluctant to become his mother, even after he was born. I always wanted the career, the husband and the freedom to live life. Having Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, a hormonal endocrine disorder very common in women, made it easy for me not to worry
Motherhood, Personal Story, Single Mothers
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Olivia D. Sanders is the brainchild behind O Girl Media. Created in 2017, OGM seeks to tell the stories of everyday people like Olivia. No stranger to journalism, Olivia has been in or around media for over 15 years. After taking a motherhood break from the industry in 2011, Olivia realized she had to create her own lane if she wanted her career in media. Watch her video below to learn more the amazing Olivia
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