January RECAP! NEW YEAR! NEW ME!

  HOW DID YOUR NEW YEAR START?  January came in here fast and furious! I started the year in Texas with my parents, siblings, boyfriend and of course William! We spent an extended amount of time in Texas celebrating Christmas and the New Year. As my parents get older, time with them is precious and my son NEEDS it. He is truly the apple of their eye! William loves Granny and Papa!   Also while Read more about January RECAP! NEW YEAR! NEW ME![…]

A Coach’s Journey With Cancer

Melford English, a husband, father, and Coach was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. O Girl Media is exclusively telling his story of faith and disease. Yes, men get breast cancer too.   Eight days after his last round of chemotherapy treatment, Mr. English and his wife Marlo sat down with O Girl Media to tell his story.   In March of 2017, Mr. English discovered a lump in his breast while doing a self-exam. He is Read more about A Coach’s Journey With Cancer[…]

Happy November! Celebrate With Me!

HAPPY NOVEMBER!  I was born in November. Legends are born in the fall.   CELEBRATE WITH ME! I am approaching a milestone age on the 11th of November. As I look forward to the day I am reflective on my life thus far. The theme for this year’s birthday for me is CHANGE! I am seeking life-changing moments & opportunities for the last two months of the 2017 in terms of my media/creative output! I Read more about Happy November! Celebrate With Me![…]

What’s Your Plan B?

In life, does our careers ever go as planned? What’s your plan B? What is your plan C? Are you prepared for the curve balls life will throw at you? I was invited to participate in a webinar sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists entitled “What’s Your Plan B? How to Prepare for Career Transitions.” I began to think what advice would I have to give. As I sit and write this at 11pm Read more about What’s Your Plan B?[…]

Celebrating My Baby Boy!

Happy 6th Birthday William! October 18th, 2010 I became a mother to a 3-month preemie baby boy I named William. My son is a fighter, a survivor and intelligent boy. I have been his Mom for 6 years. For most in my family the time flew by, but to me I felt these 6 years.  YEAR ONE: The first year was filed with sickness and hospital stays. At birth, my son was diagnosed with Chronic Read more about Celebrating My Baby Boy![…]

The Soundtrack To My Depression

October 5th, nationwide is National Depression Screening Day. The annual day is held during the first week of October which marks Mental Illness Awareness Week.   To commemorate both I am sharing my journey with Depression.    THE SOUNDTRACK TO MY DEPRESSION   It has a familiar tune in my spirit. The melodies paralyze me out of nowhere, forcing me to deal with emotions I thought I buried deep inside. Emotions and feelings I thought I dealt Read more about The Soundtrack To My Depression[…]

Lisa’s Story: Love, Faith and Kidney Disease

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 Read more about Lisa’s Story: Love, Faith and Kidney Disease[…]

I Skipped Class for El DeBarge

  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 had Read more about I Skipped Class for El DeBarge[…]

A “Lost Slave” Kind of Mother’s Day

“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, Read more about A “Lost Slave” Kind of Mother’s Day[…]

Lessons From My Grandfather

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 Read more about Lessons From My Grandfather[…]

I Did Not See This Coming!

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 Read more about I Did Not See This Coming![…]

My Sexual Assault in The Classroom

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 Read more about My Sexual Assault in The Classroom[…]

When The Village Ain’t Shit

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 Read more about When The Village Ain’t Shit[…]

My Journey Through Reluctant Motherhood

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 Read more about My Journey Through Reluctant Motherhood[…]

The Creator of O Girl Media

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 Read more about The Creator of O Girl Media[…]

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