Slave Narrative #1

“When a slave died we just dug a hole in the ground, built a fence around it, and piled him in. No singing, no preaching, or praying ever took place during slavery time. Maser would say, “Well he was a pretty good Negro. Guess he will go to heaven, all right.” And that was about all there was to a Negro funeral, then. We would not even shed a tear, because he was gone where there would not be any more slaves. That was all the slave thought about then: not being a slave. Because slavery time was hell.”~Mary Gaffney (former slave)

Stuff College Students Like: THE REFUND CHECK

Students protesting outside of the Administration building due to delayed Financial Aid. The sign reads…. Its Our Money, We Need it Now!


The Refund Check

Ahhh the Refund Check. For many of us, the biggest pay day we ever have while matric­u­lat­ing through college.

If you attend a white insti­tu­tion, your refund check is avail­able for pick-up when you check into your dorm. If you’re at a black insti­tu­tion you’re lucky if it will be avail­able for pick-up before Christmas.

Fast forward…after check­ing with Finan­cial Aid a thou­sand times, curs­ing them out, hav­ing your mama curse them out, and protest­ing out­side the admin­is­tra­tion build­ing the check has finally come in. What do you do? Scratch that, what do WE do lol.… We go ahead and buy a few of those $500 a piece textbooks…for classes we end up drop­ping lol

For a minute we no longer have to eat Ramon Noo­dles or any­thing from the dol­lar menu. We go from eat­ing beef fla­vored Ramon noo­dles to actual Steak. Shrimp fla­vored Ramon noo­dles to shrimp and sushi.

That car you couldn’t fill up the day before, now has rims, tint, and a sys­tem. Life is good and God is good. :)

Just be care­ful. If that refund check is based on stu­dent loans, do know you have to pay that money back with inter­est one day. And Sal­lie Mae… they want their money back plus inter­est, plus your soul, plus your kid’s soul lol… They don’t play!

Many com­pa­nies con­duct credit checks now, and base their hir­ing deci­sion on the results. If you don’t pay back your stu­dent loans, you run the risk of ruin­ing your credit. Before you know it, you won’t be able to get a decent job to pay off your debt because you are…. IN DEBT! Read that sen­tence again. Mat­ter of fact let me repeat it. You won’t be able to get a decent job to pay off your stu­dent loan debt because you are in debt due to stu­dent loans f***ing up your credit. It’s a vis­cous cycle. You’ve been warned.

Prayer Without Works is Dead

Frederick Douglass once said, “I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.” For 20 years he was a slave. A slave yearning and praying for freedom. But freedom didn’t come until he took action. I repeat, until he took action.

How many us are praying for freedom from soul draining jobs, soul draining relationships, even our soul-draining selves (self-defeating thoughts, self-limitations, self-doubts). Well I come to you baring good news and bad news… Let’s do the bad news first. If you continue to pray, complain, and dwell on the things you don’t like…expect your situation to remain the same. BUT if you continue to pray, exalt gratitude rather than complaints, and move your legs, meaning take ACTION… freedom will come. God answers prayers and he will present new doors of opportunity. Stop trying to figure out how you can successfully both sit on the sofa watching tv in that old house (while time passes you and your dreams by) AND walk through new doors of opportunity. It’s impossible! In order to move to a new place you must leave the old place.

  • You want a new job? Spend less time complaining about your current one, and spend more time applying for new jobs and networking.
  • You want a meaningful healthy relationship? Stop being someone’s booty call.
  • You want wealth? Save and invest your money and stop over-drawing your bank account on Jordan’s, weave, and expensive things that you can barely pronounce or let alone spell.

I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.

*Disclaimer* Some of the things mentioned above, I myself am guilty of. As I transition to a new place, I’d like to take some of you with me. Let’s go! lol