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We're in a very interesting time of history here in Tuscaloosa and the world. Growing up I was always told to be curious, kind and forgiving no matter the circumstance. Now, I truly understand what my father meant. Black people in America have always been looked down upon and been systemically put into a bubble of failure since to conception of this country. It is time for people to start listening to those who are struggling emotionally, financially, spiritually and so much more. Just asking the question brings awareness of the issue and problems that has put them down for so long.

I was raised in a house that constantly asked me 'what is wrong?' even when there was nothing wrong to me, which was a double sided sword to be honest, but let's not go down that road.

Studies show that people have a better day by giving and receiving subtle acts of kindness. It could be as simple as opening the door for someone behind you at the Piggly Wiggle, saying 'hey' to a Tuscaloosa Police Officer or complementing someone on their appearance IN A APPROPRIATE MANOR. I want to leave you with lyrics of a song that showed me how to be a better person to my family member during one of my times of crisis.

They sang don't waste your hate
Rather gather and create
Be of service, be a sensible person
Use your words and don't be nervous
You can do this, you've got purpose
Find your medicine and use it