Land of Champions 

We’re just hours away from what will be a historic game 7. Our beloved Cleveland Indians are perched on the cusp of a victory 58 years in the making.

The whole city as stated above is abuzz and we are rallying together behind OUR team.

As I reflect on this journey I hear the words of LeBron James, “In Cleveland/northeast Ohio nothing is given – it is earned!” That may not be quite verbatim, but the meaning is there.

If you have followed sports over the last few years, you might understand why he made that statement. Everyone counts Cleveland out, that is if you don’t live here.

Clevelanders received some flack as the Cavs fought for a championship because we proclaimed and believe there isn’t a fan like a Cleveland fan. We know that there is something in our DNA causing us to proclaim we bleed Orange and Brown, Wine & Gold and of course Red and Blue. With little exception, Clevelanders stand behind their teams win, lose or draw! 

If you don’t believe me check out the Browns stadium in any given Sunday when the Dawgs are at home! Better yet, check out the Muny Parking Lot – diehard fans camp out from sunrise to party and cheer on their winless team!

Many of us have that same allegiance to the Indians and the Cavaliers even though the attendance stats don’t always prove that theory.

It’s been a great year for The Land, so let’s go Tribe – continue the party!

Women empowering women!

I am pleased to serve as a panelist for “Blood Sweat & Heels,” a luncheon with the sole purpose of educating and empowering women.

I am a staunch believer in supporting one another, because without a guiding voice and attentive ear,  we can not achieve true success. We may advance in our careers, but without someone who looks like us and shares many of our experiences cheering us on the world becomes a lonely place.

I am pleased to say that I have had and continue to have cheerleaders who not only congratulate me on the wins, but wipe my tears and nicely offer a kick in the rear when needed.

If you value the bond of sisterhood and are available join us on October 14th at the Wyndham Cleveland and empower yourself and someone else.

Be Encouraged

Gray clouds high above my head

Dark foreboding clouds

Filled with the tears of my soul

They open and expell the pain

Not in tiny droplets but large mega drops 

My soul cries in anguish as the words

Inside my head chastise and demonize

You have failed, it’s your fault they admonish

Through the tears I plead for forgiveness 

Pray for mercy, healing and hope

As I bow my head and praise His name

Forboding is replaced by the tiny glint

Then a luminous glow showers me as I

Recall the soulful song “Be Encouraged”

No matter how dark the road may appear

I am Encouraged in the Lord!

This hurt will subside and I’ll be cloaked

In My Father’s arms, so no matter the challenge

Be Encouraged in the Lord

~Until next time!

Street Etiquette 

A beautiful day in Cleveland.

When you are walking city streets do you greet passersby? 

As I walked the streets of Cleveland today I noticed that many people avoided eye contact and rarely did anyone offer a greeting.

This led me to consciously take note and actually count the interactions, and to observe the behaviors of everyone.

My first interaction was no more than 500 feet from my office, when I was greeted by one of the local homeless men who frequent the area. He smiled, waved and offered a friendly hello.

My walk was a little more than 1.5 miles to give you some context. After the pleasant greeting I walked in silence for about a quarter mile. During this time I encountered several people from the brother on his cell phone to the guy who slightly glanced my way, but did not make eye contact. This was the primary action of all those I encountered.

As I my walk was coming to an end, two gentlemen passed, and one offered a “Good afternoon,” before jokingly inquiring, “Is that my lunch?” Referring to the package I was carrying.

About a block later, just as I reached my office a gentleman was walking by and we exchanged pleasantries before my last greeting from a homeless gentleman.

So, what is the point you may ask? Well I have found that many people, I dare say most without conducting a true survey, do not exchange the most basic pleasantries with strangers. This lack of communication, I think helps to reinforce the climate we are now experiencing in our country.

I know I often forgo theses exchanges, but I have found that I enjoy a kind hello every now and then. 

I plan to increase my interactions with those I pass on the street – just because I believe it’s the right thing to do.

I would love to hear your thoughts, so take a moment and leave a comment.

Happy Monday!

The Nadira Collection presents Visions Charity

fashionable Black Tie Gala to support Prevent Blindness

Cleveland, OH – Cleveland knitwear designer Stephanie Morris-Nunn, the vision behind The Nadira Collection, brings a night of fashion in a sophisticated environment to the Hyatt Regency At The Arcade on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.

Stephanie Morris-Nunn, the beauty behind the designs walks the runway.

A portion of the proceeds from the gala will support Prevent Blindness – Northeast Ohio Chapter, a member of the national Prevent Blindness. The Northeast Ohio Chapter was formed in 1993 and provides programs and services reaching virtually every northeast Ohioan with vision screenings, eye health and safety programs, advocacy efforts and programs that assist the medically indigent.

The work of Prevent Blindness is close to the heart of Nunn, who is an award-winning Knitwear Designer born with macular degeneration, a progressive eye disease, as well as high myopia degeneration. As a child, the macular degeneration diagnosed was coupled with a prognosis of blindness by age 6. Nunn has persevered and overcome that early prognosis to create intricate and beautiful knitwear that is the envy of sighted artists.

The gala will feature Nunn’s collection as well as designer presentations by Percy G. Derrick Wilson, Bohanan & Co., Ashley Monique and The Xalter Zaughn Collection. Award-winning model Nissay Harris will serve as hostess for the evening. The evening will also include special performances by The Greene Works Project and Humbly Submitted.

The Collections will be showcased by IShyne Modeling, Skip Thomas Productions, Positive Plus and Fosters Property Management, LLC.

Admission to the gala is $35 for general admission; $52 for VIP tickets, which include valet parking and a private reception; and reserved runway seating is $45.

For more information and to reserve your seat, call 216-258-2214 or 216-409-6676.

Hope reigns supreme April 30th

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If you’re in Cleveland or anywhere close on April 30, 2016, you want to be at Cleveland Music Hall taking part in “A Celebration of Hope.” This free event will leave you inspired and filled with joy and hope.

The evening features a gospel concert, comedy show and an awards show honoring men and women making an impact in their communities. A highlight of the night is the Cleveland premiere screening of “Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles,” a documentary that portrays the pure essence of  hope.This film chronicles the renaming of James Island to Kunta Kinteh Island, but more importantly it highlights the pride of a people that were so strong they were known as some of the greatest hunters and warriors on the continent.

This movie focuses on the lessons taught by Kunta Kinteh’s grandmother, Yaisa, which rang as truths in his spirit, freeing his mind even when he lost his physical freedom. Because of the lessons he learned, today’s African American may return to the Mother Land with heads held high, knowing that they can survive any obstacle and flourish in any environment as long as they stay true to their inner convictions.

The lessons of the film and the accomplishments of the honorees are proof that with hope you can accomplish and conquer anything!

Get your tickets today by clicking here.