Rain Drop. Drop Top. Geaux Tigers!

As soon as Spring Break commenced, I drove to Cincinnati and caught a flight to San Antonio to attend the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference. Over the last week, I have traveled to five cities in three states, seen The Alamo and Bourbon Street, and have been eaten at In N Out, Mi Tierra’s, Chimes, and…

Better Men. Better Lives.

Arriving at Camp Tecumseh, IN was a journey. I started my travel in Columbus on Thursday, January 26th. Originally scheduled for a 3:00pm flight, I arrived at the airport at 1:14pm, immediately checked my luggage, and stood in a relatively short security line. I raced to my gate only to be informed that my flight…

Name Your Blessings.

“In 2016, we lived, we loved, and we lost. But I do not wish any of the obstacles or experiences away.” Throughout the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot of stuff on social media about how “2016 was a bad year” and people are ready for it to be over. Sure,…

Undefeated.

“We may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated… In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”- Maya Angelou Initially, I wanted to entitle this piece “Failing or Falling Forward” to…

Love & Honor.

Wow! What a wonderful day to visit Miami University in Oxford, OH to speak with the Fraternity and Sorority Life student leaders! As the keynote speaker at Miami’s ADVANCE Retreat, I was able to speak with chapter and council presidents affiliated with IFC, Panhellenic, and NPHC about what it means to lead with purpose. One…

Hardly Home. Always Reppin.

Though I was born in Florida, I am from Cincinnati, OH -home of Major League Baseball’s first professional team, Skyline Chili, and the world’s famous Graeter’s Ice Cream! Growing up, I quickly learned how important the city of Cincinnati was in African-American history, as it was a destination for many people escaping the bonds of…

Just Got Impeached About A Year Ago

“Tim Bryson, first black Fraternity Council President in USC history, removed from office in 19-5 vote.” One year ago, my life changed forever. One day, I am the leader of one of the largest student organizations on campus. The next day, I am impeached for “doing the right thing, but not following the rules.” Words…

Ohana. #ALLinELI

Coming to Ohio State, I knew I was attending the best university and graduate program in the world. From attending football games with 104,944 passionate fans in The Shoe to walking around Mirror Lake and The Oval with 60,000 students passing to and from class, I was prepared and ready to ensure these next two…

Be THE Difference: Sexual Violence Prevention

Sitting outside gate D44, I am overwhelmed with emotion. Exhausted, sleepy, wishing I had more candy. Over the last 24 hours, I have been in 3 different states, 2 time zones and 1 hotel room. Though it’s been a long day/weekend, I cannot help but to give God praise.  Just a year ago, I was…

When I Grow Up…

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I was asked this question countless times throughout my childhood as if I was supposed to know what career I wanted to have for the rest of my life in 1st grade. At age 5, I wanted to be the first black president of the…

We Shall Overcome

Last night when I tried to sleep, I couldn’t. I couldn’t stop crying, which makes sleep difficult. When I finally drifted off to sleep I was jolted awake by what I thought were gunshots. I was literally gasping for air trying to escape. Every time this happens I get mad. We cry, we hold vigils,…

Walk Away With Amazing Grace

Being able to walk away requires faith, humility, and love. Some people walk away from material possessions to avoid assigning them too much meaning. Others walk away from relationships that are no longer reciprocal and support each other’s purpose in life. Many of us walk away from thoughts and ideas that have polluted our minds…