Reach Your Greatest Height

      "We have to realize we are building a movement.”

News broke on Wednesday night that the legendary Dr. Dorothy Irene Height had been hospitalized in the ICU of Howard University Hospital. Only hours before her hospitalization members of Congress and other government officials old and new gathered at the headquarters of the National Council of Negro Women here in Washington, DC to celebrate the 98th birthday of the beloved  activist, former cabinet member, and race woman.


Height, know as the "godmother of the women's movement"  was born  in Richmond, Virginia on March 24, 1912. She grew up in Rankin, Pennsylvania where she was educated, developing excellent writing and oratory skills. She was turned down from Barnard College because they already had two negro students enrolled, but was accepted to New York University with a scholarship. There she would earn  a Bachelors and Masters degree in four years total. 

Always involved in community and women's work, Height served in the early years of her career as the Executive Secretary of the Phylis Wheatly YWCA in Washington, DC, director of the Harlem branch of the Emma Ransome House, and the director for the YWCA School for Professional Workers in Mount Carrol, Illinois.  In 1947 she became the President of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated  initiating their first international chapter in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1950.

She currently serves as the Chair and President Emerita of the National Council of Negro Women and has done so for several decades.

Yeah she never was married, yeah she never had kids, but what is the life of a woman? Do we live solely to reproduce and throw our love unselfishly to others or do we live to fulfill our dreams and passions? The life of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height undoubtedly answers this question. Her experiences shine as an example for women to not just serve men at the dinner table and in the bedroom, but to serve mankind. With love, wisdom, and vison for the future Height ran towards her goal of a more equal world for women and people of color. She will forever stand as the poster girl of activism  (and great hats!) in the Americas and abroad.

It's true that most women won't become the national president of a sorority, be an Olympist, or become First Lady of the United States. Many of us may never leave the borders of the shore, or even our own states. But what is also true is that we are all born with the potential within us to achieve our own personal destiny and reach our greatest personal heights. You have the power to draw from within yourself the likes of things the world has never before seen. When introduced to the legacy of legends such as Dr. Height know that it is your responsibility to live as a legend in your own right.

Women of the 50's enjoyng life in the sun. 


A Muslimah

Howard University Student-1950's

Work today and always to the best at what you do. Our existences are interconnected and your success is tied to the others whether a world renowned activist or a Detroit public school teacher.
A dear friend of Dr. Height once said, "If you are called to be a street sweeper, sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, 'Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.'"

You are the only you that the world will ever know. Stand strong, catch your dreams, and do everything possible to reach your greatest heights.

Peace, Power, and Love

Crunch-a-tize Me Cap'n!

Up at 3:30 am, hungry, and only working with a college budget like me? Well, lets get Crunch-a-tized! One of my favorite late night snacks is the old school favorite, Cap'n Crunch  (and you're not rockin' right if you don't have the Crunch Berries). 

This fruity little treat is famously known for its catchphrase, good taste, and its extremely rough texture that cuts up the roof of your mouth like little machetes.

Big bowls bring me back to my times spent watching Ren and Stimpy, Rugrats, and AHH! Real Monster on early saturday mornings back in Jersey (oh how I loved 90's tv).

Snapping back from that trip down memory lane, here are a few facts on my favorite cereal and a cool recipe, enjoy!

Quick Facts

1. The cereal was introduced in 1963

2. On May 21, 2009 Judge Morrison England dismissed a complaint filed by a woman who said she had purchased "Cap'n Crunch with Crunchberries" because she believed "crunchberries" were real fruit. The plaintiff alleged that after four years of purchasing the product she had only recently discovered, to her dismay, that the "berries" were in fact just brightly-colored cereal balls

3. Animator Jay Ward created the Cap'n and his friends. Mr. Ward is also known for his other creations such as Rocky and Bullwinkle and George of the Jungle.

Crunchy Cookie Recipe

1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ cup butter, softened
2 eggs
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2 cup Cap'n Crunch Cereal, coarsely crushed
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375'F.
  1. Lightly grease cookie sheet.
  2. Beat sugar and butter until fluffy.
  3. Blend in eggs and vanilla.
  4. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; in a separate bowl. Add to egg mixture and mix well.
  5. Stir in cereal and chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.
  8. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.
  9. Cool completely.
  10. Store tightly covered.
  11. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Peace, Power, and Love

Happy Birthday Barbie!

Our favorite glamour girl and renaissance woman turned 51 this week. No not Oprah, but America's love, Barbie. Let's take a little time to honor our favorite childhood friend. And by the way, what other woman do you know can be a teahcer, flight attendant, doctor, astronaut and still keeps a body like that?

Inspired by her young daughter's joy of paper dolls Ruth Handler, wife of Mattel co-founder Elliot Handler,  ingeniously innovated girl's bestfriend. Barbie's were introduced to the public in 1959,wearing the popular high knot pony tail of the time and a black and white zebra printed bathing suit. Since 59' Ms. Barbie Millicent Roberts (the doll's full name) has had the most dynamic range of clothing styles and careers ranging from high school student to United Nations Ambassador.

In years past  critics have voiced that Barbie played a role in the conditioning of young women to have unrealistic views of beauty and negative self image. On the contrary many others praise the role of Barbie in our society as being more than just Ken's arm piece, but a small spokeswoman for women's rights and the feminist agenda. Those who praise the doll believe that a woman being depicted in so many careers outside of the traditonal caretaker role not only challenged the traditional ideologies about  women and their place in society. The doll also is credited with inspiring girls to step outside of societal limitations  and take on their dreams, regardless of labeled gender roles. Through the nation's changing times makers of the bombshell were also forced to deal with social issues like race and  relationships.

In growing up we've learned that life aint' always no Easy Bake Oven, your Ken will not always be around, and how quickly Nicki Minaj can ruin a good thing.

But through it all, Barbie remains an inspiration for women to keep their dreams alive, work their hardest, and to always rock a smile with a purse to match.

Here are some shots from Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week 2009 where our glam girl was honored:

Peace, Power, and Love