Dear Millennial Professionals,
Let us pledge today to stop selling ourselves short!
I recently had two separate conversations with two friends, both millennial professionals who shared their current work frustrations. Noticing striking similarities of leaving to much on the table, I decided to share some of our millennial professional pitfalls and the lessons I learned about selling myself short. Trust me when I say, this is still a struggle for me and every day I’m being intentional about what it is I need and voicing that as I navigate being a millennial professional myself.
Millennial professionals, are passion driven and strive to be involved in work that fulfills our purpose, fuel our professional development, and sustains us financially, right? I believe that such a lifestyle is attainable, millennials just have to stop selling ourselves short by not being afraid to sit at the table, voice what we need, and decide whether or not it’s worth staying after fighting the good fight. I have listed 2 reasons I personally know has hindered millennials from flourishing professionally below, let me know if you agree or not.
2 reasons millennial professionals can’t secure what they need?
For the white supremacy, hidden agendas and the rest of yall too!
I have tried to be considerate of who you are and your purpose in our communities, but quite frankly you are no longer welcomed. Let’s just be real here: this is very much a race ISSUE! And please do not take my words as a generalization of all police men and women- I’ll leave that to you, for that has not been the case for African Americans. All we have are facts! It’s a fact that millions of black men are missing from society due to systems of petty incarceration and police brutality; it’s a fact that justice is not awarded fairly to black victims and their families; it’s a fact that there is noticeably less mention of a innocent black life that was taken compared to the life of a gorilla. The silence is equal to being ok with the oppression of human beings who built the country so many white supremacist are trying to make “Great Again.”
It’s injustice! And your silence speaks volume!
I’m here for this Coloring Book!
Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book has just turnt up faith in Hip-Hop! Coloring Book, his first album, dropped this past Friday on iTunes. I had the chance to listen to the album on a bus trip back to Brooklyn from D.C and highly enjoyed the soulful, gospel sound of the hip hop album. It was so tastefully done! Chance’s album leaves listeners feeling grateful for the life they’ve lived and ambitious for the years to come- at least that’s how I felt while listening. It’s a conscience work of music and brings a great balance to the world of Hip Hop that most of us only like for the beats.
I’m glad I had the time to listen to Coloring Book and ever since, Lemonade has been 2nd up-Amen! I love the triumphal story of Lemonade, but I also have to rejoice on how great God is in my life. This album came at the perfect time and I appreciate it’s timeliness! I can’t believe that I’m just now given Chance the accolades he deserves for the music he creates, but he definitely has a fan in me.
If you don’t know, Chance is a young rapper from Chicago who is mentored by the one and only Kanye West ( I refuse to call him Yeezus) and if you’ve listened to The Life of Pablo, then you’ve heard Chance on the opening track, “Ultralight Beam”. Knowing that, I’m not really surprised that his own project brings a Gospel feel. While there is no direct language that this is a gospel album, Chance has choirs, prayers, and Kirk Franklin as features on Coloring book, and with the therapeutic vibe it puts you in, I think the name and genre are fitting- how about you?
If you haven’t heard it I would recommend listening when you have the time Here on iTunes.
“I don’t make songs for free, I make ’em for freedom.”
-Chance the Rapper
I must say, I am a part of Dubnation and absolutely a fan of the man Stephen Curry! His humbleness is attractive and his skill set is immaculate- how could anyone NOT like him? Curry recently suffered a knee injury during Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets, and had to sit out for the rest of the series and opening game against the Portland Raptors. In Game 4 agianst the Raptors, Cury,without any hesistation came off the bench and scored 40 points in just under 35 minutes- talk about favor!
There has been plenty of times where Stephen Curry has exhibited who he is in faith, family, and basketball publically and most recently during his MVP speech he SHINED! Take a look at how he gracefully honored his wife Here
If that there wasn’t inspiring, I’ve listed a few things that I’ve taken away for the NBA’s MVP inside
What would life be without friendship? Tuh, I don’t even want to imagine life as such. Friends make life experiences more enjoyable and relaxed. They are the relationships that help balance life and are needed to help us as humans grow. I’m lucky to have some best friends and some more mature, wiser woman in my life who define what it means to be life friends.
Dr. Adrienne Berry and Mrs. Cecka Rose Green are BFFWWF’s who I was able to meet through my best friend Avery- who happens to be her mother and Godmother. I met both ladies at a young age and quickly saw the type of friendship that they had and wanted that for me and my girls. It was real, it was consistent, it was fun, and most importantly it was supportive and in my eyes friendships like such are needed in our community- do you feel me?
I solicited some facts of friendship from these wonderful women to inspire our female friendships! I hope that black and brown woman alike can apply some of Adrienne’s and Cecka’s facts of friendship to their own friendships and keep them flourishing into life long relationships.
Enjoy the interview below!