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How I Celebrated Black History Month

It was about February 15th before I realized I hadn’t put any effort into celebrating Black History Month outside of reposting some memes. Honestly, it was an Instagram post I shared that made me realize I was coming up short. I’m no stranger to black history being a black woman in America. I am Nina Simone’s mantra, James Brown’s anthem, I am black black. So, when February 15th hit I ran across this post “10 Things White People Can Do To Celebrate Black History Month” It is a wonderful list that, quite frankly, should be practised by black people as…

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#MirrorProtest

Before you take the streets. What is your morning practice? What do you get up in the morning and do? Do you read, do you take your time in the shower? Is it the coffee? Can I suggest a practice for us? I would advise everyone to incorporate a Mirror Protest (#MirrorProtest). With all the frustrations we are facing in our country (USA) its very easy to let our pessimism show. It’s easy to dog someone, or share that meme that is derogatory, or express your ‘true’ feelings at the water cooler. An important part of this #MirrorProtest is believing…

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The Stories

As you know there are many stories from my time in Rio. So this will just be a train of thought post. I think my most memorable moment was going to Christ the Redeemer by myself and enjoying the sunset. I could have stayed up there for a very, very long time. It was my first look at Ipanema and the city from afar. It really gave me perspective on my whole trip. I could see it all in one glance. What a prayer to pray from up there. I visited the night of the opening ceremonies, so it wasn’t very…

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The Loss

We can watch and rejoice over the Olympics but the truth is there are far more losers than winners. This is what has been eating away at me the last few days. So many people end their careers, seasons, and tournaments with losses. I’m mistified as to how I handled losses my entire basketball career.  Undoubtedly, my experience here with Rio 2016 has been unique. I served a role where I essentially became a part of the team, Team Canada. No, I wasn’t biased at all and my whole goal was to make them stress free and successful in navigating…

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Enough to go around

As the games get closer to the end, lots more memories are unfolding. Times that we’ll remember for a lifetime and stories that will start to get old over the dinner table. This experience was a dream for me and so many others. Just like all the athletes that come here with different goals, there are different dreams being fulfilled.  For some travelling to South America was the dream. For others competing in the finals is the dream. For others just getting a picture with their favorite athlete is the dream. For me, participation was the ultimate dream. I’m a…

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Working with Greatness

Commentary from my time working at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Today is my first ‘off’ day and my first opportunity to actually watch an event. Yes, all this week I haven’t seen much except Team Canada versus [__].  So today I’m excited, mostly just because I can wear something outside of a yellow polo. ‘On the other side of things’ is what I would like to share with you. Since the opening ceremonies, you have been inundated in great story lines, medal counts and amazing performances. On the other side, workers and volunteers have been…

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GameDay!

Commentary from my time working at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Yesterday was like being a kid all over again. It was like the first basketball game I’ve ever been to and then all of the games I’ve been to put together. Though I was able to sleep the night before, I was nervous and excited for Team Canada. I think the first couple of minutes of the game they were able to get that nervous energy out and finally settle in. They shot the ball extremely well and everyone on the team was able to contribute…

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It has begun…

Commentary from my time working at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tonight the opening ceremonies for the Olympic Games will be held. It is the night most athletes relish, mainly because it is an off day of training and the final break in their schedule. My time in the athlete’s village has been crazy! Rio’s Olympic village certainly carries a high allure of what [read: who] is to be seen. Just walking through the village you realize how many professional athletes you don’t know.  As my friend would say, ‘It’s like the Disney World of Athletes’.  There are…

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First Impressions

Commentary from my time working at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One of the things that stood out to me as I got off the plane in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janiero was the lack of Olympic decorations. I was guessing there would be Olympic rings woven into the upholstery on the busses, but if you aren’t looking for it, you won’t find it. None of the decorations and signs for the Olympics are overbearing and if you were just passing through you may not know anything was going on. (Check back with me on Friday…

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On the way…

By popular demand I will blog my life over the next month. I’m not trying to be overbearing, just transparent. There have been a lot of days I’ve spent pondering about this dream trip and what it means to me. To finally come to the point of getting on the plane is priceless. I have so many emotions funneling. The first is extreme gratitude for all of my family and friends who have helped me financially be able to afford the trip. They were God sent and Gracious donations. I do not mind being your representative. The second emotion would…

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