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Seven Reasons to Overcome All Objections to Celebrating Kwanzaa

Habari gani? That’s a Kiswahili phrase meaning “what’s the news?” It is a common greeting used during Kwanzaa, the seven-day, African-American festival created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga (born Ron Everett), who is also the founder of US (United Slaves), a cultural organization based in Los Angeles. When someone says habari gani, you respond by…

IU2BU Bootcamp Week 3 & Allowing Your Win

This bootcamp journey has been full of ups and downs…literally! During the first two weeks of the program I was less than please with the loss and subsequent gain of 1.2 lbs.  In week 3, however, I felt something shift.


Nikki is a 35 year-old Chief Financial Officer from New Orleans, LA.  Growing up with a sick parent, she learned early on the importance and value of a strong work ethic.

Bootcamp Week 2: My Story & Emotional Weight-loss

This weight-loss life definitely ain’t for the faint of heart!  Week 2 has come and gone and I can’t say it all went the way I expected it to.  This experience has been filled with several emotional ups and downs, and that’s just 12 days in.  I can say that I am growing from this…

IU2BU Bootcamp- Week 1 Recap

Week 1 of IU2BU bootcamp has come to an end. I have mixed feelings about this week as there were some highs and lows.  Can’t wait to see what the next 11 weeks has in store.

Kenny and Ronella

Bootcamp: Day 1 meal prep

Tomorrow is officially day 1 of the IUTBU Bootcamp #9!!!  I am excited and nervous about entering this phase of my life.  There is no doubt in my mind that beginning tomorrow, Jan 9, 2017, my life will NEVER be the same.  Now that I think about it, this change actually began a long time…

Bootcamp update and my thoughts on western medicine

So, my car finally died on me and as much as I didn’t want to let her go, she left me with no other options.  I had a very interesting experience while at the car dealership… take a look!

PCOS Dr. appointment FAIL!!

I headed to the doctor for the first time since returning to the states to see about getting some medication management for my PCOS.  epic FAIL!!! Take a look at my thoughts about the appointment and what steps I’m taking to get my PCOS under control.


Imani is 11 years old and lives in Okinawa, Japan with her family.  She and her sister are among the very few American students allowed in the Japanese educational system.  Despite experiencing bullying and difficulty fitting in at times, Imani has a bright, bubbly personality, and a hearty of gold.  She is a #blackunicorn!