2015 Recap: Growth, Promise, Freedom

As we approach an end of a year, and the beginning of a new year, I contemplated what my end of the year post would be. I had many thoughts, different ideas I wrote in my notes, but I couldn’t formulate an actual article. As I sat to work on another post, I sat and waited for my thoughts to hit the screen, but I began to have writer’s block. Nothing, besides a title had been written. This afternoon, as I began to complete the post I was originally supposed to publish tonight, I was led to open a new document and get started on this one. As I began to write the title, those three words spilled onto the page; growth, promise, and freedom. I hadn’t received a particular theme or place I wanted to come from with this post. Last year, I broke it down into two different posts, and it came to me early. This year was different. And as I now begin to think, I like that it happened this way. It wasn’t planned, it just happened. Many times we wait in anticipation for a sign or for something to come our way, but when we just make a choice to just do, things begin to happen. This not only depicts the way things happened this year in a sense, it’s also confirmation for this year to come. 

So because these words so happen to have come to me, I believe this is where my thoughts for the year will come from. This year has been a year of complete growth. As the previous years have been as well. I’ve experienced some things this year, I never would have imagined. I’ve felt my weakest this year. I almost felt like I experienced some of my lowest points. Many of my insecurities came rushing back. I’ve had many feelings of inadequacy. But I’ve also been able to show myself my strength. I refused to be held down. I made a decision, after one of my biggest setbacks, that I would seek out counseling from a therapist. I haven’t found one as of yet, but often times, we (especially the black community) feel as if seeking help in that manner is a form of weakness. I did at one point, but these situations I’ve experienced this year taught me that it’s a sign of strength. I strongly believe that it’s commendable when a person realizes that they need help in a particular area. We can’t always do things on our own, and it’s okay to admit that. It’s unfortunate that I’ve placed myself in situations that I probably shouldn’t have. But I’ve been able to bounce back. Even in my struggles and insecurities, my weaknesses and low moments; I knew that God had a plan for me. And that plan was bigger than me. It went beyond just my name or brand being whispered. It meant more than a blessing for myself, more than personal growth. It’s for the benefit of others. I can’t stop knowing the countless people I’m meant to reach. I can’t stop knowing there’s a young girl that needs me to share my story. To share my journey. Now that’s growth. When you realize your purpose is bigger than you. When you realize your purpose goes beyond being recognized. When you realize your purpose will serve others. When you forget about you and just do it, that’s when you continue to grow. 

This year has also been a year of promise. Again regarding 2015, as well as the year to come. As this year began, I knew there was more than just my writing that needed to displayed. I knew my voice had to be heard in some way, aside of through my writing. I was contacted to help someone out with an up and coming talk show. Now, everyone know based of my previous posts how shy I was. However, I took this as an opportunity. Not only am I being of service to someone else, it’s giving me a jumpstart on what I know I will eventually have to do. This was a promise fulfilled. There have been a few other opportunities this year that I believe will be manifested in 2016. My biggest goal reached, and promise fulfilled this year was actually having the scholarship benefit event. It was my goal to be able to help someone who has gone through the very same thing I’ve gone through. College finances were one. Therefore, the idea to give away a scholarship was one. I knew I had to do it. But since this summer, things just wouldn’t come together. Without seeing how it would, I decided to just do it. And it came together. We were able to pull it off. 

The word freedom is very significant to me. I was caged in so many ways. I was stuck behind my own fear. I was stuck behind my own insecurities. I was stuck behind the opinions of others. This year, more than any, I was able to break free from most of these things. It’s most definitely a growing and learning process, but I’m experiencing true freedom. Freedom that causes me to just do, regardless of what’s in place. 

Overall, despite the low moments, it’s been a great year. A year of growth, promise, and freedom. Regardless of the things we experience, it’s important that we shed light on the positive sides. Step outside of your comfort zone, and allow yourself to grow beyond the things that you can see. Walk in your purpose and promise. And free yourself from your own negative thoughts and opinions of others. Then you can flourish and be who you were called to be; that blessing you were meant to be to others. Wishing you all a happy and successful new year!

Growing Up Hip Hop

Growing Up Hip Hop is a new reality show, which will air on WE TV. As the network says, it’s truly the rise of a real empire.
  
The show dipicts the life of the children of celebrity hip hop artists. The cast includes, Angela Simmons (who is one of the producers of the show), Romeo Miller (son of Master P), Damon “Boogie” Dash (son of Damon Dash), Kristina DeBarge (daughter of James DeBarge of the group DeBarge), TJ Mizell (son of Jam Master Jay), Egypt Criss (daughter of Saundra “Pepa” Deton) and Angela Simmons (daughter of Rev. Run), she’s also one the producers. 

Growing Up Hip Hop follows the next generation of hip hop royalty as they attempt to step outside the shadow of their famous families. Music legends Damon Dash, Rev. Run, Russell Simmons, Master P, El DeBarge and Pepa are always nearby as each up-and-comer tries to build their own life and fortune in careers ranging from music to acting and fashion. At every turn they are challenged with maintaining their own identity while evolving the hip-hop sound and culture they come from.
With their love and work lives intertwined and with their overprotective families always nearby, these friends will each face challenging and sometimes surprising situations as they strive for independent success.

– wetv.com
Last night at Haus in NYC, WE TV hosted a premier party. The red carpet included many celebes, such as: Taye Diggs (who hosted the party), Marquisse Jackson (50 Cents son), TJ Mizell, ASAP Ferg, Diggy and Russy Simmons, Angela Simmons, Kristina DeBarge, Salt-n-Pepa, Egypt Criss, Lil Kim, Reven-Symone’, Damon “Boogie” Dash, Romeo Millers, Ray J, and more. 

Lovely Miss Jones was on the scene to get some of the footage. Below you’ll see a few pictures on the red carpet. Inside the stars along with well known guests, press outlets, and more celebrated the upcoming realty show, which will air January 7th at 10pm. A night where everyone came together to celebrate the success of these stars who are not in the shadows of their parents, but are walking in their own paths. 
Special thanks to Entertainment Fusion Group. 
   
(Marquisse Jackson)

(Taye Diggs)    
(TJ Mizell) 

 

(Diggy & Russy Simmons)
   
(Angela Simmons)

 

(Salt-n-Pepa & Egypt Criss) 
  
(Damon “Boogie” Dash)

 

(Romeo Miller)
  

(ASAP Ferg)

  
(Lil Kim)

Lovely Miss Jones Scholarship Brunch

After an unforeseen setback, I’m happy to announce that the Lovely Miss Jones Scolarship Brunch is most definitely still on! December 19th, if you’re in the NYC area, we would love for you to attend this event!

There is no secret that a big issue in many of our communities is difficulties with college tuition, along with other financial obligations while in college. And because of this, Lovely Miss Jones would like to help alleviate that stress off of our youth today. It is important that they go off to school to educate themselves, and further pursue their dreams. However, there are many that are not afforded this opportunity. Through this scholarship fund/brunch, we will be able to award students with a monetary gift that they will be able to use for school. Please help us, as we intend to help this next generation reach their goals.  

Tickets are on sale now for only $15. For an afternoon of brunch, entertainment, networking, and speakers, that’s a steal! It’s all for a good cause. Purchase your tickets here. If you can’t make it, please donate to the fund! 

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to give back during this holiday season, and be apart of a change in someone else’s life. Support and share! 

-Miss Jones