We shared our journeys with the girls and gave them enough courage to stand up and share their stories with us. There were students who had been gang raped, one student had just lost her brother and another young lady’s father had killed her mother when she was just 3 years old.
I stressed the importance of believing in yourself, making sure your ‘circle of five‘ are a good representation of yourself and building a legacy. I was honest when I told the girls that, one day I sat down and asked myself ‘What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered’ and it changed my life. I realized that I didn’t want to just be remembered for being a ‘gossip’ or ‘celebrity blogger’, but I wanted to be remembered for how I affected people’s lives, how I made them feel and how I gave back to my community. Keeping that legacy in mind is what pushes me and keeps me motivated to do better every single day.
The panel was so great. I went home thinking about those girls and how they need more examples. Then I had to figure out how I was going to be of a better example.
Later that night, the crew (including the likes of Flex Alexander, Jeff Johnson, Patrick Kodjoe, Kenny Latimore, Amir Windom, Warren Ballentine, Kita, Mo, Chef Das and Kenya Moore) went out to dinner and then a nice little cute club. So many memories and an all around good time.
Find out more about the UNCF tour at UNCFEmpowerme.org