GStampz talks to singer and activist Ayanna Gregory about growing up with her father Dick Gregory, meditation, the importance of eating healthier, and more!

I had the awesome opportunity to interview activist, educator, and singer Ayanna Gregory. As the daughter of trailblazing comedian and activist Dick Gregory, she has lived a very interesting life. She recently performed at The King Center’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Ecumenical Commemorative Service in Atlanta, Georgia along with guest speakers Dr. Bernice A….

USING THE CRISIS TO BREAK THE CYCLE

When everything is not going as planned, and you already feel like your world is smashing into you, hearing someone say that everything happens for a reason may make you cringe and cause you to scream. Or maybe it is just me who screams on the inside mid-conversation. And it’s not that you don’t want…

Out of the Ruins

“Today, you may have made wrong decisions and feel calamity on each side. You may feel that from your wrong choices, God has turned his back on you and he no longer wants a relationship. I have great news for you!  Out of the ruins, God will reestablish you. He will remove and clear out all the debris, repurpose it, and build something greater.” – Kendra Bell

Surviving The Dreadful Waiting Period

In the dreadful waiting period, it seems there is no end. Whether waiting and believing for a job or a physical healing, you want this process to end. A process is exactly what you are experiencing. You seek the end, but it is the character you build during the process, that is the most important….

HUSTLE: 8 Things You’ll Need To Be Successful

Success doesn’t come to you… you go to it. – Marva Collins Have you ever failed at something? If so, that simply means you are human. I can recall reading that it also means you are a person that isn’t afraid to try something new. If you are presently struggling to find success, here are…

A Review of the New Season of Iyanla, Fix My Life. 

Reality TV is definitely alive and well in 2016. I remember being a kid growing up watching MTV’s Real World and believing every fight and every wild altercation that came across my screen tv screen. Over the years, new reality tv shows like Basketball Wives and Love and Hip-Hop have broadcasted the American Black woman…

Inside Out…

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Keeping a wound clean from the inside out promotes healing in layers. This allows new, healthy tissue to grow in the depths of the wound and prevents top layers from forming too soon and trapping dead or dying tissue, or infection in the wound.* I’ve messed up so bad there should…

The Beauty of the Underdog

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not…

Struggles Of Being An Afro-Latina

Black or Latina? I’ve heard that question so many times that it drives me muy loca (very crazy…lol). Some people do not understand that Afro-Latinos/Latinas do exist in this world. They are so used to the ideal Latina that looks like Jennifer Lopez. A lot of black Latinos are criticized for either not being black…

Faithfulness in the Midst of Adversity

In the wake of terrorist attacks in Baghdad and Istanbul, the night club shooting in Orlando, and the mass shooting of a historical black church in South Carolina, some believers are facing an incessant uncertainty regarding their faith. Many questioned, “How can the God of creation allow such tragedy in the world?” Along my journey…

Monday Motivation: Broken Hearts

If your heart had a voice, Beloved, what would it say? – Iyanla Vanzant A heart that’s been broken is known to become overwhelmed with emotions. These emotions form as a result of betrayal. When you love someone and it doesn’t work out for whatever reason, it leaves you feeling as if your heart has literally…

Transformation Tuesday: I’m a Mountain Mover

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. – Mark 11:23 KJV Do you…

Monday Motivation: No Fear

Last week, I received a notification from my neurologist that my Electromyography (EMG) test was abnormal. According to the Mayo Clinic, an EMG is a diagnostic procedure to assess the health of muscles and the nerve cells that control them (motor neurons). The EMG is used to rule out numerous conditions and assist in the diagnosis of radiculopathy,…

How To Take Control Of Your Emotions by Joe Searle

Learn the basic human emotions and how you can utilize them to your own advantage to become successful in any area of life which you choose. Don’t let your emotions control you. The moment you do that, you’ve lost control of yourself.

Mental Health Awareness Month

The month of May has been deemed Mental Health Awareness Month. In the Presidential Proclamation, signed on April 28, 2016, President Obama stated “nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress.” Countless efforts are underway to increase public and…

5 Reasons You’re Running on Empty

“So many of us invest a fortune making ourselves look good to the world, yet inside we are falling apart. It’s time to invest on the inside.” ― Iyanla Vanzant Have you ever found yourself feeling empty? Do you find yourself engaging in negative conversations? Are you guilty of negative self-talk? If you answered yes…

Wake Up America: National Day of Prayer

“Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins.” – Isaiah 58:1 NKJV When was the last time you prayed? The first Thursday in May has been designated as The National Day of Prayer since 1952. It was signed into law…

Beginners Guide to Finding Balance

Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately? With so much going on in the world, it’s easy to get bogged down. Whether it’s love, money or the war of politics, they can all leave you feeling a bit unbalanced. There are a lot of things you can do to clear your head and catch your second wind….

Things You Shouldn’t Say To Sick People

After being hospitalized and released earlier this week, I am thankful to be back at home. Rolling my eyes as I write this, I am in bed, weak and achy like I have the flu. For those that don’t know the background of my illness, you should read Author’s Note: My Testimony…Am I Dying? Cross Your…

Courage Today, A Difference Tomorrow by Myesha S. Roberts

Courage… It’s something that we all lack but strive to embrace everyday.  You have to have the courage to stand on your own two feet. God or whomever you believe in didn’t give you those two feet for show.  They are there to help you step into who you want to be daily.. So take…

SOS: Signs of Suicidal Behavior

The recent events of Kehlani’s suicidal attempt has plagued the music industry and its fans. Many are questioning why someone at the pinnacle of their career would want to end it all. Fame and fortune has masked the underbelly of depression and suicide. Recognizing the signs of suicide can lead to countering this vicious cycle and…

Have a Little Faith: 5 Thoughts for the Artist in You

“The constant gnawing and wanting to take nothing and make it into something. Stillness that irritates restless fingers connected to a steady wrist. The need to see the outcome of dreams manifested. The unmistakable gift one must live with from day-to-day. It’s a shadow in the dark waiting to be captured, written, sketched, hummed… It…