The World is your STAGE.

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On Saturday, June 11, 2016 “The Stage” was set in the private location of the Charlotte Trolley Museum on a street of Charlotte, NC filled with art and a lively energy that was infectious.

When entering the facility, attendees were greeted with the message:

“All the world’s a stage.”

And from then on, it truly was.

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From the neo soul and jazz vibes of the music played, to the lovely cocktails of the contributor, “Just a Sip.” The atmosphere of #TheStage16 was created for everyone to embrace each other and, well, embrace themselves for being present and in the moment.

I found myself soaking it all in. After all, I hardly could believe I had received an invitation to this magnificent event.

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The Stage was created to highlight creative + introspective individuals fulfilling their purpose.

The honoree class of #TheStage16 was a direct representation of that focus.

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Each honoree has made a name for themselves and has created a positive impact in their communities. It is a positive influence for those who attended the stage like myself who are just entering the realm of “the real world” and trying to decide which path to embark on.

I took away small things from each person’s introduction and words of advice.

“Be the change that you want to see.”

“Follow your passions and dreams. Money will come. That’s not your motivation.”

“Always be a reaching hand for someone.”

“No matter what adversity comes your way, don’t worry. God isn’t going to let you fail.”

“Everyone has a responsibility to make this world a better place.”

 

Even getting the chance to interact with friends and people I’ve met for the first time was an enlightening experience.

I remember sitting on one of the couches as I ran into two of my colleagues from the University of South Carolina. We had a full conversation about being the change we wanted to see in our communities and challenging others to do the same.

We also discussed how difficult that could be at times when others around you are not ready to see you make those strides. I responded with a couple of quotes myself.

“You have to be your biggest supporter, your biggest investor, your biggest everything.

I am lucky to be gravitating towards people who want to see positive change just as much as I do, but also being a new graduate and having gone through several transitions with friends and career opportunities, I realize the importance of valuing yourself.

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If you see no value in yourself and who you are, what you are capable of, and you don’t believe in your own dreams and your ability to carry that out, then the journey can be even more difficult because you’re no longer fighting the world, you’re fighting against yourself.

All of these enlightening thoughts came to me in this moment. The Stage.

Having seen what it’s like to see plans fail, friends come and go, opportunities enter into my life that I never imagined would be possible to achieve, I realize that the world truly is my stage.

Coming from the small town of Kingstree, SC where not a lot of opportunities are made available for young people with dreams who want to see the world because they are made to think that it will never be possible for them to achieve greater, it meant a lot to be standing in a room looking at individuals who have defied the odds.

Even the creator who made all of this possible, Mr. Bryant Kirk White, is and has always been since our first meeting, a living example that all of my visions have a canvas.

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Jeremiah 29:10 “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.”

The next verse talks about the plans that God has once that hard work is completed. All put into perspective by this great.

Even as I am typing this, things are not all perfect, but things are all aligning in the greatest way possible, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

“All the world’s a stage. What will you do with it?”

For more information about ABevy Inc. or about one of it’s initiatives, The Stage, visit http://www.abevy.org.

To make a donation towards Abevy’s financial endowments that make young individual’s fulfilling their purpose possible, please visit: http://www.abevy.org/the-stage

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The Era of Blue Reign

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The Era of Blue Reign – Fall 2015 Psi Eta Chapter Inductees, MIP Coordinator and Chapter President

 

After about a week of euphoric bliss, it’s finally settling in and becoming more real:

I am a finer woman of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

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I can’t imagine going down any other road with any other group of females. The 4 women that I’ve been blessed to establish a close knit relationship with are also my sisters, and I love them so much more than either one could imagine.

My decision to be a finer woman of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. didn’t come immediately. I hadn’t had any previous relationships with Greek life before college so my mind was open to learning a lot about what Greek life entails and more importantly if it was a good fit for me. I’m thankful for the time that I allowed myself to grow into my own as a woman FIRST before making a big decision such as this. It’s allowed me to really see what I could bring to the table to any organization, and to really look for those key qualities that define who I am as a person and who I aspire to be.

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I found that Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. was the only organization that really was for me and really fit the mold of who I aspire to be as a woman. As I reflect on everything that I’ve been through to get here. I thank God that I didn’t give up on myself and that I had a good support system behind me the entire time.

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Fall ‘ 15 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc brothers of Kappa Iota (8 Phases of the Blue Moon)

Looking ahead, not only am I going to be on this journey with my 4 sisters, but I’ve been blessed with brothers as well who I also can’t wait to grow and bond with. Their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed, and I am extremely proud of the new brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. nothing is stronger than the dove love.

If I had to give any advice for choosing to be a part of Greek Life, I would say patience is key. Don’t run at the pace of others. Not all things are meant to be something that you need to be a part of. Look closely within yourself first before you decide on anything large, and most importantly, do your research! There are many people who pledge and regret the organization that they chose. You spend a lot of time and money into the organization, so it’s important to choose wisely.

BLUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU PHI

YOU KNOW!

[ZZZZZ PHI! 😉 ]

– Khadijah Dennis, Poetic JustiZ

P.S. For photos from both probates, click here.