Checking in -Millyrock and Blessings

Checking in.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been around, chatting about any subject.

That’s because for the first time in a long time, I spent more time living and less time dreaming.

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Representing the lowcountry well ❤ – Ann McGill, anchor at Live 5 news and I after a morning show

It’s been a crazy incredible two months since I’ve graduated from the University of South Carolina. Never would I have expected for my life to move so quickly. I’m honored that I even have the opportunity to do what I love day in and day out. And I’d like to think that the people I work with help me a great deal with making my job a bit easier.

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Weekend morning crew: Meteorologist Sagay Galindo and Anchor Hannah Mosely

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My executive producer, Chaunte Turner and I

Moving to the city of Charleston is a completely new beginning. Outside of the very few friends or people I know in the area, it’s a different lifestyle.  I must say though, between the area being gorgeous and the food being to die for, I can’t complain. And only driving twenty minutes at the least to a beach isn’t so bad either.

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I’m overwhelmed with all of the love and support that’s been given to me in the past month as well. From the love on social media, to the calls and texts. It truly means a lot that you believe in me as much as I’ve grown to really start believing in myself.

I’ve had to learn a lot of things coming into this new transition. The hardest being that not everything comes full circle as quickly as you imagine. I love my job, but my job is not the answer to all of my adulting responsibilities. It’s an addition and one that I’m lucky to love and not see as a job but as my career.

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Learning how to choose what’s best for me and to be unapologetic about that is something that I’m learning how to do better. 

You’ll find that life is a big game of compromise. Sometimes, it’s not always about you or what it is that you want, but what you can do that affects a larger platform.

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Snapchat-1892660913738496409.jpgWith my career at Live 5 News, I’m reminded of how many people actually count on me a day. From the moment that I walk in, my anchors, directors, and production crew are all counting on ME to have an idea. An idea that leads to building a show. That show building leading to better direction for ways my production team can make my ideas come alive.

I’ll admit, I admire my positive outlook on things that I set out to do i general. But often times, I do get nervous. I do fall short sometimes. and I’m learning that in the end, that’s okay. I’m learning how to fully accept that perfect and the imperfect. The ups and the downs.

My life is a dream right now.

Everything that I could possibly ever want has fallen into my lap *cues Chance the Rapper’s Blessings.*

And yet, I understand that the journey does not end here.

It was placed on my heart and mind to tell anyone that’s been in a stagnant place to not ever underestimate the blessings that God has coming your way.

Much love,

K

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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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Queen City – The Birth of Dreams

The graduate life has been nothing short of fun filled, exciting and most of all, busy for me.

But it’s granted me the experience I’ve always wished to have.

I went from walking across the commencement stage to being on a road trip to Charlotte, NC where the real journey began.

Can you imagine having a dream you’ve always wanted to come true finally happening?

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DiVersitile of Columbia, SC — (left to right: R4L, Brittaney Chatman, Kanisha Keitt, Kendrick Retroversal Houser)

I had the pleasure of meeting 3/4 of this phenomenal group during my mentor, Brittaney Chatman’s production, “A Woman’s Suffrage” back in 2014. It was then that I realized Britt had other hidden talents — she loved music and was an avid performer. Along with that she was a part of a group, DiVersitile, made up of longtime friends who all equally love music. When Britt and I reconnected after graduation and she mentioned that she wanted me to be a part of a project that the group was involved in, I couldn’t say no.

This would mean that I would also get to work closely with Kendrick, who in addition to being a part of the group is also involved with his own platform, Good Food Radio, which stands for  Getting out our Dreams, Focusing on our destiny. 

It’s ironic that the two groups would come together in this instance as my journey with them both has seen this mantra come alive.

When you’re passionate about something, you stop at nothing until it’s done.  -Self quote

The idea of the link up is to get DiVersitile closer to that dream they discussed by finally recording their debut EP.

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For an entire weekend, I got really close and personal with these guys in a recording booth more fit for one person than two and a camera, and super comfortable space for playback and laughter.

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I watched magic unfold, first with music writing, then with the actual recording. It was amazing seeing what every individual  artist brought to the table. Brittaney had a very keen sense of detail — she could hear things within the music that she didnt like, or didn’t flow well that moved the project along progressively.

Kanisha had a knack for bringing it all together with her voice. She could harmonize and improvise. She has a creative spirit and energy that works and really makes things click.

R4L and Kendrick are the heartbeat and the dream makers. Without their knowledge of music engineering and also very constructive, but creative criticism of what works best for the overall song and project, I don’t know how this project could’ve been a success.

“Depending on the story that you’re telling, you can be relatable to everybody or nobody.” – Chance the Rapper

Music has a way of bringing a unique energy and lesson out of everyone. When I was younger, I had this perspective that all it really took to be a successful artist was to have a voice, the ability to write your own music and determination.

Well.

I was right about two for sure. Nowadays, it’s easier to collaborate with a songwriter if you’re lucky.

But it definitely takes alot more than just those things.

It takes alot of time and patience.

For this group, this IS a God DREAM.

But it was also something that won’t be taken lightly.

After a full weekend of recording till the wee hours of the morning and doing it all over again, a celebration is definitely in order once the EP drops.

When it comes to a dream, I’ve seen what it means to never let it cross your mind and not work until your end goal is met. This further shows me what my life will be like, especially over the next year.

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I’ve been learning to count it all as joy, the good times, the easy, the complicated, the unknown. It all leads to something grand. All leads to something bigger and better and more fulfilling.

I’ve learned that having the right people and energy in your circle is super important! You never EVER need to feel like you’re making “moves” and things happen all on your own. Sometimes, you NEED that shoulder to lean on and really get your feet on the ground running all over again.

So let me ask you,

what’s your dream?

How are you making it happen?

Who are you making it happen with?

xo

Khadijah

 

 

 

Updated Portfolio

Thank you for the support of my works and endeavors.

I have been fortunate enough to take on a few photography jobs that I feel have both challenged me and allowed me to explore more of myself and my creativity behind the lens.

Check out my full line of photography works here.

 

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.

 

Happy #NationalPoetryDay!

The leaves are changing

The wheels are turning effortlessly in my mind

stars are aligning

it must mean that our time has come.

Happy National Poetry Day!


 Something about a good word that brings you much pleasure. I truly enjoy poetry and all that it does for the soul. I woke up this morning in reflection of so much, and then it hit me.

“IT’S YOUR DAY LOVE!”

I squealed with so much excitement and joined my family via social media to celebrate us.

The storytellers.

The scribes.

The writers.

This artistry isn’t made for everyone. We have a unique gift that everyone longs to have. It’s amazing.

Sometimes, I can’t even believe that I am a poet.

This art has saved me so many times.

And I’m sure there’s a unique story for everyone behind poetry.


In honor of #NationalPoetryDay, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite pieces and phenomenal individuals.

Spoken Word

Jasmine Mans – Dear Ex Lover

Miles Hodges – From Head To Toe

Carl Lewers – Jigsaw

Alysia Harris – This Woman


Written Poetry

Nikki Giovanni – “I Take Mastercard (Charge Your Love To Me)”

Nikky Finney – “Dancing With Strom”

Langston Hughes – Mother To Son


I hope you enjoy the readings! I’d be remiss not to share some of what I’ve been up to lately, so here’s links to some of my newest works. Feedback is always appreciated <3.

Got something you’d like to share? Shoot me a comment below! I’d love to read.

xo

My “writography”

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New Content Posted + Stay Tuned!

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“You are your ancestor’s wildest dream.”

What does it take to start a revolution?

Work.

Passion.

A different way of thinking.

Community.

Over the past month I’ve observed a lot and have taken in a lot of valuable information that I could greatly use to impact my life and my profession. A huge part of what was learned is not being afraid to take on the very things that others won’t.

Just two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the founders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Alicia Garza, and what a moment in time for me it was.

I was in Japan when the hashtag took over timelines all over the world. Having been back in the states for about a year now, it’s almost painful to think that a lot really hasn’t changed since then.

Garza spoke on various topics, but the main point that I took away was “these narratives are not new, but our conditions are.” We are a remake of history unfolding.

This story reminded me that this is only one of many more stories to talk about that represent our generation and the current motions we are going through as a collective. In the new stories that I’ve covered, you will see that shine through.

In addition, I’ve been on a bit of a writing journey through my transitional period, and I am opening myself up to all of you with new poetic pieces.

As usual, I am always open to comments or criticism. I enjoy what I do, and I really hope to just get better and better in my approaches of how I do things and the stories that I tell.

Thank you for your constant support in my endeavors. It really does make a difference.

xo

KD

P.S. Follow my brainchild, The Conqueror Movement (@conquerormovement) on Instagram for very important announcements within the next week!

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“The revolution will be televised.”