I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Mentoring Inspires, Encourages
Nov25

I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Mentoring Inspires, Encourages

Written By Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine  All Photos Credits for this story- AJ Photography  There isn’t much that Latonya Garth can’t imagine.  Fittingly, her Nonprofit Inspire, Motivate, Achieve, Grow, Intervene, Encourage (I.M.A.G.I.N.E.) Mentoring Program of Michigan celebrated its 6th year of operation with a gala in Detroit. The formal affair was complete with live music (including songstress Angela Davis, whose smooth voice effortlessly resembles that of neo-soul artist Jill Scott), entertainment such as modern dance and poetry highlighting the false world of social media, and powerful shared reflections. “Ever since Ms. Garth has been in my life I have committed to what I said I would,” said Reflectionist Sykenya Jackson, who will attend Macomb Community College in February 2017. Jackson was followed by Lauren Sowell who mentioned that the sessions “Know Your Worth” and the “Five People Factor” through I.M.A.G.I.N.E. have really helped her. Sowell is a detox nurse at age 24. Although she is a young mom and regrets the effects from her former lifestyle, she remains determined, and moved many in the audience to tears, including Garth. The woman of the evening was introduced and began her speech by having her daughter Micah recite the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. proclamation. It became apparent that Micah, aged 2, hears those words recited often. “I want everyone to know I have two babies, one who is two years old, and another child that’s six years old on life support (referring to I.M.A.G.I.N.E.) I’m also a stripper,” said Garth who quickly glanced at her dad, Michael Garth, after making that statement. She knew she had to explain herself. “I.M.A.G.I.N.E. allows me to strip off the person that comes in the door, and then build them back up.” To her dad’s relief, he yelled “Well, strip on then!” followed by laughter from the crowd. Garth wasn’t ashamed to admit that she had not intended to be the keynote speaker for the event. But doing so was just what she needed. It was as if her speech was a form of catharsis for her.  She spoke about not letting others get in the way of your dreams. She effortlessly and honestly reduced people to three categories saying “Don’t ever let anyone change you… people are either for you, against you, or in your way.” Garth, who has had much success in 2016 by visiting over 20 different places on behalf of I.M.A.G.I.N.E. admitted to some disappointments. For example, the former building for I.M.A.G.I.N.E. was an “emotional decision” she learned from and that “it’s ok to take a step back in order to take a step forward.” Above all, Garth made it clear that “the dream...

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A “Berry” Special Wedding
Nov10

A “Berry” Special Wedding

Interview done by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine Newlywed Zenia Berry gives readers a recap of her wedding day and shares advice with future brides…  ColorBlind Magazine: What was the best part/moment of your wedding day? Zenia Berry: I can’t limit it to just one…lol So, I’ll give two! 1. Holding Kevin’s hands up until the “I Dos”. It brought me so much comfort just knowing we are in this together, and his strength — knowing that this is someone I can depend on when I may not be my strongest self. 2. The feeling of “love in the air”.  All of my guests made that comment to me too.  You know, I’ve watched those bridal shows, and it always seems so hectic — like everyone is in a bad mood or the small nuisances become these major issues for everyone — but I didn’t have those feelings or thoughts at all. I just felt love from everyone, and it was reassuring to know that people are still supportive of and hopeful for marriages to be successful in this day and age. CB: How did you feel on your wedding day? Proud? Nervous? Anxious? etc.  ZB: Honestly, I had only ONE nervous moment. It was about 2:30 p.m. (a half hour before my matron and I were supposed to head to the venue to get ready) and I had a slight moment of being nervous. I can’t really say what exactly made me anxious. I think I just was hoping that the entire day went as planned. AND IT DID!!! 🙂 After getting married, I can only explain it as this overwhelming feeling of respect for (and yes, pride in) the person that you have made a commitment to and with. I mean, I’ve always respected him, but there is this increased level of awareness you have for the other person that reminds you to be very conscious of how important they are and the relationship is. It’s quite indescribable — once a person gets married, I guess they’ll know. Seems like all the other married couples I know told me we would feel differently, but they couldn’t say quite how. Now, I get it. 🙂 WE, as individuals are the same people, but OUR RELATIONSHIP feels more solid and sacred. CB: Complete this sentence– “The best thing about being a wife is…” ZB: being connected to someone that has CHOSEN to be connected to me as well. It’s a very prideful feeling. Knowing that I have someone I can grow with in life — who will allow for a mutual exchange of love and beneficial change as we share certain experiences. I could go on and on, but just feeling like there is...

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October Favorites!!!
Nov02

October Favorites!!!

Filmed by Leah T. Johnson/ColorBlind Magazine  Hi My wonderful readers! My October favorites video is here!! Hope you enjoy!!  

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