Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Hello all, I know that it has been some time since I have last blogged. Things over here in Russia has been eye opening to me and the things that I have had to experience required me to step away and just focus on myself and little harder. I have really missed reaching out to you all though, and have wanted to share many times prior to this. 

I want to start by saying that I hope everyone had a great Easter! For Christ died for all of our sins and rose again on the third day. I dont know about you, but I am extremely grateful for the that. For God sacrificing His only begotten son so that we can have ever lasting life is heart warming and marvelous to me. So with all that being said. I just want to say Father I thank you!

As for the the reason that i am over here, basketball.  It has been very interesting to say the least. We have been able to prove to ourselves as well as the European world that we are a very good team. We have made some great strides this year, and have embarked upon many first for the clubs 20th year anniversary.

We advanced to the Final 8 in  Euro league for the time in the clubs history and although we didnt play the way that we were capable of we learned a tremendous amount about ourselves. From there we had to move and prepare to play about a very talented Dynamo Kursk team. This team consisted of My former college teammate Seimone Augustus, who continues to improve and give people nightmares on the court. Rebakkah Bronson( of the Minnesota Lynx), Epiphany Prince (of the Chicago Sky), Candice Dupree (of the Phoenix Mercury) and so many more talented players.  Now it was a very hard fought battle but we were able to come away with the victory, and advance to the Championship round. 

I am so excited about all that has taken place, and our club is even more excited. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed each and everyone of my teammates and will miss them when it is time for us to part. Yes the season is winding down, but these young ladies became my sisters, my second family, and through it all we remained one and stayed on one accord. With this only success followed us. 

We still have more work to do, but I can honestly say that I am very proud of each and everyone of us, and I am very proud of our accomplishments thus far.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


The following is part of an interview that I did with Sydney's Book Club as part of their celebration of Black History Month.  What I learned from Sydney's Book Club is a typical child from a low-income family enters kindergarten with a listening vocabulary of 3,000 words, while a typical child of a higher income family enters with a listening vocabulary of 20,000 words. Research shows that those who start behind often stay behind. Sydney's Book Club is a non-profit organization aimed at promoting early reading and literacy skills in children ages 3-5.

They have an amazing website for young children and I very much encourage you to please visit at: www.sydneysbookclub.org.  You can see my interview plus a great deal more!!!

Here is part of my interview:

What significance has reading played in your life from childhood to now?
Reading has played a significant role in my life from a young girl to now a young woman. I am an author, but I am also a professional athlete that travel the world. Being able to read has helped me get my degree, helps me to be able to read signs, helps me to be able to read my contracts that I have to sign. Reading helps me to be able to read and understand my play books, but more importantly, reading helps me to gain Knowledge.
What was the name of your favorite book growing up?
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess
Tell us about your current project. What was the inspiration?
Well there are two parts to my latest work Temeka's Choice, which is a book about myself as a young child having to make better choices. I think that this book can help relate to the kids of today in many ways. Now there are so many different options from kids to chose from, that the priorities of things began to get mixed up. Play Station, XBox, Wii, WiiU, Nintendo DS etc does not come before school work, chores, or studying. I wanted the children to see and try an understand that i had to go through the same things that they are going through and due to not always making the right choice there was a price that had to be paid for it. I have also made the book a little bit more kid friendlier but adding more pictures and less words for kids in like Pre-school and Kindergarden, Called Meek Follow the rules.I love giving back, so this is another way for me to help the kids of tomorrow, out today.
How do you think we can work together as parents and community leaders to make reading a priority in the lives of young children?
I think we all need to continue to embed the importance of education and more important Reading. Kids need to know and learn everyday that Reading is some that can help carry them a long one. It can Help towards them becoming any and everything that they want to be in Life.
If you could give one piece of advice to a child interested in following in your footsteps what would it be?
My advice to any child looking to follow in my footsteps would be to always believe in yourself, Never let anyone tell you that you can not do something, and always surround yourself with positive people. People that want the best for you as much as you do.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
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On this day I am taking some private time to reflect on the life, and more importantly, the contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  As a basketball player at LSU, one of the staples of our program that was constantly preached to us was that of our legacy.  What did we want to leave behind to those who follow in our footsteps.  The word "legacy" is amazing and powerful and there are few that have walked the earth that have left a legacy as far reaching as Dr. King.  With the ultimate of sacrifices he has left a shadow that will cover humanity for a lifetime and has directly impacted me personally.

Here are some of my more favorite quotations from Dr. King:

"Intelligence plus character--that is the goal of true education."

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. "

"Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase.""

"I submit to you that if a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live."

"A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus."

"A right delayed is a right denied."

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see."

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant."

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."

"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

"Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’"

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."