Kermit’s Cup of Tea: Sunday Spotlight (Mother’s Day Edition)

mothers-day

Image Source: http://bit.ly/1rGBCFs

Happy Sunday, friends! Instead of the usual Friday Finding for this week, I’m spotlighting and thanking mothers: biological moms, adopted moms, play moms, working moms, single moms, living moms, moms who’ve passed away, moms who are separated from their children through death or distance, teacher moms, church moms, sisters, cousins, and friends. Today, and quite frankly everyday, we are celebrating the life and legacy of the women who have supported you, protected you, guided you, disciplined you, taught you, empowered you, kissed you, hugged you, loved you through anything and everything. Sometimes we’re hard to love, but they love us anyway. Sometimes we don’t listen, but they advise us anyway. Sometimes we don’t make the best decisions, but they stand by us anyway. Sometimes we don’t show our appreciation, but they do things anyway. (Cute pics of me and my mom inside!)

Continue reading

On the Merging of Hip Hop, Religion, and Peace

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 8.27.32 PM

Who is Yani? is not only the title of her mixtape, it’s also the question on everyone’s lips. Who is this poet, rapper, lyricist, theologian, and leader spreading words of positivity, love, and peace from the Bay of California to the streets of India? I’m sure that sounds like a tall order for one person, and it is, but Iyana Davis isn’t just a person. She is magic. William Shakespeare said “She be small, but she is fierce,” and fierce Davis is! At just 5 feet (though I’m sure her hair gives her a few more inches), beautiful hazel eyes, and a commitment to changing the world, Davis is absolutely unstoppable. So, who is Yani? You’re about to find out!

Continue reading

A Dollar and a Dream: One Singer-Songwriter’s Quest to Success

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 8.27.32 PM

Welcome to the latest feature of Kermit Says… On the first Sunday of every month, Kermit Says… will highlight an individual who is making positive contributions in his or her community. Want to be in the spotlight or nominate someone else? Send a brief email to contactkermitsays@gmail.com and describe who you are, where you’re from, and why you should be featured! Who knows…you could be next.  


In 1995, Courtney Richardson, aka C.Rich, discovered Jason Weaver and all that music had to offer a kid from Chicago’s south side. 20 years later, he’s been busy writing over 200 songs, playing at least 30 shows, working on his upcoming fourth studio project (“Let It Go” is a personal favorite), and, at 28, is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. In fact, it’s safe to say C.Rich is just getting started, and thank God for that because he’s straight fire!

Despite the difficulty it takes to break into “the biz,” C.Rich—whose R&B tunes are reminiscent of John Legend and Jamie Foxx—explains to Kermit Says… readers what one can do with a little perseverance, a lot of resilience, and a big dream. To check out C.Rich’s music, visit www.crichmusic.com.

C.Rich recording studio photo

Continue reading

The World of Architecture: A Woman’s POV

Screen Shot 2015-01-03 at 8.27.32 PM

Welcome to the latest feature of Kermit Says… On the first Sunday of every month, Kermit Says… will highlight an individual who is making positive contributions in his or her community. Want to be in the spotlight or nominate someone else? Send a brief email to contactkermitsays@gmail.com and describe who you are, where you’re from, and why you should be featured! Who knows…you could be next.  


It’s hard to believe that nearly ten years ago, Nichae’ Whitenhill was an aspiring architect pouring blood, sweat, and tears—literally—into her final thesis project at Hampton University, an elite historically Black college in Hampton, Virginia. Whitenhill’s out-of-the-box thinking, penchant for all things Wright, and downright determination collectively ushered her from Chicago’s south side to an esteemed position with NASA.

IMG_9609

Don’t get me wrong, her journey hasn’t been easy. In fact, the road to becoming a licensed architect is pretty difficult. With just 7% of licensed architects in the United States, 2% are African Americans, and less than 2% are women. While these statistics are staggering, Ms. Whitenhill, 30, remains undaunted and offers Kermit Says… readers a closer look into the world of architecture!

Continue reading