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Dreams are real

IMG_7846I am the 2014 Miss Black and Gold for the Pi Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. The Pi Rho Chapter is located at Temple University. It is my pleasure to be the Scholarship Pageant Queen. Please suggest any ideas that you think I should implement into my goals. I plan on using the, Stand Up, Be Confident, And Move campaign in many creative ways to promote success in urban communities, to begin workout plans, and to spread awareness about different causes. All in all, with or without the crown, I will remain true to who I am. Who I am, has brought me to this moment of life. Thank you to my support system, I assure to make you all proud.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy-Thanksgiving

From Janice M. Durrant to YOU

My condolences goes out to all the families who are missing a loved one on this holiday. My blessings goes out to those who do not have any where to spend a relaxing evening. My prayers are with every single one of you, regardless of the circumstances.

Thank You

I am beyond thankful to have such a successful outlet, where I can connect with all of you. You all have been supportive and even when I am jammed up with school and my daughter, you still remain active in exemplifying the, “Stand Up, Be Confident, And Move,” motto.

Be Thankful

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Cast Your VOTE

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Stand Up: It is time for us to be proactive, like our ancestors were. Our ancestors fought for voting, let us show the world that every single step they made was worth the march.

Be Confident: I understand the frustration, which some of you have. This economy is going down and our future leaders do not receive a good education; yet, if we do not vote we will consistently head down this path. All in all, do not lose faith.

And Move: Being proactive in your community and for yourself will contribute to having a good life in the future. Tell a friend, to tell another friend, that “We need to turn this world around!” When you live by action phrases, you put action into place.

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Mommy J 2 Africa NEW Slideshow

Go check out the  Mommy J 2 Africa tab right now (located in the top bar). There is a NEW slideshow that I prepared for you all! The slide show has a ton of photos that were taken during my stay in South Africa. Preparing the slideshow for you all most definitely brought back a few emotions, sad and happy ones. Traveling to South Africa has framed my mindset to think Global, not local. Do what you can to study abroad. Make it your business to visit any country located in the continent of Africa too. Please, please, and more please, do not allow negative depictions from the media to portray how a country runs. You will hold yourself back from spreading your wings across the world if you rely on media to determine how life is. Think about it, but in the meantime let me know what you think of my slideshow.

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Stand Up, Be Confident, And Move

I had the beautiful blessing of traveling South Africa, along with 10 other Temple University students. One of them in particular, Cambriae Bates, has been by my side, while I encouraged teen mothers to get back into school. Bates is the author of http://cambriaebates.wordpress.com/author/cambriaebates/ blog and she decided to publish a short article on witnessing the impact and connection that I made on young South African mothers.

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Durrant & Bates exploring Melville Koppies

Our motto when traveling to Johannesburg, South Africa was to not only learn about South Africa, but to learn ‘from’ South Africa. After our departure, all of us students from Temple University felt that we had accomplished our goal. However Janice Durrant, a senior at Temple University’s School of Media and Communications, accomplished so much more. She discovered that she had a knack for motivational speaking and uplifting young people.

Janice became a teen mom at the age of 15 and her goal while in South Africa was to write a piece on teenage pregnancy. As she interviewed young mothers and researched information she discovered that the ethics of journalism were being pushed aside because she had a stronger calling. As she continued to talk to young girls she became an inspiration. I watched her as she spread her motto to “Stand-up, Be Confident and Move!”

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JMD conversing with South African teen moms

One day while she was interviewing a set of twins, who both had children at the age of 14, I began to cry along with everyone else in the room. Janice reached out for the hands of the twin young mothers and told them that she understood their struggle. She emphasized the importance of them going back to school and that when their children started walking, the twins also had to get up and start walking. The twin sisters embedded her motto in their brains and when asked to repeat it they did so verbatim.

Not only did Janice inspire girls on a one-on-one level — like those twins in the Troyeville section of Johannesburg, she also was invited to speak to a group of teenagers in two different locations in Mabopane -a rural township over 80-miles north of Johannesburg. One of these locations was Mabopane High School. When asked how she felt about the experience she said, “It’s an indescribable feeling. I feel so honored to have had an affect on these girls that look like me, who are going through some of the same things I went through. I’m so grateful to be able to help them realize that this is not the end.”

Cambriae Winifred Bates

Temple University

School of Media and Communication

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Stay Strong

staystrong… So many obstacles/people will be put in your way to break you down. Remain graceful, remain wise, and remain strong. Do not yell, do not fight, and do not cry. You have worked so hard to get to this very point in your life, never allow one flat tire to ruin the rest of your road trip. Fix your tire and keep it moving! If you do not know how to fix a tire, maybe it is time for you to reach out and ask for help. All in all, just do not quit. Be strong.

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Be Confident 
And Move