Well, the holidays are upon us once more and in 2012, we certainly have a lot to be thankful for.
First and foremost, I am thankful to God for my health and my ability to enjoy another day with my family, my friends, my loved ones, and all of you.
Given the recent presidential election, I’m thankful for the African American community that, despite numerous attempts to suppress the vote in places like my home state of Ohio, once again stepped up and rallied around those timeless and spiritual words, “ain’t gonna let nobody turn us ‘round.”
I am thankful that OWN, Oprah’s network has, after a rough start, righted the ship and established itself as one of the premiere networks on TV. Go Oprah!
I am thankful that Iyanla Vanzant and actress Maia Campbell have gotten together to ensure Maia has the best opportunity to overcome her setbacks and to live a productive life and be a good mother to her daughter.
I am thankful we were all blessed by the lives and contributions of the numerous notable individuals who left us in 2012 including Michael Clarke Duncan, Sherman Hemsley, Emanuel Steward, Chris Lighty, Rodney King, Donna Summer, Al Freeman Jr., Yvette Wilson, Chuck Brown, Tina Marie, Whitney Houston, David Peaston, Don Cornelius, Etta James and many more, may they truly rest in peace.
I am thankful that during this week, 146 years ago, the great Howard University was established.