2016: I’m Coming For Ya



Happy New Year everybody!

This year, I have decided to continue on the road of “Consistent and Persistent” that I began building in 2015. The mantra really helped me to focus on what was important and to really make bold moves in my personal and professional life. Building momentum to this idea I will also strive to promote myself and my work this year (so don’t be surprised to see more of the #shamelessplug on my Instagram!)

As I stated in my last post, I will only be posting once a week this year. So be sure to stop by every Thursday to see what’s happening in Harlem, and as always my Instagram feed will have the most up-to-date news and stories from my day to day life so follow me: @rocksolidmel.

Below are some of the ideas, phrases and quotes I want to use this year to get me from month to month. I hope that they will inspire you too!
Ciao 😊









June is here, and I realized that I wasn’t very consistent with my April May posts. Oops. But, luckily there are photos that I can plaster up NOW, to give you an idea of what I was up to. In all honesty, I was a pretty bad blogger. There were a lot of amazing things that happened in May: my Adler ladies brunch, performances, reunions with friends, walks in new neighborhoods, that I just didn’t record or photograph.

Talk about awful bad. But, even if I don’t have an image to go along with these moments, the memories are good enough for me. After all, I didn’t always have a Facebook. Instagram, Xanga, blog as a resource for all of the internet-world to see and relive my life, so it’s kind of fun for me to have a few things for myself. 😉

Below you will, however, find a May slideshow chockfull of photos from Andrew’s New York City art debut, roomie night out with Alicia at Apotheke, Lauren’s graduation from NYU, a day at the Whitney with Kyla, drinks after a busy casting day with Glen, Pierre, and David and more!

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Ciao 🙂

Happy Friday



So many great things are happening for my family members this month! Graduations, new job opportunities, traveling to new schools to begin graduate studies, coaching football teams, and basically trying to make a mark on this world. Cannot tell you how proud I am to call them family, and know that wherever we may be, we only want the best for each other!


Easter Weekend


There is nothing like celebrating the successes of a family member. Not only do you get to see everyone, but it becomes a time of remembrance, gratitude, storytelling and pride in what you are and where you came from. When Good Friday rolled around, I once again found myself boarding a bus headed to another state, this time Virginia. Few of you may know but I am proud to say that I am the niece of the current Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia, my Aunt Cynthia! So when the evite invitation hit my inbox a few months ago, there was no doubt in my mind that I would attend! My aunt is a strong, intelligent, humble and gracious woman who deserves all of the achievements and accolades that have come her way, and this appointment is no exception. Getting to hear her explain her position and the power she wields over her large office of employees is mind-boggling, but only because it’s hard to imagine anyone else holding the office.

Getting to see cousins I rarely see or hardly know, as well as old family friends in attendance, there was a unanimous feeling that Aunt Cynthia was the woman for the job, and that her family, upbringing, and diligent focus got her to where she is today! There is nothing like family, and hearing my Grandmother and a host of others speaking directly to my generation about the gauntlet being passed to us, inspired me to work even harder for my dreams and to always be grateful for my family’s humble beginnings and amazing fortune and blessings. Now that’s what I call a memorable Easter holiday.


Thursday Thoughts


This week I have been struck by this amazing feeling of gratitude, joy, and optimism. In only three days I have realized (not for the first time mind you) that:

1. I work, play, live and breathe in New York City. The city where all dreams are possible. The city where you can walk out your front door and choosing to turn left or right can create two completely different days. The city that can show you the beauty of man’s creativity, and the power of God’s hand in nature and human capability.

2. The ideas I have had for my future since the age of 8 are taking shape and are not just the forgotten fantasies of a young girl from Jackson, MS. All that has been afforded me, is for a purpose, while I may still not know what that purpose is, I know it is a great one and cannot wait to see it unfold before me.

3. I am beginning to truly embrace my womanhood. Learning what that means for me and being not only comfortable, but proud of all I have done, understood, learned, and experienced. Knowing and understanding that my story is my own, unique only to me and can only be lived by me.

Talk about amazing realizations right? 2013 is truly becoming a year of “Something More”