~Day 10 of the ENTREPRENEURIAL SERIES!!  PLEASE make sure you READ, COMMENT, TAKE NOTES, and SHOW SOME LOVE to the fabulous folks doing awesome things! ~ 
Be Inspired!!!~
Davida Green-Norris writing as Dicey Grenor, Houston, Texas – Published Author
TWITTER: @DiceyGrenor
Tell the readers a little bit about yourself.
I have a twenty-two-month-old son and a four-year-old daughter. I have been married for five years to a man I met my last year of law school. I want what most parents do, to provide a happy, safe environment for my children, and be a good example for them to follow. I love reading, writing, and watching movies.
Explain what type of business you operate?
My husband and I have a law practice: Norris & Norris LLP (http://norrislawyers.com). He primarily focuses on intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks), while I primarily draft, review, and negotiate contracts. I also do business formations and parole board revocation hearings a few times a month. Together, we also operate Dicey Grenor Books (http://diceygrenorbooks.com), which means we sell books that I’ve written. (Regina: LOL! Way to maximize exposure!)
How long have you been in business?
We’ve had our law partnership since 2007. We’ve been selling my books for eight months.
How did you get the name for your business?
Naming our law practice was easy. We just used our last name. Naming our book business required a little more thought, but once I came up with my pen, there was no other name that would fit. “Dicey” alerts folks to the type of books I write: unpredictable, risky. (Regina: Yes! They are VERY Risque!!)
What motivated you to start this type of business?
My husband and I are entrepreneurs at heart, I believe. Perhaps we inherited that attitude from our parents since both sets are successful in real estate and my husband’s family has owned and operated a successful soul food restaurant in Chicago for many years. We learned early on that running a business takes dedication, passion, and skills. The first two came easy. The latter we acquired over the years and applied without hesitation.
What are your top 5 must have business tools/aids?
1. Laptop 2. Internet/Email account 3. Cell phone 4. Business Cards 5. Reliable transportation
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
With residual income that requires us to work less than fifteen to twenty hours a day. Hopefully.
What inspires you?
My children’s futures.
Who is your business icon or who’s business ethic do you admire?
I like rags to riches stories and admire anyone who has overcome severe obstacles to become successful in his or her respective career. There are many who fit this description. However, as a wife, mother, attorney, and author, I’m more interested in watching and learning from someone who strikes a balance with several roles and appears successful in each. That’s harder to find. Jada Pinkett Smith seems to have found a way to make it work. I admire that. (Regina: Yes, Ma’am, she is a hard working woman!)
If you were standing in front of a room full of hopeful, promising, entrepreneurs what would you say to them?
You can work anywhere and make money to pay bills. So if all you want is to make money, get a job. If you’re going to start a business, make sure it’s doing something you LOVE to do. You’ll continue to do it. You’ll continue to improve. And eventually the money will come. In the end, you will be much more fulfilled.
Is there anything you would like to add?
Thank you so much for thinking of me. I enjoyed doing this interview and wish much success to any of your readers interested in starting their own business. (Regina: Aww, aren’t you sweet! I enjoyed having you!)

Mrs. Davida Green-Norris AND Her Alter-Ego Dicey Grenor Ladies & Gentlemen!!


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Memorial Day 2012

For those of you who do not know the origin of Memorial Day, never cared to ask, or just never thought about it, this is for you…

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). Taken from Memorial Day History.

I have many in my family who served and are no longer here. They did not die in a war, but their sacrifice still counts tremendously! Thank you dad, Samuel Thomas Spencer, and all my uncles, cousins, grandfather, and countless others who served this country! I have been doing a lot of work on my ancestry and there were MANY in my family who served.  Thank you ALL for protecting my FREEDOM!
I want to wish a HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY to ALL those who HAVE SERVEDARE SERVING, and WILL SERVE in any branch of the United States Armed Forces! I love, appreciate, and honor you for your sacrifice and your service. 
I know a few people personally who serve in the Military (ACTIVE duty) and I want DAVIDWINSTONCINTAJIA, TYREE, and STEPHANIE to know that I do NOT take what you do for granted! I thank you for keeping our borders, countries, and nation safe! I LOVE YOU!!  I also know some who are no longer active like RACHEL, KEVIN, but who still served selflessly.


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The Dehumanization Of Whitney Houston

Well, as most of you know (except the ones who have been locked underground in that bomb shelter or hiding under a rock for the past week) Whitney Houston 80’s-90’s Singing Sensation, Voice Extraordinaire,  R&B/Pop Diva has passed away.  On Saturday, February 11, 2012, the music world lost perhaps and arguably one of the best voices ever to bless the microphone.  The winner of Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, World Music Awards, the star of Waiting to Exhale, The Bodyguard, Cinderella, The Preacher’s Wife, and Sparkle (post-humous), the producer of Princess Diaries 1 & 2, The Cheetah Girls 1 & 2, and Cinderella, daughter of Cissy Houston, ex-wife of Bobby Brown, and most importantly mother of Bobbi Kristina is gone.
Whitney burst onto the scene in 1985 (The same year my oldest daughter burst into the world, but the 2 events are not related I just wanted to put that out there!!).  She was a skinny kid from New Jersey, with big hair, a HUGE voice, and terrible dance moves!  Whitney’s voice made up for her shortcomings in the dance department!  She dominated the scene with her voice, huge smile, and effervescent personality.  
Yes, Whitney Elizabeth Houston had captured our hearts and we loved everything Whitney! God had blessed us with someone who possessed a voice we could sing along with, dance to, cry to, and fall in love with.  Little did we know that Whitney would enjoy the highest of heights and experience the lowest of lows.  We laughed when she laughed, smiled when she smiled, collectively held our breath with amazement when she sang the National Anthem and collectively groaned when she married the bad boy of New Edition Bobby Brown.  Everyone wondered, WHAT THE HELL IS THIS MESS!  But we tried to ride along with it.  As a society we said OK, she is rebelling, but as she spiraled out of control, society turned its collective backs.  And when she hit the lowest of lows society just shook their heads and said, “We knew it” or “Saw that coming“.  At this point the singing diva, pop Queen, star of music and film had fallen from grace. She became a soundbite, a parody, the muse to comedians and comedy skit writers everywhere.  
I personally blame society.  I do not blame society for her choices, those were clearly her own. But I do blame society for burdening her with the job of being our perfect princess.  We, society, put her on a pedestal, and then loaded her with the burden of stardom, the burden of expectations, the burden of hits, the burden of tours, the burden of perfection.  When she buckled and cracked and fell under that pressure, we turned our backs.  People say, well she should have gotten out of the business.  But would society allow that? When our stars are no longer in the public eye, we wonder where they are, we write stories and blogs and editorials about stars asking where are you? When will you release more music? When are you going to be in more movies? What are you doing now? We need a new album, etc, etc.  We, as a society are hard to please.  Our stars are darned if they do and darned if they don’t.  We do not take into account that she had a life.  She had bills, had a child and a husband and a mother.  We do not care about personal issues, kid gets call from school, husband may not be faithful, menstrual cramps, migraine headaches. No! All we want are the HITS! The RECORDS! The MOVIES! THE STAR!!  The object of our misguided affections has ceased to be human and has become a symbol of what we want our stars to look like, act like, and be like.
But through all of the drama, the highs, the lows, the fame, the triumphs, and the failures, only one knew her worth.  Only one new her best, and I think that was the last conversation she had.  I would like to think it went like this…

GOD: Daughter, it is time…
WHITNEY: But Lord I have so much left to do, to prove.
GOD: You have nothing to prove. Your purpose is fulfilled, your job here is done.
WHITNEY: But God tonight is Clive’s party, and all eyes will be on me wondering am I well, can I make a comeback. I must attend to show them I am good!
GOD: When I formed you in Cissy’s womb and touched your vocal cords, and blessed you with the gift of song, it was only for a moment.  It is not about Clive, society, or Grammy.  You have glorified me with the beauty that I placed within you.  You have glorified me, acknowledged me, and carried additional burdens that were not yours to carry.  You are tired, burdened, and heavy laden.  It is time to drop the burdens of this vessel and put on your new glory clothes.  I have other assignments for you in another place in me.

WHITNEY: God what about Bobbi Kristina, what about my mom?
GOD: I will never leave nor forsake them. This, Cissy knows.  And whenever Bobbi Kristina calls on me I will answer her.  Daughter, take my hand and rise from that bathtub.  Rise with me.

And with that she took the Father’s hand and entered into His glory.  Of course this is how I want to believe it went, but only God knows what happened.  
What I want EVERYONE to remember is that Bobbi Kristina lost a mother, and Cissy Houston lost a daughter.  She was a human being not a star, not a soundbite, not a leading news story.  She was some one’s family.  We should remember and respect Whitney as one of God’s chosen vessels.  This is an honor she deserves.
I think Whitney said it best as she sang her own eulogy,
If I should stay,I would only be in your way.So I’ll go, but I knowI’ll think of you ev’ry step of the way.

And I will always love you.I will always love you.You, my darling you. Hmm.

Bittersweet memoriesthat is all I’m taking with me.So, goodbye. Please, don’t cry.We both know I’m not what you, you need.

And I will always love you.I will always love you.

To learn more on Whitney Elizabeth Houston go HERE and HERE.

RIP Whitney.

God has taken His daughter home. She is without pain, without burdens, possibly singing in God’s choir.  I pray for her family, and especially for Bobbi Kristina.  I pray that she draws closer to God in her time of need. Whitney is gone but she left the numerous hits her beautiful voice added life to.  But most importantly she left us Bobbi Kristina, to pray for, to uplift, to motivate, and to love on.  Let’s show Bobbi Kristina that we loved her mother ….. as a person.

Blessings All,

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Did You Know? Little Known Black History Facts 2!

Good Afternoon All!!  Happy Black History month to you!  It is always my hope to share, uplift, educate, and motivate others so I have a few interesting little know BLACK HISTORY FACTS to share with you!  I hope you find something of interest , something you did not know, and something that you will share with others!
These Black History Facts are brought to you courtesy of BLACK PEOPLE and Biography.com!

  • Yes, we had black cowboys!  Nat “Deadwood Dick” Love, a renowned and skilled cowboy, was the only African-American cowboy to write his autobiography The Life and Adventures of Nat Love, Better Known in the Cattle Country as Deadwood Dick, published in 1907.  Learn more about Nat Love HERE and HERE!
  • African-American fashion designer Ann Lowe designed the wedding dress of Jacqueline Bouvier, the bride of future president, Senator John F. Kennedy.  Learn more about Ann Lowe HERE and HERE.
  • Garrett Augustus Morgan, inventor of the gas mask and traffic signal, also became the first African-American to own a car in Cleveland, Ohio.  Learn more about Garrett Augustus Morgan HERE, HERE, and HERE.
  • Sophia B. Packard and Harriet E. Giles founded the first college for black women in the United States in 1881. The school was named Spelman College after Laura Celestia Spelman Rockefeller, the wife of John D. Rockefeller, who made a sizeable donation to the school.  Learn more about Sophia Packard, Harriet Giles, and Spelman College HERE and HERE.

  • Dr. Matilda Arabelle Evans was the first African American woman to become licensed to practice medicine in South Carolina.  Learn more about Dr. Matilda Evans HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Each one, Teach one!
Be Blessed,

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Knowledge Is Power

What is the BEST GIFT you can give to your children and the entire younger generation??? That would be KNOWLEDGE!  Yes, I am a firm believer that KNOWLEDGE is POWER!  Because if you do not KNOW anything you will NEVER be able to ask the right questions, and if you do not ask the right question you will NEVER get the information you need to GROW, SUCCEED, or SURVIVE!
I love and appreciate all my ancestors for the struggle they endured to make me a free woman, able (willing and ready) to share my thoughts, desires, outrage, and everything else that I am free to express.  I am thankful for those who share knowledge so that another generation can pick up where we left off and carry on the next leg of the race.
Education and knowledge are not the same things.  They are synonymous but they are also different.  Education is acquired through formal channels of learning such as schools, colleges, etc.  Knowledge is gained from real life experiences such as living, reading, consultation, mentoring, etc.
For African American people our ancestry, history, accomplishments, and triumphs are not always highlighted through formal channels of the media, and have not been accurately taught or portrayed in the school system.  It is our duty to impart knowledge to the younger generation.
Use it wisely!


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Love And Hip-Hop … Music

I have a very SERIOUS question……

What in the world happened to R&B/Soul Music??  Seriously, I want to know.  This is a pet peeve of mine.  I have very interesting music taste so I listen to an array of things BUT I do not want to listen to Jazz, all the time or Neo-Soul, all the time or Gospel all the time or even my beloved Big Band Swing all the time!  Sometimes I want to hear some good old R&B, some love songs, something you can dream about. But UNFORTUNATELY there is none!
I have “old” music on my tablet that stays in heavy rotation like anything by Marvin Gaye, Promise by Jagged Edge, Lately by Tyrese, There Goes My Baby by Usher, Cab Ride by Tweet (LOL! Yes, I said Tweet, you remember her) etc.  But where are all the current songs about LOVE? I mean LOVE, not the songs about “Hit It and Quit It”, not the songs about dropping it low, or the songs about friends with benefits.
AND ANOTHER THING, another Pet peeve is why must every song have a rapper on it????  As soon as I think something is sounding good, I am getting a good head nod going, all of a sudden I hear Wale, or Lil Wayne, or Rick Ross.  Sorry people, just so you know a rapper on every track does not make it a hit, it just makes me turn it off!
Another thing, STOP trying to blend or annihilate the genres!  My R&B/Soul should NOT be sounding like POP music, RAP should NOT be sounding like R&B, POP should not be sounding like HIP-HOP!  UGHHHH! Yes I am frustrated because I want to listen to something good but something current!  Is there currently NO GOOD MUSIC??? (By the way, side note – I think today’s HIP-HOP is GARBAGE! But that is a rant for another day!)
If you go to Billboard, you will find a category that says Top HIP-HOP & R&B.  On this list you have…

  1. Ni**as In Paris – Jay-Z & Kanye West
  2. Party – Beyonce & Andre 3000
  3. Lotus Flower Bomb – Wale & Miquel
  4. Headlines – Drake
  5. She Will- Lil Wayne & Drake
  6. Dance (A$$) – Big Sean & Nicki Minaj
  7. That Way – Wale, Jermemih & Rick Ross
  8. Body 2 Body – Ace Hood & Chris Brown
  9. 5 o’clock – T-Pain, Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen
  10. Make Me Proud – Drake & Nicki Minaj

Do you see this NONSENSE??? First of all I am mad that R&B has to share a category with HIP-HOP, but I am even MADDER because there is NO real R&B in the R&B category!!!  Come on people pull it together.  There has to be someone out there who can sing AND I DO NOT MEAN MJB!!!  Is there no one current from this decade who can sing????
Well, I’m off to listen to Marvin Gaye & Luther…

Peace & Love All

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DMX, Oh Yea, I Remember Him

Back in my party days I was a BIG fan of rapper DMX.  He had one of the BEST concerts I have ever been to.  He was honest and raw and always quick to show and tell of his struggles with following God versus Following the world.  This is the only rapper I have EVER SEEN open a concert in prayer and close in a prayer that would almost make you want to cry and go to church …if you were not yelling and screaming at a DMX concert!
His struggles with drugs, life, and a multitude of other issues are well documented and well publicized.  So when I saw that he was going to be on Dr. Drew, I said good I hope he can finally get the help that he needs.  While surfing the web yesterday I found this video of DMX and was pleasantly surprised!  I have posted the video and followed it with the lyrics so that you can read them because it is a message that only DMX could bring in this fashion!  Love him or hate him but X GONNA GIVE IT TO YA!  (Make sure you read the lyrics, GOD IS able!).

DMX – Keep Ya Head Up Lyrics

DMX – Keep Ya Head Up Lyrics

Keep your head to the sky
Keep your head to the sky
[DMX – Verse 1]
When I think I don’t deserve it, I think about Jesus
And the fact that He was perfect and He thinks that I’m worth it
I know I got a purpose
So when I don’t like what I see in the mirror
I learn to look passed the surface
Believe me God heard this,
Cause these words came from my heart
I was in pain, it was dark
Then came the spark to light down the road
To let me know that He would lighten up my load
And it’s gon’ get greater, later
God only wants the best for me
But the devil’s a hater
I can see his eyes through the smiles of fake friends
If yall think hate wins just keep
At the end of the day who’s will will you think will prevail
Or will you live to tell
Miracle after miracle it comes true
The spiritual individual is in you
Keep your head to the sky
Keep your head to the sky
[DMX – Verse 2]
Lord if You hear me,
You know that I’m coming to you sincerely
I need You near me, please feel me
I’m sick and I need for You to heal me
I’m lost and looking for the real me
I’m tired and weary
Haven’t been able to see things clearly
And even though I know you love me dearly
I still get leery
So where does that leave me?
Lost and alone
I wanna call God but it’s like I lost my phone
Every day is a struggle cause I juggle my problems
Need to let go and let God
Cause only He can solve them
I’m tired of lying to myself
Thinking I could do it on my own
When I get left alone
When the devil sneaks in and creeps in
Knocks on the door lightly than peeks in
And it’s usually around the weekend
Then I get reckless and jump off the deep end
Come on

I LOVE IT!!! Of course I know A LOT of RELIGIOUS people will have a lot to say, BUT I say GOD WILL HAVE HIS WAY BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!!

Be Blessed,

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