Jennifer Vassel’s Birthmark Inspires Not Only a Book, But a Self-Love Brand for Kids

Jennifer Vassel

From Black Enterprise comes the story of Jennifer Vessel, a woman who was born with a birthmark covering a large portion of her back and shoulder that she was ashamed of and tried to hide during her childhood. However, when she reached college, she said she was tired of trying to hide it all the time. Instead, she embraced it, which eventually led to a book, “I Am Unique,” and the evolution of her mission to “inspire girls to live their lives undimmed.”

Please read the Black Enterprise story here: From Insecurity to Impact: How This Woman’s Birthmark Inspired a Self-Love Brand for Kids


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Denzel Washington’s Admonition to the Graduating Class at the University of Pennsylvania: Fall Forward

Actor Denzel Washington’s speech at the University of Pennsylvania on success, failure and on how to “Fall Forward.”


Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn’s Inspiration

In an emotional interview with NBC’s Mike Tirico, Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn opens up about the importance of her family and her source of inspiration — her grandfather. Vonn’s grandfather, Don Kildow, passed away in November 2017, after this interview was completed. Watch the video: Lindsey Vonn’s Inspiration


21-Year-Old Mother Dies From a Stroke; Kept Alive For 123 Days So Her Babies Could Be Born


Amputee Wounded Veterans Still Provide Service to Others: A 60-Second Docs Video

A great video from 60-Second Docs tells the story of wounded war veterans influencing others through the simple act of playing softball. Check it out above.


The Tragic Impact of the Loss of His Father Inspires Titans Center Ben Jones

Ben Jones, Center, Tennessee Titans (Photo: Tennessee Titans media guide)
When he was only 10 years old, Tennessee Titans center Ben Jones experienced tragedy that no boy ever should have to endure. Ben’s father was killed in a helicopter crash.

Steve Jones, Ben’s dad, worked as a forester in Brent, Ala., and was traveling on a helicopter inspecting timber when his aircraft went down. The crash killed both Steve and the pilot.

The Brent community came together to help support the Jones family in their time of need, and it’s something Ben has never forgotten. The Jones family also began to work in the community to give back as well. The acts of giving Ben witnessed made a lasting impression on him. Jim Wyatt, Senior Writer/Editor of TitansOnline.com, quotes Ben as saying, “You learn from experiences like that and it makes you want to help when you get a chance.”

To read all of Wyatt’s story, go to: Titans Center Ben Jones Gives Back.


Hoops for St. Jude

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A nice USA Today story on Milwaukee Bucks big man Greg Monroe’s involvement with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to check out: USA Today

NBA Cares and St. Jude have tried to bring awareness by creating a Hoops for St. Jude Week. This year, the week runs from March 20-27.

The Impact of a Teacher

Inspired on by our teachers …

An Inspirational Christmas Image

Photo by Jody Grenier
Photo by Jody Grenier
Out of Syracuse, New York, comes this evocative photo of a Christmas tree in the city’s Clinton Square that has been shared thousands of times and which the amateur photographer has said was a mistake.

Jody Grenier took the shot but said he forgot to wipe his lens of raindrops before making the image. (Click the photo to see a larger version.) A pretty impressive mistake. The photo, titled “Cities Christmas Tree,” can be ordered through Grenier’s web space on 500px. Read more of the story at Syracuse.com, and see more of Jody’s work and order this or any other of Jody’s photography here: Jody Grenier, 500px.

Kids These Days!!!

Mattel Children's UCLA / Twitter
Mattel Children’s UCLA / Twitter

Barbara Diamond at littlethings.com wrote a story recently about a 12-year-old girl who has cancer and how UCLA’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity befriended her in an amazing way.

Lexi Brown, 12, was in a room at the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA that happened to be directly across the street from the SAE frat house. When Lexi and her mom hung a sign in the room’s window asking for pizza delivery, they could never have imagined the response they would get from the young 20-year-olds living at the fraternity.

Read the story at littlethings.com.