By Doni Glover, Publisher
Unapologetically Black: Doni Glover Autobiography
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(BALTIMORE – August 24, 2020) – Words cannot express the gratitude in my soul right now. Like most of you (I imagine), COVID-19 has wreaked some havoc on people close to me. And others have transitioned due to other reasons. To say the least, these are troubling times. Business is a tad fickle. And, again, like many of you – I’ve had to navigate these disturbing waters.
One thing I can say is that I have been a bit more diligent in my prayer life. I’ve also worked to stay in touch with family and friends. I typically do stay in touch, but COVID has made it that much more important. I realize more and more everyday how we cannot take anything for granted.
Fastforward: Yesterday, the incomparable Marsha Reeves-Jews assisted me in conducting a Bmorenews’ 18th Birthday ZOOM Fundraiser. It was an astounding success. And while I was initially apprehensive, I’m glad we pressed forward.
All this to say, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. If ever I was unsure of the future of Bmorenews, I can tell you that she will continue the mission with even more vigor and determination.
It’s not that I was giving up. I was, however, burned out.
This leads me to a second point: Thank God for friends. If you have a Marsha Reeves-Jews in your corner – along with a Diane Bell-McKoy … with a heap of others who will not see you fail, then you are blessed.
As I sat listening to the many stories yesterday of how Bmorenews blessed people up and down the East Coast, I was reminded that “it ain’t over until God says it’s over!”
So, if any entrepreneurs out there have gotten a tad weary as of late, if you feel like giving up, if you feel like you’ve lost that pep in your step, I am a witness that God is still in the miracle business.
It absolutely breaks my heart to hear of restaurants closing. I feel troubled when I hear of any business closing. The cacophony of moans and tears by fellow entrepreneurs is so disheartening. Personally, I want to see everybody make it through. And then you get that death call of so and so who just died.
I tell you, it’s enough to “make you wanna holla.”
People of faith know that God is real and that God still has our back. They know that we serve an awesome God who sits high but peeps low. Children of God know that we have to praise our way through the storm, no matter what.
I pray your peace and your family’s peace. I simply want you to know that where there is a will, there is a way. And if you have a comrade or two, it’s okay to call on them for help.
Last thing: Times like these reveal who a person is. I am so glad – so very glad – that the spirit of discernment has allowed the right people to be close in my heart. At the end of the day, it’s not about money or gold or material things. At the end of the day, it’s all about love. Call me a hopeless romantic; I’ll take that charge. I simply choose love first.
Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraiser. Best believe I am eternally grateful and am reinvigorated to carry on a mission that began August 9, 2002. Addressing Black business, public education, formerly incarcerated individuals, affordable housing and universal access to health care is still our aim. Again, thank you to all who helped us amidst the worst pandemic and economic crisis in one hundred years.