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I am a wife, business owner and mom of two kids. One is a teenage girl gearing up to leave the nest and the other an elementary school son with ASD. I love writing, living my life to the fullest, gathering with friends and above all else talking about the Black Mom experience. I am a native of Chicago where I currently run an interior design business. 


I hope you enjoy this blog and laugh, cry, sing right along with me. 

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Nikki Williams Rucker

Semeka Samuels is currently serving as assistant principal at Campbell High School located in Smyrna, GA. Before becoming a school administrator, she served as a high school, middle school, and elementary school teacher.  As a parent of two young adults, she continues to serve the community of Powder Springs, GA. 


In her spare time, Ms. Samuels enjoys reading, traveling, shopping, learning, inspiring others in whatever way she can, and spending time with family and friends.

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Semeka Samuels
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Deneen Gillespie proudly hails from the South Side of Chicago, where she raises two children alongside her husband of 24 years. In her professional life, Deneen is the Senior Vice President and Lead Consultant for Collaborative Communications where she crafts impactful messaging and brand alignment for mission-driven organizations.

Ever the creator, Deneen loves making fresh beats, rhymes, essays, and tasty vittles.  When she's not watching junk food TV (hello, Real Housewives), she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, exploring, and having gut-busting laughs with family and friends. 

Deneen Gillespie

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