“you tell me to quiet down cause
my opinions make me less beautiful
but i was not made with a fire in my belly
so i could be put out
i was not made with a lightness on my tongue
so i could be easy to swallow
i was made heavy
half blade and half silk
difficult to forget
and not easy for the mind to follow.”
R. Kaur

The Blogs

Dope Thoughts and Words

Charmane’s Blog

I started 2020 with a forgotten optimism.  Never being one to do resolutions, I created a digital vision board.  I was moved to a new state for the first time in 25 years. Then the plague hit.  My husband lost his job, our children were struggling as digital learners, and I was struggling with depression. 2021, I want to regain that optimism that I am known for.  I want claim my label as a writer, and be productive. 

2021 I will mostly write about popular culture in my own unique way.  At 48 (yes, I said it) I am still very much the hip hop head, so I will cover hip hop, movies, books, and current events that effect my community.  So I hope that you are here for ride and contribute by commenting and even sharing my blog if you are moved to do so.  One love, move forward, and never forget your past.   

Latrice’s Blog

This year in my blog I will be focusing on understanding humanity. The biological, neurological, psychological, historical, and everyday aspects of what makes us human. I am particularly intrested in our propensity toward subjugation and hate.

Charlie’s Blog

The focus of my blog will be on legacy wealth creation. As a mother and grandmother, the focus on legacy wealth is inevitable. I am a Christian, an active duty Naval Officer, health coach, commercial real estate investor, financial literacy educator, and legacy wealth planner. From my perspective, the manifestation of wealth extends beyond the financial realm; it is the culmination of spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial abundance that allows you to live a life that is much greater than self. I will use my knowledge and experience to provide information that will help set you, your children, and your children’s children on a course that will have an impact for generations to come.

In 2021, let’s embark on a journey to get ourselves and our families in order.

“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” Proverbs 13:22

Come grow with us

There is never been a better time to connect learn, share, and grow. our topics will range from:

  • Financial Literacy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Investing
  • Pop Culture
  • Music
  • Art
  • Movies
  • Philosophy
  • Humanity
  • Science
  • Education

There will always be something to stimulte your minda and feed your soul

Our Latest Post’s


First Deliberately Dope is welcoming a new member, my sister Charlie! Her addition is so organic. I don’t recall when, but sometime last year my sister was included in my morning phone calls with Latrice. Our conversations would cover everything from what is going on in our personal lives to hot topics. Charlie will cover two her passions – legacy and finical security. Secondly we are adding a podcast! “Saturday Morning Coffee is Dope”, just like our weekly blogs, we will be discussing hot topics and picking one of our post from the week and doing a deep dive. Needless to say, I am excited.


In the last century or so we have created cars, electricity, television, phones, satellites, cell phones, the internet, even nuclear weapons and placed them in the hands of humans that still have the social and emotional reasoning of a caveman. How is this possible? How can the same brain’s that create and use such amazing technology still be emotionally stuck in the brutish mind set of an ancient human?


2020 highlighted to everyone their impermanence.  While many don’t want to think about death, the fact is that death comes at a cost.  Last year, too many families had to not only grieve the loss of a loved one, but also had to shoulder the burden of burying them, and cope with the stress of figuring out how to survive without the income they depended on.

Oldies But Goodies

Our Favourite Stories

Pancake Sundays
The Way I Remember It
Starting The New Year with a Legacy Wealth Building Budget

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