The "ATL"

In 1999 when I packed my bags (actually now that I think of it I really did not do much packing. My family was so mad when they came to move me because they kept telling me to have my ish together.) and said goodbye to Atlanta I did not experience an overwhelming sense of […]

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A Closer Look at Tonza D. Ruffin: SouthernMomJD

As I enter 2020 I am looking for new ways to engage in conversation and share more of my “Perfect Bomb A$! Life” (read the post before commenting on the title 🙂 ) with you all. This video is the first step in that direction. I hope you enjoy! Much Love, Tonza

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Behind the Scenes of My Perfect "Bomb A$%" Life

Happy Holidays! Two days left and we will all be gathering around the tree, drinking hot cocoa in our matching Christmas pajamas, and exchanging gifts as we instruct Alexa to stream holiday music throughout our wonderfully decorated homes. Real talk…The scenario I just described is only a figment of my imagination. At least as it […]

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

It’s here! My published short story, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, is now available for purchase through the Kindle Store and it only cost $1.99. I wrote this series of short stories because I wanted to do my part to continue the conversation about domestic violence. I must say my inspiration came from a woman that I […]

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HOLIDAY BUNDLE

LOOKING FOR A UNIQUE STOCKING STUFFER? SAVE MONEY BY ORDERING PIECES OF ME AND GREGARIOUS GABBY TOGETHER! THROUGH DECEMBER 24, 2019 PAY ONLY $20.00 FOR BOTH BOOKS. SIMPLY ENTER CODE BUNDLE AT THE END OF YOUR PURCHASE AND YOUR DISCOUNT WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE CALCULATED! MUCH LOVE, TONZA

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CRABS IN A BARREL

Black Women don’t support one another enough. There, I said it! Often we refer to it as the “Crabs In A Barrel” mindset which essentially means we fear helping another will somehow interfere with our ability to attain greatness. I will be the first to admit in my younger years I hoarded knowledge that would […]

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

This is my second year being away from home on Thanksgiving. Last year we celebrated in Cape May, New Jersey.  This year I decided to roll out with my mom and cousin and head to beautiful Charleston, South Carolina. As a natural wanderer, I  am enjoying this non-traditional way of celebrating the holiday. Since I […]

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Bell Avenue (Childhood)

I grew up waiting for the day that my father would finally make my mother breathe her last breath. From the outside looking in you would have never known the horror that existed in my life as a little girl. My parents were living the American dream as a young, black couple in America. We […]

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It’s Not Jordyn’s Fault

So, I have been tuned in very little to this whole Jordyn Woods/Tristan/Khloe Kardashian saga. It just wasn’t something that caught my interest until I watched this young girls’ interview on Red Table Talk. As I watched, I cried tears for this 21-year-old. Her life has been turned upside down by a split-second decision to […]

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A Call to Action – support KIPP ENC libraries

I need your help! In honor of Black History Month I need for you to purchase a copy of my book PIECES OF ME! $2.50 from your purchase will be donated to KIPP ENC libraries. KIPP ENC is dedicated to a quality education for ALL children, regardless of zip code or socioeconomic class. As a […]

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