When I’ve asked My “Divas” (the high
school girls I mentor from Ocean View), “What are
the biggest problems in Ocean View?” I expected
them to say, “Gangs, violence, rape, abuse, drugs,
etc.” But they always say “Jealousy and Gossip.”
So this month they decided to do the Negativity
Fast – eliminating all negative words coming out
of their month for 1 week.
Afterward they said, “It was so hard, but it was
easier when we were with each other not to gossip. When
we were with other people...it was even harder.”
In my white Americaness I thought handing out fliers
or putting it on Facebook would work. They said, “No!
You need to make up a song and dance...that would get
the word out!”