By Ayize & Aiyana Ma’at
This past weekend we took our 3 oldest groaning,moaning, and complaining children to the 42nd Annual Legislative Conference of the Congressional Black Caucus. Our kids: “Where are we going?” Us: “To the Congressional Black Caucus” Kids: “What is that?” Us: “It’s an organization that helps to improve the lives of African American and other people of color. They try to bring attention to issues that are important to African Americans and stand up for…” Kids: Awwww!! Is there going to be a lot of talking?” “Do we haaave to go?!” “This is going to be boooring.”
We weren’t surprised. We just chuckled….told them our expectations for their behavior (as we do most of the time before we go somewhere…ya’ll know.) Fast forward…and we are sitting in a forum examining incarceration and the strategies that can be used to support people of color who are re-entering society after being in prison. We can’t tell you how impactful it was for our son and daughters to see and hear people that look like them talking about what we can do to support and help other people that look like us. And, of course, we made a beeline right on over to Representative Danny K. Davis from Illinois so that our kids could meet and see up close…the possibilities. Priceless.
Remember Fam, we have to be intentional about exposing our children to as many people and experiences as we possibly can. It is our right and our responsibility!
You cannot fully understand your own life without knowing and thinking beyond your life, your own neighborhood, and even your own nation. ~Dr, Johnetta Cole (Former President of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro & Spelman College in Atlanta)
Ayize & Aiyana Ma’at, high school sweethearts, have been together for 18 years and married for 10. Their love and devotion has been an inspiration to many as they demonstrate their commitment to increasing the quality of relationships throughout the world. Together, they are the founders of B Intentional LLC (and this website), a Human Potential firm that exists to provide services that help people increase their self-awareness, overcome obstacles, and reach their most ridiculous goals. Through their popular web property, BlackLoveandMarriage.com. they’ve managed to help bring the power of intention and insight to more than 50,000 individuals and couples per month with their signature down to earth and “keep it real” style. Ayize & Aiyana Ma’at have been featured on Dr. Drew’s Life Changers T.V. Show, Michael Baisden Show, Roland Martin’s Washington Watch, The Matt Mcgill Show, The Oprah Winfrey Network, and many more.