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Arionne Yvette

Arionne Yvette

Hey everyone!  I’m Arionne, but you can call me Ari.  I am on a mission to live life unapologetically pursuing purpose, passion, fun, faith and love!  And just happens to be the place where I spill all the juicy details of the things I see, feel, hear, and learn along the way.  Here I am brutally honest and totally transparent, not because I want to tell the world my business, but because I want to inspire you to take this journey with me.  Here, we SPEAK our own truth. Here, we chase dreams and live big!  So are you ready ?  Well, then, let’s GO!!!

But first…here is a little info about me!

I come from a big, beautiful, and loving family!  Between the 3 sides of my fam (yes 3), I cannot count them all!  Click on My Family page to learn more about my peoples!

I am originally from Kansas City, MO, home of the Kansas City Chiefs, the one and only Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts (c/o 01), great barbecue, and the incredible jazz of Charlie Parker!

I  studied at the REAL H.U., that is, Howard University, Washington DC, a.k.a. the MECCA of black education.  There I earned a B.S. in Human Development  with a specialization in child and adolescent development with a Minor in Voice.   Most importantly, it was on the sacred grounds of Howard that I learned to think critically, conduct scientific research, and articulate my own thoughts in a scholarly manner.  HU!!!

I was also blessed to earn a Master of Divinity with a concentration in music ministry from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL.  There, I experienced true community, especially with “the fam” (Shout out to G.E.B.S.!), and developed a love for scholarship.  In order to serve young people more faithfully, I later completed a Certificate in Youth and Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ.

I have had a strong and life-long interest in issues concerning women and girls, especially our empowerment, spirituality, and education.  This explains my involvement with organizations like the Women’s Federation of Methodist and Uniting Church Women the National Council of Negro Women, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.  I have supported groups like Girls, Inc and am a mentor to young women in my home church.

God has made many of my former aspirations my realities!  I can’t wait to see how the Lord will finally bring all my talents and interests together.  All praise to you, Lord!

I currently live in the Kansas City area where I work in public service and youth ministry.

I love to laugh, dance, sing, teach, write and spend time with loved ones.  I’m serious about maintaining my sexy, and I don’t play about my shoe game.  I really don’t.

I’m excited to get to know you.  So don’t be a stranger.  Give me a shout.  Holla at me!  SPEAK!!!

–Ari Speaks

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Michele permalink
    January 28, 2011 3:47 PM


  2. January 28, 2011 4:57 PM

    @ Michele–ROTFLMBO!!! Hilarious! Sorry everybody …inside joke. You would laugh if you actually heard Michele say that out loud. LOL!

  3. Jon Robinson permalink
    January 29, 2011 8:49 AM

    Hey sis, congrats on setting up the blog. This is a good platform for you to flex your theological, pnematoloigical, and eschatological muscles. I appreciate your hermenutic of suspicion regarding MTV. I have not seen it yet, but will be using it to conduct some field research soon. And I echo Nurse Watkins which means I won’t have to pull your scholar card after all. :-)

  4. February 1, 2011 7:30 PM

    @ Jon–Thanks homie! Not pnematological and eschatological muscles! LMBO!

  5. Michelle T. permalink
    February 2, 2011 8:28 PM

    Arionne, you go girl! I love you much and know that you are an inspiration and a blessing to many young and old!

    Love you cousin!

  6. September 10, 2012 9:44 AM

    Just came across your blog and I love what you are all about! Looking forward to taking a closer look around :)

    • September 10, 2012 2:21 PM

      Thanks again for visiting. And thanks for the follow! I look forward to the conversation. Blessings!

  7. April 2, 2013 9:52 PM

    Stumbled on your blog, love your focus and vision, have you in my reader now :) Lxx

    • April 3, 2013 9:38 PM

      Hey there!!! WELCOME!!! Thanks a million for the follow! I look forward to chatting with you along the way!!! 😉

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