Khalilah Smith is a sophomore at Michigan State and recently received the distinction as the school’s first black rodeo queen at the 49th annual Spartan Stampede Rodeo. Now, she is heading out west to represent the “Motor City” on a national level in the Miss Rodeo USA competition. She is an inspiration to young girls not only here in Michigan but around the country. Listen to her story and you will hear why she is a WCSX “Woman Who Rocks”.
When I spoke to Khalilah I learned so much about competition, why the sport is so important for young women, and why it is so important for her to share her story with others. Khalilah got her start as a little kid riding at the Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Association. She is now a student at Michigan State who plans to become a veterinarian and help the animals she loves so much. Next week she is heading to Oklahoma for the Miss USA Rodeo and is hoping to bring home the crown to Detroit. Please click on the link below and cast your vote for Khalilah.
If you would like to help fund her journey as Khalilah is looking for sponsors, please email me at Erin@WCSX.com and I will put you in touch.
In the second half of the podcast, I am always joined by Cyndy Schalter from Turning Point Macomb. This week we talk about “New Years Resolutions” and how to keep them. Did you know that January 12th is the day most people are likely to give up?
Cyndy and I also discuss a woman who was just granted clemency after being convicted of killing the person who trafficked her for sex. A couple weeks ago, I spoke with a Michigan woman, Joyce Dixson-Haskett who served time for a very similar situation many years ago. Will this recent case make lawmakers reevaluate current laws that are in place that punish people who have been enslaved?
Since it is 2019 there are new laws on the books and Thank the Lord that some lawmakers realized pets play an intricate roll in domestic violence situations. Research has shown that some survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault will not leave their abusers because harm could come to their pet. Cyndy and I discuss the new law and why it is so important to those trying to flee a bad situation.
Did you play dress up as a kid? I did. I loved wearing make-up and my Mom’s heels. While I am not necessarily of fan of Kim Kardashian, I am coming to her defense over her family Christmas photos. Some on social media were bashing the reality star because one of her children was wearing make-up.
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