Featured Dream Chaser: Khari Burke’s NFL Dreams Makes Him Ball Hard, Study Harder

Khari Burke, #7 CB for MTSU

Meet Khari Burke, current junior and Corner Back for the Middle Tennessee State University  Blue Raiders. GO BLUE!

This featured dream chaser is near and dear to my heart, mostly because I used to change his diapers… and, he’s one of the most humble and unknowingly wise people who I know. Yes, he’s my kid brother, but that’s not why he’s featured in this post. A few weeks ago he came home for winter break and I couldn’t help but be inspired by his dedication to working hard at his craft , even in the off-season. Early morning workouts with fellow teammates, beach runs on the sand… You name it, he was on it.

Football has been a major part of my family as I have relatives that have played in the NFL and brothers that have played football from the time they were in middle school, until college. With Khari, football is something that he became passionate about as early as elementary school. In fact, I remember when he was in middle school and he begged our mother to let him play in a local optimist league, and she declined. Finally he got an uncle to agree to sponsor him, and the rest is history. All throughout high school he would get an earful from me as his big sister to make education his #1 priority. As the first in my family to graduate college, I wanted to set the bar high and show those that followed how important and attainable an education is (not only for the sake of a degree, but for the sake of learning will power and the priceless experiences and relationships formed along the way). Well, I always assumed that my words fell upon deaf ears as they typically do when little brothers feel that their being preached to. That could not have been further from the truth.

Khari Burke
Khari Burke

Back in 2009, Khari had transitioned from optimist to high school football where of course around the same time he was hit with the “what do you want to do with your life?” question. His response, “play football…” From there he made the decision on what path he wanted his life to take, of course not without a few bumps in the road. And ever since, the Universe has conspired in his favor. As a broadcast journalism major in college, I used my editing skills and resources to help him put together a highlight tape during his junior year.

I even introduced him to my good friend and schoolmate New York Giants safety Kenny Phillips for a bit of inspiration. My oldest brother, who had been a top college football recruit before experiencing career ending injuries, orchestrated a plan that would take Khari from a no-name highschool player (then, no player from his school had been given a football scholarship in years) to a nationally ranked and highly scouted cornerback. His only requirement for such cooperation was to give it everything he had every time he touched the field and make sure that his grades were excellent. He kept his end of the bargain, and so did we. Just a few weeks after uploading his highlight film on YouTube our mailbox was flooded with recruiting letters from top Division I universities. Khari now had options to choose from, and MTSU was at the top of the list. He even caught the attention of local media, and managed to make his way onto the All County First Team, and also played in the Dade vs. Broward game.

All star

These days he’s hitting the books harder than ever and has made the dean’s list just about every semester during his college career. Against all odds, Khari continues to show just how far hard work, dedication, and belief in one’s self can take you. He puts the “student” in student athlete as he is now a red-shirted sophomore on academic course to receive his Master’s degree before leaving college. Those things, coupled with the power of God and the workings of the Universe, make for one heck of a recipe. Kudos to him for leading by example and being an inspiration to others, especially his big sis.

Khari Burke and @BCSTARKS
Khari Burke and @BCSTARKS… sibling love! xox

Check out the film that started it all below, and keep an eye out for this quiet storm. 😉

Khari Burke Junior Highlight Film

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXI6kdzdtak

Khari Burke Senior Highlight Film

Love you KB and may all your dreams continue to come true!

@BCSTARKS

Afternoon Inspiration: Madame Noire’s ‘She’s The Boss’ Series (I LOVE These HWICs!!!)

“It has been wayyyy too long since my last post. This should not happen!!! Especially with all the beautiful lessons that I am learning, and the amazing people who I meet daily. I vow to do better.” –@ BCSTARKS

HWIC = Head Women In Charge

Kela Walker, Series Host of Madame Noire's "She's The Boss"

Most recently I have bounced between a new fabulous job in the industry that I love most (Hair), and my final thesis project before graduating with a Master’s degree in Public Relations. My last project happens to be on the brand which I am currently working for, which I am beyond excited about. Today, while doing research on the history of African-American hair care enterprises, I came across some amazing videos that were posted to Madame Noire, a blog that I subscribe to on Facebook, and frequent occasionally.

The videos, which are part of an interview series titled “She’s The Boss” that the creators of the blog started to showcase the stories and accomplishments African-American businesswomen and entrepreneurs, are phenomenal! So much so, that I had to share them with my readers… or those of you that are left. Lol  (I’m so sorry y’all!!)

Please check out each one of them if you can, yes, even if you are not African-American. They are inspiring for any human being that aspires to do something special with their purpose and talents in life. In addition, they represent a little bit of everything, for everyone. From music lovers, to fashion, to public relations, to business, to sports… You name it, these women are LIFE!!!!

More about She’s The Boss:

Twenty episodes. Twenty phenomenal women. She’s the Boss captures the business savvy, style and spirit of New York City’s most successful black businesswomen. Created specifically to cater to the unique environment of online television viewing, the series features intimate one-on-one interviews and the day-to-day activities of corporate executives, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs. She’s the Boss offers practical advice and inspiration to the largely female demographic among MadameNoire.com fans.

Hear that “click-clack?” That’s the sound of their stilettos dancing on the glass ceiling!

Check out some of my faves!:

Marvet Britto, President And CEO Of The Britto Agency

Episode 18 – Carmen Murray, Founder And CEO Of Title 9 Productions

Episode 5 – Karine Méhu, Director Of Digital Marketing At ESPN

Episode 1 – Ericka Dotson Of Indique Hair

Don’t ever say I didn’t share anything wonderful with you all. 😉

Love,

@BCSTARKS

My Unexpected Degree In Psychology ( I Didn’t Do It On Purpose!)

When I signed up to get a Master’s Degree in Public Relations, I was signing up to do what I had always done ever since I was a little girl… Try to gain understanding so that I could create understanding among many. I didn’t realize that life was leading me towards my purpose until a couple of days ago…

It’s funny how nothing in life is ever coincidental. It all means something in the grander scheme of things. And it all has to happen the way that it does, to get you where you need to be. No matter how good or bad things seem in the moment.

I recently wrote a post on my Public Relations blog that reflected on the nature of public relations being closely tied to the field of psychology. I never would have thought that what I do, and what I’m striving to become, would mean so much to this world… because regardless of the scenario, at our core, all human beings want to be understood and to know that they matter.

Who would have thought that GOD would use me in this way. I now get that my life is being used for a purpose greater than myself. Yes, even when the issues that I  deal with seem all too personal, they are merely reminders that my lessons are not just my own. They are life lessons to be understood by me, and then shared with many others so that they too can understand themselves and other people.

I’m thankful for this revelation… But, I also know that I make a better PR professional than I would a psychologist. There’s still so much to learn.

Love,

@BCSTARKS a.k.a. The Dream Maker