Nicci and I had been seriously dating for some time and though she expected a proposal, I decided surprising her was the best way to make it memorable.
For Labor Day, Nicci was headed to her parents house in Denver. She wanted me to come with her, but I told her I had to go to Houston for work. Little did she know, I was headed to Denver a few days early to ask her parents for her hand in marriage.
I arrived at Nicci’s parents home and rang their doorbell (they didn’t know I was coming) and formally asked for their blessing (they DID know that was coming). They said yes, and were excited to be in on the surprise. A few hours later, when Nicci arrived home, I was waiting upstairs while they welcomed her into the kitchen. She didn’t notice or ask about the roses on the table and the champagne in the fridge were there. A few moments later, I came down the stairs to pop the question while her parents looked on.
I’ve never before seen anyone so surprised at something so inevitable. Mission Accomplished!
As I walked up to the house, after a three-hours delay because of a severe thunderstorm, my mom swung the door open more excited than usual. I went to the kitchen to the refrigerator to find a snack and though I noticed the champagne that BJ’s family drank on special occasions, I totally thought nothing of it.
The next thing I knew, there was this loud noise from upstairs and I heard BJ’s voice as he stormed down! I was shocked to see him there and started screaming in excitement.
He suggested that I sit down on the couch and as I sat, he dropped to one knee and popped the question. He opened a box that contained a twist tie that we made into a makeshift ring as a joke earlier in the year which I had no idea he kept. Quickly, my mom handed him the real box and inside it was the most beautiful, unique, and flawless asscher cut diamond ring.
As I hugged him crying uncontrollably, he told me that he wanted to make sure that my parents, who also graduated from Spelman and Morehouse, were present when he proposed. Given that my dad has not been in the best of health the past couple of years, this meant the world to my parents who love BJ unconditionally.
Nicci and BJ plan to wed next summer in Denver, Colorado. Congrats to the couple on their unifying black love.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"