I’ve watched countless boring cowboy classic films. I’ve seen dainty women ride horses, while sitting sideways, still upholding the feminine fact that they are indeed women. But when I saw my first horse, in person, I was frozen with fear. Those majestic creatures are incredibly intimidating. I can’t pinpoint why they scare me so much. I’ve never had any terrifying encounters with them, as I grew up on the other side of the tracks and my silver spoon was plastic, at best.
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I grew up in North Carolina and would only see horses as we drove down long stretches of farmland and ranches. They’d either be bowed, plucking grass from the ground or simply standing there, gazing curiously at the horse-powered blur whiz past them. Oh and I can’t forget the ones that were trotting in parades. A country girl I am, but interactions with horses were not a norm for me.
When I moved to New York City, surprisingly, I was in more close contact with horses. Police ride them here like they’re mopeds. I still giggle every time I see that, but I don’t get close. Seven years in this city and no matter my love for Central Park–where horses are drawing carriages–I’ve managed to keep my distance from horses. That was–until I was asked to go and interview Sherri Shepherd–“and oh, you have to ride a horse,” Leigh, my Editorial Director casually mentioned when she asked me to go do the interview. My jaw flung open.
I was down to tackle whatever interview and honestly, I just wanted the time out of the office. I frowned, then nodded, “Ok.” I have no problem being 100 percent transparent, “I’m scared though. I am terrified of horses,” I admitted to Leigh.
“Oh great, so is Sherri! This will be fun. The car comes at 2,” Leigh turned her eyes from me, back to her screen in less than a second and she kept typing. That was my cue to go back to my seat and prep for the interview.
I sat down and giggled, “Ugh. I have to ride a horse,” I admitted to myself. With a few words of encouragement from the rest of #TeamBeautiful, I was off to go ride horses with Sherri Shepherd. I’m all about conquering fears and Sherri joined GetGutsyAlign to encourage people to look their fears dead in the eyes and tackle them.
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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! 🙏😄😄😄"