Monthly Archives: June 2011

R.I.P. Henri Pratt

Reading through my Facebook feed, I saw that an old friend of mine had lost a close cousin on Sunday, June 26th, 2011.  The worst part is that he was murdered. Below is the small blurb that The Washington Post posted on their website regarding this tragic event:

“Posted at  07:24 AM ET, 06/27/2011

1 killed, 1 injured in Capitol Heights

By  Justin Jouvenal

One man was killed and another was injured early Sunday in Capitol Heights, according to Prince George’s County police.

Henri Dominic Pratt, 26, of Clinton, was found suffering from a body trauma in the 7100 block of Hastings Drive around 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, police said. Officers were called to the scene for a report of a cutting.

Pratt was taken to the hospital, where he later died, police said. A 24-year-old man suffered non-life threatening injuries in the incident and also was transported to the hospital, police said.

Detectives are looking for suspects and a motive in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Prince George’s County police at 301-772-4925 or 301-772-4925. “

This morning while checking my Twitter timeline, I saw that Tiffany had posted a link to a blog Natasha Brown,a relative, had written about Henri- or read the her post below:

UPDATE: Justice for Henri Pratt, Stabbed 27 Times in MD on Sunday near DOZENS of Witnesses

Good Evening,

This is the most painful pitch that I’ve ever had to write. Please read and help if you can.

In the early morning of June 26, Henri Dominic Pratt, 26, was brutally stabbed to death 27 times, at a party in Seat Pleasant, MD. His friend was stabbed eight times and thankfully survived. Henri was a dear family friend and I’m writing to ask you for your help.

There are a few main problems with this incident:
1.      Henri was on a party bus with 60 other passengers, after he got off the bus, he was jumped and stabbed to death, in the same vicinity as everyone who was on the bus, yet police haven’t found enough information to make an arrest in the case.

2.     Witnesses say Henri’s body lay outside for almost 45 minutes before anyone reacted to the situation or an ambulance or police arrived. I can’t help but imagine how many people drove by in cars, walked home or worst, looked and did nothing while he bled to death. One girl, said that she saw him get hit by a bottle. Why didn’t she call the police?

3.      A CHILD NEEDS YOUR HELP. Henri Pratt was only 26 years old, and he had a little daughter, Londyn, and a trust fund is being created for her.  We have sought (and received) the moral support of Miss Black America DC Metro, Kamilla Collier-Mullin, who witnessed her mother’s brutal stabbing several years ago. Kamilla’s foundation, the Cecey Foundation, provides support for kids, like Londyn, who have lost a parent to violence.

Here’s how you can help:

There will be a candle light vigil Wednesday night at 9pm  AT STEPHEN DECATUR MIDDLE SCHOOL AT 8200 PINEWOOD DRIVE IN Clinton, Maryland where Henri lived. Please cover this event if you can.


Please blog, post or cover this unfortunate story on air so that Henri’s murder is solved and things like this don’t happen again. We’ve sought the support of the Prince George’s County Council and County Executive Rushern Baker and also States Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. There are reasons to believe this incident is gang related.


Post on your Facebook Page, Tumblr, WordPress, etc.
Please help the family and friends of Henri get Justice for him so that this never happens again. Please.


Please share this message with anyone who knows how to read. There were so many witnesses, someone may be able to help. Also, if anyone has any information, please contact 301-772-4925.


Washington Times article:
Washington Post article:
Register of Wills Watch dog:
Cecy Foundation/Angels Do Exist Documentary:

Natasha Brown
Think Brown INK

So please pass this information along to anyone and everyone.  This is a senseless death and the more the word gets out about it, the closer we get to finding the persons responsible. Today is Henri, tomorrow it could be you or me.  Stop the violence!

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Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Life


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2 weeks old

I can’t believe my son is 2 weeks old already!  It feels like I just brought him home yesterday.  But that’s what happens with children, they grow up so fast.  My eldest is four and 1/2 now, and I still think of him as a baby. He loves to remind me that he’s a “Big Boy” though, especially now that he is a big brother.

Having two children makes me think that our family is complete. We are the perfect nuclear family. Mommy, Daddy, 2 kids, oh, and the dog.  I can see it now, ten years in the future, standing in front of our perfectly manicure lawn, taking our annual family portrait, smiles from ear to ear. My boys will be perfectly well-adjusted kids, who play a variety of sports, are musically talented and well-behaved. Or things can go the completely awry and we end up a hot mess of a family.

That’s one of the scariest things about motherhood. You are responsible for raising a child and molding him into a positive contributing member of society. It can be a bit overwhelming to think of having so much power and so much responsibility over another human’s life. Most mothers go into this journey with a can-do attitude. I go into it with confidence and my fingers crossed. I also own copies of What to Expecting When You Are Expecting, What To Expect The First Year, and What To Expect The Toddler Years.  I haven’t bought any parenting books beyond that. I honestly love children and really enjoy most of the stages they go through, but then I think about my teenage years, and I shudder.  Those were the scariest and craziest years EVER. If my boys end up acting like I did as a teenager, I’m in for a hella of a ride! Well, my mother did say that “one day…you will pay with your own children what you are doing to me…”

So I’m going to shake those scary flashbacks and look down from this keyboard and see my sleeping 2 week-old in his rocker. He is perfect. He is quiet. He is a gift from God. I must enjoy these special, quiet times. Before long, baby Alex is going to be a “Big Boy”, just like his older brother, sitting in the back sear, singing “Sex on Fire”…

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Posted by on June 23, 2011 in Life


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1st Post

I’m so excited to introduce my new blog. I love to write and I have not been able to for months. Life got in the way.

It’s not that I have a SOCIAL life. Gosh no! I’ve been married for almost seven years, I’m a mom of two boys, I work full time, I have a horrible commute, and I have little free time. That’s why I call it my “UNglamorous” life. I’m just a regular working mom…most of the time. But being a mom doesn’t define me 100%. I have lots of other interests besides motherhood. That’s one of the reasons why I decided to create a blog. I have my own personality, likes and dislikes, and as you will find out, I’m very opinionated. I plan to use this as an outlet for my thoughts and those crazy opinions of mine. So friends, you will no longer have read long status updates on Facebook regarding my political opinions! You can come here and read a post about them. Wanna know what crazy phrase my 4 year-old said? Read it here!

I also plan to post about my other passion, FASHION. I have a dream life that I can make real by writing about it. My head is filled with random fashion knowledge that I rarely get to use, so I hope that by blogging about it, I can make my life a little more glamorous and your life more fashionable.

So comment below or let me know personally what you wish I wrote about…as long as it’s not about sport, I probably have an opinion about it!


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Posted by on June 21, 2011 in Life


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