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Safiya Jafari Simmons
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Safiya Jafari Simmons is CEO and Chief Strategist at SJS Communications LLC, a boutique public relations and communications firm specializing in amplifying untold stories and elevating unheard voices. Her passion is equipping and empowering people to live radically and purposefully, daily. In addition to blogging for The Huffington Post, she curates a blog of Christian inspiration called RadicalNewU™, and calls Washington, D.C., home with her husband, a D.C. police officer, three children, and rottweiler.

Entries by Safiya Jafari Simmons

On Being Breathless

(4) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 7:53 AM

More sirens than usual tonight. They're the only thing slicing through the silence. Because tonight, as my children sleep and I try to settle down for the evening...

I can't breathe.

I can't cry.

And I can't turn my mind off.

Now, let's get something cleared up right now: where...

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On Bedside Baptist

(2) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 1:07 PM

It was the second Sunday in a row that I'd spent the early morning hours tending to a toddler with an upset stomach.

I remember vaguely my husband - a police officer - crawling into bed around 4 a.m. only to dash out three hours later for another tour.

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On Being a Dictator

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 1:03 AM

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You're a bit of a dictator. And I am, too.

The Holy Spirit gave me the revelation one day as I lamented why the blessing the Lord said He'd give me wasn't coming the way I thought it would, or should.

Imagine that:...

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On Being Radical

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 5:48 AM

Timidity doesn't honor God.

There, I said it.

I've given a lot of thought to how often followers of Christ find themselves - or more accurately, place themselves - in the role of victim.

Text messages change our moods. What someone said about us ruins our day. We pray...

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On Keeping the Faith

(4) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 2:17 PM

I'm not sure if it was between my first and second child, or my second and third, that I literally thanked God for Jesus.

Sure, I'd heard church mothers say it before, but somewhere along my journey of parenthood I realized that without faith I'd most certainly lose my mind.

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On Not 'Ruining Christmas'

(9) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 12:40 PM

My daughters came home a few weeks ago and asked the question my husband and I knew was coming but never wanted to hear.

"Is Santa Claus real, Mommy?"

I'll admit that the first time my five-year-old popped the question last month, I panicked and deflected, "Oh, why do you...

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On Millennials and Faith

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 7:36 PM

It seems the topic du jour in religious circles is the waning faith of Millennials. While I've enjoyed reading the opinions and commentaries of the experts, I thought maybe it was time to have a Millennial lend her voice.

Now let me say from the outset that I'm not a...

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