A Singer in the Home of Jazz

Cherokee's YAV Year

Waiting for Sunday

It was raining in New Orleans on Saturday. Rain has always been a comfort to me. The slow tap of rain against the window or rolling thunder has always eased the tension in my mind. Living in Arizona for two... Continue Reading →


Carnival: A Love Song?

"At last, my love has come along. My lonely days are over and life is like a song." Etta James' song "At Last" makes appearances at many a wedding. During the season of Carnival, I feel it takes on a... Continue Reading →

Becoming a new Butterfly 

Butterflies are extraordinary creatures. They start off as little caterpillars and transform through metamorphosis into the most beautiful things. Butterflies are unapologetically themselves and they wear their colors proudly. I have some sincere trouble doing just that. I can't seem... Continue Reading →

The Most Painful Blisters

I put Band-Aids on blisters that day. My small group from YAV had spent the day walking around New York as a part of orientation. We got sent out with only $5 and were meant to observe two very different... Continue Reading →

Jumping in Feet First

I'm finally here in NOLA! I'm so happy and excited to be here, I flew from home Friday morning and landed at about 1:20 that afternoon. I moved in immediately. I met my housemates shortly there after. They are great... Continue Reading →

Waiting Game

Sorry Y'all. I know it's been a minute since I've posted. Everything has gotten so busy. I'm currently in a hurry up and wait time. I'm done fundraising. I kinda know where I'm going to be working. Now it's time... Continue Reading →

The kids I love 

My whole life is kids. I watch them at work. I play and pray with them at my home church, Bayside Presbyterian. I've gotten close to a few of those kids in both places. I've learned so many thing from... Continue Reading →

1 week down. 19 weeks and 3 days to go.

It's me. So for those of you who know me in real life, you know that I've been ready to go to NOLA since I found out back in January. I couldn't believe that I was actually going to experience... Continue Reading →


Hey Y'all, I'm Cherokee. I'm 21 years old and currently living in Virginia Beach, VA. I'm about to embark, in 5 months, on the greatest journey my life has ever taken me. Somethings you should know is I'm one of... Continue Reading →

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