Love Your Past, Embarrassing and All

There is a great emphasis on change as we grow into young adults; adapting to changing surroundings, friendships, priorities and ultimately changing selves. Yet, I rarely hear of loving our past selves who are not actually fully abandoned as we “grow-up.” They are still foundations for our new beings, so why can’t we celebrate and […]

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Hair Days

Since I was a little girl, Sundays were my hair days. Starting at the age of four, I have shared locs with the many members of my extended family- from my 70 year old step-grandmother to my 27 year old uncle. My hair also created a guaranteed moment of connection between my mother and me […]

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Dealing With Black Trauma

This past month has opened my eyes to see things in ways I did not see them before. This month has also felt like a never-ending cycle of bad news. Every time I see a new racially motivated attack/shooting I find myself not even being able to react. The word I would use to describe […]

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Use Your Love Language on You

When the weight of the world burdens your shoulders, sometimes it’s most revolutionary to love yourself. Finding consistent meaningful ways to reward your existence, can ground your mental and physical presence while strengthening your relation to self. We don’t always need a grand reason to celebrate, wanting to be happy for the hell of it […]

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To Black Women In STEM

There are too many times where Black women aren’t given the proper respect that they deserve. From personal experience, the constant belittling and undermining of my intelligence and hard work often gets frustrating. Battling these daily challenges requires a lot of motivation.  To be a woman in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields is […]

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I Want To See Black Women Win.

I want to see the Black women win. I want to see a dark-skin Black woman main character with three unproblematic love interests simply because she is beautiful. I want television and film to represent Black women whose ultimate goal in life is not marriage or children— without being portrayed as sad, cold, or heartless. […]

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Mental health and Healing in the black community

Collectively, many in the Black community are constantly feeling tired, broken, lost, and tested. When considering the country’s current political climate, on top of a presidential election year and a global pandemic, Black people are processing a lot of emotional trauma. It is never a sign of weakness to struggle with your mental health. The […]

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A Black Woman’s Pressure to Succeed Is Not About Her

The success of Black women exists as an entity beyond our personal achievements. The pressure of opening new doors for all women who look like you creates an unhealthy resistance to failure. Black women are often the first, or one of a few, learning to navigate spaces that were not systematically designed for their advancement. […]

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Hair Series: Embracing the Afro

Afros surged in the 60s and 70s during the Civil Rights Movement as a means to fully embrace Black beauty and power without European standards. As a consequence etched from slavery, afros have been derogatorily labeled as “nappy” and “untamed” for centuries. I’ve heard those very same words for most of my life.  Black is […]

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A Love Letter To Black Single Moms

Single Motherhood. It is something that is often regarded as a reflection of a broken home, that produces broken children. It is treated as something shameful, something that needs to be repaired within the Black community. The truth is that single motherhood is a reflection of the exact opposite, it is a role that demonstrates […]

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