What Do Local/State Politicians Do For You?

In this episode of #FocusOnTheState, I sat down with my state senator, Jeff Jackson who sits on the North Carolina state legislature. Jackson was very gracious (and charming) in availing himself for this interview to break down what is role as a state politician is, and how I’m impacted as one of his constituents. He […]

Is Defunding the Police Enough?

Josie Duffy Rice offers a wide breadth of insight on what it means to defund the police, why that call is necessary and how it is still not enough in moving towards a more peaceful and equitable society.

Outrage is Profitable

Outrage has become a social currency. First strategically enacted by Kris Jenner in the handling of Kim Kardashian’s sex tape. Let the outrage happen, just look not simply damn good but desirable while all the eyes are you. Folks will be hot while typing away essays, but all you need is a handful of folks […]

My Favorite Date: A Simply, Magical Lie.

I need to get back into the form of writing. So I’m dusting off my Writer’s Block book that I picked up after a recommendation in a Damon and Jo video, to put this sucker to get use. And what is my first prompt? What is my favorite date? Funny, because I am coming up […]

TikTok Has A Race Problem

The race problem on TikTok is glaring. Converse to the privilege and access that Charli has, most of the innovators on TikTok are almost always Black and Brown kids, who like Jaliah prior to that New York Times article, reaped no rewards from creating the Renegade dance.

Is Billie Eilish Culturally Appropriating?

At first glance, nothing about eighteen-year-old Billie Eilish screams Black culture, at least not when you play her music. But after the 2020 Grammys people started talking about what they considered the obvious influence of Black American culture on Billie’s image.

How to Make Classy & Thotful Cocktails

It was a rough day in January and like a true millennial I decided to bury my grief by drinking. Okay, maybe I already had this collaboration scheduled and the universe conspired to make sure I could get through the sudden fall out of a project I’d been working on for two years. My woes […]

My 2019 Reading List

Following up on my what I read in 2018 video, here’s a my ever evolving reading list for 2019. To be noted, I am working towards applying for my PhD in African American History this year. Which means my reading list is going to skew towards academic/black feminist history reading. Since I’ve recorded this video […]

Books I Read in 2018

Here ye, here ye! For all my #SmartBrownGirls here is what I read last year in 2018. Check out my video where I give a bit of insight on why I picked up each book and what I thought of the read. A few of the books have inspired video topics or I’ve done reviews […]

Did Africans Sells Us Into Slavery | A Sentiment Heard in the “Diaspora Wars”

Let’s delve into another complex discussion within the African Diaspora. Africans selling their own people, us — into slavery. And do African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, any of the modern day descendants of enslaved Africans in the Americas, have the right to hold modern day Africans accountable? I’ve seen this sentiment bubbling over on Twitter and certain […]

Why Black People Don’t Travel to Africa

The Black people travel movement has definitely picked up stem in the past few years. It’s beautiful to see Black people traveling all over the world. But one of the questions that has been persistent is why Black people don’t travel to Africa. And what are really asking is why African Americans are not traveling […]

Why Friends + Family Do Not Support You…

Every now and again I see memes floating around, denoting how no one was with you shooting at the gym or how your friends will invest in all the name brands but not buy your products and  I have had people explicitly ask me to the address thinking I would be on the side of […]

The Abuse Strong Friends Endure

I recently re-read James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk. I sat on panel at SXSW with Barry Jenkins, Oscar award-winning director of Moonlight. In preparation, I picked up Beale Street because I realized I could not recount much of the book that I had read in a flurry as a middle schooler.  In 6th grade […]

Let’s Talk About Black Panther

It took me forever and a day to get up a Black Panther review but it is finally, FINALLY here. And yes I am talking a mile a minute cause my brain is going 5 ways to the wind with everything whirling, so turn on the captions and grab you a drink. I talked through […]

Ghana is 61! All My Ghana Travel Vlogs

Today is Ghana’s 61st Independence Day. Winter of 2015 I spent seven weeks there after a work trip to Togo. I didn’t really do a good job compiling all my travel vlogs but since I’m knee deep in *that* review, today was the perfect day to get the list together. My first impressions after my trip […]