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Mo’ne Davis is a #SmartBrownGirl

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I promise you I am not being paid by Chevrolet. But they are doing quite an awesome job at advocating for diversity without it being cliche. Most recently with their Spike Lee directed clip featuring Mo’ne Davis and her family. Mo’ne is a 13 year old Philadelphia star basketball and baseball player. She’s already landed the cover of Sports Illustrated highlighting her stunning record at the 2014 Little League World Series. Mo’ne is the first girl to ever earn a win and pitch a shutout (a single pitcher pitches a complete game and does not allow the opposing team to score a run) in Little League history. Thus making her the first Little League player to garner a Sports Illustrated cover.

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Buying a Car as a Single Woman, sets out to empower women with knowledge of their consumer power in the arena of purchasing a car. Car marketing very rarely is marketed towards women, let a lone the invisible group of women of color, even though women make up over 52% of the new car buyers in the USA. So here’s to walking into the dealership prepared and ready to get negotiate the best deal!

This past week General Motors extended their Drive the District (#DistrictDrive) program to the city of Houston allowing me to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. Formerly known as the cop car, the Impala was recently redesigned bringing it into it’s ninth generation with this 2014 model. It’s still a rather big car but it’s sleek and modern design make it a fabulous car. Actually I don’t know if fabulous is the right adjective to describe this car. It’s a riding ’round getting it car. It ain’t tricking if you got car. A versace, versace, versace car. All gold everything car. And most definitely a some type of way, I drop top in my whip car. You know, the first thing you do…well the first thing I did…is play whatever ignorantly incoherent rap song  of the moment with all the bass bumping through the Bose sound system. It really is all types of ratchet epicness and I loved it. [click to continue…]

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But I Like Snacks & Being Soft Around the Middle

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I’ve packed on a few pounds since I endured spending 16 months living in the District of Columbia. I’m still trying to decide how much I care about the weight I’ve put on. Do I care because my mother has called after I post a full body shot of myself on Instagram, to inform that “oh dear you have gotten chubby”? For 15 seconds after the call, sure. Do I care because I’ve finally started putting weight back on face and my cheeks now swallow all my other features? Not really. Do I care because all these Chinese companies are offering my gift cards and I can’t fit nan nothing on the site? Really tho…it’s because I’ve actually ordered things that were super cute and the zipper said nope after I zipped it up all the way to my waist line. It’s the clothing that does fit me cutting me in all the wrong places, indenting my smooth rolls into something awful and making me look like SpongeBob Squarepants second cousin. This ain’t fun or fair. Albeit I’m still rather ambivalent about my body weight because I enjoy every bit of how I look naked. Fat looks great on me but this Vitamin B deficiency doesn’t. So since I don’t really want to lose that much weight but what I do need and want to do is get be healthy overall, I shall commit to eating better. Moderately better. As in I can still enjoy a good chicken wing on any given day and a cocktail on the weekends, but I will overhaul my eating habits to do better.  [click to continue…]

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Welcome to #PopSnark

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Welcome to #PopSnark, my new Friday series on my YouTube channel. Although I’m posting this article on a Monday, just trying to keep my SEO game on par, I promise to do better and keep consistent with this unlike the fallen star of my #SundaySounds posts. Those got lost in the wind of me moving from DC to Houston and I literally just remembered today that I haven’t posted one in a clean minutes, oopsies.

On #PopSnark, where all things low brow to high brow are good enough to discuss as a #SmartBrownGirl as long as ones actual brows are on fleek! No one knows what ‘fleek’ actually means but it’s fun to say so rock with me here. I’ll be popping open something to sip on and discussing whatever has moved me for the week. Overall I do plan to loop in topics that I have already written about with the weekly #PopSnark vlogs and you can feel free to suggest topics to me, preferably via Twitter. This week on with the first, the protoplast #PopSnark video I popped opened a bottle of Hobnob Cabernet Sauvignon, which I can’t actually pronounce (blame it on the lisp). I’m not much of a Cab drinker, I prefer Cote du Rhone, but this was tasty. [click to continue…]

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Back in May, Jamelle Bouie wrote a piece on Slate.com about Millenials lack of understanding of racism. Millenials, as in us, the generation that reached adulthood in these beginning of years of the 21st Century. Those of us who casted our first vote in the democratic system of the United States to herald in the first Black president. That same presidency according to some signifying the beginnings or maybe the precipice of the post-race era. And here we are… [click to continue…]

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I keep wanting to quote “For Colored Girls…” because I feel like Ntozake Shange’s point in writing that choreopoem is one in the same with my mission in the #SmartBrownGirl movement and specifically, what I hope to be, event series.  To speak to the nuances of colored womanhood. Dig a little deeper, build a little higher and spread a voice to those unheard.

“somebody/ anybody
sing a black girl’s song
bring her out
to know herself
to know you
but sing her rhythms
carin/ struggle/ hard times
sing her song of life
she’s been dead so long
closed in silence so long
she doesn’t know the sound
of her own voice
her infinite beauty
she’s half-notes scattered
without rhythm/ no tune
sing her sighs
sing the song of her possibilities
sing a righteous gospel
let her be born
let her be born
& handled warmly.”

 – Ntozake Shange, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

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