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The Argument Against VH1 #SororitySisters

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There has always been a slight schism or mild debate in the Black community between those who choose to go through the intake process of an organization of the Divine 9 and those who choose (or are denied the option to) not join a Black Greek Letter Organization (BGLO). Whether it is the debate on if the productivity of BGLOs in today’s community or the stance some of the organizations have taken in light in of recent civil rights action, there has been an ongoing critique and scrutiny long before VH1 premiered it’s new reality series, Sorority Sisters. At the root, BGLOs are inherently elitist because everyone can not be a member, and the selection + intake process leaves more than a few with failed attempts of being accepted. As a member of a BGLO, I get some of the arguments that are made against them. I just do not get the argument some unnecessarily make when trying to explain why they choose not to join one. What VH1 provided last Monday night was more fodder for the taking.

Originally announced in June 2014 as a Mona Scott-Young back production, Sorority Sisters quickly sparked a petition to ban the show from airing. Nothing more was heard of the show until December 11th, when a few clips with a press release from VH1 were posted announcing the December 16th premiere. No mention of Mona Scott-Young being involved, albeit her business partner Stefan Springman is still an executive producer. There was never any official word issued by any of the BGLO sororities with regards to the Sorority Sisters show nor was the petition formally backed by any of the organizations.

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sears via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears.

It’s more than a gift. It’s the joy of the season. #MoreThanAGift.

I love giving gifts! I’m sentimental on the low and I love the opportunity to give something quirky that comes directly from the heart to someone. And that’s the best route to go when you want to give a gift to someone who you think is hard-to-shop for. Even when you’re on a tight budget, if you add the right personal touch to a gift and it’s given from a genuine place of love then the receiver will definitely appreciate it! So when Sears asked us to pick gifts for someone we think is hard-to-shop for I was excited to participate. So excited that I got a flat tire trying to get to Sears…lol. I can laugh now, but I spent a good 45 minutes mad at the pothole on Almeda Road and another four hours waiting to get it fixed. But my love for gift giving shall not be overpowered by flat tires and cold mechanics! [click to continue…]

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#PopSnark is a weekly discussion on everything from the low brow to the high brow, as long as your eyebrows are on fleek. Brought to you by the #SmartBrownGirl shirts and my book #SendItOn, the perfect holiday gifts! Thanks for all your support!

I’m so happy to see all the #SmartBrownGirls and Dudes :) who enjoy my weekly #PopSnark episode! Missed a week because I was in my feelings as someone (yes, a He) blindsided me with some news I still haven’t wrapped my head all the way around. Just…ugh…girl. I’m back though, as there was much to be discussed this week and it’s crazy to see the world we live in evolve, or really digress/devolve. So grab your favorite drank and sip along to episode six of #PopSnark. [click to continue…]

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#PopSnark is a weekly discussion on everything from the low brow to the high brow, as long as your eyebrows are on fleek. Brought to you by the #SmartBrownGirl shirts and my book #SendItOn, the perfect holiday gifts! Grab a drink and sip along. Since it is cuddle buddy weather I brought along my bae who is touch with his feminine side, say hi to Honey Jack Daniels with a splash of my favorite soda, Q Drinks.

solange-2nd-line-weddingSolange slayed and broke the internet at the same time. I’m still trying to recoup from the epicness of her wedding pictures. I just appreciate how every ounce of her emanated through the photos/videos that have come out of her NOLA celebration of love to her 51 year old husband, Alan Ferguson. Alan is showing that clearly Black don’t crack. Solange owned it and hopefully y’all can finally grace the woman with our headline without having to reference her sister. She did break out in hives after dancing her ass and soul off during her second line (a New Orleans tradition) and I guess Beyonce giving her Benadryl to recoup and carry on with the celebration is news worthy. I just want to gag over all her outfit changes. Loves it! But take a look through the wedding photos and let me know if you can spot the #SmartBrownGirl panelist who was in attendance. I am jealous. Ladies please don’t be quick to try and copy inch for inch Solo’s wedding, just embrace how she embrace her individuality and be encouraged to embrace your own.

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All Bundled Up: Dressing for the (Texas) Cold

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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Sears via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Sears.

It is finally cold in Houston! Wait, have you missed all the videos where I’m constantly mentioning that I recently re-located off the East Coast (Washington, DC) for the sunnier and warmer lands of Texas?! Well there’s always someone who is late to the party. And while I was told that Southern Texas, for the most part, only experiences warm, hot and hotter with thunderstorms seasons, the temperature is hovering right around 45-50° and folks out here are hibernating like it’s a proper winter. I was apt to complain about the cold with the rest of the Houstonians but then I recalled last year’s horrid winter and I just said a prayer of thanks to baby Jesus. I am grateful. Even more grateful that I have the opportunity to work with Sears on their #SearsStyle campaign! [click to continue…]

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What Is a #SmartBrownGirl?

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Earlier this year, when I was going through the motions of being a natural hair vlogger without baby hair and silky tresses, trying to figure out why was I so frustrated with my YouTube channel, I decided to divert my content. I had spent the previous year and half investing in equipment to produce higher quality videos that showcased the beauty of Type 4 and/or 4C natural hair. But I wasn’t fulfilled. I wasn’t talking about the things that motivate me in my day to day. And while for many, hair care can be an all consuming or highly consuming thing, for me it’s never been that. I’m so laissez-faire about my hair that putting myself in a lane where it was the topic of every conversation left a big chunk of myself unfulfilled. So out of that frustration came my idea for the #SmartBrownGirl movement. [click to continue…]

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