I Hate Living Everywhere

Giggle with me, because anyone who has followed me over the past three years likely believes I cannot be satiated by any city. You might not be wrong. I’m half conscious of how much I “complain” about everywhere I lived. My disdain for Washington, DC went viral, I was indifferent about Houston and my favorite […]

We Forgive Scammers as Long as They Sell Us an Image of Wealth

We forgive scammers as long as they sell us a vision of wealth. As an influencer, I am consistently confronted by how pernicious behavior, that often maligns members of our own community, is swept under the rug with a kiss to the right cheek. Whispers “don’t say anything you don’t want to look bitter”. Empowerment […]

What Am I Suppose To Do With Boring People?

I have a friend who claims to love dating boring men. I don’t know that I believe her because while her significant other(s) are often the boring types, she almost always self-destructs with them. She’s a Pisces so calling her out and reminding her that she very often complains about them not indulging her in […]

Disrespecting My Time is a Problem and a Lesson

I hate when people waste my time in ways that could have been prevented. I especially hate when those people look like me, are people who I want to uplift and respect but instead I’m looking at my phone trying to figure out how to even process the bullsh*t. How often am I inclined to […]

A Call for Prayers Because I Am Writing Every Day in March

It’s March and 25 days out until my birthday. Forever and day when I reflect on what I can do better it has always been: write more. But being the queen of procrastination I find every which way to never get around to it. To the point, that for the best two years I’ve almost […]

Isolating Yourself is not Self-Care

Why do we believe that cutting ourselves off from the people who care about us, calling it something like “I’m putting my head down” “grinding” or hashtagging it, is how we become successful in a capitalist society? I am not implying that this is indicative of simply the Black community but it is symptomatic of […]

All the Books I Read in 2017 | #SmartBrownGirl Reads

2017 book list for smart black women

Here is the list of all the books I read last year, starting with the books that I completed and then the books which I started but did not manage to finish before 2017 was up. You can check out all my previous book lists here. All the books listed below are books that I […]

In Search of the Black Girls in the Creative Industry | The Conference

Where are all the Black girls in the arts? How many Black girls came of age being told that the only prospect in pursuing the arts was to invest in training that leaves you as a starving artist. There are only a few lucky ones. That little Black girl had better bets to make than […]

Buying A Car As A Single Woman – 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring Review

2017 has been a wild year and we’re not even done yet. In the midst of the chaos, in various ways I’ve been stressing the value of friendships. Having a strong inner core, is so necessary in these times. Finding inexpensive ways to travel together, can be a really awesome experience. I’m that friend that just […]

On: What The Health…WTF?

The Netflix documentary is the latest viral documentary tackling the American food complex and every one of us has had a bevy of Facebook friends announcing they were going cold turkey vegan…or is it cold tofu vegan? Produced by Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn, who are also the minds behind Cowspiracy, What the Healthy (WTH) […]

Insecure Season Two Episode Two “Hella Questions” Review

Insecure’s soundtrack is craftily selected and perfectly place songs. It looks like we’re going to be bodyrolling to season two the whole damn time. On the “nebulous fuck” as Issa describes the 10 second pelvic banging she did with Lawrence to Molly. hazy does some to be an accurate description. Issa ain’t so much as […]

Insecure Season Two Episode One “Hella Great” Review

There is something truly miraculous about a show created by Black women, largely produced by Black women, managing to create a character that Black men can rally behind. Hilarious because the #LawrenceHive entirely exists as a means for Black men to build a wall that protects their own insecurities and ain’t shit ways. The truth […]

What I’ve Read + Am Reading in 2017

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts Why I Am Not A Feminist by Jessa Crispin The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah Black Sexual […]

Shea Moisture + the Trans-Racial Party

At this point in history, we’ve had a Black president, a bomb ass beautiful brown sister as the only first lady I’ll over love and now we have Nkechi Amare Diallo scamming her way into Blackness and landing a role as the head of marketing at Shea Moisture. So this Shea Moisture karfunkel happened and […]

#PopSnark 42: Retrograde Got Us F*cked Up

jouelzy 42 popsnark

It’s time for another #PopSnark, where we talk about everything from the low brow to the high brow as long as your eyebrows are on fleek. Clink clink clink claaaaaank. This might be the quickest turnaround ever to me putting out consecutive #PopSnarks. But all these planets in retrogrades got people and the universe doing […]