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

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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 wants to eat their way through the city and I convinced my homegirl to do that with me in Chicago. If you follow me on SnapChat, you witnessed me achieving my goal + some. I lived, I loved and it was everything. Then in the
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Travel

Travel To Cuba: AirBnB, Casa Particular or Hotels?

Here's the last in the four part video series on my tips for traveling to Cuba. And this is probably the most important, because something going wrong with your lodging can ruin a whole trip. I would strongly recommend that you do NOT stay at hotels. They are overpriced, out of date, and very very few of them really are worth the price they are charging. As with everything, do your research. Not to say that there are no good hotels in Havana, but you can get more bang for your buck + quality with an AirBnB. Get your people
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My 7 Week Trip to Ghana as an African American

Finally getting around to talking in full, about my trip last year to Ghana, where I spent roughly seven weeks chilling in Accra. Yes it took me forever and a day to get to this, but here we  are.  I originally landed in Ghana, because I was part of an influencer group heading to Togo to the Alaffia compound. For the first week and a half, Hey Fran Hey, Shameless Maya, and Starr, who’s a writer were there with me. We stayed in the Kempinski hotel for the days we were in Ghana. It's a cute luxury hotel that had
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Travel

Travel to Cuba: Is The Food Bad?

Food is so hotly debated in Cuba. Start talking to Americans who have recently travele there and you will quickly start a debate about whether Cuban food is good. Well, Cuban food as we know it in New York City and Miami is absolutely good. The debate is more about if the food in general in Cuba is good. What it is, is that Cuban food when you have access to all the ingredients is great. Have you ever checked the label on your produce items and noticed where your food is being imported from: Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Jamaica, Thailand,
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Travel

Travel to Cuba: All About the Money + That Confusing Exchange Rate

One of the most confusing aspects of traveling to Cuba is converting your American dollars in order to get the best the conversion rate. We're going to take this piece by piece. Let’s first look at the facts, because really a lot of this discussion is opinion and will come down to your personal preferences. The most important fact of them all is that your American bank and debit card will work no where in Cuba. Let me repeat, any sort of payment card with that FDIC logo on the back will not work in Cuba. That means no American debit or
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Travel to Cuba: Catching a Flight + Visa From the United States

Cuba, Cuba! The new destination for Americans after Obama lifted major travel restrictions that have been in place since the United States, under John F. Kennedy placed an embargo on the island of Cuba. I took advantage of very cheap flight prices to spend this past Christmas and New Years basking in the glory of Cuba, and though I typically do a vlog of my whole trip before I give out any tips, since traveling to Cuba is such a hot button topic, I’m getting the tips out first. I loved loved loved Cuba! However, I totally understand Cuban’s frustration
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Travel

The Best Way to Travel With Friends on a Budget

There has definitely been an uptick in travel related content targeted both at young millennials and Black folks at large. Bless Obama’s heart, but that was definitely one of the overlooked perks of his administration: how much more accessible traveling as an American became. Even just in the attitude of how we are received as Americans. It makes total sense the popularity of content around traveling internationally. It looks cute, you’re experiencing new cultures and food, your Instagram pics will be so lit, I mean it is lit to travel abroad! But as much there are ways to travel on a
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Travel

African American in West Africa: First Impressions

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I've been in Ghana for going on three weeks, spending a week traveling through Togo and it's already been an amazing experience. So I thought it would be a fun and interesting conversation to talk about my first impressions as an African American in West Africa. In America we take for granted the beautiful shades of dark(er) brown. Travelling through Sokode and Bassar in North Togo, places that are not easily accessible to non-Togolese, I’ve never felt so melanin deficient. Every one is glorious shades of deep dark brown, with various hues of purple, yellow, red undertones. It’s just a random thought that in
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Car Reviews

How to Buy a Car | Adult Life Lessons

I finally bought a car! After relocating from Washington, DC to Houston, Texas in August 2014, I finally bought a car. Yes after living 10 months in the big ole' suburban city that it's known for it's traffic, my East Coast city girl behind took the plunge on something that I was initially overwhelmingly fearful of doing. Besides being spoiled by public transit in New York City for close to eight years, the idea of simply walking into a car dealership was intimidating. Car marketing is rarely holistically targeted at women. And even when it is there is almost a
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Travel

Solo Travel to Johannesburg, South Africa [Tips & Notes] | #SmartBrownGirl

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This past March, due the graces of the Etihad airfare glitch, I traveled to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa. It was an awesome trip and I was super happy to finally meet up with my South African #SmartBrownGirls. An unintentional solo trip, I spent five days in Johannesburg and two + half days in Cape Town. Let's cover some of the basics. Airfare I caught a really good sale and was able to score a round trip ticket from NYC to JoBurg for $350. Adding my travel from Houston to NYC, rounded my entire flight up to $520, still a
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The Aftermath of Being a Victim of Rape | #SmartBrownGirl

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What moment did the memory hit me? It was something mundane, that led me down the road, reminding me of that time. That suppressed emotion. Turkey sandwiches, that was it. I was thinking of a homeboy who has gone on to be very successful and thinking, why did I never date him? There were hints of a connection but nothing ever manifested. And then I remembered, we had agreed that on a particular Sunday we would link up and go grab turkey sandwiches at my bodega, because...Brooklyn bodega sandwiches are a really special thing. But we never made it, I
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Lifestyle

The Boozy [Blue Bell] Ice Cream Drank

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This is the drank I drank way back in #PopSnark 15. A drink inspired by lurking on someone else's Snapchat and it is damn delicious. Unfortunately I waited too damn long to post about it and now the ice cream that I used, Blue Bell Creole Cream Cheese Ice Cream, is off the shelf along with every other flavor of Blue Bell. Due to a recent listeria scare, ion't even want to know what exactly that is, Blue Bell has temporarily removed all of it's products from the shelf. Anyways, the cream cheese ice cream flavor isn't good by itself.
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Mental Health

When Everything is Wrong & No One is Right for You | #SmartBrownGirl

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Somewhere a long the line of having a YouTube channel and starting this #SmartBrownGirl movement, folks have deemed me worth of them asking for my advice. Originally this started out as content for my #AskJouelzy videos, but what I noticed was that I was fielding a lot of the same questions with a very similar narrative. The narrative that every person that their situation was the spectacularly different from every one else's and that they had did/done everything that was to do, met ever person there was to meet and they were at the bottom of the barrel in their
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5 Tips on How to Start & Keep a Journal | #SmartBrownGirl

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Every time I talk about mental health, I mention the importance of keeping a journal. Keeping a journal is a great tool for so many facets of life whether or not you deal with anxiety or depression. It's a great assist in those arenas as well, but all things emotional and mental benefit from you keeping some sort of journal. Life benefits from you keeping a journal. However any time you embark on something and you give it great weight, it's very easy to become overwhelmed and not know where to start. Or some might feel juvenile or insecure about
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Car Reviews

Doing Good w/ the 2015 Nissan Altima | Buying a Car as a Single Woman

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! My birthday was on March 25th and have traveling to South Africa to meet with my #SmartBrownGirls, I was ready to get back into the swing
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