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 […]

The Aftermath of Being a Victim of Rape | #SmartBrownGirl

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 […]

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

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 […]

5 Tips on How to Start & Keep a Journal | #SmartBrownGirl

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 […]

On Dealing w/ Anxiety + Depression | #SmartBrownGirl

Since discussing loneliness and the “Strong Black woman,” where I discussed my own issues with being diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder when I was 11 years old and opened the platform for women (and men) of color to more comfortably discuss their own mental health, I have been receiving a lot of questions about what […]

The Strong Black Woman & Loneliness in the Age of Social Media

Ah the lonely people, where do they all belong… Eleanor Rigby, a Beatles song was pitched as the platform to create the new ad campaign for Nike Jordan, because on the journey to legendary Michael Jordan had noted the loneliness one experiences as they keep pushing forward in their dream that no one else understands. […]