My 2019 Reading List

Following up on my what I read in 2018 video, here’s a my ever evolving reading list for 2019. To be noted, I am working towards applying for my PhD in African American History this year. Which means my reading list is going to skew towards academic/black feminist history reading. Since I’ve recorded this video […]

Did Africans Sells Us Into Slavery | A Sentiment Heard in the “Diaspora Wars”

Let’s delve into another complex discussion within the African Diaspora. Africans selling their own people, us — into slavery. And do African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans, any of the modern day descendants of enslaved Africans in the Americas, have the right to hold modern day Africans accountable? I’ve seen this sentiment bubbling over on Twitter and certain […]

Why Black People Don’t Travel to Africa

The Black people travel movement has definitely picked up stem in the past few years. It’s beautiful to see Black people traveling all over the world. But one of the questions that has been persistent is why Black people don’t travel to Africa. And what are really asking is why African Americans are not traveling […]

Let’s Talk About Black Panther

It took me forever and a day to get up a Black Panther review but it is finally, FINALLY here. And yes I am talking a mile a minute cause my brain is going 5 ways to the wind with everything whirling, so turn on the captions and grab you a drink. I talked through […]

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 […]

Underground Season 2 Episode 3 & 4 Review | @UndergroundWGN

My birthday was last weekend, March 25th, so I apologize for the supreme tardiness of this reviews. I’m putting together a whole video on Ernestine because her storyline these season is highlighting so many struggles of Black women’s narratives throughout history and it’s important, very important. Similar to what I discussed in Beyonce’s Grammy performance and […]

Underground Season 2 Episode 1 & 2 Review | @UndergroundWGN

I heard you, I heard  you, so here we is. I have figured out a way to give you what you want and show my gratitude for my awesome audience of #SmartBrownGirl. I will be reviewing Underground on my blog. It took me a minute to get on board and this week is my birthday, hence the […]

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 […]

Are We Misappropriating the Term ‘Hotep’?

This article was originally published on TheRoot.com. At the time of publication there were a number of people offended by what they read as me saying that Ausar Auset Society and its founder were misogynistic and homophobic. This is not what the article states. The consternation comes from the fifth and sixth paragraph which names […]

Let’s Dead This Convo on African Americans Appropriating African Cultures

It has been about a year to the date when the internet was taken by storm when a young British Nigerian told African Americans to stop cultural appropriating African culture. She was ignited by a picture from AfroPunk of some melanin rich folks rocking wears from the diaspora. And the conversation has kept on going […]

African American in West Africa: First Impressions

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. […]

Are Black Americans Appropriating African Culture?

Appropriation. The latest word every one wants to use, hurling it at one another with faux intellect. As soon as you see it in an article or headline, you sigh because it’s either, “I can’t believe they [as in white people] are pulling this stunt again [side eye],” or it’s a tiring and confusing tirade […]

#SmartBrownGirl Q&A w/ Gina Paige @AfricanAncestry

Cheers to the second #SmartBrownGirl Live Q&A! This go round we speak with the entrepreneur behind African Ancestry DNA testing, Gina Paige. I recently took the African Ancestry test to trace my maternal African lineage and was quite surprised with the results. As with any DNA genealogy testing there’s always a good bit of questions […]

A Book Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda has become quite the literary darling especially with the co-sign and feature on Beyoncé’s most recent album. Post my tweet chat and video on the relationships between African and African Americans, quite a few folks recommended that I read her latest novel, Americanah. I picked Americanah up along with Half of a Yellow Sun, […]