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) […]

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

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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 […]

The Genius of Beyoncé Reshaping the Image of Black Motherhood

Beyonce Giselle Knowles Carter is damn genius. You don’t have to be a stan or a member of the hive to understand. But let us walk through some historical context so you can under and over stand what Matthew and Tina have blessed us with. That definitely includes Solange too…because in an era of the 21st century […]

The Side Eye That Changed the Culture: Gloria Richardson

One of the most iconic pictures of a Black woman doing what she does best, with a simple glance letting you know she has the time and is not one to mess with because she will always stand and fight for the rights of her people, is Gloria Richardson giving the illest side eye while […]

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 […]

Do You Have to Vote?

This election is triggering for many people, myself included. To wake up and watch a demagogue reignite white nationalism having a vocal place in American politics is frightening. You wake up in a world that ostensibly hates your being. Your congenial neighbor’s privilege blinds them from seeing how they are attempting to snuff you out. […]

To Celebrate the Regular Black Girl : Solange’s A Seat At The Table | Review

Solange’s new album is a wonderful tableaux of the simplicity, complexities, vulnerabilities and the intersections of Black women. An art piece, that sits not only in the hallway of good music but as we or they say is “sonically pleasing.” It enwraps you in an experience. A Seat At The Table is a story, were […]

2015 Book List

So here’s my 2015 Book List that has been much requested! I’ve launched the #SmartBrownGirl Bookstore, with my personal recommended reads. The store is linked to Amazon, so all purchases are made via Amazon (in all countries that it is available) and #SmartBrownGirl receives a commission. Audible, is owned by Amazon, so books that have […]

Sandra Bland’s Mistake | #SmartBrownGirl

Sandra Bland was pulled over by Ofc. Brian Encina on July 10th, 2015 in Waller County for changing lanes without signaling. On July 13th, Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell. While many speculate the cause of Sandra’s death, whether she really managed to hang herself with a trash bag or foul play […]

Why White People (+ Piers Morgan) Need to Give Up on Discussing the N-Word.

It is amusing that in 2014 so much polarizing discussion around race has been bubbling over in spurts as social media rallies, rages and questions, as think-pieces and exposes are delivered. Most recently the Washington Post had a front page interactive feature on the etymology of the n-word. From Niger to negra, negro, nigger and […]

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, […]

Jouelzy’s Book List 2013

Finally, I have succumbed to your requests. Here is a book recommendation video! It’s a list of about 10 books that I made sure to keep diverse and eclectic. I don’t have a true blue favorite book list, because there are just too many great books in the world and you should never stop reading! […]