21 Years of Pedophilia and Abuse

I am not a religious human, but the United States of America is unofficially a Christian nation. Understanding this, there is a scripture in the New International Version of the Bible, “Matthew 25:45”, which reads, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do…

Have You Considered a Life Coach?

It’s a new year and many of us have set goals and reflected on where we would like to evolve in our lives. As prior years and to-do lists have proven, sometimes the initial momentum fades, the journey begins to feel more like a struggle, or even taking the first step feels daunting. Before you…

Biggest Lesson I Learned in 2018

Fly, take up space and trust your instincts. Looking back on 2018 I can say that it was a whirlwind year full of many emotions, growth and reconditioning myself to trust my internal voice. In life, we are so often taught the way that things should be: be a good student, excel academically, go to…

“All Lives Matter: 1800s Edition”

This poem was featured on Button Poetry nearly three years ago to the date, but I felt compelled to bring it back around because it’s still worthy of analysis, reflection, and discussion. Until next time, remember to give time time and have the best day of your life! – Ms. Malcolm Hughes

Are Indians Racist?

Seriously, let’s talk about it. Recently, while returning home from a Jill Scott concert, I decided to be frugal and take an Uber pool. I rarely use this feature, but hey, it was late and I didn’t have very far to go, so why not save a few bucks? Instead of going to my home,…

Kanye West is a Symptom of the Problem

For many Kanye West fans, his stance for the last few years has been problematic, to say the least. However, what some know, but many are seemingly unwilling to say, is that the issue is bigger than Kanye. West’s problem is that he has an altered and limited level of consciousness. What I mean by…

Support a Student’s Educational Dream

A brilliant classmate of mine is running a campaign to help fund a student’s educational dreams. You can support here, the full story is below. Thanks in advance, :)! Can you pinpoint the moment where you knew that your life was going change forever? And how that one specific moment led to all the other…

New Podcast Alert!

Happy Monday, good people! Some of you may have already heard, but if you haven’t, there’s a new podcast that needs our listens and our feedback: Word, Sound, Power. The podcast debuted on May 17, 2018, and is hosted by Saul Williams and Kimberly Drew. The pilot episode has guests Spike Lee and Kamau. In…

Blessed Ramadan

Ramadan Kareem! Ramadan Mubarak! Blessed Ramadan! I just want to take this moment to acknowledge all of the Muslims worldwide who will be observing Ramadan during this blessed season. As for me, though I’ m not fasting, Islam is still a special place in my heart, and my heart is with all of you! I…

Who I Am and Why I’m Here

I’ve been blogging for a few years now, but I have never taken a moment to fully introduce myself. So, here we are. When I initially began this blog it was as an extension, and eventual replacement, for the “For Your Black? Conscious” newsletter I started during my years in Chicago. The original intent of…

Avengers Infinity War

Us comic book fans have been getting quite the treat this year! Not only were we blessed with Black Panther but a mere two months later we have the privilege of Infinity War. Let me begin by saying, if you didn’t make it to the movies opening weekend, please make it your business to go…

Two Podcasts I Can’t Listen to Enough

1. Bronzeville The podcast describes this series as “an audio theatre for the mind” and this could not be more accurate! My bias towards all things Chicago aside, this is a phenomenal series that honestly elevates the podcast-sphere. This series is jam-packed with A-list performers: Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Wood Harris, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick,…

Washington, DC’s Newest Gem: Mahogany Books

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Mahogany Books, DC’s newest Black-owned bookstore. What makes Mahogany books so special is that it is the first time in over twenty years that a bookstore has existed east of the Anacostia River. For those of you not familiar with the neighboorhood dynamics of Washington, DC, Anacostia…

Policy Decisions You Should Probably Be Paying Attention To

The lack of a maternity ward east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC Earlier this year while attending a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” I was hit with a startling realization that I wasn’t aware of; that the only maternity ward east of the Anacostia River has been closed. This matters because the majority…

André Leon Talley Gets a Documentary!

Anyone who is even remotely into fashion knows this name! He has been such an icon in high fashion and a trendsetter in his own right. The movie “The Gospel According to Andre” will release on May 25, 2018, and I will definitely be making my way to see it. Will you? -Ms. Malcolm Hughes

A Few of My Favorite Things 2018: Quarter 1

I can’t believe the first quarter of 2018 is already over! I want to take a moment to reflect on some of my favorite experiences and most used items of 2018. Here we go: 1. Maluma’s F.A.M.E. Concert As I’ve stated in other posts, concerts are one of my many favorite pastimes. In March I…

Watch or Pass: 2018 Movie Releases

1. Annihilation Release Date: 2/23/2018 Roger & Ebert Rating: 3.5 out of 4 Ms. Malcolm Hughes Rating: Pass I thought the movie was well done, and I appreciated the actresses and actors, but the ending fell super flat for me. 2. Black Panther Release Date: 2/16/2018 Roger & Ebert Rating: 4 out of 4 Ms….

I’m so Disappointed in You All!

Why is it so easy to pull the wool over sheep’s eyes? No, but really, why is it so easy to appease the masses? People have been contacting me, telling me I need to listen to Wendy’s mixtape like its absolute fire. IT’S AN ABOMINATION! Can we please stop disrespecting and pimping out hip-hop? No,…

Does the Set It Off Stage Play Live Up to the Film?

Over the weekend I went to see Set It Off, the stage play. Let me begin by saying that I laughed until I cried, at least twice. It wasn’t my impression that it was the play writer’s intent for it to be a comedic drama, but that was attendees take away. At the very least,…