Do White People Believe White Lies?

Monday, October 9, 2017, I attended the Ta-Nehisi Coates book release event in Washington, DC for his newest book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. As predicted, the event was amazing. It was intellectually charged and soul-fulfilling. Per usual, Coates was well poised, honest, thought-provoking, and critical. However, while departing, I made…

The Complexity of Being a Game of Thrones Fan

I am really late to watching Game of Thrones (GoT), like end of 2016 late. However, I’m all caught up and on board with fans currently watching. Though last week’s “Spoils of War” episode gave me chills, I cannot ignore all of the problematic issues along the way that almost prevented me from continuing to…

White Women Drive Me Crazy (response)

I first skimmed this article while working on two projects, so, admittedly, it didn’t have my full attention. My initial reaction was that it felt like a disconnected attempt for the writer to purge herself of the shame and guilt of having idolized white women for most of her life. I even went as far…

8 Things No One Tells You About Korea

Most folks are aware that I have pleasant thoughts when I reflect on my time in South Korea. If you haven’t, you can read about it here. While feeling nostalgic and watching videos on youtube, there were two videos that caught my attention: -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKo3afrXF1Y&t=472s -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWhrR9Fztss&t=238s Below is my response video, based on my time and…

To be Without a Mother on Mother’s Day

I hate Mother’s Day. I always have. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that my mother overdosed when I was 4, but more than that I hate the memories of Mother’s Day growing up. I was raised in a Baptist​ church where each Mother’s Day everyone got a flower pinned to…

No One Told Me My Girlfriend was Married…

So, as everyone knows I’ve taken the year off social media, so email alerts and friends have been keeping me updated on what’s happening in the outside world. However, NO ONE informed me that Poussey, ask Samira Wiley, got married. The betrayal! If I weren’t currently heartbroken (being dramatic), my heart would hurt. However, she…

Music that’s Helping Me Survive 2017!

My life sometimes feels like an avalanche of emotions. Unfortunately, I’m not always immediately able to differentiate the various emotions, but music often helps to center and focus it all. Here’s some of the music that has been getting me through: Albums: 1. Free 6lack by 6lack I was introduced to this album in January,…

Does “I Am Not Your Negro” honor James Baldwin? (a reflection)

Since November 4, 2016 I have been in a constant state of reflection, so I figured I should start sharing these moments beyond my own subconscious. On Sunday, Februrary 5, 2017, after visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, I decided it was an appropriate time to see what for me has been a long…

Harry Potter and Our Modern Times (Book Review)

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been a diehard Harry Potter fan for many years. What I tend to love most about the books is that they’re always a great escape from reality; what is less exciting is when the books become a reflection of your current reality. In Harry Potter there are many valuable…

Discovering Gender Fluidity in the Philippines

1. How do you feel your views on masculinity, femininity, and self-identity have changed since living outside the US? Moving to another country and immersing myself in another culture caused me to want to look into, research and explore my own culture more. I started wondering if there were similarities between Filipino and American culture…

Why Hillary Can’t Win the Election by a Recount

Seriously, she can’t. Sure, many of you are thinking of the technical definitions and preparing to argue that the current recount endeavors might sway the electoral votes and she could become president. However, I’m here to tell you that despite this fact, she can’t actually win. The primary reason Hillary Clinton can not win the…

Do Yourself a Favor, listen to A Seat at the Table

I’m currently three songs in and I am fighting myself from crying just so I can write this. Listen, from someone who before this moment has not musically been a Solange fan, I’m telling you to stop reading this right now and go listen to this album! I could dissect each track on the album,…

Op-Ed: How Trayvon Martin Made Me Quit My Job

Four years ago the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin changed the course of my career and my life. In 2012 while working for Coca Cola the tragic news of the shooting hit. I was devastated and like many of my peers, identified with the slain teenager. I lived in a gated community in Central Florida,…

You Should be Reading The Black Panther Comic Book

The fifth issue of The Black Panther comic book series has been recently released, and it is still as great as the initial four! As an admitted Ta-Nehisi Coates fan, I can acknowledge that I was a bit skeptical of how his writing would transfer to a comic strip, but all along I have been…

My Heroes Don’t Wear Capes: the Vastness of #BlackGirlMagic

“The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because shit worked out. They got that way because shit went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”…

9 Poems You Shouldn’t Die Without Reading

1. “Untitled” how far have you walked for men who’ve never held your feet in their laps? how often have you bartered with bone, only to sell yourself short? why do you find the unavailable so alluring? where did it begin? what went wrong? and who made you feel so worthless? if they wanted you,…

“Is it too late for me to come out of the closet?”

A reader emailed me this question a few months ago, and it has taken me quite some time to respond. After a lot of self-reflection I have determined that this was so hard for me to respond to because initially this was an idea to which I couldn’t relate. Seriously, my coming out at the…