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…

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…

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…

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…

Do African Americans abroad experience white privilege?

In a recent article for The Washington Post Saul Williams discusses the freedom and privilege of being African American abroad. At one point he states, “hey, if you want to experience white privilege, hop on a plane and go anywhere with your American passport and you will experience American privilege and you’ll be able to…