To say that Bone is a book of poetry is a bit of an oversimplification. Bone is a vehicle a griot used to transport her stories. One thing that becomes immediately apparent is that Yrsa-Daley Ward is a storyteller before she is a poet. Her poems weave us through complex romantic interactions and even more […]Read More Bone by Yrsa-Daley Ward (Book Review)
Okay, Okay, Okay…I feel like a lot of people are sharing stories about how nonmonogamy is making them happy, but is it just me or do they all sound like they’re in monogamous relationships? Now, before you think this is a hate article, understand that I have always said that monogamy isn’t for everyone–I get […]Read More Can You Explain to Me Open Relationships?
Hey, Y’all! Okay, I’m super excited! For the first time ever, I am bringing my book review series to an in-person setting!! What?! YES! Registration is required so please find the Eventbrite link here. The book we are reading is Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera. I am SO stoked for everyone to join […]Read More QWOC Summer Book Club
Happy Pride Month! Most days I’m unsure whether I’m an extroverted introvert or an antisocial extrovert, either way, I enjoy the art of flirtation. Sometimes, I even want that dance to continue beyond the present moment, though most times I don’t. In those cases, someone has to make the move and acquire the other’s number, […]Read More 2 Simple Ways to Ask Women Out
I once wrote an article about how much I love and live for quality rap battles. Now, to my surprise and amusement, a worthwhile one is finally upon us: Drake vs. Pusha T. This beef has been going on for so long that I nearly forgot it was a thing! On Pusha T’s newest album, […]Read More Can Drake Withstand the Push?
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 […]Read More New Podcast Alert!
The weekend is upon us and I’m ready to groove! Here are some songs that will definitely be on my chill weekend vibes playlist. I hope you enjoy and find many reasons to dance :-). 1. “Boo’d Up” (Ella Mai Remix) – Plies 2. “Come Through and Chill – Miguel 3. “Return of the Mack” […]Read More Weekend Vibes
1. HOW MANY BOOKS IS TOO MANY BOOKS IN A SERIES? If the series is great, no number is too many. (See, Harry Potter). 2. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT CLIFFHANGERS? I hate them! 3. HARDCOPY OR PAPERBACK? Both. Though hardcopy has a marginal advantage. 4. FAVOURITE BOOK? Salt and Nejma by Nayyirah Waheed. 5. […]Read More 20 Questions Book Tag
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 […]Read More Blessed Ramadan
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 […]Read More Who I Am and Why I’m Here
via 17 Must see Black Lesbian/Queer web series, movies and documentariesRead More 17 Must see Black Lesbian/Queer web series, movies and documentaries
In honor of my birth month, I am reading three books by and for powerful women. They are: 1. The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace 2. Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera 3. Bone by Yrsa Daley-Ward Have you read any? What were your thoughts? Leave them in the comment […]Read More Books I’m Reading: May 2018
Sometimes I load to Youtube and forget that I haven’t also loaded here. Sadly, that means this is extremely late. However, it also means you should be following my Youtube channel :). See the review below: “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” […]Read More Ready Player One (Book & Movie Review)
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 […]Read More Avengers Infinity War
Listen, Miguel is a national treasure and we should all be appreciating him as such. Not only is he musically capable of bodying his own songs, but also everyone else’s. Don’t believe me, let the talent speak for itself: Not enough proof? Let’s go back to the beginning. For the most part, we were all […]Read More When are the Masses Going to Stop Sleeping on Miguel?
Since 2010 the world has found a place in the mind and the music of Jermaine Cole. Friday Night Lights, J. Cole’s last mixtape, was a dazzling display of true lyricism that was not only sorely needed at the time but set him on his current trajectory. Coles’ introspection on the project comes from a […]Read More K.O.D.: The Best J. Cole Album Yet?
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, […]Read More Two Podcasts I Can’t Listen to Enough
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 […]Read More Washington, DC’s Newest Gem: Mahogany Books
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 […]Read More Policy Decisions You Should Probably Be Paying Attention To
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 HughesRead More André Leon Talley Gets a Documentary!