Have you ever been told that you're just too emotional or that you need to stop crying or to grow thicker skin? If so, this post is for you. As a young girl, my tears and sensitivities were constantly met with, "WHY are you crying? What are people going to think about you if you don't … Continue reading Dear Vulnerable Black Girls…
No, that's not a typo. Most times when we read headlines or posts about issues or problems related to our fathers, it's about a woman's problematic relationships with men due to her experience with her father...or her daddy issues. But that's not my story. And before you respond with "not another dead-beat-daddy" post on Father's … Continue reading My Daddy’s Issues
Hi friends! I know that it has been a while and I have so much to share with you all! This semester has truly been a whirlwind and I feel like I am still trying to play "catch up." While I have some academic and professional life updates to share later, this brief post is … Continue reading Help me launch #BrilliantBlackGirl!
Hi good people and Happy New Year! Here we are, 8 whole days into #2017 and I am sharing what #2016TaughtMe. Why? Because I believe in looking back only to review what you learned so that you can apply those lessons to your future. Anyway, here's a quick list of things that #2016TaughtMe: Jesus can … Continue reading 2016 Taught Me…
There has been so much #BlackGirlMagic taking over the Olympics this year and the media can hardly contain itself. Not only did we have the "Sensational Simones" (Biles and Manuel), but we also had returning Champs Gabby Douglas and Alyson Felix. We were also graced with the TRIPLE-track-threat of Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin and many … Continue reading Why Can’t America Honor more than one Brilliant Black Girl at a Time?
Hey y'all! I was first introduced to the words "Controversy with Civility" as a freshman student at UCF. As a part of my leadership program, we had to learn about the "7 C's of Change," which includes this concept. This idea basically says that great leaders (and followers of great leaders) know how to engage in controversial … Continue reading Controversy with Civility
With all of the chaos, hatred & oppression that's going on in the world, it is imperative that we take care of ourselves. For some, it's going for a long walk or curling up with a good book or even just disconnecting from social media all together. For me, it's about friendship. I am such … Continue reading Friendship in a time of War
Today marks the 1 year anniversary of Sandra Bland's death in a Texas jail cell. She entered the facility 3 days before her death for "failure to signal a lane change" and never left. When the news broke and her arrest was plastered all over the media, I saw so much of myself in her. … Continue reading I am Sandra Bland.
With Mother's Day on the horizon, I cannot help but think of those who may have recently (or not so recently) lost a Mother or Mother figure. Right now, stores are filled with Mother's Day cards, balloons, flowers and all of the goodies that we normally buy for the special Moms in our lives. However, … Continue reading Why I hate the word “Motherless”