Rebel Without a Cause

“Talks excessively.” No matter the awesome grades I received on my report card, the comment section was always filled with that remark. I may have loved learning but I spent a decent amount of my time in elementary school outside in the hallway doing my work solo. Adult me is mature enough now to admit…

You Can Be Laid Off and Get Unemployment

That’s my worst-case scenario in my head whenever 30 something old me threatens to leap before I look in my career. It’s my worst-case scenario because I’ve been there. Fresh out of college, one year into my first job, after they gave us a raise and gassed us up, they told us they made a…

I Wrote My Way Out

“The problem was our parents told us we could be anything and they never told us we couldn’t be everything at once.” — @ justdae Growing up at one point, I wanted to be a singer, then I discovered that I don’t like singing in front of strangers. Then I wanted to be an actress….

Pittsburgh’s Black Exodus: Where Are They Going?

Pittsburgh’s Black Exodus: Where Are They Going? If we know anything from the last census and The State of Black Pittsburgh report, we know that Pittsburgh is losing Black People. That same report told us that there was a higher infant mortality rate for Black Women in Pittsburgh. They also found that Black People face…

Let’s Stop Trying to Pretend the Pandemic Away

“My kid doesn’t have a bus.” “My food is taking too long.” “My furniture order won’t be here until next year.” “We need you to work longer hours.” Why are we complaining as if things were normal? America out here trying to pretend a pandemic away and that’s not how things work. That’s not how…

Tomato Basil Pasta with Cajun Seared Scallops

Monday I played Chopped because I was too lazy to go to the grocery store. To my surprise, the age-old saying that “there’s food at home,” is actually true. A friend gave me fresh basil and I remembered that I had scallops from Costco in the freezer (I do not have a Costco Membership). A…

The Sousa-ical: A Song and Dance of Revitalization

“Community revitalization,” “Farm to table,” and now Chef Kevin Sousa is packing up and moving on to Mount Oliver to open his newest Mount Oliver Bodega Restaurant. The Post-Gazette write-up describes it as rustic cuisine. They’re breathing life into an old building. They’re on to new adventures. Sousa is excited about cooking again. If this…

Name Your Price and Stick to It

My biggest roadblock as an entrepreneur is myself. Read that line again. I pride myself on being unapologetically me and most of the time I overthink things and want to cater to everyone but the older I get the more I realize that everyone isn’t my customer. Watching my boyfriend graphic design and charge an…

It’s the Generational Misogyny for Me

“The man of the house does the yard work” and stuff like that. Someone very very close explained to me and I nodded in disappointment. You know that nod. The “I’m nodding because I respect you but, I’m a millennial and I’m shaking my head inside” nod speaks volumes. Growing up at times my mom…