The A Word

I am an awkward black girl and I don’t apologize for it. My heart races every time I speak in public. I have to stop myself from trying to appease everyone and I have routines that I hate to break but sometimes have to and it frustrates me. “You’re not awkward if you’re self-aware.” I’ve…

Black Men Deserve All the Love

I don’t know who made the strong black stereotype but it needs to be tossed out the window ASAP. Therapy in the black community in general is frowned upon and it’s taking a toll on the black community. We won’t even start on how systematic racism created mass incarceration in the community but let’s just…

Your Misogyny is Showing

Aye! I loved the video for Cardi B and Meg thee Stallion’s “WAP.” The song isn’t my cup of tea but I applaud these young women for taking control of their own sexuality in and industry that over-sexualizes and demeans women on so many levels. In high school I did my senior project on how…

Top 3 Summer Travel Destinations for 2020

The roaring 20s are back and the pandemic came free of charge. A pandemic makes travel kind of iffy even for the most seasoned travelers. It seems that there will be no checked luggage kiosk fumbling, passport stamping, TSA showdowns, or luggage carousel lunges this year. Instead the safest and most relaxing places fit anyone’s…

What is CW’s The 100 Doing Anymore?

I love The CW’s The 100 so much that I could teach a whole semester of ethics and moral leadership on it. The first two seasons will always be my favorite. The show is a post apocalyptic dystopia that follows 100 juvenile prisoners who are sent to Earth to see if it’s livable after a…

Learner’s Permit: Police Relations in the Black Community

I’m a millennial mayor. In fact, I’m the youngest millennial mayor in Braddock’s history. As a mayor, I get to break ties when the six person council can’t decide, make recommendations on projects and programs, bridge the communication gap between community and council, and last but not least I oversee a police department. This includes…

Hunger for Words: Thank Your Local Library

I am forever grateful for my local library as it is/was the pinnacle of the neighborhood. I took journeys near and far thanks to the knowledge planted, watered, and harvested. My mom worked so at one point I was a latch key kid. I enjoyed the free meals the library provided, fostered friendships, and before…

On #BlackAF Being Black Enough

I’m not ashamed to say that I finished most of Netflix’s #BlackAF in one night. I woke up and polished off the last two episodes like it was nothing. It was enjoyable or I wouldn’t have sat through it. Kenya Barris has a lane and he’s comfortable in it. If it isn’t broken, he’s going…

America, Are We Great Yet?

There is no argument that our federal government has handled the pandemic with gross incompetence from start to finish. It’s time for them to to stop pointing fingers and get to action. Also, don’t forget to vote as this election will matter. The administration (that shall not be named) announced that this was our 9/11 and I’m here to denounce that. At least 9/11 had actual leadership.