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…

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…

It’s Okay to Repair Your Own Boat

Being selfish vs selfless; you have to draw a line or you will drown trying. For the last two-ish years, I’ve been on a super self-aware journey. Being a writer forces me to embrace that I’m goofy, it’s a personality trait but also it forces me to be real with myself. When I write reality…

Why I Left My Publisher

In 2014, a small vanity publisher told me that my book was awesome and that there was a space for me at her publishing company. I was ecstatic as I’ve been writing novels since high school. I always wanted to be a writer. The light bulb hadn’t gone off yet that I was indeed already…

The Power of Why: What drives me?

“People don’t buy what you do. People buy why you do it.” — Simon Sinek; Leaders Eat Last I believe that kindness and creativity can change worlds because creativity allows people to be courageous and innovative without the fear of failure. I guide people on self-publishing and writing journeys because as a child I built…

American Hurt Reflects on America’s Faults

It’s not our fault America is the way that it is but at some point we must have the strength to look at ourselves and acknowledge our past so we can fix the present and future. What’s American Hurt about? It’s not an anti-American poetry book but it’s a look in the mirror. It’s me…

Businesses Can’t Vote But Their Owners Do

I’ve never been good at being quiet. I got “talks excessively” marks on my report card on a regular basis. When I see something that is wrong, I speak on it. When I do something that doesn’t align with my personal beliefs or my mission in life, I step up and I apologize for it….

Confidence, Choas, and Childhood Clarity

From the moment the sun kissed my skin my mom knew I’d be a little different. Her only girl who seemed to live a world of my own. I fell in love with words as a library kid visiting worlds before I could even ride a bike. Every kid got in trouble but my mischief…

Cheers to Your Failures

When’s the last time you failed at something? You gave it your all and everything still fell to pieces. Applaud yourself for trying, don’t give up, and just know that no one is out here highlighting their failures on social media. Every failure I’ve experience humbled me and gave me motivation to grow stronger. I’m…