Congrats to The Class of 2022

Recently I was asked by a Woodland Hills School Board Member to give the commencement speech, I accepted, rearranged my work schedule, and then recently the superintendent rescinded the offer. That doesn’t mean that the students aren’t going to get said speech. I even thought things through to the point of sending the speech in…

In the Neighborhood

One day soon my neighborhood won’t look the same and its current residents, local, state, and the federal government will be the only ones left to blame. So rather it’s a good or a bad change everyone will have a hand in accountabilityWe say the town is resilient we’re strong but people don’t want obstacles…

Not my Fence

The curtains still blow in the wind yet nobody lives here. From my side, I stare at the vines hugging my fence for attention as there’s no warmth left in the house next door. I got stuck staring and wondering where the people went, what they were like, and what happened. The trash can is…

Diet Equality and How Equality and Equity Aren’t the Same

As a graduate from a women’s centered university, I walked across the graduation stage uncertain of many things but feminism, intersectionality, and negotiation were not one of those things. I asked for my first raise at my work-study job. It confused everyone involved a little but we made it happen. As one of those, “talks…

Why Waiting Your Turn is Overrated and Representation Matters

Why I Joined the Malcolm Movement In my last year as Mayor of Braddock I outdid myself. I played kickball with the Woodland Hills Students, judged a dessert contest at Braddock Farms, spoke at the Women’s March on the City County Steps, greeted folks again and again at Greater Valley Community Services Vaccine Clinics, ran…

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….

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…

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…

Equality Games

Let’s stop comparing tragedies. One killing isn’t worse than another killing because a life is still lost and a murder is still unsolved. No one’s pain is worse than the others as we’re comparing the same things across the nation not worrying that legislation is nowhere in sight. We know what’s wrong and what’s right….