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….

Grounded: How Quitting My Flight Attendant Job Helped Me Soar

I quit being a flight attendant seven years ago. I wasn’t bad at the job but I don’t think the opportunity happened at the right time for me. After all, I showed up at the interview ever so nonchalant. After reading how hard the selection process was I was certain that they would never pick…

Millennial Mayor Check In

As it’s the last year of my term and it’s been a while since 29-year-old me was sworn in as the youngest mayor in Braddock History. I’ll never forget being whisked into council chambers and being briefed about all things Braddock Affairs. There was an array of conversations all at once. The police department oversaw…

Two Distant Strangers

Today a cop was charged with manslaughter for killing a black man in broad daylight in front of a crowd. It may be the closest thing to justice we will see as accountability has been far in between. Recently, I watched a Netflix movie titled Two Distant Strangers about a guy who wakes up at…

Lead By Example: Why I Got Vaccinated

“Get last-minute vaccine appointment,” wasn’t in my Google Calendar yesterday but when I got the call to be in the Southside within an hour, I dropped everything and went. I almost forgot I had added myself to a waitlist that calls people when others cancel their appointments last minute. This keeps doctors from wasting a…

Freedumb is Ringing: How Not to Respond to a Pandemic

The United States government has been attempting to respond to the pandemic since March and it doesn’t seem like we’re doing much of a job at getting a handle on the pandemic. Federally, it’s the wild wild west with little to no leadership. It’s almost like this administration doesn’t believe in pandemics, science, or even…

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…