Flexin My Complexion

FAQs About My Melanin Yes, I have dark skin. No, I’m not from down south. Yes, I tan but it’s more of a summer glow No, I’ve never been to Africa Yes, I’ve always been this dark No, I don’t want to change it Yes, my peers picked on me for it as kids No,…

Women’s March on Pittsburgh

Why I Marched on Saturday Saturday, January 21st the Women’s March on Pittsburgh wasn’t my first and probably won’t be my last time protesting. Over 25,000 men and women from all walks of life marched from the Pittsburgh City County Building to Market Square. Such a large turnout jam packed the square to the point…

& Seven Daze

Some relationships just end on a cold Monday for no reason at all and some come to a screeching halt because one person took the other for granted and didn’t recognize the other’s worth. Sometimes you’re both silently sitting in the living room on a Saturday blindsided by the notion that it ended eons ago…

& Retail Therapy

“The schedule was wrong. I can’t find you relief for a break so here’s a $20 gift card instead.” “Why must we form one line? He wants to play the lottery and I want to return all my groceries. I’m in a hurry.” Everyone was always in a hurry especially during the holiday season. I’ll…

& You Gotta Belize It

Cruising is more than stuffing your face in a Jacuzzi with a Twilight Zone drink. Happiness happens when you’re in port. Although I only visited five ports in seven days I made memories to last a lifetime. Costa Maya: My bestest found us this great deal. For $50 we could snorkel, kayak, and enjoy all…

& You Gotta Belize It

Cruising is more than stuffing your face in a Jacuzzi with a Twilight Zone drink. Happiness happens when you’re in port. Although I only visited five ports in seven days I made memories to last a lifetime. Costa Maya: My bestest found us this great deal. For $50 we could snorkel, kayak, and enjoy all…

& A Poem or 2

Finally made it back to the states and I’m getting back into the swing of things.  ☺️☺️ I have some awesome reviews up my sleeve as I go through the pictures.  But until tomorrow,  please enjoy three random but original poems written by yours truly.   Have a positive enjoyable Tuesday. ❤️❤️✌️✌️

& Metaphorically Speaking III

Like a knot in your favorite pair of headphones I’m a mess Just trying to get him out of my system It’s like you meet someone You plan forevers and kids and then it ends Sometimes forever is tomorrow It’s like after him you’re dating placeholders because you’re holding on to hope That after years…

& How I Met Your Mother

My first serious relationship went on and off for a few years shy of a decade. We were the definition of “It’s complicated” before it was a relationship title. But we also came from the generation where at one point text messaging was costly and calls had to happen after seven. Technology wise it was…

& Justice for Some 

Everyone is always quick to quote MLK on race but if he “fixed” the problem he’d be here today… “All lives matter,” is like saying “With liberty and justice for all*” *terms and conditions apply. If all lives truly mattered everyone would be at the protests on the front line. The blind truth is America…

& Pieces

I have this thing where I love meeting new people but I hate getting to know them. I love the thought of thinking who they could be and listening to their stories as I harbor the ones that mean the most to me close to my chest. I would give a stranger the world as…

& To Lou

Last night I partied with my grandfather in my dreams. Pappy had on that sharp blue suit  The one where when he walked down the street he immediately turned heads.  People would say, “I saw Lou and he’s still looking sharp.” There was music at this party It was a family affair and was as…