The End of NPR’s Blackest Show (

May 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blog, Featured, My Two Cents

The End of NPR's Blackest Show (

Believe it or not, I was actually listening to Michel Martin, NPR’s Tell Me More (TMM) host and Marilyn Geewax, NPR’s Senior Business Editor tell me why 3 million young people, like myself, are missing from the housing market when I got a text telling me NPR was canceling TMM, their daily news show created to appeal primarily to an audience […]

What We Should Have Gotten From #BringBackOurGirls

May 13th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents

What We Should Have Gotten From #BringBackOurGirls

On the morning I heard about the 200+ Nigerian girls who were kidnapped at their Chibok boarding school by the militant group Boko Haram I was with guy I’m seeing, who happens to be Nigerian. We were listening to the BBC and he (basically) assured me this happens all the time, that they (Boko Haram) […]

Undocumented and Employed: My Teenage Years

February 28th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blog, Featured, Personal Essays

Undocumented and Employed: My Teenage Years

Like many high school overachievers, I was such a planner. During my senior year at Dewitt Clinton High School most of my “plans” required a bit of cash flow. There was spirit-week, when every day had a dress code theme like “pajama day” or “twin day,” and I had to buy all new outfits for […]

Choosing to Breathing

February 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Choosing to Breathing

I always knew, I wanted to be doing, exactly what I wanted to do. I’ve always been stubborn or as my parents always put it, “fussy,” that way. In elementary school I wanted to be a singer, more specifically I wanted to be Brandy. At 11 years old I remember sitting on my parents bed […]

Reporting on “Love in the Bay Area”

July 2nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Dating Chatter

Reporting on "Love in the Bay Area"

So… I know, I’m slacking a little… The diligence and discipline I had when I started this writing challenge has faded a bit, but I can explain… 1) I’ve started to write about stuff that yes- even I am not ready to share with the world. Some things must be reserved for “the book.” 2) I’ve been gearing up for MY […]

Just want to date? 4 Tips from The Sex-Positive Parent

June 27th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Dating Chatter

Just want to date? 4 Tips from The Sex-Positive Parent

Last month Bedsider sent me to, The Bay (Berkeley, Oakland, & San Francisco), to talk to folks their about dating, relationships, and sex lives. [Side note: New vlog, “Love in the Bay Area” up Monday! Meantime watch one of my past Bedsider volgs] And in between talking to strangers about their personal stories, I reconnected with […]

Civil Rights Era 2.0

June 26th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents

Civil Rights Era 2.0

Civically… there is a lot going on in this moment. Starting on Monday the Supreme Court has ruled on affirmative action, the Voting Rights Act, and same-sex marriage. And on top of all that, my online world erupted last night as Sen. Wendy Davis and her army of protesters blocked Anti-Abortion Legislation In Texas. AND as if all that wasn’t […]

Just found out I have “obesity”

June 25th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Just found out I have "obesity"

Have you heard? Obesity (aka: having too much body fat) is now being classified as a disease, by the American Medical Association. Now, I’ve read the arguments for this decision: they want “policy makers and insurers to take this epidemic seriously”, and to get health care providers to “promote access to prevention, treatment and comprehensive coverage determinations.”  – Ok. Yes. Both […]

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    My new essay explores how Beyonce’s feminist stance in pop culture helped frame my own feminist awakening:

    “I am in my 30s and was emboldened by Beyonce’s feminist stance on that stage, and can’t help but believe that that image will be equally as powerful to young people who witness that moment, whose first engagement with feminism will be that moment. Maybe, just maybe, Beyonce will serve as the bridgebetween pop culture and feminists like bell and Barbara and Audre, maybe some young woman bobbing her head to ‘Blow’ or ‘Partition’ or ‘Flawless’ will do so while reading Ain’t I A Woman? or Homegirls or Sister Outsider.”

    —FROM my new essay: My Feminist Awakening & the Influence of Beyonce’s Pop Culture Declaration

  • A friend who just graduated and going through the “I can’t find a job in my field” blues asked me for advice. I directed her to where I went for inspiration when I was going through the same thing. I still play this Will Smith video every time I doubt my purpose. Here is the full list I sent her.

  • Conversations by the pool

    Met two women from Toronto by the pool. After we exchanged pleasantries for a bit, they asked about #Ferguson– they’ve been watching news about it all week, they said. I told them about #EricGarner (they hadn’t heard about him). They informed me someone else was killed by police in St Louie last night (need to fact check that). We bonded in our frustration and helplessness as the Costa Rican sun hit our face. They said they hoped this moment was our generations civil rights movement. I agreed, then got up to get a drink.

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