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Black Women March And Demand To Be Heard

October 8th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Blog, Featured, My Two Cents

Black Women March And Demand To Be Heard

Last Saturday the March for Black Women (M4BW) was held alongside the March for Racial Justice (M4RJ), which was organized in response to the acquittal of Philando Castile’s killer, Minnesota policeman Jeromino Yanez in June. Two days later, Seattle police officers shot and killed Charleena Lyles, who called 911 to report an attempted burglary at […]

Black Women Are Winning the Podcast Game

May 15th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Blog, Featured, My Two Cents

Black Women Are Winning the Podcast Game

Originally written for EBONY.com  From Angie Martinez to Wendy Williams, Black women were a consistent voice on the hip-hop and R&B stations I listened to growing up. But when I began wanting more talk, and less music, Brian Lehrer and Ira Glass (White male hosts that I enjoy) were waiting for me at the “front door” […]

Breaking Up with Street Harassment

May 2nd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Breaking Up with Street Harassment

Originally written for EBONY.com  Fifteen-year-old Veralyn would have chuckled at the idea of one day organizing to stop street harassment. I vividly remember the moment I realized my breasts were something to be desired. It was the first day of 7th grade, and I was walking to my school, which was up the block from my […]

The End of NPR’s Blackest Show

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

The End of NPR's Blackest Show

Originally written for EBONY.com 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 […]

What We Should Have Gotten From #BringBackOurGirls

May 13th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blog, Featured, 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, 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 […]

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