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The End of NPR’s Blackest Show (Ebony.com)

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

The End of NPR's Blackest Show (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 to an audience […]

Third Rail Eps 8: The Personal is Political

May 24th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Featured, Podcast

Third Rail Eps 8: The Personal is Political

BMC Third Rail podcast is where BMC’s organizers, deconstruct hot topics and social justice issues that impact the lives of Central Brooklynites. Airing once a month, every 1st Friday! Hosts: Bios Here Guests Taja Lindley, Founder, Managing Member, Colored Girls Hustle Jessica Valoris, Visual artist, Performing artist, and Poet Segments 1. Colored Girl Hustle: Audre […]

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, 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 […]

My “say something!” moment at Planned Parenthood

June 23rd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Featured, Personal Essays

My "say something!" moment at Planned Parenthood

It’s official… I am fertile again. On Wednesday I headed to Planned Parenthood (PP) with one goal… To get my IUD removed. [Read why here. It had nothing to do with a lack of birth control love.] Before my actual appointment though, I had a financial appointment. Now that I’m “the-new-face-of-poor” I wanted to see […]

In India “Guest equals God”

April 5th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Featured, Personal Essays

In India "Guest equals God"

To say traveling to India was LIFE CHANGING sounds dramatic, but that’s exactly how I feel. There is something super empowering about being able to walk around in a country you’ve never been- and never imagined being. And then… feeling completely welcomed. Jokingly I’ll say I felt like Oprah, because everyone was so happy to […]

Returning Home After 25 Years

January 20th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Blog, Featured, Personal Essays

Returning Home After 25 Years

Originally written for Turnstyle News. It had been 25 years since my mom, Lois Williams, saw Freetown, Sierra Leone: the place she was born and raised, schooled, married, and had me, her first of three children. My parents left Sierra Leone in 1986, five years before the official start to the 11 year civil war that […]

5 Tips for Dating While on Vacation

January 20th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Blog, Dating Chatter, Featured, Videos

5 Tips for Dating While on Vacation

When you’re single and travel as much as I do, dating while away does not seem like a choice, but a necessity. When I’m in NYC (home)—between work, family, and friends—it’s hard to give 100% to getting to know someone new. But when I’m away, “getting to know” everything about where I’m visiting is exactly […]

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  • 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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    In this beautiful place wondering why it took me so long to come here. As with most things the answer is fear. Being that’s it’s Central America, more specifically the fear of being kidnapped or raped. A fear I can’t help but wonder if my fellow nomad-male-friends think about. Hate that I take comfort in the fact, most rapes are committed by someone you know. Ok. Going to stop thinking about this while on vacation.


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