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Love and career, 2012: Looking back, moving forward!

January 1st, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Dating Chatter, Videos

Love and career, 2012: Looking back, moving forward!

Last year at this time I was contemplating whether I could have both love and a career in 2012 and a year later… I still don’t really know. One thing I will say: by allowing myself to fully let go of the past, I did open myself up to meeting an amazing guy. A guy I did fall hopelessly […]

Why HIV Stigma Has to End, ASAP

December 30th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents, Videos

Why HIV Stigma Has to End, ASAP

For World Aids Day this past Saturday, I decided to find out if college students today are worried about HIV. After getting mixed responses to that question from the 25 students I spoke to, I followed up by asking them if a partner (or potential partner) had ever disclosed a positive HIV status. Here’s what I […]

3 Ways to Deal With Political Differences in a Relationship

December 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Blog, Dating Chatter, Videos

3 Ways to Deal With Political Differences in a Relationship

With Election Day just around the corner, I’ve noticed a lot of my Facebook friends being way less tolerant about political views that differ from theirs. I’ve witnessed “un-friending” announcements and call-outs in the comments of politics-related status updates. With dating and relationships on the brain (as always), of course I found myself wondering how […]

5 Tips for Flirting, Onscreen and Off

May 21st, 2012  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents, Videos

5 Tips for Flirting, Onscreen and Off

My vlog question this month was what makes someone a “Smooth Talker.” After many interviews, I’ve concluded that a big part of it is showing romantic interest in someone in a way that gets them interested too. Otherwise known as flirting—something I am constantly being accused of, even when my interest is 100% non-romantic. However, […]

Holla, Hollaback: An Interview with Emily May

April 25th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents, Videos

Holla, Hollaback: An Interview with Emily May

So you’re walking down the street, headed to work, or school, or the laundromat (because only the sweatpants and T-shirt you have on are clean) and you hear: “If no one has told you how beautiful you are today, please let me be the first.” What do you do? a) Stop and give out your […]

Got Romance?

March 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Blog, Dating Chatter, Videos

Got Romance?

Over my dating history I have come to realize that I am not very romantic. At least not in the way most of the movies and TV shows I watch tell me I should be. Don’t get me wrong—I am thoughtful, especially when it comes to giving gifts or planning a date… but when it […]

I didn’t know my own strength…

February 15th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Blog, Dating Chatter, Videos

I didn’t know my own strength…

Today is my first Valentine’s Day without any guy in my life—because, for the first time in my adult life, I am truly single. This may come as a shock to many people who know me and know that I haven’t been in a relationship in years, but truth be told there was always someone […]

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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    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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