My Top 10 Moments In India!

April 5th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents

My Top 10 Moments In India!

Yes! I went to India ya!… with Nomadness Travel Tribe, a facebook group were people of color come together to swap travel tips and their love for seeing the world. I joined this private facebook group a little over a year ago… well actually- I was invited in… Yes you need to be invited. And during […]

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 […]

While I was in India… they took my picture…

April 4th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

While I was in India... they took my picture...

While here in New York City a shapely black woman with curly hair is (almost) a dime a dozen– in India we are a rear commodity. While walking the streets of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, and Pushkar– my picture was taken several times. Some people asked and some people snuck and just took my picture. So I started to take their pictures […]

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 […]

Meals in Review: Montreal

August 31st, 2011  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents

Meals in Review: Montreal

This month I boarded an Amtrak train and sat the 11 hours it takes to get to Montreal, Canada. Originally I was only going for 3 days, but there is sooooo much to see and do in Montreal– that I decided to extend my trip to 7 days… one of the perks of Freelancing! As always food […]

Dating in the City: Boston

April 17th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Blog, Dating Chatter, Videos

Dating in the City: Boston

VM’s Dating in the City series is a quest to find out what dating would potentially be like for me- if I moved out of New York before I find “the one”. So while in Boston recently for a conference, I took the opportunity to ask 20-somethings there, what dating is like for them. First, […]

Dating as an Independent Woman in Sierra Leone

March 24th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Blog, Dating Chatter, Videos

Dating as an Independent Woman in Sierra Leone

Is a successful career at odds with a successful relationship? During my last trip to my birthplace of Freetown, Sierra Leone, I wanted to see if educated African women face the same dating challenges as their American counterparts. Listen to what I found: How do you define being independent? What do you make of what […]

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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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