I’m a Midwest reppin’, Cardinal wearing, mean mugging alpha female from the beautiful yet scary city of St. Louis, Missouri. To mean mug in the city was sort of like saying “hello,” but with a side of “you better not say anything else to me though.” So, you can only imagine the wake-up call I … Continue reading Smiling May Not Be Overrated After All
Did you know that Feb. 7 was National Black HIV/AIDs Awareness Day #NBHADD? Well, I didn’t until David Johns, the former executive director for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and now executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, went on The Breakfast Club to speak to the day. Then he … Continue reading TEST FOR YOUR TEMPLE: NATIONAL BLACK HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY
This will be short and sweet H.E.R. Fam. If you are waking up, going to work, able to stay financially stable, have love around or even good "like" around you, and you're making it through life's struggle but is still not happy, it's because you are lacking meaning in your life. Your meaning, or purpose, … Continue reading I Choose Meaning Over Happiness #quicktuesdaythought
A quick #FridayRead from my new short story series.
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I hold tight to my tear-soaked pillow, wanting the sun to set again, but it’s too late. Morning is here and reality is in my face.
His arm wrapped tight around me is supposed to give comfort and protection, but it doesn’t. His loving embrace is false. A mask. A deterrent to his truth. And foolishly, I let it stay in place. Maybe because I’m too scared to move it. Maybe it’s because I don’t want to get up. Or maybe it’s because I want to wear the mask too.
If I could rewind time, I wouldn’t. I want to act like yesterday didn’t happen. Like the argument was just a bad…
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“Strong Am I”- artwork by Wak If you’re reading this, you’re probably a woman who has been defined by your strength. Keyword: defined. This has been your scarlet letter, stamped on your chest from the first time you showed an ounce of resiliency. It has become your defining characteristic and therefore, the expectation placed on … Continue reading A Message for Strong Women
Artwork: "Girls" by Dana Todd Pope The school year has already started here in Atlanta and I have two young ladies gearing up to start new chapters in their young lives; one is starting her first year in college while the other is starting her first year in high school. And then my toddler will … Continue reading Back to School Open Letter: “Dear Daughters…”
This past weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day. As a mother of three—two teenagers and a toddler—I’ve learned that motherhood ain’t for punks. And what I mean by that, is that there are definitely grand and amazing days and then there are those rough and exhausting days. All and all, it’s still a blessing that I … Continue reading Motherhood Perks: 5 Embarrassing Things My Mom Did That I Do Now