“A Word…”

  I used to carry a heavy load. The picture proves this. 2011: I was living a lifestyle that involved constantly traveling (within the US) and I partied like a rockstar…I have never been shy around a camera, and only my closest family members mentioned to me that I may need to become more mindful…

Introducing Passport to Zuri

Reconnecting to Africa The feeling of wanting to reconnect to Africa is real for many people that belong to the African Diaspora, yet they don’t know where to begin. A year ago, my best friend and I moved to New York City and took up residence in a humble apartment in Brooklyn to pursue our…

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Day 14: Make yourself physically available when it is necessary. When it is not, spend time with yourself. You deserve “you” time, and you don’t have to justify it to anyone.

What If Sierra Leoneans Were United?

Ar lek mi people dem bad. Sum wae dae read dis go sae, “Hmmm… Salone nor betteh. Den nor go change. Wi nor lek wisef tiday. Wi nor geht foh lek wisef tumara.”

Una wae dae memba so, ar nor blame yu. Ow long wi go dae sidom dae hate wisef? Ar dae beg una, nor dae pa di side wae dae cause division. Ar dae invite una foh join mi pa di side wae unity dae!

Batter & Berries of Chicago, IL: A Slice of Heaven

If you have not experienced Chicago between June and September, figure out how to do so immediately.  Google can help with this.  Summer in Chicago is the best, especially brunch. When you arrive in Chicago, your first full morning should include Batter & Berries.  I was told about this place several months before experiencing it…

My Tribe is Creative AF: Koku Gonza

  As an Indie Artist, it takes a lot of planning and execution to release a body of work, no matter how big or how small the project may appear to be.  Despite the challenges, Koku Gonza forges ahead as an International Songstress & Natural Hair Spokesperson.  Her artistry has taken her around the USA…

Sandra Bland Could Have Been Me

Today is Two Years Later 1.9 Million Dollars.  This proves that her death was wrong, yet she is still gone.  The world wants answers, but we may never know the details of the actions that led to her last moments. Her life was fatally interrupted by police mistreatment. Sandra Bland could have been me. Why?…

The Head Wrap: It’s Here to SLAY

Whoa!  Is She Wearing a Head Wrap?  Celebrities tend to make people stop and look, so I say kudos to Alicia Keys for embracing the Head Wrap.  The Head Wrap, with Sub-Sahara African origins is back on everyone’s radar, a fashion phenomenon in today’s society, especially here in the United States and has a hold…

My Summer Sixteen Jewel: Meet Chelsea

Inside of my head… I was born in October, but I am a summertime lady. I love warm weather! I love being hot! I don’t mind glistening due to a slight sweat. Give me 85 degrees, hardwood floors, a house with sheer linen over large open windows, and a nice breeze moved by strong trees. I’ll take a fan if it’s on the ceiling to keep me cool.  I’ll take a glass of the finest sangria, thank you. That is what I call summer magic… Also, I need a hat… I think I need a hat.

An Ode to The African Fada

The African Fada is comedic relief for many people today due to the greatness of the interwebs.  One of my favorite comedians that delivers life with an African Fada is Godfrey.   (Side Note: Fada is Father, with the accent of my father applied.)   When I tell my friends stories now about what I believe…

Self Care MUST Include FUN

Hi! I am stressed many hours of the day, but it disguises itself as motivation to achieve.  Thank God.  Anyhoo, there are moments when I realize that I am actually stressed, and it is usually when I become extremely hard to communicate with.  So much so that I don’t even understand myself.  That’s when I…

10 reasons why EmpowerHER 2016 was Empowering

I woke up for the Inaugural EmpowerHER Conference in NYC after sleeping for two point seven five hours. Yep. I took a nap. A whole entire poolside nap on the eve of a business conference. Instead of sleeping, I decided to finally do the thing that was looming over my head. I decided to finally…

Shacar. He’s Up Next.

  AFROPUNK’s Battle of the Bands is a major move for the indie artist and Shacar is battling for the top spot. A chance to play at 2017 AFROPUNK BROOKLYN is a game changer.   The competition is real because each band is dope, but Shacar is magical.  Magical AF. Ghost is on repeat in my…

Resentment.

As a Daughter of Sierra Leone, I am compelled to share my thoughts on a topic that seems to be the big white elephant standing in the middle of the room, being ignored by many. It is time to discuss a real issue that is plaguing the Sierra Leonean community. Resentment. The first escalator in…

Deniro Farrar: A Dinner Conversation with the Leader of Cult Trap

The universe has a strange way of connecting people. About a year after first hearing about Deniro Farrar (a rapper being compared to Tupac Shakur), I was introduced to him at a private album listening party in Brooklyn, New York. He seemed pretty chill, but I didn’t hold a long conversation with him. The next…

The 6th Annual African Diaspora Awards: Celebrating the Achievements of Africans

The Honorees They Inspire. They Motivate. They Break New Ground. From global community service to innovative initiatives; literary accomplishments to mass media presence, interwoven with musical geniuses, Applause Africa’s African Diaspora Awards celebrates the accomplishments of each honoree for their outstanding achievements and contributions to our global community.   On a chilly evening in early…

AFROPUNK: Will It Lose It’s Magic?

  LIVE. LAUGH. LOVE.                                          Left to Right: Amyang Co-Founder @kayslay | Muse @gypsy_eyez_ | Vicrina En Vogue @vicrinaenvogue       AFROPUNK 2016.  It happened.  It was awesome.  However… AFROPUNK is one of the few festivals…