“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 …

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HASHTAG CURLFEST

#Curlfest is a festival that we needed a decade ago.  Thanks to The Curly Girl Collective and their corporate partners, it's a part of my new reality and a breath of fresh air.

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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.

I’m Judging You: A Fashionable Side-Eye that Provides a Dose of Good for the Soul

Would it kill labels and retailers to make clothes for women of all shapes and sizes? The afterthought of “curvy” collections at most retailers is insulting; the lines lack inspiration and fit. ~Luvvie Ajayi, Author | Side-Eye Curator~ Luvvie Ajayi is the author of I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual that I am celebrating! She …

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 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.

Sallay.

Honestly, I tear up thinking about how I felt on this day when you arrived.  It was the first time in my life that I no longer felt alone.  Before you were born, I was always at Aunty Agnes's house.  They had a grandma living there, so Mom and Dad used to drop me off …

R E | D E E M

T H | I N K It started with family.  The culture embedded in my DNA motivated me to create a brand with a purpose.  The purpose that would cultivate connections with people around the world and promote African culture in a manner that was bold, and unapologetic.  With a name as unusual as Amyang, …

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 …