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…

The Picture That Broke Me Open — dream, leap, live

This is a photograph of me(on the right) and my cousin Sallay (co-owner of Amyang Fashun) at Afropunk NYC. Even now, I am cringing at the thought of publishing this. But I think it’s important to highlight what this photo represents for me and my mission. This picture awoke in me a sense of inadequacy […]…

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.

Yim. Yims. Yim Yim. Red. Yep

Over the past few years, I have become drawn to the color red.  I was not a fan of it growing up, and I could not imagine putting the color red on my thick lips.  The thought of it on my lips made me cringe.  Nowadays, I don’t feel comfortable without a red lip. Recently,…

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…

?BnB

Originally posted on wedontsitoncouches®:
By now we’ve all heard the stories. There’s the North Carolina man who was banned from AirBnB after denying a potential guest, a black female, and releasing a barrage of racial slurs against her. Then there’s the young black man who, after being denied lodging, requested the same property under a different…

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…

A Note to Self

RLC is my business bestie and active member of my tribe. She has a ton of accolades associated with her, but for the purpose of this note, she is my AE (short for Alter Ego-long story) and she motivates me to write.  Her current doctoral studies have influenced me to pay closer attention to social media and its affect on my life. I must admit that my timeline is filled with a lot of motivational images, videos, and memes that have influenced me. I have arrived at this moment, and this is how I feel in this moment. So I decided to write a note to myself, because this moment must be captured.  It’s too important to drown it in Pinot Noir.  I need this moment to count for something other than internal shock.