We were standing at the bar of a very low key venue in Soho. It was the joint birthday party of two of my editors and the night was young. Imani and I were laughing at something when a couple of guys introduced themselves. We all chatted before we split into one-on-one woman/man conversations. Emile [...]Continue Reading →
I’m not a teacher. I work with students at one of the best charter schools in the city. My technical title versus what I actually do is complex, hence the “I work with students.” Like most New Yorkers I have a day job and a few side hustles. The day job serves as a consistent [...]Continue Reading →
I finished Assata: An Autobiography in two days. I should have read it years ago. It a page turner down to the very last word. I read it every chance I got– on the subway, in Starbucks, at work, at home. I soaked up her words as I would the sun if I were sunbathing. [...]Continue Reading →
“Until white folks say you’re successful, you haven’t made it,” Cece blurted out.
We were having lunch not far from Cece’s 30 floor office building on the westside of Manhattan. Cece is an editor of an iconic publication and has been in journalism for over 20 years. Our friendship grew nearly two years after she [...]Continue Reading →
One must properly prepare to reenter the workforce after a year and a half of graduate school and nearly two years of freelancing. In today’s technologically advanced world where almost anything can be found with keywords via a quick Google search, and the existence of Social Intelligence, a start-up company hired to [...]Continue Reading →
Monday my timeline went apeshit over a picture Bossip (its name derived from Black gossip) posted to accompany its exclusive interview with Esther Baxter. Baxter, the ex-girlfriend of D-list rapper Joe Budden, has somewhat remained under the radar until recently. Now she will be forever linked to her relationship drama with a rapper who hasn’t [...]Continue Reading →
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Eighty-five percent of domestic violence victims are women. And women ages 20-24 are at the greatest risk of suffering from nonfatal intimate partner violence (IPV). Sadly, like rape, most domestic violence cases are never reported [...]Continue Reading →
I had no idea how seven policemen with their guns drawn ended up in the bedroom of my quaint 745 square foot apartment. But something tells me I should have been overjoyed, as they potentially saved my life. When they entered my room they found my 5”10 180 lb boyfriend hovering over me as [...]Continue Reading →
It was in 2009 when the state of black women’s singleness became newsworthy, studied by experts and a topic that everyone from bloggers to self-proclaimed relationship experts couldn’t stop writing about. Everyone from Nightline to the Washington Post weighed in on the “something must be wrong with black women” meme. Including black men.
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On the cusp of Kanye’s new album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” those of us who didn’t read Bush’s memoir were alerted to the shout out he gave Kanye in his book. Only it wasn’t really a shout out. Apparently Kanye’s nationally broadcasted opinion, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” was the worst moment [...]Continue Reading →