There’s Something They’re Not Telling You About All These Black Beauty Queens

It has been a historic year for black women in pageantry. We’ve seen black women take major crowns before but never in this volume, and never so many in one year. There are five Black women currently holding major pageant titles: Miss Teen USA, Kaliegh Garris, Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi, Miss America, Nia Franklin, Miss …

A Black Woman’s Life Was Ruined by a WhatsApp Image She Didn’t Even See

I don’t want to believe that when people of color are excessively punished for the flimsiest crimes, it’s related to race. I tend to over examine situations because I don't want to be accused of pulling the race card. But sometimes there’s just no other reasonable explanation. These were my thoughts when I read the …

My Solo Adventure in Seoul, South Korea: Tea, Temples, and Being Other

So, I didn’t blog last week. The world ended. I’m kidding. It didn’t. I was in Seoul, South Korea on a long overdue, hard won, extremely different vacation, and I legit needed time to process. It was a trip. I walked around a 1,200 year-old Buddhist temple, sipped tea at a traditional Korean teahouse, ate …

Another Small Ode to the Late Toni Morrison, and the Importance of Word Choice When Blogging

I had de ja vuh like for real this week. But it was nothing new, nothing unfamiliar. Sadly, this won’t be the last time someone says something stupid to me about something race-related. I apologize in advance if that word stupid seems harsh, but it’s getting boring, you know? Well, I guess you don’t know, …

Jay-Z, I Can’t Help But Feel a Little Dodgy about this New NFL Deal

So, Jay-Z made a multi-year deal with the NFL that has people doing some serious talking this week. His entertainment company Roc Nation will help the NFL choose performers at league events, and help the organization's social justice efforts. I’m not one to follow the crowd by any means, but on this one I’m leaning …

Cory Booker, There’s Colloquialism and There’s the Presidential Debate

So, Democratic Presidential candidate and current New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is all over the news this week for his use of a popular colloquialism referencing Kool-Aid – sigh – during the second night of CNN’s Democratic primary debate. It was funny, and he handled the ridicule in the aftermath well. But man. Talk about cringe worthy …