qotw: Oprah’s Speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards

Remember when Roc-A-Fella sold Reasonable Doubt as a whole on iTunes because they believed that the album's greatness shouldn't be sold in parts (singles) because you would be cheating yourself? This is how I feel about Oprah's speech last night as she received the Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 75th Gold Globe Awards.... Continue Reading →

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What are you holding?

When discussing things that trigger us, we hold things for different reasons… A while ago I was in a group discussion and we ended up talking about white privilege. A man who identified as biracial said a lot of things and used Marxism as his crux. One of the things that he said was blacks... Continue Reading →

Can’t Knock the Hustle

The main reason this site exists stems from BET's "Food for Thought" interview with Jay-Z in 2009. In the interview, Jay-Z talked about creating your own lane. The way things were going, I had to switch up and start clearing a path for this lane, but with what and how? During the interview he also... Continue Reading →

Patties and Philanthropy

Lowell Howard did it. He came to the United States, and pursued the "American Dream" and made it a reality. As the CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, Howard headed the largest Caribbean franchise chain in the US, with more than 120 stores. He didn't stop there, he gave back to the community... Continue Reading →

my tattoo

Last Friday I had a meet-up with a cohort of undergraduates for an academic program. In the meet-up we talked about personal and professional goals, priorities, problems and a little bit about politics. The purpose of the meet-up was to create community through face-to-face dialogue. We found out that we have a lot in common.... Continue Reading →

qotw: flower bloom

“Makin' sure my punctuation curve, every letter here's true Livin' my life in the margin and that metaphor was proof I'm talkin' poetic justice, poetic justice If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room Would you trust it? I mean, you need to [read] this…” Kendrick Lamar, "Poetic Justice" In what... Continue Reading →

qotw: self-love

If you really want to know who loves you for you, start loving yourself. First of all, I am loved. I am loved by amazing people who show it various ways, even if they curse me out, because clearly, I needed to be checked. I am extremely lucky to have people who are just a... Continue Reading →

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