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Beauty ideals Epiphanies Joy

Too Grown & Sexy For Compulsory Insecurity

“I wouldn’t wear the Victoria’s Secret bra that adds two cup sizes,” I say. “False advertisement.” I laughingly add there’s no sense in making A minuses seem like Cs. We won’t even get started on Booty Pop panties. She chuckles and says she wants to lose weight. We joke about our appearances more. I feel […]

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Family Freedom Gratitude Love Peace The South

I’m a Chick From ‘The Hood’

I’m from the hood. By hood, I mean a black neighborhood with some dynamics stereotypically envisioned. The occasional box Chevy, all candy paint and rims, blares southern hip-hop. Well-known panhandlers request coins. Crime is heavily scrutinized. However, my community contains more variance than flat thinkers usually consider. My late grandfather, a middle school science teacher, […]

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Freedom Gratitude Joy Peace Self-help

Here’s 13 Things I Appreciated About 2013

The year 2013 bids us adieu. As exciting as it is to see this year end, it’s also inspiring to see what 2014 will bring. After finishing my New Year’s resolutions, I opened the Word document of my 2013 ones. Let’s be real. I did not review resolutions consistently all year. Or monthly. Or weekly. […]

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Health Love

Steps for Crohn’s & colitis + bravery lessons

Some kids are braver than adults. Insert 11-year-old Dyllan Lovero, who, along with his mom, Rachael, recently shared insight regarding Dyllan’s life as a champion. While many pre-adolescents’ concerns include I-gadgets, locker combinations and hormonal imbalances, others face grown-up realities. Dyllan, an honor student who enjoys watching wrestling and wants to be a doctor, has […]

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Academia Freedom Joy Love Peace Prejudice Relationships

Embrace summertime, not pervasive personal questions

As the sun beams, wind blows, tan lines surface and memories accumulate, remember caution, especially when addressing recent graduates and upwardly mobile peeps. Some stuff is not your business. This is a mighty revelation for some because nosy people feel entitled to everyone’s business. Because other people’s business underscores universal issues, right? Your finances, proclivities […]

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Beauty ideals Color Freedom Prejudice

Vaginal bleaching? Why, world?

I’m bronze, and I have a vagina. If I lived in India, I might be taught to bleach it. Indian women face advertisements suggesting that they, in much of their brown-skinned beauty and glory, do just that to be more attractive and supposedly cleaner. Most of us know the associations made between lightness and darkness […]

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Abuse Freedom

It-gadgets and illegal trade

A Chinese news agency, Xinhua, broke the story of a teen whose decision to sell his kidney for about $3,500 last April, is now costing him his health. The Chinese youngster is experiencing “renal insufficiency”, and his condition is worsening. Five people were charged with illegal organ trading in connection to the case. Xinhua reported […]

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Freedom Journalism Joy Media responsibility Peace

Finding peace, pulling pieces and seeking justice

A lot happened  in the past few days.  My goddaughter was dedicated to God. My baby bro is Dunk Master Flex. I have about five new freckles on my face. Ok, in all seriousness, my previous post “Putting the BIG in bigotry” garnered more views than anything else on my blog.  It also nearly sent […]

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Abuse Journalism Media responsibility Prejudice

Putting the BIG in bigotry

A routine sufferer of insomnia and social media addiction, I perused my laptop and phone before stumbling across several online references to an op-ed from Louisiana Tech University’s newspaper, The Tech Talk. Allow me to first say that I am unopposed to this publication. I do not harbor ill will toward Lousiana Tech as an […]