Dictating politics in romance

I never seriously imagined that personal politics would dictate the outcome to any relationship that I have. Of course, we all have our set criteria that we think is important when it comes to choosing a significant other. Whether it's a great face, great body, good job, a lot of money, if the person comes …

Is Color Still an Issue: A Review of “Passing” and “The Blacker the Berry”

Over the past week, I finished reading two phenomenal books dating from the Harlem Renaissance. Passing by Nella Larsen and The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman were both stemmed off of major color issues at the time, but were taboo to speak aloud. On the other hand, in today's society, both are known to be common themes …

The Loss of Modern Art

With the loss of Maya Angelou this week, it left me in a weird place. This miraculous woman lived such a troubling, yet creative and inspiring life. She gave hope and created a path for artists like myself to venture into the world to do what we were meant to do: create art in all forms. …

My Mother, My Mentor

I absolutely adore my mother. Growing up, minus a heavy spat or two here and there, she was my best friend. I could tell her anything, and I did. From issues dealing with my other friends, when I lost my virginity, to what to do about a guy who was lame in the bed, I …

The Dueling Dolls: Barbie vs. Bratz

We're used to the story of the Hatfields and McCoys: two rivalry backwoods families who spark images of various family feud stereotypes.  From battling banjoes, shotguns and rifles, moonshining, and the vision of two families shooting bullets from one porch to another, we think that we've got it all figured out.  However, family feuds don't …