Finding a sense of self: 30 things I’d tell the girlhood me

Initially, turning 30 jarred me. As a kid, there were so many things I wanted to accomplish by this major milestone. So many things I wanted to see and do. It was nearly like a mythical world or another realm of life that I tangibly couldn't plan, but I just had so many expectations that …

Collateral beauty: The realization of being a black woman

Even when I was a little, high-yellow 4-year-old running around with Shirley Temple curls in some random, hot pink tutu when I didn't even take ballet, I complained that there were not enough black people on TV. I've always been vocal and fought for what -- in my mind -- I thought was right. I …

Stop calling us crazy: Black women and mental health

I remember the first time I truly realized that something wasn't right. I always had some issues before of feeling alone and obsessing over the little things. Then, as I got older, I noticed that they weren't necessarily normal feelings, but also that not many people displayed "normal" behavior. The first time I asked my …

‘I’m a boss’: Why every black woman should speak Cardi B standards into existence

As I embark upon the final weeks of my 20s, I've decided to take a new philosophy into my 30s that will hopefully lead to a positive impact throughout the rest of my life. More importantly, I hope that this trend will help to inspire the upcoming new year for other black women who have …

Girls are ‘the devil’: Mommas’ boys

We treat our sons like princes. But sometimes, they have the tendency to be the men of the house. From the time they come out of the womb. OK, maybe not that soon, but not much longer afterwards. Pretty much when we realize that their fathers are dead-beats or just not the right type of …