Whole foods and Starbucks: How to transform ‘gentrification’ into ‘community evolvement’

Whole Foods was the ultimate sign that Harlem had become a NEW Harlem. It showed outsiders that the residents were willing to conform and change, willing to assimilate into mass society. Something as simple as Whole Foods took away the identity, the individualism, the uniqueness of Harlem. To me, it signified the end of a …

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 …

Debunking 4:43 and Why You Should Wear Your Own Watch

I'm all for uplifting women, finding equality where we didn't have it before and placing equity where equality just isn't enough. Love and relationships fall into this system of how we're misunderstood. So many times, we're defined by who we love and how we love and when it goes wrong. Plenty of heartaches sincerely are …

Combatting Rape Culture in Dating

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMRL2xK9okk Based upon current popular culture, there seems to be a fine line with what is considered rape. From date rape drugs to unconscious sex, how can we as a millennial community be on the same page? With Bill Cosby's mistrial to personal encounters, let's define and call a spade a spade. Related Links: The …

Keeping From Those in Denial…and Crazy

https://youtu.be/0Bdj0jmlVHQ Breakups happen in relationships. As unfortunate as it is, it's something that we come to expect at a certain point whenever we're involved with a person and know that our run with them may not last forever. However, what is not cool is when people take a turn for the worse. It's not always …