Bestie’s Birthday

Bestie’s Birthday

Happy Monday!

My draft is filled with posts about culture and living under authoritarian regime so I thought I would switch things up and balance it out with goodness. This past weekend I celebrated my best friend’s birthday. Not to boast or anything, but she is quite an amazing best friend. I could not imagine doing life without her. She is kind, caring, warm, supportive, and loves unconditionally. She’s inspiring and challenges me to be a better version of myself daily. Her friendship means the world to me and her encouragement inspired me to be my authentic self and to start this blog. Since I am getting emotional writing this, I will stop here, but I hope everyone at some point experiences that kind of friendship.

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What’s the plan?

There are so many things happening in our country and around the world. Sometimes, I feel like I need to unplug; to log off social media Twitter and to stop reading articles. Sometimes, I’m successful. Other times, I’m not. As we’re faced with these difficult times, I am slowly finding that balance is necessary. Balance between staying inform and knowing when to unplug. It’s easy for the pendulum to swing in one direction more than the other. I like to self-care and I like being in the know. I don’t know which I enjoy more. I don’t want to overwhelm myself or my friends by talking about Cheeto Pop ad nauseam. Unfortunately, this is our reality.

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MLK Weekend

MLK Weekend

While some would rather call it Great Americans Day (looking at you City of Biloxi) instead of the FEDERAL holiday name, we celebrate the life of American hero and icon, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This MLK weekend I’d like to ask you to remember what he fought for. I’d like to ask you not to use MLK to silence or tone police activists. I’d ask that you sit this one out if you don’t truly believe in racial equality. If you don’t believe in the justice Dr. King fought and died for, sit down and come back when you get it. I’d ask that you don’t use social media to say things like: “He never looted, rioted, blah, blah or [insert ridiculousness here]” Or “MLK would want….[insert kumbaya about something that doesn’t affect their privilege].” This is something I’ve seen on social media this weekend. It’s a revisionist history. Do you think Dr. King decided jail was a nice place to vacation? Wanted to be beaten? You really think white America loved his brand of activism? And if Dr. King did everything right according to your standards, why was he STILL assassinated?

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Spring 2017…

Spring 2017…

Earlier this week I read a post by Naturally Fashionable that inspired me. In the post she wrote about choosing a guide word for 2017. Thirteen days into 2017 feels a little late to write this, but I loved the idea so much I figured I could choose a guide word for spring 2017. Spring semester began this week and after reading the syllabi for all my classes, I’ll need a guide word, prayers, and anything else you can offer. I am confident group projects will lead to my demise. I am also confident the trauma of group projects will be passed down to my future offspring through epigenetics. I’m exaggerating, of course (not about the epigenetics part).

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Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” – Viola Davis, 2015 Emmy acceptance speech

It’s no secret that I am a nerd and also want to intentionally support work staring or created by people of color. I couldn’t wait for Hidden Figures’ release and this little nerdy heart almost exploded in excitement watching black women in STEM outperform white counterparts on the big screen. I may have cried too. I quoted Viola Davis speech because I believe opportunity and access separates “us” from “them”. Oftentimes, no matter how hard we work, we’re overlooked while mediocrity is rewarded. This happens in just about every white/male space.  I don’t want to pick on an easy target, but let’s look at Jennifer Lawrence. She’s good, not great but she’s the lead in about every movie, especially around the holidays. There are far better actresses of color, but they aren’t given the same opportunity.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope all of you are doing well. I hoped to reflect on 2016 and wish all of you a Happy New Year sooner, but never quite found the time or the motivation without my computer handy. If you’ve endured any hardships and challenges in 2016, I hope 2017 is filled with many blessings, good health, hope, and all your dreams come true. I hope it’s as bright and colorful as the peacock above. May you begin to live your best life now. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I do believe in goal-setting and being intentional so…what do you hope to be intentional about this year?

*The peacock above appeared as I was touring Kingsley Plantation in Jacksonville a few days ago. I squealed in excitement. There were three of them.