‘Black Panther’ Movie Prep: Info to Get You Ready For Premiere Day

It’s Black Panther week, and in just a few days, we’ll all be staring at movie screens in amazement. But who is Black Panther, the characters close to him, and the actors who play them? Why is this film so revolutionary? Here is a list of interviews, first-person commentaries, and other stories that answer those […]

7 Favorite Interviews of 2017

Let’s go back to 2017 for a minute: It was a great year for interviews. These were so beautifully done that when I saw, heard, or read them, I immediately said, “Dang, I wish I’d done this myself.” And because I spent 2017 kind of searching for new layers of myself — cliché, I know […]

To All the Ryans and Mollys: We Gon’ Be Alright

Warning: Mini “Girls Trip” and “Insecure” spoilers ahead. There are some women when asked “How are you?” will always say: “I’m good!” That’s me, and that’s Ryan from my new favorite movie of all time, “Girls Trip,” which I got to see with my FAMU BFF last Saturday. Out of the group of four graduates […]

Bloom, Baby, Bloom: 32 for 32

31 was hard. Like “someone slaps you in the face” hard. And it was partially because I’d made a huge decision: the decision to stop running away from the issues I had with myself and be real about it all. I decided that it needed to just stop and that I needed to work on […]

8 Days of Feeling Physical Powerful

Sometimes, when you’re feeling down, you’ve gotta show yourself what you’re working with. After hitting a mental roadblock and beating myself up about it, I unintentionally spent a week pushing myself to build my confidence back up in ways that were really, really physically challenging for me. Here’s my accidental schedule: Sunday: HIIT Class with […]

#FBF and a Love Letter to 2017 Grads

It’s the end of June, the unofficial end of spring graduation season, and I’m not gonna lie. It made me super nostalgic, and I started to think about my own graduations and the amazing feeling I had walking across the stage each time. I graduated from Florida A&M University with my undergrad and master’s degree […]

Forward: Forgetting What’s Behind

I started off 2017 with a vow to be kind to myself, but lately, I haven’t been living up to that promise. In fact, I’ve been beating myself up about every little thing I do wrong: I eat a cookie when I’m trying to diet, I feel horrible. I fall off of my half marathon […]

For the Culture: Lit Squad Chat on Angie Martinez’s “My Voice”

When it comes to radio, especially in our hip-hop culture, Angie Martinez is the G.O.A.T. You can’t even dispute me on this one. So, when this amazing woman who I admire so much came out with her book, “My Voice,” I jumped at the chance to read it. And once I did, I couldn’t stop talking […]

To My Baby Boy on Your 10th Birthday

Well, kid. We’ve been at this thing for a decade now. And although we’re still trying to figure it all out, I wouldn’t trade being your mom for anything in the world. Thank you for giving me life’s greatest job, for filling me up, for making me whole. Thank you for loving me even when […]

Bringing the Gifts That My Ancestors Gave

Black History Month was always my favorite month growing up. I’d pull my mom’s afro wig on top of my cornrows, with beads sloppily tucked into the sides of it, as I walked around my elementary school telling everyone that I was Angela Davis. “Power to the people,” I’d say with my little fist raised. […]