Are We The Greatest? – Lessons from Muhammad Ali

While scrolling Facebook yesterday, I saw the headline “Muhammad Ali On Life Support”. I immediately felt a knot in my stomach. For as long as I can remember, Ali has been my personal example of a superhero in the flesh. The knot came into my stomach because in many ways like one of our greatest…

Beyonce’s “Lemonade”- A Love Letter To Black Women

  I just finished watching the HBO Special “Lemonade” which premiered Beyonce’s new visual album. My favorite feature of the visual album was the range of emotions displayed before each scene including words like “denial,” “reformation,” and “forgiveness.” Black women stereotypically are limited to certain emotions, with the most recognizable being the “angry black woman,” but we…

And The DNA Tests Revealed… Genetics, DNA Testing & Legacy

Caption: Me sitting on the steps of a Slave Cabin in New Orleans, LA I am so grateful for the people in my family – like my Aunt Gert, who keep track of our genealogy. In that sense, I have been more fortunate than most African Americans, because we have been able to trace my lineage…

What To Do When You’re Told “No”

Caption: My beautiful soror & owner of Phatbulous Fashionista & I at our (PRO)ject US Nerd Prom Event (Donda’s House collaborative Fashion Program). Last week I received two pieces of devastating news. In both cases, it was connected to Donda’s House. When you apply for a grant, it’s almost like applying for a job… you…

9 Things We Can Do To Combat Racism…

Racism is alive and well in America and anyone who says otherwise is either crazy, delusional, or both. Caption: Sending prayers up for the family, friends and loved ones of the 9 victims murdered in Charleston last night. I was born and raised in the church. A.M.E. Zion as a little girl, and A.M.E. in…

Usher In The Future That We Imagine Tomorrow…

  I had the honor and the privilege to attend a lecture by Sister (Dr.) Angela Davis earlier tonight with my husband and several of our Donda’s House, Inc. students. I want to share some of the thoughts that resonated with me: – There is a difference between addressing individuals who commit racist acts vs. addressing structural…

The Verdict on BET’s Being Mary Jane…

I watched Being Mary Jane  on my DVR with my sister-in-law  (a.k.a. sissy). It was ridiculously real and hauntingly familiar. From the creator of Moesha, Girlfriends and The Game, we get Mary Jane Paul, a woman who has the career, the home and the car but aches for something more consistent and stable in her…

Lupe Fiasco’s “Bad Bitch”

I love hip hop! I’m married to the best rapper alive (Rhymefest of course!). I heard this song by Lupe and I have to share it. Music can be a powerful tool for social uplift. I admire Lupe because he’s never afraid to call a spade a spade (<— did you check my rhyme?)! Listen…

Pillow Talk: Too $hort Debate

My husband Che (a.k.a. “Rhymefest”) and I have regular healthy debates about various issues. Today while I was at work, this popped up in my g-chat. We thought it would be a good idea to start sharing some of these convos & would love to know where you stand… You can quickly read the back…

Hello Baby Blue Ivy!!!

It is no secret… I’m a huge fan of Beyonce! Mainly because I feel like we “grew up” together. My cousins and I would often make up dance routines to their songs and I can sing most songs from the Destiny’s Child and her personal catalog word-for-word (ad libs and everything). I had the opportunity…

FEATURE: Who’s The Stupid Hoe?

While watching Nicki Minaj’s video “Stupid Hoe” I noticed a few things: #1       The visuals in the video did not match the words. #2       The video appeals to children and young people because Nicki Minaj is literally a caricature or cartoon. #3       Where is the feminist outrage and the community outrage at what Nicki…