Steps to Being Woke in America

I highly recommend checking out the 60’s classic, Soul on Ice. The book holds several essays written by then prison inmate, Eldridge Cleaver. Later becoming an early and prominent member of the Black Panther Party, I knew his book was a must-read. I added it to my graduation list but happened to find it first in…

Keeping The Movement Alive Keeps Us Alive

I’ve heard countless complaints about demonstrations and protests, especially since the rise of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Some call these outward expressions of distress, stemming from distrust surrounding community officials and “the system” as a whole, unnecessary. A friend of mine went as far to argue that ordinary Blacks don’t want anything to do…

Today’s House Negro

Rereading one of many Malcolm X speeches while on my way to Brooklyn, my memory was flooded with lines from what was once my favorite poem, “I, Too Sing America” written by the incredible Langston Hughes. I find my thoughts wander and race most freely when riding through the dark tunnels of the subway. With almost…

L.O.C In That Moisture

In my most recent post, I shared one of my favorite methods for retaining moisture that will last for days. Well, the L.O.C method goes hand in hand with pre-pooing. I’ve been pre-pooing for four months and using the L.O.C method for two. In those two months, my 4c hair has reached maximum moisture without…

Akai Gurley

As I typed “Akai Gurley” into my search bar, “Akai Gurley criminal record” appeared as a suggested search. My blood boiled. A man is dead. A son, lover, and father of two is gone. There was no arrest, intention to arrest, reason for arrest, or even exchanged words between Gurley and the officer whose bullet…

Pre-Pooing Saved My Hair

I have 4c type hair. You know (or maybe you don’t), the drier, kinkier and by far the most underrepresented hair type. Although, the latter is a topic for another time. Don’t take these descriptions as my assessment of the maximum potential of 4c hair. Far from it. Our hair  may take a little more…

Afeni Shakur: The Immortalized Actvist

Afeni Shakur is most famously known as the mother of Hip Hop Legend, Tupac Shakur. Less than a week before Mother’s Day, let’s recognize the strength and resilience of a mother. Still, like all mothers, Afeni Shakur lived first as a childless woman with her own story before motherhood. She was much more than the…

Vote. Vote. Vote. 

1. Your vote DOES count. Politicians wouldn’t work so hard, lie, and change their message for different crowds if your vote didn’t matter. 2. Primaries DO matter. The little guy/gal you like won’t make it to the general election if you don’t vote to get them there. Even if you like the big and popular…

I Didn’t Appreciate Prince Until He Was Gone

“Gone too soon,” they say. “No one appreciates them until they’re gone,” they say. “I didn’t appreciate him until he was gone,” I now say. When one of my idols passed, I remember being especially annoyed that people suddenly seemed to care. That all the love absent during life was suddenly flowing in after death….

Confessions of a Product Junkie

Former product junkie. Honestly, I don’t think I was all that bad compared to what I’ve seen. At the same time, it was getting pretty bad. I was becoming a product junkie. Going natural is fun and exciting. There are literally thousands of naturals online telling you about a hundred different products to try a piece….

27 Questions Black Twitter Has for Buzzfeed

After Buzzfeed posted “27 Questions Black People have for Black People,” Twitter caught on almost immediately. Then began the hashtags #BuzzFeedVideoQuestions and #RealBlackPeopleQuestions The video comes after a series of related videos: “33 Questions White People Have for White People”, “26 Questions Asians Have for White People”, and “24 Questions Black People Have for White People.”…

Shea Moisture: Welcome to the Beauty Aisle

“There is a section called ethnic and there is an aisle called beauty…is ethnic not beautiful?” asks one woman in Shea Moisture’s first TV commercial which debuted during the 10th anniversary special of Black Girls Rock!. For years, I found everything I thought I needed for my hair in the beauty aisle. In the large section,…